The best of these was Terra Sol Garden Center in Santa Barbara (don't be fooled by the unassuming website--these folks are pros), which had at least a dozen plants I hadn't seen for sale anywhere else. As the more seasoned succ-ers among you know, after a few years as a succulent devotee, this almost never happens anymore outside of plant society sales, so I was seriously stoked.
Of course, I'd never leave you out in the cold, dear readers--I made sure to snap a few pics so you could spend money unwisely vicariously through me.
First, they had a whole slew of Renny hybrids. As many haworthia fans will know, Renny is a legend, and she offers some of the weirdest, most striking, and most richly variegated haworthias out there. Usually I can't afford her plants unless they're wee seedlings--I've seen her stuff on eBay go for hundreds of dollars(!). These particular hybrids were $29.99 each, which is far less than comparable plants would cost on eBay ($50-80). True, there were no extra-special variegated maughaniis or anything, but it was still a cool selection. Observe: