The crowds at Billion Dollar Babes sample sales events have grown to Comic Con–size proportions as bargain-savvy style hounds line up for a chance to sniff out the latest high-end designer fashions (like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, DVF, Chloe) for less — we're talking up to 80 percent less. What started out, in 2001 in Hollywood, as a massive, multidesigner discount-shopping spree has become a two-day A-list partay with cocktails, DJs, swag and complimentary beauty treatments. But no need to camp out on the sidewalk days ahead to secure your place, or fight to the death for your Fendi. You can buy a VIP pass for $100 a year that gets you into events two hours before the rest of the flock. Early birds get the Jimmy Choos. Holiday sale, Nov. 6-7, Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. (323) 964-6356.

—Linda Immediato

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