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Deals and steals: Sip and shop at Shecky's

Shirtless men, rowdy women, and free-flowing cocktails—can you guess the scene? Nope, not a showing of "Thunder Down Under" or Chippendale's. Nor a charity bachelor auction. It's Shecky's Girls Night Out—where girls get way more excited about the bargains than the babes. (Though getting your photo taken with shirtless beefcakes is also one of the fun perks....)

Shecky's Girls' Night Out events are fun shopping events where girls can sip, shop, and socialize. And they're not just for Angelenos—Sheckys has events all over the country from the Hamptons to Miami. All kinds of designers converge to set up mini-boutiques, replete with deeply discounted finds. One of my favorites at May's LA event was True Birds, where the reps were styling shoppers with their fun flowery headbands. (A good sales technique—as lots of people bought them once they saw how cute it looked in their hair, including myself!)

And if fashion isn't really your thing, but you'd still like to tag along with your gal pals, don't fret as there are plenty of non-shopping activities on hand. The photo booth was one of the more popular options (as evidenced by the mile-long line!), as was the "S-Factor" corner (where everyone was shouting screams of support at the brave would-be pole dancers). The Haute Hostess Lounge was also a popular destination, as entertaining tips and beachy beverages were on tap.

Of course, one of the biggest draws is the vaunted Shecky's gift bag, which you can snag by paying the $25 admission in advance. The bag typically pays for itself, with treats from companies like Kiss, The Body Shop, Venus Embrace, and Suave Naturals.

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