To the right of platform one at Southern Cross Station, there’s an escalator that takes you up into retail heaven. Typically, brand discount stores are out in the ’burbs, but this mall’s in the heart of the city. Formerly a DFO, the Spencer Outlet Centre had a recent whiz-bang opening to reveal an extension out the back and a whole bank of new stores.
What they all have in common are the bargains. Ah, those magic words: factory outlets, stocktake sales, seconds… you’ll find all those words plastered on windows up here. The space is noticeably dominated by the Cotton On Mega Store and its subsidiaries – including T Bar (with three trendy T-shirts for $20), Cotton On Kids ($5 bargains), a Cotton Body pop-up (undies for $2 and nothing over $10) and Rubi (with shoes from $2) – but there’s plenty more in the way of apparel and homewares.
For sunnies, Florentine offer generic shades from $5 with designer shades starting at $150. Lovisa’s jewellery and hair accessories can be bundled, three for $10. Bags and suitcases are well covered, with Kate Hill handbags under $50 and Strandbags offering 30-70% off. Stock up on sports gear at Fila (a minimum of 50% off), or ‘invest’ in Skechers trainers from $19 and Converse Chucks from $50. More conventional footwear is available from Wittners or Novo – the latter of whom have pairs from $5.
Men should make a beeline for Industrie, who have 20% off all stock, or the sales at Roger David and Rodd & Gunn, amongst others. Women are well catered for by a range of stores… and you don’t need us to tell you how bargainy already bargain stores like Supre, JayJays and Just Jeans get.
Elsewhere there’s Typo (stationery goods from $3); Hairhouse Warehouse; The Books Grocer (many books are $10); mammoth homewares store Harris Scarfe (40% off many products) alongside smaller outlets including Matchbox, Form Home and House Outlet; Kathmandu; and lingerie/sleepwear stores La Figure, Simone Perele and Peter Alexander.
All that, while you’re just waiting for your train.
(All prices were correct at the time of writing, but are subject to excellent bargains running out.)