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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CA Liquidators

Featured Bargain Find
Warehouse Sales
Commerce

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

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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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Happy Eyes

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Eyeware/Prescription Glasses
Glendale

Happy Eyes is a real gem of a store that has had held prices down since they opened in 1992.  Frames start at $25 for non designer.  Single vision lens start at $35. Bifocals start at $65 and at Happy Eyes you can get transitions lens starting at $98. He even has Blu Tech blocking coating at $135 instead of $250 elsewhere and Progressive lens start at $125.

Plus they have a great selection of designer frames at 30%-40% below market retail.

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Joie / Current Elliott / Equipment Factory Outlet

Featured Bargain Find
Designer Factory Outlet
Vernon

OMG! It’s 3 outlets in one! 

The Joie /Current Elliott /Equipment Factory Outlet has steep discounts of 60%-85% of original retail on both in season samples and past seasons over production.

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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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Shopaholic Sample Sales

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel
Los Angeles

Yippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale has terrific boutique outlets !
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 20%-60% 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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Trove

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Apparel Resale
Los Angeles

New, hipster, Westside resale boutique Trove is a gem!  Packed with women’s designers fashions, home décor and gift items all at pricing that will keep you coming at 60%-85% off original retail!

I spotted women’s fashions by Gucci, Chanel, Calvin Klein, Theory, Nine West, Stuart Weitzmann, Steve Madden, Mossimo, Emilio Pucci, My Tribe, Diane von Furstenberg, Top Shop, Ann Taylor, Halogen, Free People, Madewell, Roxy, Banana Republic, Nanette Lepore….

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7 For All Mankind Outlet

Designer Jeans Outlet
Los Angeles

Talk about a great pairing of Outlets!

Located in the new, not yet finished Alameda Square, the 7 For All Mankind Outlet is right next door to the Splendid / Ella Moss Outlet.

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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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Barini Leather

Leather Handbags
Studio City

I’m always looking for new places… bargain hot spots that offer high quality at a substantial discount.  When I find one, I get extremely excited!

Such is the case with Barini Leather in Studio City. If you love high end, quality crafted handbags…. but not the over the top prices, you’ll go nuts here! Amazingly beautiful, meticulously crafted Italian leather handbags, wallets, briefcases are made here at prices that are 50%-90% below what you’d expect to pay

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Brilliant Bridal

Whittier

Brilliant Bridal is a new off price retailer of designer Bridal Gowns specializing in selling designer overstock and closeout wedding gowns “off-the-rack” direct to the public at 25%-70% below original retail.

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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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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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Costless Wholesale

La Habra

Let’s face it, life can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be as expensive if you know about Costless Wholesale in La Habra.

This reasonably well-organized outlet store sells household items, electronics, housewares, clothing, furniture, accessories, garden and more at 15%-60% below original retail.

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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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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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Estate Sale Companies

Estate Sale Companies

Some outstanding bargains can be found at Estate Sales. We’ve bagged, bargain basement steals on glassware, artworks, tools, plants, furniture, patio, vintage apparel and much more at 20%-75% below market value

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Fabric Merchants Retail Outlet

Los Angeles

Buying direct from the wholesale manufacturer is still the best way to get the best price on anything…. Including fabric. Fabric Merchants Retail Outlet is that store.

With over 1 million rolls of fabric, their public warehouse retail outlet has savings of 50%-85% on apparel and home décor fabrics.

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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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It’s Back to School Again!

Good lord… It’s back… Back to school that is! It’s that time of year for kids to get ready to go back to school.

So let’s start with the best sources for the basics.

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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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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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Love at Second Sight

Westlake Village

Any chic female shopper who is attune to value understands the joys of resale shopping. Buying resale designer clothing is one of the best ways to build a stylish wardrobe with upscale apparel at a fraction of the price.

In the know shoppers should put upscale resale boutique, Love at Second Sight on their “must visit” list. 

