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Best Local Shops To Visit On Black Friday In OC

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The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday promises outrageous deals and rock-bottom prices for those willing to brave the early hours and long lines. Savvy shoppers in Orange County know how to avoid the crowds while saving big. Bypass the retail chains and box stores and read up on Black Friday shopping deals. If you're looking for the best local shops to visit on November 29, here are five places to kick off your holiday shopping.

South Coast Collection
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3303-3323 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 760-9150

Promoters of the South Coast Collection tout this shopping complex in Costa Mesa to be a design and culinary experience. One look at the retail offerings explains why. High-end home furnishings, specialty kitchen supplies and a hipster flair are pervasive here. A Black Friday visit means you'll find great gifts for yourself as well as those on your Christmas list.

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The LAB Antimall
2930 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 966-6661

If you're tired of the same old variety of retailers at your local shopping mall, consider spending your Black Friday at the LAB Antimall. You'll find a host of unique "mom and pop" shops in what used to be a night vision goggle factory. Stores like The Shangri-La, Lobby and Popkiller bring together an eclectic mix of urban and trendy fashions, jewelry, house ware and accessories. If you need a break from the browsing, stop in at the bohemian-themed Gypsy Den Café for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.

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Rock N' Road Cyclery
27825 Santa Margarita Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 859-5076

Give the ultimate Christmas gift this year by picking out a specialized road or mountain bike this Black Friday. Rock N' Road Cyclery is a popular local bike store that's fully outfitted with all of the cycling bells and whistles. Find riding accessories, hydration packs and great deals on specialized brand, full suspension and cyclo-cross bikes. If you're looking for an aerodynamic ultra-light carbon fiber bike this year, treat yourself to an early holiday present and find a great deal at Rock N' Road.

Related: Best Shopping Centers And Malls In Orange County

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Old Barn Antique Mall, Inc.
31792 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-9144

If you're an antique lover, get lost in the vast array of knick-knacks and old furniture organized within rows and rows of antique stalls at the Old Barn Antique Mall. Find deep discounts at many of the stalls and walk away with some historical treasures. Clocks, cameras, dolls and vintage china are just a few of the items waiting to be wrapped up by Santa.

Seed Peoples Market
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SEED People's Market
2937 Bristol St., Suite C100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-2277

Shop at SEED People's Market for that eco-conscious friend or family member on your list. Handcrafted and recycled goods abound at this local shop. Patrons here also subscribe to the philosophy of sustainability and practicality. Find great outerwear, camping gear and rugged footwear that'll give the big chain sporting good stores a run for their money. You can also find house wares and personal accessories at this store including hats, bags and kitchen essentials. Make this your one-stop shop this Black Friday and find something for everyone.

Related: Best Places For Black Friday Shopping Deals In Orange County

Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on


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