Miami Bargain Shopping Guide

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By: Jennifer Agress

Miami and its Beaches definitely has an array of upscale shopping. (Take Bal Harbour Shops and the Miami Design District, for example, where you’ll find high-end stores like Harry Winston, Gucci, Hermes, Chanel, Dior and more.) But that’s not all you can find here! Looking for a cheaper option? Get the best bang for your buck at Miami’s hot spots for discount shopping, like outlet malls, discount stores, thrift and vintage shops and more. Read below to find out where to go.

A Designer Deal: Miami's Outlet Malls

When it comes to brand-name deals, Dolphin Mall, Miami’s largest outlet mall, is the place to be. Located in Sweetwater, this indoor mall is filled with more than 240 outlets, from department stores like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Burlington Coat Factory and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, to popular brands like Michael Kors, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic Factory Store and even a giant Dick’s Sporting Goods. If you’re looking to mix a little play with your shopping day, don’t miss a game night at Dave & Buster’s, a movie date at Cinebistro or glow-in-the-dark bowling at Bowlero. If all you want is food, find good Asian cuisine at P.F. Chang’s, all the steak you can eat at Texas de Brazil or classic burgers and milkshakes at Johnny Rockets.

If you live near Florida City, or want a bargain shopping day on your way to the Florida Keys, make sure you stop by another Simon Premium Outlet Mall: Florida Keys Outlet Center. This outdoor shopping mall has more than 50 designer and brand-name outlets—from women's, men’s and children’s apparel to shoes and home goods—like Nike Clearance, Tommy Hilfiger, Aeropostale, Guess Factory Store and Nautica.

Just north of Miami, in Sunrise, Sawgrass Mills Mall is inarguably South Florida’s most popular outlet mall—if not one of the most popular outlet malls in the world. Here, shoppers from across the globe flock to Sunrise to shop through more than 350 stores and factory outlets with everything from Tommy Bahama and a large Nike outlet to Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Nordstrom Rack and top options for dining and entertainment, too. To see the mall in its entirety, plan to wake up early and spend a whole day there.

For the designer fashions you love, The Colonnade Outlets is an outdoor mall-within-a-mall with everything from Juicy Couture and Burberry to Barneys, Tory Burch and Prada outlets. Done with shopping? See a movie at the Regal Sawgrass Stadium 23 & IMAX, grab a pretzel to-go at Auntie Annie’s, enjoy an interactive lunch at Rainforest Cafe, or head to the “The Oasis” for a sit-down dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.

What's Old Is New Again: Thrift and Vintage Shopping

For one-of-a-kind threads and objects no one else has (and a cool backstory to go with it), consider shopping at Miami’s scores of vintage and thrift stores! Stone Age Antiques is a warehouse with a huge collection of off-the-wall collectibles, Americana, taxidermy, carvings and even fossils. This nautical store essentially doubles as an unofficial maritime museum; so expect to find binnacles, portholes, anchors and more.

A Miami institution since the 1980s, Miami Twice is known for its colorful range of vintage clothing, accessories, furniture and Art Deco memorabilia from the 1960s and 1970s. Upscale shoppers will gush over its huge selection of barely-touched, vintage designer handbags in perfect condition. For an equally interesting, but totally different kind of throwback, Retro City Collectibles transports 1980s and 1990s kids back to their childhood days with action figures, comic books, Dragon Ball Z trading card games, Muhammad Ali posters, vinyl and more. The store is centrally located in Little Havana, but it’s only open on Mondays and Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss out!

Sitting in the MiMo District, Fly Boutique is a rustic-chic enclave with lovingly-preserved, high-end gems from the likes of Gucci, Pucci, Versace and more. Because of the designer tags, don’t expect everything to be cheap—but savvy shoppers will know they’ve found a steal. The inventory: designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, artsy lamps, velvet couches, luggage and upcycled décor.

If you’re Wynwood, don’t miss Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique! Here, shoppers can find vintage goods for a good cause. The whole store is actually designed as a retail training center for homeless and unskilled women, and proceeds from the clothing, furniture, collectables and home décor on its store shelves benefit shelters in and around Miami, where many of these women live.

You Can Always Count on Consignment

Similar to thrift and vintage stores in that the entire inventory is resale, consignment shops often sell second-hand items that are higher in quality or more in-line with current trends. The Fashionista Consignment Boutique has been selling goods from designers like Balenciaga, Chanel, Chloe and Jimmy Choo—all at up to 75% off—from its humble storefront in Coconut Grove for more than 20 years. Similarly, the Upper East Side’s Rebel Miami has something for every stylish girl’s taste and budget, from funky rompers, crop tops and printed tees, to jewelry, sandals and designer dresses. If you’re on the beach and heading to a fancy event, Consign of the Times, located just off Lincoln Road, may have the special occasion dress you need.

Don’t know what you’re looking for? Outlet malls, vintage and thrift stores and consignment shops are great places to find all those things you didn’t think you needed, and now can’t live without.

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