Suzanne O’Connor’s Bargains LA

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

Bargain Finds

Women

Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories

Featured Bargain Find
Bridal Veils & Jewelry

Erica Koesler is a famous designer of bridal veils and bridal jewelry that sells last seasons samples directly to the public at 50% off retail to 75% off retail. That’s right… at wholesale and below. and this line 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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La Dolce Vitae

Featured Bargain Find
Luxury Designer Apparel

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

You can have the best for less, at the new Dolce Vitae Warehouse Outlet!

 Now open everyday, you will save 30-85% on authentic luxury handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories by Versace, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Loubotin, Montcler, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney and more!

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Off Price DLM

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Designer Apparel

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

Yippee! The Shopaholic Sample Sale is one amazing designer fashion outlet!
You won’t feel like you’re shopping an outlet, it’s only the discounted pricing that gives that away. Here you’re shopping a beautifully edited fashion boutique, complete with personal service.

The carefully selected women’s designer inventory and pricing here speaks for itself. A good 40%-70% off !

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The Outlet By ELS

Featured Bargain Find
Liquidator/ General Merchandise

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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Trove

Featured Bargain Find
Women's Apparel Resale

Westside resale boutique Trove is a gem!  Packed with women’s designers fashions, shoes, handbags, home décor and gift items all at pricing that will keep you smiling at 60%-90% 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

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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Barini Leather

If you love high end, quality crafted handbags…. but not the over the top prices, you’ll go nuts at Barini Leather.

At his shop, you’ll find beautifully crafted, high quality leather pieces at 40-70% below similar retail. If you only buy designer labels, for the designer name, his shop isn’t for you. Barini’s Leather is for people who demand quality, insist on beautiful design and who really love leather.

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Brilliant Bridal

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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Citadel Outlets

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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Clothes Heaven

Women's Resale Boutique

There are resale shops … and then there are resale boutiques.

A standout amongst the very best is Clothes Heaven. This long time resale boutique is a gem for savvy fashionistas! 

Owner, Larayne offers top designers, curated in both current and vintage as well as a personalized experience like no other… at steep discounts.

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Costless Wholesale

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

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

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

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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Fantastik Fakes

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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GR-Outlet

Family run business are always fun for me to recommend. They generally tend to have better deals!

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Imoshion Handbag Outlet

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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Joie Factory Store

When you can’t rush to another sample sale, you can enjoy easy, relaxed discount factory outlet shopping at the Joie/ Current Elliott/ Equipment Factory store in Vernon.

Located at the corporate headquarters, you’ll save 60-85% on all three labels at this genuine Factory Outlet.

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La Belle Armoire

Womens Designer Resale Apparel

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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LFT by No Rest for Bridget

Cute, trending women’s fast fashion has it’s place in our closets. It adds fun and festiveness to our wardrobe. But finding it for less… well that’s even more fun!

The LFT by No Rest for Bridget Outlet does just that. Here you’ll find past seasons overstock plus some pieces from the current selection at the regular stores at 30-85% off!

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Lorna Jane Outlet Store

There has been a slew of women’s yoga wear/ workout wear sample sales this last month in Los Angeles. But where do you go when those Sample Sales are not happening…. The Lorna Jane Outlet in Santa Monica.

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Macy’s Backstage

Off Price Fashion & Home Outlet

This off price outlet resembles a mix of Ross Dress for Less with TJ Maxx and a bit of Nordtrom’s Rack influence thrown in. You’ll find brand name and designer clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, home goods & décor at 25-65% below original retail.

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Nine West Outlets

Women's Shoes & Handbags

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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Off Fifth

Hi-End Designer Items

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

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

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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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

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

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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Shareen Vintage

Women's Vintage Apparel

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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Territory Ahead Catalogue Outlet

Accessories

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 Guess Factory Outlet

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

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

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

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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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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Top 10 Bargain Sources for 2018

Every year we research nearly 100 discount outlets, warehouses, off prices sellers and discount stores. Some get a good review… some don’t.

Of the ones we reviewed in 2018, here are our top picks! Our Frugal Bugle Awards….

Our Top 10 New Bargain Sources for 2018!

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Trina Turk Outlet

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

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

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

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

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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