Sale signs were posted in so many store windows on State Street, Santa Barbara’s main drag, that I stopped counting. Sur La Table, Rip Curl, Urban Outfitters, Cost Plus, Men’s Warehouse, and on and on. Instead, I checked out small chains and independent stores to see what prices they offered.
Tuesday Morning – You never know what you will find at this chain of steeply discounted left over inventory. I saw dog collars, toys and pillows, among many other items. 1 W. Cannon Perdidio St. 805-963-4055.
Italian Pottery Outlet – Prices were not low at this store but you may be able to find an accent piece or gift among their limited sale items and seconds. A large vase with a repaired handle, above, was $250 (orig. $589). 929 State St. 805-564-7655.
Natasha – This small boutique had clearance shoes and clothes for 50% off, including an embroidered coat that was marked down from $265 to $79. 1231 State St. 805-965-4542.
Santa Barbara Outfitters – Think active but upscale clothing and you have a good idea of what this store sells. A black sweater made of soybeans and cashmere caught my eye; luckily it lacked a pricetag or I would have thought about buying it. A brown leather purse with a buckle and detailed leather work was $250. Many racks of clothes were 50% and tents are 30% off. Even so, I recommend checking you wallet at the door. 1200 State St. 805-564-1007.
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