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Published November 6th 2016
(by Andres Rodriguez / CC BY 2.0)
While our mailboxes are often stuffed with catalogues from Myer, David Jones, Big W and Target, we can be forgiven for flying the white sticker labelled 'No Junk Mail Please' to help save the environment. You don't need to endure gaudy advertisements to bag a bargain. Instead of searching department store aisles for your favourite designer brands, visit one of these factory outlets at your leisure.
- sportswear from Adidas, Cat, Fila, Lorna Jane, Merrell, Mountain Designs, New Balance, Nike and Sportscraft Saba - homeware from Adairs, Bed Bath N' Table, Box and Barrel Homewares, Corningware, Corelle and Pyrex - women's fashion from Bardot, Bendon Lingerie, City Beach, Cotton On, Cue, Decjuba, Dotti, Esprit, French Connection, Jacqui E, Jay Jays, Lorna Jane, Oroton, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Roxy, Witchery - men's fashion from Billabong, Calvin Klein, Factorie, Gaz Man, Giordano, G-Star Raw, Hurley, Jeanswest, Just Jeans, Levi's, Mossimo, Oakley, Politix, Quicksilver, Ron Bennett, Shaver Shop, Stafford Ellinson, Tarocash, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, YD
Children are also catered for at DFO, with Osh Kosh and Pumpkin Patch products for sale. For a sweet treat, visit Lindt, next to Adidas. Before visiting, hit the website for special offers.
Harbour Town at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast is well worth the drive if you needed an excuse for a day on the beach with a fantastic range of brands:
- sportswear from Adidas, Asics, Blk, Canterbury, City Beach, Converse, Fila, Hurley, New Balance, Nike, Nike Golf, Puma, Rip Curl, Speedo, Urban Sport - homeware from Bed Bath N' Table, Earthborn, Royal Doulton, Sheridan, The General Trader and Villeroy and Boch - women's fashion from Bikini Outlet, Bojangles, City Chic, Cue, Esprit, Glassons, Lorna Jane, Oroton, Portmans, Seafolly, Supre, Tigerlily, Valley Girl - men's fashion from Dickies, Gaz Man, Industrie, Johnny Bigg, Peter Jackson, Politix, Roger David, Ron Bennett, Tarocash, Van Heusen and YD - Outdoor and adventure from Kathmandu, The North Face
In each of these super centres, there are cafes, newsagents, telcos and a food court, keeping your blood sugar high enough for an extra session of credit card swiping to fill the boot.
Trade Secret offers a new twist on the designer label hunt, with big brands sold from their shops throughout Brisbane at even bigger discounts. Seasoned shoppers can compare the markdowns from RRP with prices they can snag at other outlets. As bargain hunters never pay retail, these stores have spread throughout Australia. You can visit them at Alexandra Hills, Browns Plains, Chermside, Fortitude Valley, Macgregor, Morayfield, Oxley and West Ipswich.
For top quality luggage, backpacks, sports bags, purses, handbags and wallets, Bags to Go stocks products from American Tourister, Antler, Black Wolf, Disney, Eagle Creek, High Sierra, Marvel, Pacsafe, Samsonite and Victorinox at Burleigh Heads, Jindalee, DFO at the Airport and the West End.
Where do you go for the rush of the designer bargain that eBay can't match? We'd love to update our wardrobes at your favourite factory outlet (we promise not to buy items in your preferred size/style).