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It's Wedding Season (And You'll Need Gifts): Big Sales at Mission Boutiques

Winter is usually considered the season for gifting, but with all the weddings, house parties and showers you've been attending, your pocketbook may beg to differ. Mission boutiques Candystore Collective and BellJar know what's up, so starting tomorrow and running through July 23rd they'll be offering a little incentive to prettify you our your celebrating friends' homes with items on sale from 20 to 40 percent off.

Up to 70% Off at McGuire Sample Sale

While most people seem to have barbeque and sailing on their minds for this fair-weathered weekend, we're thinking bargains and sale-ing, instead. Tops on our list is McGuire Furniture's first sample sale in San Francisco ever. Items are priced to move at up to 70% the retail price, and even though the sale actually started Thursday (dang, apologies for the late notice) new items are being trucked in daily, so you're still bound to find a sweet deal. The sale is open today (Friday) until 5pm and continues on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. McGuire is located at 1201 Brant Street between 8th and 9th in SoMa.

Indie Mart, ATYS, Openings and Sales: Weekend Design Events

A few events happening around town this Father's Day weekend:

After a winter hibernation, Indie Mart is back this Sunday with its first outdoor event of the season. They'll be shutting down the street at 17th and Wisconsin for outdoor vendors, food, and crafters galore. Also, local bands The Frail, Shannon and the Clams, and The Red Verse will be performing throughout the day inside Thee Parkside.

Design Happenings This Weekend

Go ahead and let out a big sigh of relief - it's Friday! And better still, the weather is feeling good and there are loads of activities around the Bay Area to keep you entertained this weekend. Here are our picks:

Pop Noir is an enormous art auction and fundraiser benefiting Southern Exposure, a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting arts education. It's taking place this Saturday at Electric Works, and is sure to be a good time.

What's the Deal: Bryan Lee, Acrimony, Beklina and Discount Codes Galore

Long weekend, we love you. Something we love almost as much? Great deals:

Old Navy: Miss Bargainista informs us that flip-flops in solid hues will be flying out of Old Navy tomorrow for $1.

What’s the Deal: Rebecca Minkoff, Modaspia, Origins and more

Rebecca Minkoff: Scurry down to SoMa on Saturday for a sample sale from this California-bred, New York-based designer best known for her luxe leather handbags. Both handbags and ready-to-wear pieces will be priced up to 50 percent off during the one-day sale. We hear you’ll find Morning After Bags going for $381 (reg. $635). The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 111 Minna Gallery, 11 Minna St., 415-974-1719.

Glen Park Festival and Discounts at Perch

When we used to live in Noe Valley one of our favorite activities was hiking up Chenery and spending some time in Glen Park. The relaxed neighborhood is a great place to spend a chilled out weekend day, with great food (Gialina's Chocolate Hazelnut Pizza = insanely good) some cute shops, and a lovely park all in a three block radius. Now that we live across town our visits have become few and far between, but with the Glen Park Festival this weekend there's no better time to make the trek. You'll find local artists and craftspeople displaying their wares, music and entertainment, and food, glorious food.

40% Off Furniture at Bae

Ah, tax season. No good for us freelancers out there, but jackpot for those who've been diligently giving it to the man over the course of the year. Had we a big refund check to blow through (sigh!), our first stop would be Bae. You can feel savvy while at the same time giving yourself a much-deserved treat, because right now all furniture in the store is 40% off. And if you've ever been to Bae, you know this is no ordinary deal - the owner's taste is tops, and since all their furniture is on sale, it means you don't have to pick through the old floor models or something that's been sitting in the stockroom for two years.

Shabby Chic is Going, Going...

As reported a while ago on Apartment Therapy, Shabby Chic, the quinessential early 90s decor brand famous for comfy couches and white-washed "French Country"-inspired furniture, filed for bankruptcy. Blame it on the economy or the public's shift towards a more minimalist aesthetic, but owner Rachel Ashwell (who first hoped to maintain some of the stores) has now had to shut down the whole operation. Shabby Chic is no more!

What’s the Deal: Sales at Filippa K, Bryna Nicole and more

We’ve never been the kind to put all our eggs in one basket – even when the Easter Bunny is involved. This weekend, we’re ready to hop from sale to sale. 

Filippa K: Buy two items from the spring collection and get a third item of equal or lesser value free at this coveted Swedish label’s Financial District outpost. Good Thursday through Sunday, April 9-12, 2009.

Bryna Nicole: Save 30 percent on handbags from this San Francisco designer through April 30 with the discount code BUNNY30.

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