by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
If the bad economy has you searching for some bargains, check out this list to find out where to go for great discount shopping in Los Angeles and beyond.
Updated: March 07, 2011
Walk a mile in your favorite leading lady's pair of Choos. Literally. Fashionistas looking to find high-end style on a low-end budget are thanking their lucky starlets that Celebrity Closet Raider founder, Regina Russell, has taken her online designer consignment business to the streets. If you can't squeeze into Eva Longoria's size 0 mini, the Sunset Boulevard storefront also has a wide selection of never-worn designer overruns from upscale boutiques like A. Mason and Jill Kohl.
Does it get any better than 50%-98% off retail? We don't think so. FIDM's Scholarship store has loads of clothes from major department stores, boutiques and wholesalers, all donated to teach students how to run and operate their own retail outlet. Those who are handy with a needle and thread won't want to miss the 'repairable corner? where you'll find designer duds for as low as $1.50!
Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, this Alhambra outlet of the famed designer's easy-breezy looks is proof you don't have to drive to Cabazon for great outlet shopping. Hidden behind a barred iron gate, this hidden find is adjacent to the designer's sample cutting factory. Once inside, the small shop feels more like an upscale boutique than a discount mecca. Merchandise is 50% off wholesale prices, but if you're looking for an even bigger steal be sure to join the mailing list to find out about the outlet's annual sample sales where everything (yes, everything!) is between $10-$50.
No, you're not dreaming. There really is a BCBG/Max Azria outlet in Los Angeles. And with all that "hair" on the building, it's hard to miss it. This chic corner shop is where you can get designer duds from past seasons at a fraction of the cost as well as cocktail dresses, silk blouses, sequined halters and evening handbags at 50%-80% off retail prices. Just try leaving this shop without swiping your credit card. We dare you.
American Apparel's giant downtown warehouse is also home to the brand's own factory store, where you'll find all your favorite AA basics at a lower price point. The megastore houses loads of the brand's overruns like fleece hoodies, cotton v-necks and spandex galore! One caveat: Be sure to inspect your clothes before you buy as some items are damaged and all sales are final.
I'd buy that for a dollar! Forget Sunday brunch, it's all about Sunday bunches of clothes for just $1. Jet Rag's beloved weekly ritual starts at 9am when the store unloads their leftover clothing onto the parking lot. Sort through the massive piles and you just might be rewarded with everything from fab vintage scarves to ironic tees to cool pairs of jeans all priced at just a buck each.