Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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

Bargain Finds

Women

Off Price DLM

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel
Vernon

YAY!! DLM Off Price has been resurrected as Off Price DLM at Designers Fabrics Warehouse. 

Off Price DLM has the same concept and same steep savings as the original wholesale outlet, but is a brand new company.

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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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2nd Street

Resale Boutique
Los Angeles

Loving fashion can come at a high price tag. But not if you shop at the newly opened 2nd Street resale boutique.

2nd Street is Japans leading resale fashion boutique with over 500 stores. Happily, now L.A, has it’s very own branch on Melrose. Clean, bright, well organized, this delightful shop is packed with a brilliant selection of choice pieces from high end, luxury designer lines and sought after Japanese labels to known name brands for guys and gals at 40-85% savings!

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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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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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American Vintage Revisited

Vintage Thrift Store
Los Angeles

Better than a thrift store, but notch below resale, American Vintage is a gem of a retro thrift store for those of us on a beer budget. No attitude or pretense here. Just lots of clean fun creative pieces for the bohemian artist in you that’s waiting to get out.

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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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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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Fantastik Fakes

Tarzana

Love fun, fine, and statement making fashion jewelry? Have I got a resource for you!

At Fantastik Fakes, you don’t have to spend much on a great fashion jewelry pieces. Here you’ll save 40-75% on fine, statement making fashion & costume jewelry.

You’ll be awed by the incredible selection of gorgeous necklaces, rings, bracelets, hair clips, and more as you walk around this store.

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FIDM Scholarship Store

Los Angeles

The FIDM Scholarship Store is a bargain hunter’s dream store!
Famous designers, boutiques and department stores support the scholarship foundation for the school by donating the inventory here.
The selection here changes literally daily with jaw dropping deals on men’s and women’s tops, pants & jeans, jackets, dresses, gowns, shoes, swimwear, skirts, tees, jewelry, accessories and more.

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Hellen’s Sample Shop

Los Angeles

Smack in the middle of the fashion district is a new manufacturer outlet that carries Trending Women’s Fashion at ridiculously low pricing at 50-95% off original retail.

You’ll find women’s fashion lines like One The Land, Fav Lux, Peach Puff, HyFve, MLV, Blue Moon, Fei Ding, Double Zero and more all priced at $5-$9.

Mostly past seasons, first quality overruns or discontinued styles, these lines retail at $24 -$440 at indie boutiques nationwide.

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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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Imoshion Handbag Outlet

los Angeles

When companies import and manufacturer in large quantities, it is often easier to liquidate remaining product, customer returns, damaged and discontinued styles and samples in an ongoing Warehouse Sample Sale.

Such is the case with Imoshion, a manufacturer of quality, vegan, Fashion Handbags. Handbags, totes, clutches, makeup bags, shoulder and satchels are priced at $5 -$15 instead of $12-$59.

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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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Made by DWC

Women's Resale Boutique
Los Angeles

There are many ways to help people who are homeless. One simple way is to shop at the Made By DWC Resale Shop in Downtown.

At this bright, welcoming and well-organized boutique, you’ll save 30-90% here on new and resale brand and designer apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories with 100% of the profits going to the Downtown Women’s Center.

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Marque Supply Company

Designer Handbags
Irvine

I love quality and love designer goods, especially high-end designer handbags. You’ll never find brand new Louis Vuitton or Gucci handbags discounted because they shred all overruns and samples, keeping the market and value very tight.  Buying thru Ebay and other vendors can be tricky due of authenticity issues. So if you covet these bags and accessories, you should know about the Marque Supply Company.

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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 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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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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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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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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Ritz Resale

Pasadena

Years ago I used to stop in and shop Ritz Resale in Pasadena. Then I thought they closed.

I’m excited to say, I was wrong. They are still open in a different location and still one of the best resale boutique shopping experiences you’ll ever have.

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SCV Warehouse

Discount Fitness Apparel
Santa Clarita

This small warehouse outlet is a liquidator (Appleletics) of women’s fitness apparel where you can save 40-75% on leggings, sports bras, tank tops, camisoles, shorts, zip up jackets and more.

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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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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 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 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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The Siwy Factory Outlet

Designer Denim Factory Outlet
Los Angeles

Buying factory direct from the manufacturer is still the best way to get a great deal. That’s exactly what you get at the Siwy Factory Outlet.

Open just a year, this genuine factory outlet is stocked with past season’s overproduction and sample designer jeans, tops, jackets, sweaters and more at 60-73% off original retail.

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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 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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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2017

Here they are…our Top 10 new Bargain Sources for 2017!

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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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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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