Love a bargain? So do we! And while there’s always a sale in Cape Town, these 10 well-kept secrets amongst the Mother City’s bargain-hunting elite will ensure you save loads – all year round.
1 The Tailored Collection
Women who are on the hunt for elegant workwear but strapped for cash will be smitten with the offerings at The Tailored Collection. A division of Peter Blond and Associates (Pty) Ltd, they’ve got everything you could imagine – including the items you never knew you needed – from blazers and blouses to pencil skirts and trousers. Be prepared to turn heads at the office after a couple of hours shopping here.
2 Eastlake Designers and Hand-Printers of Fine Fabrics
Planning to refurbish your home? Then Eastlake is your one-stop shop for all things decor made from fabric. Their exquisite curtains, table linen, cushion covers and upholstery will breathe new life into your space. Plus, with their enormous variety and range, you’re sure to find a perfect match for your home’s colour palette, no matter the shade.
When Weekdays 9 am – 4 pm, first Saturday of the month 9 am – 12 pm
Where 30 Eastlake Drive, Marina da Gama
Contact +27 21 788 1077
3 Compass Bakery
This pocket-friendly boulangerie is a supplier for the foods department of South Africa’s top department store. Now, you can walk away with a massive shopping bag (or two!) stuffed with the exact same sugary treats sold there – for approximately one-third of the price! Don’t be put off by the alternative packaging either: we promise that their oat cookies, brownies, ginger snaps and hearty breads are to-die-for.
When Weekdays 8 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where 98 Main Road, Tramway Village, Diep River
Contact +27 21 713 4483
4 Bargain Books
As the biggest factory bookshop in South Africa, you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else to bag riveting reads on a budget. Every genre under the sun can be found on its shelves, including thrillers, romance and biographies. Readers lusting after special interest books – such as instruction manuals, comics and graphic novels – will find there’s plenty to devour.
5 The Candle Factory Shop
Scented, tea light, votive, floating… find them all at The Candle Factory Shop. Once you’ve picked out your candles, have a look at the collection of candle holders and trimmings also on offer. A favourite amongst event co-ordinators and hospitality professionals, the store stocks an assortment of paper napkins and heavenly room sprays too.
When Weekdays 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 2 pm
Where Unit 1B, 6 Honeywell Road, Retreat/Units K3 – K5, Okavango Junction, Kenwil Drive, Brackenfell
Contact +27 21 701 2101/+27 21 981 0528, [email protected], thecandlefactoryshop.co.za
6 Cosmetic XS
Nothing can lift your spirits like a whiff of your favourite perfume or a swipe of butter-soft lipstick. When shopping at Cosmetic XS, you can indulge in these scintillating pleasures without breaking the bank. Have a few birthdays coming up? Pamper your loved ones with a gift set containing body lotion, body spray and deodorant from popular beauty brands like Yardley, then toss a set into the cart for yourself too.
When Monday to Thursday 8:30 am – 5 pm, Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 1 pm
Where 11 Corner of Celie Road and Bark Street, Steenberg
Contact +27 21 701 3221, [email protected], Facebook
7 Kolnicks Linen
Bedroom looking a bit dull ‘n’ drab? Head on over to Kolnicks to get your hands on everything you need to spruce it up. A seller of the 95-year-old Sheritan Textiles’s products, this shopping destination overflows with bedding such as quilted comforters, pillow protectors, throws and luxury duvet covers.
When Weekdays 8:30 am -5 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 1 pm
Where The Interchange Shopping Centre, 9 Noble Street, Somerset West
Contact +27 21 852 4482, [email protected], kolnicks.co.za
8 Rapid Sport
If you’re keen on cycling or skiing, make your way to Rapid Sport, which specialises in men’s, women’s and kids attire for these activities. Didn’t find what you needed? They’ll customise your chosen items to your specifications. With their wide range of waterproof and moisture-wicking garb, they’ll have the entire family decked out and ready to hit the road – or the slopes – in no time.
When Monday to Thursday 8 am – 4:30 pm, Fridays 8 am – 4 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
Where 2nd Floor Horizon House, 15 Pepper Street, CBD
Contact +27 21 426 4044, [email protected]pidsport.co.za, rapidsport.co.za
9 Gatti’s Ice Cream
Why travel all the way to Italy for gelato when you can nab lip-smacking frozen desserts on your doorstep? That’s what you’ll find at Gatti’s, a supplier to South Africa’s premiere hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. Traditional ice cream cones, along with a variety of other icy eats such as sorbet, ice lollies and ice cream sandwiches can be bought by the box at a wholesale price.
Where 85 Ottery Road, Wynberg
When Monday to Thursday 8 am – 6 pm, Fridays 8 am – 12 pm and 2:30 pm – 6 pm, Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm, Sundays 8 am – 3:30 pm
Contact +27 21 797 5858, [email protected], gattiicecream.co.za
10 The Bean People
Let’s face it: having kids can cost a fortune and when they aren’t exactly thrilled to hop in the bath, life can get frustrating. The Bean People puts your worries to an end by making bath time a whole lot more fun – for a whole lot less cash. Their quirky toys come in the form of capsules resembling beans that, when put in water, will unravel into colourful sponge creatures. The kids’ll be fascinated!
Where Unit 3, Kommetjie Road, Fish Eagle Park, Kommetjie
When Monday to Thursday 8 am – 4:30 pm, Fridays 8 am – 3:30 pm
Contact +27 21 783 1118, [email protected], thebeanpeople.co.za