Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

The Premiere Bargain Hunting, Bargain Shopping & Sample Sales Guide for the Los Angeles Area.

Bargain Finds

Apparel

Armani Wells

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Resale Boutique
Studio City

This Valley staple has been selling higher end men’s designer apparel for 60%-85% below retail for over 15 years. Catering to entertainment industry insiders, owner Claudia Wells selects only the best in higher end apparel. Using her discriminating taste and cutting edge fashion sense, she quickly pulls unique items for her clients and helps them develop their perfect look

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Athena Designs

Featured Bargain Find
Jewelry
Torrance

A true Designer and Manufacturer fashion jewelry showroom, Athena Designs is only open a few days every 4-6 weeks to the public. A planned visit is a must to get incredible buys on jewelry pieces at 50%-85% below retail.

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CA Liquidators

Featured Bargain Find
Liquidated Goods
Commerce

Love Bargain Basement pricing? Then you’re gonna totally flip at the CA Liquidators monthly warehouse sales. You’ll find savings of 40%-90% on men’s, women’s and childrens clothing, house wares, home décor, home furnishings, toys, linens, electronics, and more for the entire family.

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DLM Off Price

Featured Bargain Find
Below Wholesale Designer Apparel
Commerce

Wholesale liquidator, DLM Off Price is shopping heaven for bargain fashionistas. Here you can buy brand name and designer label clothing for the whole family at 70%-90% off original retail. REALLY!

DLM buys up end of season remaining product from the Macy’s Group aka Macy’s and Bloomingdales as well as Van Maur, Kohls and other big department stores and sells to resellers most of the time. But on the last Saturday of every month, they sell to the public at jaw dropping savings!

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Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories

Featured Bargain Find
Bridal Veils & Jewelry
North Hollywood

Erica Koesler is a manufacturer of bridal veils and head jewelry that sells last seasons samples directly to the public at 30% off retail to 50% off of wholesale. That’s right… at below wholesale and this stuff is high quality, no bargain basement cheapies here. We’re talking fresh water pearls, Swarovski Crystal, mother of pearl, imported silk laces and more.

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Roger Stuart Clothes

Featured Bargain Find
Men's Suits
Los Angeles

This long time downtown bargain source serves up elegant, top quality Italian suits at 40%-75% off retail. Here you buy direct from the manufacturer and pay wholesale or below on top quality men’s suits.

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Shanes Jewelry

Featured Bargain Find
Fine Jewelry
Los Angeles

Open since 1970, Shanes specializes in wholesale diamonds, along with platinum, 18k and 14k engagement rings, eternity bands and is famous for the “made on the premises” custom design engagement rings that are 25%- 50% below retail.

Talk about no middleman. Here your dealing direct with the manufacturer.

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Shopaholic Sample Sales

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel
Los Angeles

Yippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale has terrific boutique outlets ! ippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale has a terrific outlet boutique!

The carefully selected women’s designer inventory and pricing here speaks for itself. A good 50%-90% off cutting designer wares by Isabel Lu, Lucca Couture,  Eva Franco, Cameo, Finders Keepers, Bobi, Heather, Bordeaux, Aryn K, T Los Angeles and more

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The Outlet By ELS

Featured Bargain Find
Liquidator/ General Merchandise
Azusa

This fun place is a great source for incredible savings on almost anything imaginable. You’ll find apparel, home furnishings, electronics, small and large appliances, home and garden, hardware, home theater, bedding and linens, housewares, sporting, toys and more! All at savings of 40%-80% below retail!

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The Saturday Sale

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Sample / Overstock Sale
Los Angeles

The Saturday Sale at the California Market Center is the way many savvy shoppers buy designer apparel, sportswear and accessories at wholesale and below prices. Women, men and children’s apparel and gifts by known labels are here at 50%-90% off original retail.

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A New Downtown Flea Market

Los Angeles

Vintage enthusiasts? Then catch a new Flea this weekend!

