Factory stores, clearance centers, and surplus outlets away from the malls.

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  • Visiting Barcelona? Like bargain shopping? Go to Caller Girona

    Barcelona outlet storesBarcelona’s Caller de  Girona is the Land of Bargains. If you’re visiting the city, put your valuable dollars to work! There are come great Barcelona outlet stores, like:

    31 Girona: La Sabateria shoes. €18 sneakers

    33 Girona: Montse Interiors. When we visited, a FC Barcelona bathrobe was €11.95

    35 Girona: DKT Dekasta, Vero Moda, Blend, DKT

    37 Girona: Mango. Regular and clearance items from this favorite fast-fashion brand.P1000919

    41 Girona: Outlet. With samples and closeout buys including Superdry, Diesel, and other high-end casual brands.

    38 Girona: Intermalla – tiny juniors clothes

    40 Girona: E&P Store Factory – Etxart & Panno high-end ladies dresses

    40 Girona: Javier Simmorra – great women’s work clothes and dresses

    And, if you’re near the Sagrada Familia (and you should go to the Sagrada Familia: Zabriskie Studio Outlet at 370 Caller de Lepant at Avenida Gaudi.P1000912

    Another great resource for the Barcelona traveler is Bargain Hunter BCN. And, most of these stores can handle VAT refunds, for tax-free tourist shopping.

    Have fun!



  • Roots Outlet Store

    Roots exteriorRoots is the Canadian casual-wear store, an indigenous GAP, so to speak. If you are visiting Vancouver and have a car, the outlet store is worth the trip. The outlet store is right on the border between Vancouver and the suburb of Burnaby. This is total Vancouver style.

    New stock is carried in the front of the store. The fun is in the back, at the clearance section, where last season’s merchandise is 50% off retail. When I visited, there was a storewide buy one item, get the second at 50% off, which saved even more money.

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    ion was huge: sweaters, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, gloves – all sorts of fun stuff. If you are visiting Canada and need souvenirs for people back home, this is a great stop. You can get a lot of high-quality, Canada-specific gear for rela

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    tively little money. Although the styles skew toward things of interest to the young, there was a wide range of sizes.

    The store is not all that attractive from the street. The entrance is in the back. Also, the parking lot is a popular shortcut, so be on the lookout for cars speeding through.

    All in all, this worth a visit if you are in Vancouver and are looking for fun casual clothes – with a Canadian flair – at a bargain.



  • Mango Outlet Store

    P1000919The Mango Outlet Store is the big name on Barcelona’s Carrer Girona. This fast-fashion chain has a sizable sale store among the many outlets on the block.

    Prices on in-season items were slightly better than prices in regular stores – not much better, but enough. Some summer dresses were as little as €10, not bad for some fun fast fashion.  

    The real value is on older stock. We noticed prices of  €7.99 for men’s shirts on their third markdown. Older accessories were super cheap.

    The Mango Outlet also had a great selection of children’s clothes, making this a nice stop if you have little ones back home.

    Given that Mango’s prices are already low, this may not be worth the trip. However, the store’s  neighbors include some amazing outlets, so stop by when you’re in the neighborhood.



  • Featured ImageCash back from online shopping, outlet store or not

    pink abe, cash back from online shoppingA lot of bargain shoppers like to look online, and a lot of retailers put their overstock on the Web rather than opening a store. Online shopping lets you find almost anything you want, from almost anywhere in the world, in a matter of minutes. Not only does online shopping save you hours of time and shot-glasses of stress, but it can even pay you back. Yes, you can get cash back from online shopping.

    There are two companies that offer money back from online shopping. Both are similar: go to the site, log in, search for the retailer or product in question, and then click the link to start your purchases. When the order ships and the payment clears, you’ll get a rebate into your account. Ebates is designed to pay you back and often runs a lot of special promotions available only through its site. It’s a general rebate program, with an emphasis on high-end shopping. Upromise is set up as a college savings plan; rebates can accumulate in a savings account, be directed to a 529 college savings plan, or be used to pay down certain types of student loans. You can also earn money for your account at different restaurants when you register your credit card as well as through your grocery store loyalty card.

    The money adds up. I started a Upromise account shortly after the firm was founded in 2000, and now have total savings of $659.61. It won’t pay for much of college, but it’s better than nothing, right? It’s a few textbooks, and what college student wouldn’t want a few free textbooks?

    By the way, I have an affiliate relationship with Upromise and Ebates, but I’d recommend them even if I did not. The deals are that good.



  • Featured ImageStar Supply Bargain Outlet

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    Star Supply

    The Star Supply Bargain Outlet in Youngstown, Ohio has a little bit of everything, but the main focus is on hardware. The company buys closeouts, mostly from manufacturing companies, so there are a lot of mysterious parts and components on sale. On  a recent visit, we also found basic hardware, children’s books, and windows. Paint $19.95 per gallon and entrance mats were $6.95. The signage is great; whoever makes them up puts in a lot of funny suggestions for how to use different items available for sale.

    If you are in the Youngstown area and are launching a remodeling project, working on a science fair experiment, or thinking about an art installation, check out this place. You may find absolutely nothing you could possibly use, or you may find something that sparks your imagination or solves a strange problem. windows