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    The Original Flower Market: Go to an Original For Orchids & More

    by marinarena Written Apr 21, 2014

    To impress a special loved one, many love to go to downtown L.A. to get top quality flowers. Frugal flower givers know that here at the Original Flower Market, the best value of flowers, especially for occasions like Valentine's Day, Easter and Mother's Day are most affordable in the city. Within the mart, floral items are fairly organized well. The general public can compete with local floral wholesalers and resellers in the selling floor to get gorgeous global flowers- from orchids to peonies, white hydrangea and about everything else in between.

    Allow your some time to find parking in the area, which is decently priced, $4 in the designated rooftop lot. Generally in this part of downtown, parking is not so expensive. If you come on Saturday, there is much lighter traffic. park at your own risk, esp with street metered parking. The area here is a little on a shabby side but generally during the day, you can feel secure here.

    Come on the weekend, at the solar powered mart, where it's just $1 to enter for the public. Otherwise it's $2 during the week.


    Come early here. Best chance of parking available.

    Operating hours:
    Mon & Wed, 8am - 12pm
    Tue & Thurs, 6am - 11am
    Fri 8am - 2pm
    Sat, 6am - 2pm
    Sun, Closed

    What to buy: Bouquets like rainbow roses- in blues, yellows and red in shades of Crayola crayons!

    What to pay: from 90 cents a stems for some flowers

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    Burbank Town Center: Shop Till You Drop

    by Basaic Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Burbank Center is three floors of shopping. It has some of the normal shops you find in other shopping malls and a number of more unique, trendy shops. The decor is worth seeing on its own. Of course the mall is also full of Southern Californians so it is great for people watching. Extensive selection of food too. Mall Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 9 PM; Saturday: 10AM to 8n PM; and Sunday: 11 AM to 7 PM.

    What to buy: Whatever you want. Stores include: Macy’s, Mervyn’s, Sears, Sport Chalet, Bed Bath & Beyond, AMC Theater (14 screens), Old Navy, New York & Company, American Eagle, Zales, Aldo Shoes, and Charlotte Russe.

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    by travel-bugg Updated Apr 4, 2011

    WESC simply has cool t-shirts and streetwear. They cater to a younger skater crowd, but I've found their stuff to be super comfortable and trendy.

    Since they only have one store in the USA right now (in Los Angeles) you're bound to find something unique.

    What to buy: t-shirts and streetwear

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    Savers: Thrift Store Bargains: Savers (562 L.A. county)

    by marinarena Updated Apr 4, 2011

    OK, the smell of "used clothes" is strong here at times, yet I deal with it. I mean, it has to be at a secondhand clothing store! Predominantly, Savers sells clothes but also offers books, old records, furniture, jewelry, and various good crap found in a home. i do emphasize good crap. Savers tries to accept the most quality items to sell.

    What to buy: if you're a girl, you would find many, actually cool fashion items here. I like the skirts especially.

    What to pay: a typical trip here cost s about $20. Getting a full outfit here with shoes included would be one easily under $50.

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    No particular store: Suggested Souvenirs

    by GracesTrips Written Dec 15, 2010

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    What to buy: Suggestions for souveniers:

    Food - Coffee from Whole Foods, roasted nuts from Trader Joes, unpopped popcorn, dried fruits such as apricot, apple slices, pineapples, jams such as roasted garlic onion jam, jalapenio jam or lime marmalade (from the Farmers market at the Grove), tea and honey

    For the ladies - bracelets, large flower rings with elastic band (at Macy's), flip flops, socks, hand crafted bar soaps (Lush)

    For the guys - shirt, wallet, hat

    For the kids - shirt, hat, pajamas, stuffed animals

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    Old Focals: Old Focals are the best focals!

    by steedappeal Updated Nov 22, 2010

    This is one of the few interesting stores in blah Pasadena (the other is a custom denim store around the corner whose name you can get from the Old Focals folks).

    A nice selection of retro eye wear and some reproductions. The man who helped me was expertly polishing an old frame while he shared tales of supplying frames for the fabulous 'Madmen' series.

    What to buy: Vintage and repro-eye glasses. A lot of Clark Kentish frames.