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Maria’s Fashion

One of the problems I have with designer jean Warehouse Sales as well as Online Shopping, is generally you can not try on the jeans.

You can get away with not trying on a shirt, a skirt and sometimes jackets. But you have to try on jeans. Happily there is Maria’s Fashion in Alhambra.

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Mother’s Secret

Orange

When my daughter was little, one of my favorite haunts was a kids resale boutique in Orange called Mothers Secret. I would regularly stop after work and pick up a few items and chat with other Moms. It was a great resource for my fast growing kid.

Since my last visit, the store has moved down the street from the old location.

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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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On Que Style Outlet

Irvine

I thought I’d seen just about every kind of women’s resale boutique out there. Low end, high end, Urban, Niche luxury handbags…. The works. But up to now I had never seen an outlet for one.  Yes, I said “Outlet”.

Corona Del Mars luxury women’s resale boutique On Que Style is terrific all on it’s own, selling better higher end women’s brands at 50%-75% off original retail. But it was their Outlet store that blew my mind.

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One Stop Bargain Shopping

One stop outlets and sales

If you could get a large chunk of your shopping at one place, at much lower prices, wouldn’t you go? Ya, me too!

Here are several one-stop bargain shopping places to bag bargains on everything from electronics to lingerie for a lot less!

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Open Box Stores

San Bernardino

With online shopping becoming the norm, internet stores are now taking even more customer returns. These open box items are then sold to liquidators like Open Box Stores that sell them to the public at 25%-65% below retail everyday.

Tucked into a corner of a mini mall, this good sized outlet is packed with just about everything. You’ll find toys, tools, sporting goods, furniture, small appliances, linens, apparel, office, kitchenware, gift, beauty and jewelry items that were returns, shelf pulls or new overstock items.

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Owl Talk

Eagle Rock

Of late I have been bemoaning how un-inspiring some of todays fashions are. I just haven’t been inspired. So my daughter decided I need to go with her to an old favorite vintage shop in Eagle Rock, Owl Talk. I hadn’t been in, in years. I had forgotten how much I loved it.

Since 1994, this quaint, unpretentious family run shop has continued to out do itself with solid buys on women’s vintage apparel.

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Pink Plum

Pasadena

If like me, you love to hunt for deals at Flea Markets, Thrifts and Vintage stores, you’ll love Pink Plum in Pasadena. This classic vintage, retro store has a wide array of items ranging from knick knacs and jewelry to furniture, home deco, shoes, clothing and accessories all under one roof at prices that are much less than what you’d expect.

Here they keep it real with vintage, used and antiques items generally running 20%-70% less than antique malls.

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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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Return Engagement Resale Boutique

Redondo Beach

It’s always refreshing when a long established business keeps getting it right.

Return Engagement Resale Boutique in Redondo Beach has been a gem of a women’s resale boutique for nearly 20 years. During a recent visit they proved to continually be on the edge of the designer fashion trends as well as keeping it real…. And deliciously well priced.

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Santa Paula Trading Company

Santa Paula

Heading up to Ojai or Ventura? Then you must stop in Santa Paula and visit the Santa Paula Trading Company.

Part resale boutique, part hipster discount boutique, Santa Paul Trading is everything cool boutique filled with great deals for guys and gals with discounts of 40%-90%.

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Shareen Vintage

Women's Vintage Apparel
Los Angeles

Shareen Vintage in downtown Los Angeles is where you can find cool vintage apparel for less. Their funky warehouse packed with racks and racks of vintage women’s clothing from as early as the 1920’s to as late as the 1990’s was all super affordable. I had a hard time finding anything priced here higher than $100.

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Smart Buy Outlet

Some outlet stores are so big they are exhausting to shop. That’s not the case at Smart Buy Outlet. These well organized, well lit stores have a good selection without being overwhelming…. all at 30%-70% below original retail.

