The only thing better than buying clothing at wholesale prices is doing it at two stores in a row.
“I would guess we have over 300 items on our shelves right now for under $20,” said Erin, clerk at Downeast Outfitters in Provo. “And lots more in the back that we haven’t put out yet, and more coming in every week.”
Downeast Outfitters is its own clothing brand, yes, but they also sell designer tag clothes from discontinued and sample lines at prices far below retail. The store on University Parkway in Orem is next door to a Quiksilver and Roxy outlet, where shoppers can sometimes find board shorts and T-shirts for just $1.
“You can’t even get some value menu items for a dollar anymore,” comments Wayne Kiffin, a BYU student-shopper at the Provo Quiksilver store. “But I came in and got some shorts for a dollar today, how about that.”
When the dollar sale isn’t going on at Quiksilver, there are still several racks of clothing for 50-75 percent off retail.
The lines sold at Downeast include Mek, Joe’s Jeans, True Religion, Paige, Hudson, Diesel, William Rast, BKE, Big Star and others. These brands are higher status than the ones you’ll often find in other discount clothiers like Ross and TJ Maxx, and often have original tags priced over $200. Although Downeast sells primarily jeans, shoppers can get lucky and pick up sweaters, jackets, shoes, accessories and formal wear.
“Occasionally there will be some small defect with the item,” said Erin. “But most often we get their last season’s stuff. If shoppers time it right it’s pretty easy to score 90 percent off retail here.”