It's the time of year when our credit cards are scuffed and bruised from abuse. Here is our list of Joburg’s best clothing factory shops and outlet stores so you can still enjoy a bit of shopping.

Big L's

Big L’s Levi’s Factory outlet located at the Woodmead Retail Park is a favourite among students, or anyone looking to up their street cred with a good pair of denim. The store mainly stocks classically tapered, skinny, straight and slim-cut jeans, however, you can find bootleg jeans too on occasion. There are also limited bits and pieces from bigger collections like the twisted fit, commuter and curve jeans. Also in stock are shirts, the odd accessory and shoes – but in very limited numbers.

Now for the big question – how much do they cost? You can get a pair of jeans for roughly R500 and a shirt for around R250, bearing in mind that it really depends on what the item is. Commuter jeans will never cost you R400.

Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Coricraft

Coricraft is one of South Africa’s favourite furniture stores and for good reason – their furniture is simple yet stunning, inspiring visitors to drop some cash at almost every visit. The real problem, however, is that we can’t all afford to fully kit out our houses in Coricraft's fine furniture as much as we might like to. The answer? Coricraft has a factory shop in Wynberg and it goes without saying that you can get great end-of-range furniture here without breaking the bank. Tip: Like most factory shops, these are limited, end-of-range products, so it’s probably advisable to visit every few weeks.

Address: Unit A, Game Complex, corner Arkwright Avenue and 4th Street, Wynberg, Johannesburg.

Big Blue Clearance Store

Ever seen someone wearing a really clever shirt with a truly South African phrase on it and wondered where it was from? That would be Big BlueTrust us, if you’ve never popped into one of their stores, you should! Their summer gear is original and well-fitting, but let’s face it, anything that cool can’t be cheap and you’d be right to assume it. That’s where the Big Blue Factory Shop in Linden comes in. They stock all the same awesome apparel at a fraction of the price. Buy a few shirts at the beginning of summer and you’ve got your tees covered for the rest of the season.

Address: 57 Third Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.

This time of year is when our credit cards are scuffed and bruised from abuse. Here is our list of Joburg’s best clothing factory shops and outlet stores.

Geldof Chocolatiers

Attention all chocoholics: Geldof Chocolatiers is the perfect spot for you to get your chocolate fix. They make everything from Easter eggs to chocolate Santas and truffles. Luckily, they have a factory outlet in Randburg, which stocks all their delicious products at wholesale prices. We once bought a whole packet of truffles for only R30 – if that doesn't sound like a sweet deal, we don't know what does! Tip: Ring the doorbell a few times before giving up – they are often busy in the back making chocolate like a team of Oompa Loompas.

Address: Unit C1 Mikro Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Avenue; Strijdom Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.

SMEG Outlet Store

Love SMEG but don't have the budget for it? Then you'll be happy to hear that you can get your hands on a few of their appliances at discounted prices at the SMEG Outlet Store in Sandton. Styling the kitchen while not spending a fortune is music to our ears! Here, you'll be able to find amazing deals on demo, select new and end-of-range SMEG appliances, and B-grade and refurbished stock.

Address: Unit 1 Linbro Logistics Park, 1st Avenue, Ext 1. Linbro Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Forever New

We are forever in love with Forever New and for good reason! Their clothing, shoes and accessories are nothing short of a classy affair that we all want to be a part of. Whether you're in the mood for spoils, retail therapy or gift shopping for a bestie, this store has had girls in Joburg going crazy since their release. However, their items often have a really fancy price tag which is why you need to make a stop at their factory store in Woodmead.

Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Waterval Crescent, Woodmead Ext 5, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Decofurn Furniture Factory Shop

Planning on redecorating your home? Or need to find affordable home furniture and accessories? The Decofurn Furniture Factory Shop in Fourways offers everything you need to revamp your living space. Most of their products are sourced from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and China. There's a wide range of items available at their factory shop to furnish your bedroom, lounge, patio and outdoor, dining room, office and more without busting your budget.

Address: 1293 Design & Decor Centre, Forest Road and Sunset Road, Pineslopes, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Fairland Walk

Fairland Walk is conveniently situated on the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street in the suburb of Fairland, Johannesburg. They have everything from Timberland to Forever New and Diesel. It's the perfect stop for anyone who's looking for good deals on a range of popular brands. So, whether it comes to clothing, shoes or accessories, this shopping centre will have you covered at fraction of the price.

Address: Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street, Fairland, Johannesburg.

Woodmead Retail Park

Woodmead Retail Park is a large shopping centre dedicated to factory shops. This makes this retail park the perfect place to enjoy a well-deserved shopping spree if you need to refresh your wardrobe. They sport everything from the Le Coq Sportif store, to Billabong, New Balance and Fossil. If you can't find a deal here, you aren't looking hard enough!