This next Sunday 7/28 (10am-4pm), the new DTLA Flea Market will be take over four parking lots in Downtown’s Historic Core (3rd & Spring) and feature up to 400 vendors selling new and vintage goods

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American Apparel Community Store

Apparel
Los Angeles

The king of casual California apparel is American Apparel. Perhaps it’s because we live more casual lifestyles here in California. Or perhaps we’re beach or fitness focused. Or maybe we are just lazy in our dressing style… But cotton tees, tops and pants are still king here and probably always will be.

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Back to School Necessities

It’s time to get down to the necessities of back to school shopping. Every kid is going to need some kind of back to school supplies, shoes and few pieces of clothing.

If you haven’t already, do go through your kids closets, drawers etc and see what they have that still fits and will work for school for the next few months. Make sure they have enough supplies , that all pens work, calculators have fresh batteries etc.

Then make a list of what they need.

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Burke’s Outlet

Brand Name Clothing and Accessories
Sun City

Save 20%-70% on brand name men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories along with deals on housewares, home decor, linens and more.

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Children’s Orchard

Children's Resale Apparel
Manhattan Beach

New and used apparel for children. Savings of 20%-40% on new apparel, usually overruns or liquidations. Nice presentation of Infant through Pre-Teen apparel in good condition with some furniture, toys, book, videos.

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Childrens Resale Stores

Shopping at kids resale stores when my daughter was little was a real budget saver. She had a great wardrobe and we didn’t have to spend much. Even now at 13, we go in to our local store and I let her pick a couple of items. I used these stores to pick up books, videos/DVDs, shoes, furniture… anything I may have needed at real budget prices.

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Citadel Outlets

Los Angeles

I do like the Citadel Outlet Mall. I like the layout, food court and concierge.

But like every other outlet mall, the Citadel Outlets are now a mix of real genuine outlets mixed with “faux” factory outlets and retail stores with a sale section.

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Dahdoul Textiles

General Merchandise/ Textiles
commerce

I headed over to the Dahdoul Textiles outlet in Commerce this week. I had visited Dahdoul Textiles about 6 years ago and though everything was well below retail, I wasn’t impressed enough with the quality to write about it.  But I thought I should take another look.
Well, I wasn’t really wow’d this time either,  but I did find a few good buys.  Dahdoul sells lower end merchandise priced really cheap… about 10%-30% below what it should go for with a few items priced at a solid 50%-60% savings

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Decker’s Factory Outlet

Shoe Factory Outlet
Ventura

I hadn’t been into the Decker’s Shoe outlet in quite a few years and really wanted to pop in and see what was up.

This Distribution Factory Outlet mostly carries shoes by UGG, Simple, Teva, Tsubo and Mozo at 50%-75% off.

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Deja Vu Fashions

Claremont

Back when I was teaching at Scripps College in Claremont, I used to stop into Déjà Vu Resale. I hadn’t been in a long time, so it was time to go back.

Wow… this women’s resale shop has gotten even better. They are bigger, have a better selection of designer goods for women as well as vintage clothing for gals and guys….and they even have a small room with vintage home décor finds…. All at 30%-90% below retail everyday!

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Department Store Outlet

Pomona

Are you a bargain basement shopper? Willing to go the extra mile to score rock bottom pricing. If that’s you, a visit to Department Store Outlet is in order.

This is a funky, self serve, no frills shopping adventure in an old store front. There are just incredible deals of 65%-95% off retail on past seasons, department store overstock, customer returns, and distressed merchandise in better men, women and children’s clothing and house wares.

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Designer Fashion Exchange

Women's Designer Apparel
Gardena

I was delightfully surprised when I walked into Designer Fashion Exchange and found it to be a superior outlet for women’s better apparel at 50%-95% below original retail.

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Ed Hardy Outlet

Apparel
Culver City

This company outlet store has savings of 50%-70% on last seasons signature duds by Ed Hardy, Christian Audigier, and Smet in tops, tees, hoodies, jeans, shoes, jackets, tunics, fashion accessories and more for women, guys and kids.

