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From SoCal's many road trip-worthy outlet malls to big-box discount retailers to our city's stellar roster of consignment shops, bargain hunters clearly have a shopping advantage in LA. If you're in the mood for serious treasure hunting or bumping elbows with a zillion other weekend deal hunters, where do you take your not-so-baller wallet for a joy ride?

The secret to stress-free retail therapy can be found at factory stores and off-price indie shops, which offer plenty of designer discounts in a boutique-like setting. Up ahead, we've mapped out where to score major markdowns beyond low-price stalwarts like Nordstrom Rack. As always, shoot us a note in the comments if we missed your faves.

Update: Several stores have closed since this article was published; see the map below.

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1. AG Jeans Sample Store

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1029 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-3059
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The one-year pop-up shop closed in February 2015. Originally a pop-up shop, the Alexa Chung-chummed brand's sample store offers the LA label's apparel and jeans from $20 to $80. Hours: Monday through Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. (Photo: Daily Bruin)

2. American Apparel Flea Market Store

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747 Warehouse Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 488-0226
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While the first-floor Factory Store offers current-season, "first quality" merch similar to American Apparel's regular boutiques, the LA basics brand's Downtown HQ also houses a Flea Market shop on the second floor, where you'll find samples and slightly damaged or defective (but still totally wearable) apparel and accessories for 10 to 90% off, depending on the damage. Factory Store hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 12 to 7pm. Flea Market hours: Monday through Sunday from 9am to 9pm. (Photo: Ohh Susanna)

3. Current/Elliott, Equipment, & Joie Sample Store

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4575 District Boulevard
Vernon, CA 90058
Vernon isn't exactly the shopping capital of LA, but it's where you'll find this trio of cult-cool labels's corporate HQ and sample sale store. Although the shop hosts epic seasonal sales, you can still score 60 to 90% off silk blouses, denim, Cali-cool apparel, and more on the reg. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm.

4. J Brand Factory Outlet

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1225 East Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 748-1408
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The shop sadly shuttered in July 2015. Enjoy 50 to 80% off past-season denim and apparel at the LA denim brand's factory outlet, located just outside of DTLA south of the 10 freeway. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 12 to 4pm. (Photo: Taye Hansberry/Stuff She Likes)

5. Splendid & Ella Moss Factory Store

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777 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 614-6887
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Located at the two brands's joint HQ in DTLA's stylish Alameda Square, expect to score up to 60% off Cali-cool basics for women, men, and kids from both LA labels. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:30am to 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. (Photo: Facebook)

6. Guess Factory Store

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1901 East 15th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 765-3230
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Nestled in an industrial area south of DTLA, the LA brand's factory shop (enter at Gate 3) offers major deals women's and men's clothing, footwear, and accessories at up to 95% off. Expect to find past-season, irregular, and good-condition returned items for as low as $5. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm; closed Sunday. (Photo: Yahoo!)

7. Urban Outfitters Surplus

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14608 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 789-3604
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The trendy retailer sends overstock and past-season merch to its massive surplus store in Sherman Oaks (not far from its Studio City outpost), where you'll be greeted with 50 to 80% off everything. Find women's and men's clothing, accessories, and footwear (including UO staples like BDG denim, Silence & Noise, and Kimchi & Blue), plus home goods and decor. Hours: Sunday through Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

8. Shopaholic Sample Sales

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8032 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 930-9909
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Offering two local outposts (the other one's in SaMo), the sample sale shop stocks cult-fave Aussie labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, and StyleStalker alongside LA basics brands like Dolan, LA Made, and more. Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

9. Gap Factory Store

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737 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The retailer recently debuted its massive Downtown factory store, which offers deep discounts on women's, men's, and children's apparel, accessories, and more. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. (Photo: Hunter Kerhart/DT News)

1. AG Jeans Sample Store

1029 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
The one-year pop-up shop closed in February 2015. Originally a pop-up shop, the Alexa Chung-chummed brand's sample store offers the LA label's apparel and jeans from $20 to $80. Hours: Monday through Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. (Photo: Daily Bruin)
1029 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

2. American Apparel Flea Market Store

747 Warehouse Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
While the first-floor Factory Store offers current-season, "first quality" merch similar to American Apparel's regular boutiques, the LA basics brand's Downtown HQ also houses a Flea Market shop on the second floor, where you'll find samples and slightly damaged or defective (but still totally wearable) apparel and accessories for 10 to 90% off, depending on the damage. Factory Store hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 12 to 7pm. Flea Market hours: Monday through Sunday from 9am to 9pm. (Photo: Ohh Susanna)
747 Warehouse Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

3. Current/Elliott, Equipment, & Joie Sample Store

4575 District Boulevard, Vernon, CA 90058
Vernon isn't exactly the shopping capital of LA, but it's where you'll find this trio of cult-cool labels's corporate HQ and sample sale store. Although the shop hosts epic seasonal sales, you can still score 60 to 90% off silk blouses, denim, Cali-cool apparel, and more on the reg. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm.
4575 District Boulevard
Vernon, CA 90058

4. J Brand Factory Outlet

1225 East Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90021
The shop sadly shuttered in July 2015. Enjoy 50 to 80% off past-season denim and apparel at the LA denim brand's factory outlet, located just outside of DTLA south of the 10 freeway. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 12 to 4pm. (Photo: Taye Hansberry/Stuff She Likes)
1225 East Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90021

5. Splendid & Ella Moss Factory Store

777 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Located at the two brands's joint HQ in DTLA's stylish Alameda Square, expect to score up to 60% off Cali-cool basics for women, men, and kids from both LA labels. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:30am to 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. (Photo: Facebook)
777 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

6. Guess Factory Store

1901 East 15th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Nestled in an industrial area south of DTLA, the LA brand's factory shop (enter at Gate 3) offers major deals women's and men's clothing, footwear, and accessories at up to 95% off. Expect to find past-season, irregular, and good-condition returned items for as low as $5. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm; closed Sunday. (Photo: Yahoo!)
1901 East 15th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

7. Urban Outfitters Surplus

14608 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
The trendy retailer sends overstock and past-season merch to its massive surplus store in Sherman Oaks (not far from its Studio City outpost), where you'll be greeted with 50 to 80% off everything. Find women's and men's clothing, accessories, and footwear (including UO staples like BDG denim, Silence & Noise, and Kimchi & Blue), plus home goods and decor. Hours: Sunday through Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
14608 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

8. Shopaholic Sample Sales

8032 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Offering two local outposts (the other one's in SaMo), the sample sale shop stocks cult-fave Aussie labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, and StyleStalker alongside LA basics brands like Dolan, LA Made, and more. Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
8032 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Gap Factory Store

737 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
The retailer recently debuted its massive Downtown factory store, which offers deep discounts on women's, men's, and children's apparel, accessories, and more. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. (Photo: Hunter Kerhart/DT News)
737 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014