Any seasoned shopper loves to find a bargain, and the good news is that if you live in Cape Town you don’t even have to look too far to find one. If you know where to go, the wholesale shops and factory shopping in CT can help you pick up great deals that will keep your bank balance smiling.
Buying from wholesale or factory shops doesn’t necessarily mean that you are buying poor quality goods, cheap knock-offs or inferior items. In fact, you can find goods that are of equal quality to those sold at regular retailers at a fraction of the price.
Why is it cheaper to visit wholesale shops and factory shopping in CT?
Wholesale shops are able to sell their goods at cheaper prices because they buy from manufacturers in massive bulk, allowing them (and you) to save on individual items. Wholesale outlets usually have large floor space and storage areas that allow them to purchase items in bulk. The customer also often has the option of buying in bulk from these stores.
When it comes to factory shops, you are essentially cutting out the middle man. By going straight to the manufacturer, you can buy good directly from the factory, avoiding the mark-up charged in regular stores. At factory shops you can also find “factory rejects’. These are items deemed unsellable by the manufacturer for some very small, often unnoticeable defect. These items are then sold at discounted prices.
Where can I find wholesale and factory shops in CT?
Baby goods and accessories can be very expensive, and if your stork party hasn’t given you everything you need you may want to consider trying factory shops to find quality goods for your baby at reasonable prices. In Ottery, you can find the Treehouse Factory Shop; and in Epping 2 Kidz Zone has some gorgeous clothing for girls.
If you need travel accessories, wallets, or luggage, Bellville has a few options selling good quality items at reduced prices at Access Park.
The Access Park Shopping Complex is situated in Bellville, with another outlet in Kenilworth. At Access Park you can find a number of factory shops in one complex, offering a range of products from food items to clothing, baby accessories and luggage, to name but a few. Each venue has over 70 stores specialising in different products and brands. With the restaurants and fast food outlets in the complex, you can make a day of the outing, allowing you plenty of time to see what is in store. The stores at Access Park sell a number of items, including:
- Party goods and toys
- Sports accessories and clothing
- Spectacles and sunglasses
- Fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables
- Motor sport and sound
- Bridal wear
- Hair salon and skin care
The Epping suburb is a popular area to find discounted cosmetics. Here you can find stores selling top international brands such as Yardley and Rimmel.
If it is warehouse stores you are after, allowing you to buy in bulk and save, there are a number of franchise stores such as Makro and Builder’s Warehouse in the Cape Town area. Other discount stores such as Game and Dion can also be found in major shopping centres. One of the biggest shopping centres in Cape Town is Canal Walk Shopping Centre, so this can be a good place to start if you are looking for discount franchise deals.
Hints and tips for bargain shopping
- It’s important to do your research and plan a shopping trip before you embark on a bargain hunt. The shops are not always in the main retail areas, so it’s not worth your while driving around in hope of finding a wholesaler or factory shop. Rather look in the yellow pages or online to locate the shops you are interested in going to and plan your trip accordingly. You can also use the internet to download various maps so that you are prepared before you hit the road.