Buying liquidated merchandise from manufacturers as well as Costco, Sam’s Club, Macy’s, Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond, you’ll find some great buys in housewares, bedding, linens, furniture, small appliances, clothing and more.

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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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Start Rescue Resale Store

Sherman Oaks

If you love cats or dogs, but cannot adopt, foster or rescue yourself, you can still support organizations that help animals get adopted. Just by shopping at or donated items at the Start Rescue Resale Store.

This little boutique like store is a mash-up of a high-end resale and thrift store goods at savings of 40%-70% off original retail.

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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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The Closet Trading Company

The fashion savvy, the well-heeled and sharp female shoppers all recognize the value of shopping at resale clothing boutiques like The Closet Trading Company.

These nicely curated, easy to shop resale boutiques are a perfect size with just the right amount of inventory. You’ll find gently used, top designers like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Chanel, Chloe, Clover Canyon, Dolce & Gabbana….

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The Gap Factory Outlet

Burbank

Having been in several Gap Factory Outlets before, I know they sell a lot of “Made just for the Outlet” clothing. But at their Burbank Outlet location, I was surprised to see more higher quality product and a good selection discounted 20%-70%.

Located right in the heart of downtown Burbank, near the Media Center mall and local restaurants and theaters, it’s a good location to pop into for some well-priced basic dressing for the whole family.

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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 Marika Factory Outlet

Women's activewear outlet
Bell

Hey ladies!

If you work out at all… that means, yoga, dance, cross fit, boxing, Zumba, weight training, running or anything else, you’re gonna want to know about the newly opened Marika Outlet with savings of 60%-80% on activewear for women.

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The Plus Bus

Los Angeles

So what do you do when you can’t find a Plus Size selection of clothing at resale stores like Crossroads? You open your own resale boutique.

That’s exactly what two savvy professional plus size women did. Marcy and Jen opened up the Plus Bus in Glassell Park to serve fashionable plus size women who love a great deal.

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This N That

Fountain Valley

While out and about in the OC last week, I came across a charming little thrift/ consignment store, call This N That.

Initially I stopped in cause I tend to love little hole in the wall stores that sell used items. But as I wandered thru the place I noticed the prices are at least 10%-50% lower than other resale / thrifts.

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Throw Back Junction

San Fernando

If you love cool recycled resale apparel, you’ll love Throw Back Junction! This new indie used clothing store has a well-curated selection of used, vintage, name brand and designer apparel at 50%-85% off original retail.

You’ll find clothes for just about every member of your family, from teens to grandpa here in over 4000 sq feet of trending, edgy, and fashion staples!

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2014

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2014!

Another year gone and well over 65 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2015

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2015!

Another year gone and well over 65 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2016

Here they are…our top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2016!

Another year gone and well over 70 new hot bargain places reviewed. Here’s the best of the best.

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Trina Turk Outlet

South Pasadena

Way back in the day, Trina Turk clothing was not as well known as her line is today and she had a little outlet at her Alhambra headquarters. But times change, her brand grew globally and the outlet disappeared. Even though you could still shop her incredible Sample Sales, I for one, missed the outlet.

So I was thrilled to find they had opened a small new outlet in South Pasadena.

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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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Uptown Cheapskate

Lake Forest

Anyone who knows anything about bargain shopping knows that you can find some amazing deals at Thrift and Resale shops. Whether you’re looking for upscale chic or trending fashions, new on the block resale store, Uptown Cheapskate has what you want.

Like Crossroads and the like, this shop is more focused for those under 35 with both used items and brand new pieces at 40%-80% below original retail.

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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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Walker Viden Luxury Consignment

Pasadena

Though I live a more casual lifestyle, I still want the best, for less. I am not motivated as much by brand or designer as I am by quality and design. Thankfully, I have found Walker Viden in Pasadena.

Just open 8 months, this small, charmingly sophisticated shop carries the very best women’s designer brands at 50%-75% off 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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