    What to pay: $95 on up

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    Lazar's Luggage, Inc.: Great place for Travel stuff, - since 1962

    by Odinnthor Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    While I was doing international tours on a regular basis, as far back as the 1970s and 80s, - in the Los Angeles area, the name Lazar's was already legendary in the world of travel accessories. I had forgot about this superb supplier, but had a reason to be in Sherman Oaks, in the Los Angeles part known as "The Valley", and spied the location of Lazar's once again, and decided to spent some time there.

    The owner, Jay Friedman, and his most enthusiastic manager, Gene Dietzgen, did not disappoint with their plesant and informative service. I found that today, just as in the early days, they love to pick traveller's brains for good information in order to serve their customers better. Although they do have some excellent wares for travellers of all types, it is the in store attitude, of the owners/operators that make the place a cut above the rest.

    I recommend this place for anything you need to travel properly and comfortably. It is located on Ventura Blvd, in the city of Sherman Oaks. Ventura Blvd is the main street in the The Valley, and easy to find. Check them out on YouTube as well:

    What to buy: Anything to do with travel, - from backpacking to luxury travel, lugguage and all accessories you can imagine, - they will have it.

    What to pay: You can spend as much as you want or as little as you want. It is completely according to quality of the merchandice.

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    Outlets / Markets: Discount designer clothes

    by travel2shop Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    Discount shopping is easily done in California - if you want good deals on Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Nine West, Liz Claiborne and many sports brands of shoes, socks and caps, head to the following stores and get great discounts for genuine designer items:
    - Ross Dress for Less
    - Marshalls
    - TJMAxx
    - Burlington Coat Factory
    - Loehmann's

    All these stores get real designer clothes, end of season clothes, from major department stores - if you are a true bargain shopper, you will get to these stores and fill up your cart!! On Tuesdays at Ross, they have more discounts for seniors. Locals are well aware of these discount stores and frequent them. Ross opens early , around 9:30am and most others open around 11am. The lines can be long , so be prepared to spend time to check out. There is little sales asssistance help for sizes, but the deals you get are well worth it. I have been shopping at these stores for the last 10 years, and always go there when visiting California.

    What to buy: Ralph Lauren tops - $14.99 and $19.99
    DKNY tops - $19.99
    New Balance shoes at Marshalls - $34.99 (same price last year and this year!)
    Perfumes - Bvlgari for $29
    Guess watches - $34.99
    Guess bags - $24.99
    Michael Kors tops and bags - around $30-$50
    Pants for work - Ralph Lauren - $16.99 and $24.99
    Shorts - Dockers - $14.99
    London Fog trench coat - Burlington Coat factory -$59.99

    What to pay: Under $30-$50 for most items - jeans, tops, shoes, bags. On discounted days you can pay $10 or $12 for red ticketed discount items. I bought brown stiped office work pants for $4.99 at Burlington Coat factory. At Marshalls, they get new deliveries on Thursdays and you can pick great items up for a bargain!

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    Other Shops: Soap Plant...Wacko!

    by gilescorey Written Dec 26, 2008

    This Los Feliz fixture goes by a few names: Soap Plant, Wacko!(store within a store), and "La Luz de Jesus"(gallery within a store).

    Let's just call it Soap Plant, for now.

    Soap Plant is not necessarily a store you "need" to shop in, it's more a kitsch explosion. But, as one of the few longtime residents of a formerly deserted Hollywood Blvd. strip, the store is a local landmark and must see if in the neighborhood.

    What to buy: This is a great place to buy tiki home furnishings, inappropriate childrens' books, art theory collections, and raunchy hand puppets.

    And, the adjacent gallery, surprisingly, is hung with influential local artists.

    What to pay: Anywhere from a 10 cent pagan babies to $4K mural work.

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    L.A. Mart: Home Furnishings

    by GracesTrips Written Jun 1, 2008

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    The L.A. Mart is not normally open to the public. It's a place where furniture and home furnishings manufacturers will display the products they have for sale. Buyers from retail stores will come here to see what is availble to stock their stores.

