, so back in the day there was no Ross, no TJ Maxx
, no Marshalls
. Any true Angeleno
knows there was only one place to find fabulous discount clothes...Loehmanns
! Back in the day, it was across the street from The Grove, before there was a Grove. Mom and I spent many, many hours there.
Once it moved from 3rd to San Vicente we never went back. Maybe it was because we had Ross and TJ Maxx
and Last Chance, I really don't know. But, while I was on vacation (pictures and blog posts and stuff coming soon), this magical thing appeared in the mail...a $10 off coupon! Then, just a few days later, one of the girls at work told me that she was at Loehmanns
and she saw a whole rack of Hello Kitty.Ok
, that's enough I'm in.
Now for those of you who have never been to Loehmann's
, here are a few things you need to know:
1. Size: I'll be honest, its huge and overwhelming and the racks are super close together. Take a deep breathe and just take it one rack at a time.
2. Selection: I was impressed. The store is divided into departments and then by designer. It makes taking on the store much easier. Also, then there's The Back Room. That's where they keep all the designer stuff...the REALLY expensive stuff. I remember in the old Loehmanns
there was a security guard standing in front of a huge red curtain which ushered you into The Back Room. That red curtain always seemed so magical to me. Now, instead of a red curtain, there's a glass partition. I miss the red curtain but I'm sure the glass makes much more sense.
3. Price: People carry around huge piles of clothes like they're giving it away for free. Uhm
, yeah, they're not. If shopping sales doesn't bother you, then you're better off at the clearance days at the department stores. I saw a pair of Juicy Couture shoes there for about twice what I paid for them.
4. Dressing Rooms: Danger Will Robinson! Danger!
They have group dressing rooms with an attendant to deal with your go backs and to ensure you don't wander off with anything. So like your mother always told you, wear good underwear.
5. People: Go early
. I got there right after they opened and by the time I left about an hour and a half later it was pretty packed. I don't think I would have lasted more than a few minutes with that crowd.
6. Parking: They have their own parking ($1 for 2 hours). Definite
7. The Insider Club: Dude, they have their own Ralph's Club cards. So, you do the little card thingy and they send you coupons and stuff. Cool by me.
Now after telling you all of that here's where I stand on my new-old discovery. Although I do better at my clearance sales at Bloomingdale's and Cusp I would definitely
go back. If you need something specific and you're like me and you have name brands that you like and fit and trust and all that, this is a really good place. I found a L.A.M.B. skirt that I think they mismarked
'cause all the other L.A.M.B. pieces were WAY more expensive but it was cute and it fit and I got to use my coupon and I have the most fabulous cape to match it. But, I don't think I'd go there more than occasionally, that is, until they send me my coupons.
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