Whether you hail from Surrey or downtown Vancouver, taking care of Spring Break shopping could be daunting in the Lower Mainland but it is definitely not difficult. From DIY digging at The Rag Machine to wandering through the faux-village shopping wonderment that is McArthurGlen at YVR, here is a selection of the best outlet & discount shopping in Vancouver:
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet – YVR Airport
Having been to this open-air fairyland mall on opening day, I can attest for the vastness and the selection. Think Vegas in Vancouver without public drinking. Parking is free but the skytrain is not – add $5 to the usual rate to be enviro-conscious. The hottest brands are up to 70% off and there is a Caffè Artigiano to grab an iced coffee at to sooth your aching ego after saying ‘no’ to the latest Armani collection while standing in the line at Coach.
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New Westminster SmartCentres – Lower Mainland Suburbs
Part of the Smartcentres family, the New Westminster outlet covers a whopping 415,940 square feet shopping centre or if it is easier to comprehend – 35 freaking acres! Each has a Walmart Supercentre as the anchor plus a bevy of other shops like Best Buy, Payless, The Gap, Quiksilver, DC Shoes and perhaps a BCBG.
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The Shops at Morgan Crossing – Surrey
Pack up the SUV and travel to the heart of South Surrey for an afternoon of hardcore outlet shopping, spa treatments, restaurant eating, and don’t worry about bringing the family pooch, as they have a grooming centre and dog park.
Image via FB Morgan Crossing
Direct Liquidation – The Liquidator TV
Whether he is shooting the show or shooting off his mouth, Jeff is usually around his Burnaby warehouse where it all started. When companies go out of business, their stock needs to go somewhere quickly and Direct Liquidation is always waiting to make a deal. DL has expanded from furniture and mattresses to brand name clothing for the whole family, electronics, yoga mats and sometimes, beer dispensers.
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Winners – Lower Mainland
Although the disarray of the racks could be off-putting, Winners still delivers 20%-60% off on recognizable brands and accessories. Dig deep and then even deeper, especially if the store you head to are blessed with ‘The Runway’ section. This is where you will find Helmut Lang, YSL, Dolce and Gabbana and others as they re-stock.
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Like Value Village on steroids, Talize is an all consuming day outing, so pack the snacks and hit the highway to Delta. Filling the gap between discount stores and second-hand boutiques, this warehouse sized clothing and household items store will act as a shopping vortex. With its 50% Daily Manager Specials happening every day, call ahead and find out when they close up, and then decide if you need to take your regular ride or if a rental van is in order.
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Payless – All over Lower Mainland
Payless is the bomb for finding ‘look-alike’ footwear that the reality-show diva’s live in and the girls are dying for. From flats to thigh-high boots, the Christian Siriano Line for Payless will keep the budget low and the shoe rack stacked.
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This is a new concept for the Heifetz brother who started ‘F As In Frank’ on Main Street. The Rag Machine sells second hand clothing for a set amount per lb – currently that rate is $4.97. Grab a basket, dig through the labelled bins and hit the weigh scales. It is impossible to come out empty handed and you feel great knowing approximately 50 tons of used clothing would not be going to landfill this year.