    Twice a year, the L.A. Mart will have a floor samples sale open to the public. Exactly, what it means - the floor samples are for sale. My boyfriend was in the market for a rug for his TV room. We found a beautiful wool rug that we both liked. The retail price on the tag was $1600 but he was able to buy it for $600. If this was truly the price, this was a great deal. But, I'm usually a skeptic when it comes to marketing techniques by some people. But, $600 seem like a more than reasonable price for the New Zealand wool rug which felt really good on the feet.

    Also, it appears every first Tuesday in the month, it is open to the public.

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    La Brea Bakery: Try LA's own La Brea Bread

    by marinarena Written May 28, 2008

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    Once you get a whiff of the freshly baked bread at La Brea, you can't help but to stop in here. La Brea Bakery is famous not just in district or citywide, but throughout southern California. The original location in the Mid-Wilshire area off of Wilshire and La Brea. The all-natural, artisan bread from the neighborhood shop has reached such popularity that it is now featured in several groceries in SoCal. Made with undeniable great flavor, La Brea bread is a taste of L.A not to be missed. Besides bread, there is an assortment of pastries, pastas, pasta sauces from which to choose, as well as a full scale restaurant, called Campanile right next door. Both the bakery and restaurant are a bit pricey but if you don't mind to splurge a little, go for it.

    What to pay: loaves of bread are about $3-$4, bakery treats average $2-$4, specialty pasta about $5 +

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    Outlets / Markets: Factory Outlets in Los Angeles

    by anacapa Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    The outlets are in Downtown L.A. Santee Alley is a big spot for cheap knock off purses and women's clothing. Some of it looks cheap, some of it's cool. Below is a link to a map of the fashion district:

    For a free printed copy of the map:

    North of L.A., in Camarillo is an outlet mall. Camarillo is a better neighborhood and more beautiful area than the Citadel. Not sure if it's deals are any better or worse.

    The Citadel is also an outlet option. It's in south east L.A. and closer than Camarillo or Cabazon(Palm Springs):

    Cabazon factory outlets near Palm Springs:

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    Montrose Shopping Park: Shopping in Montrose

    by Basaic Written Oct 9, 2007

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    There is a neat shopping street in Montrose. It is full of trendy places to eat and drink coffee, and a multitude of interesting shops. You can enjoy walking off your food shopping or watching the people.

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    Other Shops: My only shopping tip

    by Reviled Written Aug 21, 2007

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    Seriously, if you plan on going shopping in LA, take ALOT of money, not only is everything so cheap, but you will find so many cool things that you will like that you most likely never see back home (unless of course you live in the US, in which case, you dont know how lucky you are)! I got some of the coolest stuff in LA, and simple things, like a pair of dickies pants which would cost me $120.00 NZD here, cost me only $16.95 USD in LA!!! Thats an insane saving!

    What to buy: Everything and anything you like!

    What to pay: Alot, not alot per item, just alot of money overall :oP

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  • Under the Table: Black Maria goes Under the Table

    by blackmaria Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Under the Table, which is the only store of its kind on the Eastside, will feature a wide variety of artist-made merchandise, including jewelry and other personal accessories, postcards, wallets, card holders, passport covers, buttons, pins, t-shirts, limited-edition prints, and miniature paintings and other artworks,” said Zara Zeitountsian, proprietor of the new store and Black Maria Gallery next door. “All those who are left cold by the mass-production stuff found in the mall, will be thrilled to discover Under the Table.”

    What to buy: Under the Table, a new store specializing in unique art objects and unusual merchandise, opens July 28.

    “Children, too, will find much to be delighted about here,” Zeitountsian said. The store will offer artist-made t-shirts, dolls, and extraordinary children’s books, many imported from Europe, such as pop-up volumes.

    Under the Table will also carry hard-to-find products such as zines, art periodicals, vinyl collectible toys, unusual books and comics.

    Another area of specialty will be the re-issues of vinyl records and CDs, chiefly from the catalogs of Dionysus Records and Sympathy for the Records Industry. Unavailable anywhere else, the albums feature the works of artists such as Shag, Mark Ryden, Coop, Andrew Brandou, Camille Rose Garcia, Winston Smith, Tom Neely, Lisa Petrucci, Tiki Tony, and Japan’s Rockin Jellybean

    What to pay: You can find anything from $2-$200

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