Miami Bargain Shopping Guide

Dolphin Mall
Lincoln Road
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By: Jennifer Agress

Miami and its Beaches definitely has an array of upscale shopping, but that’s not all you can find here. Get the best bargain for your buck at Miami’s hot spots for discount shopping, like outlet malls, discount stores, thrift and vintage shops and more. Here are a few great Miami stops to shop.

A Designer Deal: Miami's Outlet Malls

If you are looking for an outlet, Miami has everything you need. Dolphin Mall, Miami’s largest outlet mall is filled with more than 240 outlets, from department stores like Burlington Coat Factory and Saks Fifth Avenue's OFF 5th, to popular brands like Michael Kors, Coach, Banana Republic Factory Store and Nike. 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.

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), check out one of Miami's cool  vintage or thrift storesStone 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 and furniture from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Art Deco memorabilia. 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 located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, and is only open on Wednesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Thursday from 5 p.m.–6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m –6 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m.–7 p.m.

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 in Wynwood, don’t miss the 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.

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