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Encore Nouveau Boutique

Women's Designer Resale
Burbank

Valley bargainistas have a “new on the scene” women’s resale boutique, Encore Nouveau. Not quite your typical resale boutique, this cute, cutting edge, fun boutique is filled with a well edited of women’s designer resale, vintage and new designer samples at 40%-80% off the original retail.

Across the street from It’s a Wrap, you won’t find the upper crust of designers. Just stylin quality fashion designer duds at super affordable pricing.

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Entre Nous

Women's Resale Apparel
Los Angeles

This small resale boutique packs a serious punch with real deals on real couture women’s apparel. Gucci, Versace, Marni, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenburg, Richard Tyler, Missoni, Badgley Mischka, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and more grace the racks and shelving here at 40%-75% below market prices.

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Gift of Garb

Eaglerock

Sometimes a perfect little women’s resale boutique pops up that really nails it! Gift of Garb in Eagle Rock does just that with savings of 50%-85% on a well currated selection of women’s better designer labels in clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.

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Glamour Closet

Bridal
Los Angeles

Billed as a Sample Sale, this outlet carries brand new in season and past season samples, discontinued and designer overstock gowns by such notables as Vera Wang, Reem Acra Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Kenneth Pool, Amsale, Elizabeth Fillmore, Jenny Packham, Ulla Maija and more.

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Henry’s Shoe Experience

Discount Designer Shoes
Hawaiian Gardens, CA

Attention Shoe Divas! Have I’ve got a place for you!
If you love better designer shoes at bargain basement prices, you’ll go absolutely berserk at Henry’s Shoe Experience.

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Hi Fashion $5.99

Brand Name Fashion Apparel
Los Angeles / Multiple Listings

Normally when I see a store sign like Hi Fashion $5.99, I immediately believe it’s a store full of crap-ola junk that’s not really worth $5.99. But “contempt before investigation” is a flaw I am trying to overcome, so I went in.

Glad I did…

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Joie/ Current Elliott/ Equipment Sample Store

Vernon
Vernon

Like you, I can’t always make it to sample and warehouse sales. Sometimes hanging with the family, being with friends or even taken care of the house usurp any shopping I may be interested in doing.

So I was delighted when I visited the Joie Sample Store at the Joie/ Current Elliott, Equipment headquarters.

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Kasper Outlet

Women's Designer Apparel
Ontario

Average prices run 20%-60% below retail on last season and this seasons women’s suits, career separates and wardrobe essentials. They also had 2 suits for $149.99 and last spring’s suits at $49 or less. Complete inventory turnover here is every six months. Sizes run 2-16.

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La Belle Armoire

Womens Designer Resale Apparel
Costa Mesa

Mom taught me to buy the best quality I could afford… the problem was I rarely could afford the best quality in anything. So I started haunted resale clothing, furniture and appliances stores, occasionally buying the best quality and style for far less.

So when I walked into La Belle Armoire in Costa Mesa, I knew immediately I had fallen into a gem.

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Lip Service Outlet Store

Los Angeles

Boy… Oh Boy!

For those of you who like Industrial Victorian, Rock n Roll, Street, Gothic, Alternative, Steampunk, Clubwear styled clothing…. or just a hint of it, you’re gonna flip at the Lip Service Factory Outlet!

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Liquidation Center

Liquidation
Upland

Savings of 30%-90% on closeouts and liquidated goods in clothing, houswares, tools, home decor, bric a brac. A store full of surprises.

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Liquidation Gallery

San Dimas

Tucked away in the back of an industrial complex is a warehouse outlet that hardy, intrepid, treasure seeking bargain shoppers will love, The Liquidation Gallery.

