Santee Street (look at the map) is located at the garment district of Los Angeles. It is where you can buy imitation bags and shoes - even tshirts as well as pirated movies... I suggest that you wear walking shoes and leave the jewelries behind. The parking is about $4 per hour.
Santee is a small street but there are other streets located in the GARMENT district - from laces to wedding gowns - sells wholesale as well as retail. This is where most of the clothing retailers get their items - at the garment district.
What to buy: GARMENTS
What to pay: cash for bargaining power
Santee Alley just south of downtown Los Angeles is a bargain hunters dream. There are blocks of vendors with cheap,cheap,cheap prices for some very good stuff. Knock off purses,baseball jerseys etc are all over the place. This place is a balst and if you shop around enough you will locate better bargains. A must go to
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: Much less than anywhere else
This is a hush hush shopping area in downtown LA.
wholesale products are available to the consumer from 10-5, 7 days a week.
these are the items you would pay double+ for on melrose and in shops all over Los angeles and the country in general.
Akin to canal st. in New York but, in a more condensed area and a much better variety of product!
YESSI is my favorite
What to buy: sunglasses-$5
bootleg dvds $5
jewelry, men's , toys, much more!
you can even buy great inexpensive($20)
luggage w/ wheels to carry your new things home!
Corner of maple & 9th!
What to pay: $5-$28 most items!!!
Santee Alley is the home of the knock-off Prada bag, Gucci sunglasses, YSL wallet. I got 2 "Prada" bags for $20.
It also has a cool selection of non-knockoff t-shirts and other clothes. Largely for more petite people.
Note that the alley is NOT for the faint-of-heart or claustrophobic. Imagine a cross between Tijuana & Calcutta, but with designer labels. You will literally not be able to move sometimes for the crush of bodies.
What to buy: Great selection of purses, sunglasses, shoes & watches. If you like a designer name on your stuff, you're all set.
What to pay: $5-$40, depending.
Most sunglasses $5.
Most purses $10-30.
Haggling is encouraged.
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