A favourite among the students of Johannesburg, Big L’s is a Levi’s and Dockers Factory outlet located at the Woodmead Retail Park. They mainly stock classic 501 straight cuts and 507 boot cuts but they do also have limited bits and pieces from bigger collections like the twisted fit, commuter and curve. They also stock shirts, the odd accessory and shoes but in very limited numbers. On the Dockers side they have a few shirts and the classic Dockers Khakis (chinos’s). Now for the big question – how much do they cost? You can get a pair of jeans for roughly R500 and a shirt for around R250 but bear in mind that it really depends on what the item is. Commuter jeans will never cost you R400.
Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead
Coricraft is one of South Africa’s favourite furniture stores and for good reason; their furniture is simply stunning, inspiring visitors to drop cash or card at almost every visit. The problem being that we can’t all afford to kit our houses in full Coricraft, as much as we might want to. The answer you say? Coricraft has a factory shop in Wynberg and it goes without saying that you can get great ‘end of range’ furniture here without breaking the bank. Tip: Like most factory shops, these are limited, end of range products and hence it’s probably advisable to visit every few weeks. Don’t expect everything you’ve ever dreamt of in one visit, it’s just not realistic.
Address: Unit A, Game Complex, corner Arkwright Avenue and 4th Street, Wynberg
The Toy Factory Shop
Parents with birthdays coming up are going to love me for this one. The Toy Factory Shop, as the name suggests is a factory shop fully dedicated to the needs of the little ones. Branded toys from Barbie to Ben 10 and Disney can be found here, not to mention iPod docks and electric scooters. They really have everything a youngster could want and it’s all FAR cheaper than commercial toy shops. I spoke to the owner and she also assures me that none of the products are damaged or imperfect in any way. The stock is all end-of-range and new. Meaning you get great toys at a considerably better price. You can thank me later.
Address: Greenstone Centre in Edenvale and Mall@Carnival in Brakpan.
Big Blue Clearance Store
Big Blue makes some of the coolest t-shirts in the world. Ever seen someone wearing a really clever shirt with a truly South African joke on it and wondered where it was from? That would be Big Blue and trust me if you’ve never popped into one of their shops you really have to. Their summer gear is original and well fitting but let’s face it, anything that cool can’t be cheap and you’d be right to assume it. That’s where the Big Blue Factory Shop comes in. They stock all the same awesome kit and at a fraction of the price. Buy a few shirts at the beginning of summer and you’ve got your T’s covered for the rest of the season.
Address: 57 Third Avenue, Linden.
We all know and love Geldof Chocolatiers, well if you don’t then it’s possible that you’re not in fact from Joburg (look out your window, do you see a mountain). They make chocolate everything, from Easter eggs to truffles. But did you know that they have a factory outlet in Randburg which stocks all their amazing chocolate at wholesale prices and direct to the public? Well, they do and I once bought a whole pack of truffles for only R30. I gave the whole office one and then still had a bunch left to take home for my wife. Yes, it really is that cheap but if you don’t believe me then head out there today and take a look for yourself. Tip: Ring the doorbell a few times before giving up. They are the producers of the chocolate so are often busy in the back, making chocolate like a team of Oompa Loompas.
Address: Unit C1 Mikro Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Avenue; Strijdom Park
Lorna Jane is a ladies sportswear brand with a focus on looking good while staying fit. The T’s and sports bras often don inspirational slogans like “Believe” or “Never Give Up” but the well thought out designs, including slim zip pockets and easily adjustable straps, are really the unique selling point. Their products, like most well-designed brands don’t come cheap but luckily they’ve opened this awesome outlet store in Randburg which will have you looking like a Hollywood jogger in no time. Here you can buy packs of tops and bras at reduced prices. Your plan to get fit this year will go so much better in these uber-stylish gym threads!
Address: Unit 8 Skyview Retail Park, Corner C.R Swart Drive and Freda Street, Strijdom Park
Forever New are those guys who make really flashy dresses and have had girls in Joburg going mad since their release here. I might not understand the craze entirely but take it from me that this stuff is popular at the moment and this factory shop is the only way of getting your hands on it without going broke. Joburg’s Darling first put me on to them, you can read her review here.
Address: World Wear, Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street, Fairland
World Wear is actually a shopping centre out in Fairland but they boast a wide range of factory shops, from Timberland to Diesel and just about everything else you can possibly imagine. Take a morning out on the weekend and spend it walking through the many factory stores on offer, I guarantee you’ll find a deal. World Wear makes for the perfect place to go shopping for brand conscious teenagers. Spend half the money while still quenching their thirst for brands.
Address: Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street, Fairland.
Woodmead Retail Park
Like the World Wear centre, Woodmead Retail Park is actually a huge shopping centre dedicated to factory shops, rather than being one themselves. They have a Le Coq Sportif store, a Billabong Outlet, a New Balance Outlet store and even an outlet watch store. If you can’t find a deal here you aren’t looking hard enough!
Address: Woodmead Retail Park, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead
By Byron Marais
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