These guys are jobbers, buying inventories, odd lots and one-of-a-kind items from auctions, businesses, estate sales, factories, manufacturers, stores, distributors etc. Everything else is fair game and they go for rock bottom prices so they can resell these items, both new and used, at 25%-80% below market retail everyday

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Lisa M Clothing Boutique Outlet

Women's Clothing
Woodland Hills

Many outlet boutiques tend to stay off the radar of the general public, opting for word of mouth to spread the news. Most of these have inside access to better designer labels, snapping them up at bargain basement pricing and then selling them to the public at substantial savings.

Such is the case with Lisa M Clothing.

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Magic Kids Outlet

Canoga Park

Having kids is expensive. The USDA estimates the cost of raising a child through age 18 averages around $300,000. So parents have to be inventive and resourceful to keep cost down.

A new outlet that will help keep the clothing costs way down is the Magic Kids Outlet in Canoga Park

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Magnolia Commons

Women's Resale apparel
Burbank

This recession has changed some shopping destinations for the better. Cool, funky vintage stores along with antiques stores and consignment stores are popping up all over Burbank lately. New on the scene is The Magnolia Commons.

Technically it’s a women’s and gents resale store. But unlike other stiffer consignment stores it has a cool vintage / classy vibe to it that compels you to shop for one of a kind treasures.

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Mary & Rafa’s Discount Outlet

Liquidator
Montebello

As liquidation stores go, Mary’s and Rafa’s Discount Outlet is a classic off price liquidator. Here they liquidate department store overstock, customer returns, excess product and freight damaged items selling them to the public at 35%-80% savings.

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My Favorite Designer Clothing Resale Shops

If you love resale shopping as much as I do, you should be familiar with some of these.
Here’s a round up of some of my favorite resale haunts for men and women. There are a lot more than just these. But each has it’s own special allure….

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Nine West Outlets

Women's Shoes & Handbags
Multiple locations

Nine West, like most manufactures, has factory overruns, samples, and back stock that didn’t sell out. These end of season and past seasons products end up at their several Southern California outlets at savings of 25%-75% off.

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OC Outlet

Fullerton

If you love labels like Splendid, Ella Moss, Tart, Mimo and American Rag you should know about the OC Outlet.

This neat little boutique is stuffed with women’s designer fashions originally offered at Bloomies, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s at 50%-85% off.  The selection here trends younger so it’s a perfect haunt for teens and younger adults.

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Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse

Shoes and Accessories
Irvine

Men’s and women’s current designer shoes at 20%-70% below retail. Big designer names, huge selection, no kids.
Accessories too.

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Off Fifth

Hi-End Designer Items
Ontario

The Saks Fifth Ave outlet has discounts on high-end, designer items 25%-70% off original retail. Designer clothing for men and women, accessories in designer handbags, shoes, scarves, jewelry and leather goods. Cosmetics by Estee Lauder, Clinque and Bobbie Brown.

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Once Upon a Child

Children's Resale Apparel and Furniture
La Crescenta

A larger resale store with a terrific selection of cribs, furnishings, toys, strollers, hi-chairs, books, bedding and apparel from infant to size 12. Good selection of labels from boutique brands to department store. Savings are 50%-85% off original retail

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Platos Closet

Junior Resale Apparel
Hawaiian Gardens

If you’ve got tweens or teens at home, you know the trials and tribulations of back to school clothes shopping. They want to look cool as well as be fashionable and hip all at the same time.  Thank God for Platos Closet.

This teen and young adult resale fashion boutique dedicated to what “on trend” specifically for ages 12- 25, but at pricing that is 60%-75% less

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Price Coast Outlet

Montclair

If you think you’ve been to Price Coast Outlet….you haven’t. Only open a couple of months, this Inland Empire bargain shopping gem is not associated with an Orange County outlet with a similar name.

The deals here run from good to eye popping…. A cool 30%- 75% off retail pricing

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Real Cheap Sports

Sporting Goods
Ventura

The outlet for Patagonia, you’ll find high quality sports apparel, hiking, climbing, and other sporting goods all at 10%-60% off everyday. Discontinued, overruns etc. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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Red Balloon Warehouse Outlet

Womes & Childrens Designer Clothing
Costa Mesa

All good boutiques have end of season sales. But what do they do with what’s left over after the sale? Some sell their extra product to jobbers and outlets. Some store product for months and then have a huge sale. Then some. like the OC’s Red Balloon open a Warehouse Outlet and sell their remaining product at 65% off their original retail price.

