Sausage is a very Milwaukee kind of thing. And if you are in Milwaukee, the place to go is Klement’s. The company sells a variety of sausages at its outlet store at prices that are slightly off of retail. In April and October, it holds blow-out sales with really great discounts.
2650 S. Chase
If you live in New Orleans, or if you are visiting and have a car, The Mardi Gras Spot is great fun to check out. It’s a store where people go to buy their Mardi Gras beads. And as many of the krewes (groups that build floats and put on parades) require members to spend hundreds of dollars on items to throw off the floats, people need a bargain spot.
The Mardi Gras Spot is a warehouse near downtown, in Treme-Lafitte. It has all you need for Mardi Gras or other seasonal event. I visited in March, and the bead selection was light – relatively speaking. The prices were good. Basic gold Mardi Gras beads were $3.95 for six dozen, about a third the price of similar beads at Oriental Trading. There were lots of items for other holidays (I found some Easter beads for $4.20 per dozen); New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers gear; and some fun stuffed animals. A 17″ crocodile ran me $4.95, and a pack of 50 glow bracelets was just $7.95.
There were two tricky parts. The first was getting to and from the store, as I was visiting without a car. I took Uber, which was fine on the trip there. The trip back was a little problematic because Uber didn’t show the address as a pickup location. I walked to a nearby Whole Foods and was able to get Uber there. I also bought some snacks for the hotel room – Whole Paycheck is cheaper than room service! Google Maps also showed that I could walk to pick up the bus at Canal Street, which would have been a long walk but not ridiculous.
That brings me to tricky part number two: be careful you don’t overbuy! The bargains are good enough that you find yourself with more than you can carry on public transportation or on an airplane.
This was a fun slice of life in New Orleans, and a great place to buy souvenirs.
The Mardi Gras Spot
2812 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Western Illinois has a lot more than corn and soybeans. In LaSalle, just south of I-80, is the J.C. Whitney Outlet Center. Here, the auto and motorcycle parts and accessories company has closeouts, discontinued items, and regular inventory. It’s a gear-head dream!
J.C. Whitney Outlet Store
761 Progress Parkway
LaSalle, IL 61301
Road Runner Sports is a great place to get high-end running gear. If you’re looking for bargains, the company’s clearance store in San Diego is the place to go. It’s behind the main store, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t see it right away.
Road Runner Sports Clearance Store
J. Crew doesn’t publicize its clearance store, but its fans sure do. The store handles overstock and return items. It’s located in an industrial park in Lynchburg, Virginia.
J. Crew Clearance Store