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Where's the Best Factory Outlet in Melbourne?

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Published January 23rd 2012
Factory Outlets #1
Low prices at factory outlets (source: www.freedigitalphotos.net, image by Stuart Miles)

Everyone knows that Melbournians love their fashion but it's also no secret, that we don't always want to pay top dollar for it. Using the weekend to hunt down the best clothing at the cheapest prices (no matter what part of town you have to go to) is as much a sport in this city as cricket, tennis or the AFL.

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For sportswear of course, Smith Street in Collingwood is the ultimate outlet destination. Nike, Converse, Adidas, Champion, Brooks, New Balance, and Russell Athletics all have outlet stores there. It's also a good place to find adventure and outdoor clothing with Kathmandu, MacPac, Mountain Design and Timberland, each taking a space in the precinct.



Factory Outlets #2
The Adidas outlet on Smith Street, Collingwood

Bridge Road in Richmond can be good if you're searching for designer bargains. Anthea Crawford, Zu, Witchery, Table Eight, Sportsgirl, Review and Portmans are among the favourites and in Bridge Road, there are plenty of great places to grab a meal so you can stop, refuel and keep shopping there, the whole day.



Forever Young #5
The Nike Factory Store, Smith Street, Collingwood

But, are those the locations of the best factory outlets in Melbourne? Do they give genuine discounts or do you find that inside, you're still being charged mostly retail prices? Do you like wandering up and down these type of themed shopping strips or do you prefer the single stores, hiding away in side streets, far from the crowds?



High Street in Preston, for example, has a number of still-operational shoe factories and there, some places like Tony Bianco and Windsor Smith/Lipstick, sell heavily discounted party heels. The Bardot Factory Outlet, is tucked away in Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford and for Supre's Clearance Centre, you'll need to travel out to Broadmeadows or Springvale.

Factory Outlets #4
Shoes and more at Diana Ferrari, Swan Street, Richmond

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'What about D.F.O?' I hear you ask and it's true, I couldn't write about factory outlets and ignore the massive Direct Factory Outlet centres in Moorabbin, Essendon and at South Wharf. D.F.O. has managed to steal shopping dollars away from many other retail locations because they put cheap fashion, footwear, travel accessories, and homemaker items all in one place.


Are there any others that you can think of? Any that should be awarded the title of best factory outlet? Are you willing to give away any of your shopping secrets? If so, please let us know with your answer below.


Factory Outlets #3
Brands United stocks Lovable, Berlei, Oroton, Bonds, Davenport and more
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I think the best Factory outlet in Melbourne is Brandsmart, beats ALL the others hands down, I wish they were all like brandsmart, good shops, good discounts and very upmarket shopping experience and café. Bit of a hike if you live in the Northern suburbs, but I go there once a year, a stock up on some good quality, good brand names and good prices. Always come away happy with my purchases, unlike when I go to DFO, always, cheap and nasty, and can never find anything that is of good quality.

I am just fussy I guess, but I highly recommend it, it is worth the long drive.
http://www.brandsmartmelbourne.com.au/
288 Whitehorse Road
Nunawading  VIC  3131
by rosem (score: 1|13) 1002 days ago
Moorabin
by wanig (score: 0|4) 883 days ago
The LookRoom Designer Clearance shop at 5 Johnston Street, Collingwood - near the corner of Smith Street...and right next door to the funkiest place in Melbourne to buy glasses - Funky Spex...but back to LookRoom - Awesome...they clear designer eyewear stock that was intended for boutiques...so the frames and sunnies they sell are better than you'd find in mainstream stores but at really cheap prices - even Paul Smith sunnies for @150!. Nothing over $250...and some really nice frames for $50. They don't do lenses...just sell frames and sunnies.
by misko (score: 0|4) 923 days ago
For sports wear and shoes, I've found the Puma outlet in Moorabbin really cheap. They often discount their already discounted stocks; I got shoes 70% off. It's only a few minutes away from DFO, but still a bit of a 'secret' as it's tucked away on its own in a light industrial area.
by mikec (score: 0|3) 854 days ago
I like Taking Shape in Richmond and Mountfords factory clearance shop for shoes in Camberwell. This end of Burke Road is also by the way becoming a bit of a clearance store mecca. Black Plum is also there.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|3214) 656 days ago
Best clearance outlet for sportswear, all the best brands, Nike, Converse, Addidas all under one roof in University Hill, Plenty Road Bundoora. They also have leading ladies shoe outlets and lingerie outlets. Also a huge range of designer manchester outlets Sheridan, Laura Ashley etc. And if it's mens wear you want they have it all, clothing, shoes etc. I've been shopping there for years, it's a bit if a unknown secret, but us locals love it because we always find what we want. Uhfo.com.au
by tsotr (score: 0|2) 108 days ago
Factory outlets in Melbourne for plus sizes any suggestions
by while (score: 0|2) 259 days ago
For cycling accessories, balance bikes, beach bikes and ladies bikes it is hard to go past the Bike Skate Scoot factory outlet at 4/11 Urban St Braeside. http://www.velogear.com.au/outlets.html
by shawr (score: 0|2) 354 days ago
Definitely ClearIt on Brunswick street. Super cheap Dangerfield, Alannah Hill, Princess Highway, Black Friday and anything else you might find at Dangerfield stores
by Naomi Shimoda (score: 1|18) 415 days ago
The best place i found for Black Apple Clothing and other Australian Brands for Woman 50+ with some younger labels is Factory Outlet Fashions! Check out their websitewww.factoryoutletfashions.com.au and visit them today!
by mzjak (score: 0|2) 441 days ago
Five Star Factory Direct - Footscray (very close to Highpoint Shopping Centre)
This is a factory outlet store and not listed anywhere and not widely known unless you're on their mailing list, so it pays to join. It's usually open to the public 3 days a week and most prices are 50% or better than what you'd pay retail.
They have a few sales through the year but their biggest happens twice a year and they take an additional 50% off their already low prices. That means you'd pay a 1/4 of what you'd pay retail.
Expect to see HOMEWARES like Baccarat, Arcosteel, Marie Claire, Pete Evan, Luke Nguyen and the list goes on....lots of product that you'd expect to see in 'House' stores.
AFL clothing, Everlast, Photo Albums and much more.
They also sell Under Armour which is almost never on sale but it's heavily discounted anyway.
Their 50% off sale is starting this Saturday and will run for 2 weeks. Open M-F 9-6 Sat 9-4. 7-9 Mephan Street, Footscray.
YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
by hopin (score: 0|2) 476 days ago
The LookRoom Designer Clearance shop at 5 Johnston Street, Collingwood - near the corner of Smith Street...and right next door to the funkiest place in Melbourne to buy glasses - Funky Spex...but back to LookRoom - Awesome...they clear designer eyewear stock that was intended for boutiques...so the frames and sunnies they sell are better than you'd find in mainstream stores but at really cheap prices - even Paul Smith sunnies for @150!. Nothing over $250...and some really nice frames for $50. They don't do lenses...just sell frames and sunnies.
by misko (score: 0|4) 923 days ago
essendon fields
by tallm (score: 0|3) 966 days ago
Consider ClearIT on Brunswick Street if you're looking for bargains. It houses designer wear (Alanna Hill and quite a few others), so you can get one-off pieces that never made it to the range, and the upstairs section always has super-discounted Dangerfield stuff. Can't go past it.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|105) 56 days ago

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