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Researching Around Town

I visit a lot of stores that are great bargain stores. But some don’t always fit the mission of BargainsLA.  Just Friday, I had to pick up my kid in Santa Monica, so I left 4 hours early and stopped at a multitude of stores on route. Only one out of four fit the criteria. Here’s how it went down.

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Rosebuds & Rosestuds

South Pasadena

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know how expensive children can be. One of the best ways to save are shopping at childrens’s consignment stores.

New on the scene is Rosebuds and Rosestuds Children’s Consignment. This cute little store has a vast selection of new and gently used upscale children’s apparel, shoes, toys, books, cribs, strollers and more at 40%-75% off the original retail.

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Simply Vintageous

Los Angeles

I love vintage apparel. But because it’s now considered chic to wear all things vintage, the prices have sky rocketed.

You’ll find more down to earth prices on coveted vintage pieces at Simply Vintageous on Melrose Ave.  This Pop Up has a well edited selection of vintage evening gowns, outer wear, separates and sportswear from coveted, well know labels to bargain basement womens’ resale items at 20%-65% below market.

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Splendid / Ella Moss Factory Outlet Store

Los Angeles

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! This is exciting…. Splendid / Ella Moss has a real Factory Outlet store at their corporate headquarters with savings of 30%-70% off retail on both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.

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Steven Alan Outpost

Los Angeles

Sometimes it is a curse to have good taste. Many of the things in life that are well designed and well crafted, tend to be more expensive.

Those of you with good taste are surely familiar with the clothing line of Steven Alan. Found at stores like Barney’s, Urban Outfitters and Steven Alan boutiques, I was surprised to find they had an outlet store…. The Steven Alan Outpost.

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Super Sample Sale

woodland hills

A new small outlet offers brand name clothing and accessories for men and women at 60%-90% everyday. Though the location is new, the wholesale operation has been around awhile selling to major department stores and boutiques

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Territory Ahead Catalogue Outlet

Accessories
Santa Barbara

Outlet for Territory Ahead, you’ll find savings of 20%-80% off end of season, discontinued casual outdoor apparel, accessories and gifts. Higher quality.

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That Jean Shop

Los Angeles

We normally buy new jeans in the Winter. Our favorite source for designer jeans at a discount, The Warehouse Sale, was a no show this season.

So I went looking for deals on designer denim.  I found That Jean Shop in Los Angeles

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The Basement

Women's Clothing Outlet
Santa Monica

Smack dab in the middle of downtown Santa Monica and downtown L,A. is clothing outlet, The Basement.

I stopped into the small, 2-story outlet in Santa Monica. Here they sell manufacturer overruns, closeouts, samples, discontinued and past seasons items at $5-$15, with a few items priced up at $30…. Savings run 40%-90% off depending upon brand.

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The Clothing Market

Women's Clothing Outlet
Montrose

One of my favorite areas in Southern California is the Montrose Shopping district. Nestled between Glendale and La Crescenta, this area has a small town feel with weekly Farmers Markets, Art Walks, Christmas Parades, Seasonal Festivals and a bunch of rather good restaurants. In the heart of this charming area is a women’s clothing manufactures outlet, The Clothing Market.

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The Deals Center

Costco Liquidator
Stanton

I love finding small businesses who liquidate customer returns and overstock from Costco. The Deals Center is one of those small, family run outlets that sells Costco items at 35%-75%  below retail.

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The Guess Factory Outlet

Los Angeles

Like bargain basement prices? Then you’ll totally dig the Guess Factory outlet.
A quick visit at this downtown Factory Outlet for Guess had me oohing and aahing at the prices. $5, $10, $15 on almost everything in store in men’s and women’s shoes, jeans, shirts, dresses, tees and more… all at 50%-95% off.

