We admit it. We failed to alert you to the sample sale last weekend at Tortoise General Store, a great importer of Japanese design in Venice. The good news, however: Because our notice never got published, the usual crowd never showed, leaving us (and you) with a second chance. The store will stage another sample sale today starting at noon and ending at 6:30 p.m. -- earlier if everything sells. The merchandise will consist solely of sample pieces from the owner's buying trips to Japan. Think stationery, specialty plates and other housewares. Regular TGS merchandise will not be marked down, and the sample sale is cash only. 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (310) 314-8448; www.tortoisegeneralstore.com.