But it’s a bit deceiving here…. In an odd way.

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The Long Beach Antique Market

On the Third Sunday of every month, The Long Beach Antique Market happens at Veterans Stadium on the Long Beach Community College Campus.

Packed with hundreds of vendors, (over 600 on this last visit) you’ll find everything from Victorian treasures to Mid Century furniture and jewelry to re-purposed/ distressed items at prices that average 30%-60% below market retail.

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The Mint Fashion Exchange

Womens' Resale Boutique
Simi Valley

Some recommendations are better than others. So I jumped on the opportunity to check out a Simi Valley resale boutique. The Mint Fashion Exchange offers Simi Valley bargainistas a great source for bargain shopping for better quality brand name and designer clothing in mint to near mint at 50%-85% off original retail

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The Missing Link

General Liquidator
Ontario

Every liquidation company seems to have it’s niche.  Marine Cargo Claims handles unclaimed cargo freight directly off the docks. Meaning they’ll buy any kind of item here that moves by ship, truck and rail. From designer clothing to home furnishings, toys to electronics, housewares, tools… even building materials.

Luckily for us, they have an outlet, The Missing Link. 

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The Rip Curl Outlet

Santa Ana

Summer is here, beach weather is now everyday and the sun is out. Time for some play clothes!

If you need a bathing suit, swim trunks, boards shorts, beach wear or even a wet suit, then head over to the Rip Curl Outlet in Santa Ana for savings of 30%-80% on the Rip Curl line.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2012

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2012!

Every year we research dozens of new stores, outlets and discounters. Out of these we pick the top ten new sources for each year. It isn’t easy, but here they are.

See if you agree.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2013

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2013!

Another year gone and well over 70 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best with some pretty cool Honorable Mentions!

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Top Shoes

Women's Shoes
Los Angeles

Top Shoes is a liquidation outlet specializing in manufacturer overruns, discontinued or end of season fashion shoes. Some well know brand names as well as knock offs are here at prices that will make you giggle…. 50%-90% off.

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Trina Turk Outlet

Women's Designer Apparel
Alhambra

The Trina Turk Outlet is located at rear of their sample cutting factory in Alhambra. Savings look to run 50%-85% off original retail. More like a boutique than an outlet, everything in stock appears to be first quality overruns. The outlet only sells merchandise that is 6 months old or older.

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Twinkle Twice

5 locations
Whittier

One of the best ways for moms to save money on children’s clothing is to shop resale / consignment shops where you can find some serious bargains on gently used kids stuff.  Now moms can add a few more places to their list with Twinkle Twice Children’s Resale Boutiques.

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Urban Outfitters Surplus Store

Urban Outfitters Outlet
Sherman Oaks

A quick trip to Sherman Oaks proved to be a fruitful stop. Here is where Urban Outfitters has opened up a Surplus Outlet store.

At over 10,000 square feet you have plenty of room to shop for bargains on men’s women’s clothing and accessories at 30%-90% off.

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Vertigo Outlet

Los Angeles

Researching downtown can be a drag, but it has it’s benefits. When one hopeful bargain source is impossible to get in to, you can find another pretty fast, often by just walking a block or so. That’s how I happily stumbled into the Vertigo Outlet.

This outlet looks like a boutique. But it’s is an official Vertigo Paris outlet … and the prices are 50%-90% below original retail

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Wear It Once, Wear It Twice

Burbank

I started shopping children’s resale stores when our daughter was born.  I saved thousands of dollars on her wardrobe, toys, books, furniture etc. Considering it costs over 200,000 to raise one kid to age 18, saving money is important, no matter what income bracket you’re in.

For parents in the San Fernando Valley, a good resource is Wear it Once Wear it Twice children’s resale in Burbank

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Wilson’s Leather Outlet

Burbank

I had researched the Wilson Leather Outlet years ago… and wasn’t impressed. But businesses change, and sometimes for the better. A pop in this last weekend had me cheering!

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