Address: Woodmead Retail Park, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead

Playtex Factory Store

Looking to get your hands on popular underwear brands but don't want to pay an arm and a leg? Well, the Playtex Factory Store is the perfect stop for you. You can find plenty of your favourite underwear brands here, including WonderBra, SA Shock Absorber, BEAR, Playtex and She BEAR. Sure, you might have to hunt for your size, but the prices are well worth the effort, we assure you! They also have factory stores in Pretoria and Durban.

Address: Braam Street, Honeydew, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Beyers Chocolate Factory Shop

This is another one for our chocoholics – you can stock up on your favourite Beyers Chocolates at their factory shop in Kempton Park, Kyalami and Bedfordview. Just imagine having your own stash of Sweetie Pies, Amarula chocolates, truffles, caramel stars and much more! Seriously, this couldn't hurt.

Address: 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Bambini Ice Cream

Bambini Ice Cream have been in the business of making top quality Italian ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and desserts for 29 years in South Africa.This has become one of the country’s biggest private owned ice cream suppliers to the hospitality industry. Luckily for us regular old ice cream lovers, they supply frozen delights to the public, too. Visit their factory store to sample some of the best Italian ice cream in the province, or shop online and have it delivered straight to your door!

Address: R23a Doornkloof Farm, Rustenburg Road, Magaliesburg.

Know of other great factory stores not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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What Is It?

Grab your friends, family, colleagues, and everyone else you can think of and join them at the Mosaiek Expo. This special event is open to everyone and we cannot wait to join in too. You can expect some fashion, decor, music, and gifts. Everyone will love this event so be sure to bring both your friends and family.

When Is It?

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Saturday, 02 November 2019.

Where Is It?

Mosaïek, Danielle Street, 2030 Fairland, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned.

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What Is It?

Come and enjoy the race at the Run Zone Fairland Walk as everyone takes on the streets of Fairland.

You can choose between the 5km , 10km and 15km race depending on your goals, so whether you are just starting out or not, you will definitely enjoy being part of this race.

Water points will be found every 3km, so you can keep your energy up and continue on the run.

Enter before the entries close and be part of this exciting experience.

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 20:00

Where Is It?

Fairland Walk, Beyers Naude Drive & Wilson Street, Fairland, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R60 - R130 per person, get your ticket Here.

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Price Point: R500 and less for two

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Sushi Date

We know, going out for sushi on date night can be pretty expensive, but we know a spot where you can enjoy a platter for two for under R200! You're probably thinking that with a price like that, the sushi isn't great. But we assure you, it is! We've tried it ourselves. But back to date night. So, you head to Rainbow Sushi & Chinese Food on Grant Avenue in Norwood (a tiny restaurant but rather cosy) and order the eight-piece Salmon Fashion Sandwich, six-piece assorted Maki, six-piece assorted Nigiri and two hand roll sushi combo for R169.50* to share (price was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change - March 2019). It's delicious! Just make sure your date isn't allergic to shellfish first (if this is a first date).

Details: 011 728 9298 | Opening times: Monday - Sunday: 10:30 - 22:00 | 53 Grant Avenue and Algenon Road, Norwood, Johannesburg

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Rooftop Cocktails

Thinking of a romantic date night complete with cocktails and stunning views of the Jozi skyline by night? Head to The Living Room in Maboneng in the heart of the city. The setting is super trendy, fresh and green – there are plants absolutely everywhere – and it's perched on the fifth floor of the Main Change Building overlooking the buzzing streets. They have an awesome drinks menu filled with mocktails for those of you who don't drink, old favourites and speciality cocktails, as well as delicious tapas boards, salad bowls and sweet desserts perfect for sharing. And as for the view? Twinkling city lights, dazzling stars and our beautiful skyline... This inner-city spot is quite popular so make sure you book.

Details: www.livingroomjozi.co.za | 084 529 9006 | [email protected] | 5th Floor, Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Date Night At Home

Yes, we ARE mentioning date night at home, because we have found an interesting twist to make the evening extra special, even if it is in your very own living room. DateFactory brings you something new and 'out-of-the-box', quite literally. Every month you'll get a unique date night in a box delivered right to your door. They have a range of boxes available, as well as subscriptions at a discounted price. This way you save money and date night is sorted every month! Now, the price is just over what we mentioned, but we're listing it here because it includes the whole shebang – including delivery. We think it's worth the extra few pennies. Click here to check out all their different types of date night boxes, which include monthlies, speciality, discount, once-off themed and even some sexy Date Box options. Best of all, everything is ordered and arranged online.

Details: www.datefactory.co.za | 084 637 2519 | [email protected]

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Let's Take It Outside With A Picnic at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

They do say the best things in life are free and we are here for all things affordable but still feel all warm and fuzzy inside with the romance flowing in the air. We are led to believe that staying in the city can be a lot sometimes so every now and then more often than not we feel the need to escape the busy city and be one with nature and we think your partner will appreciate being taken out to a picnic date. Plus to top it off it's cost free. See you there lovers, they close at 17:00, so you get to enjoy a beautiful scenic sunset, take a snap for the 'Gram while at it.

Details: www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu/ | 012 843 5000 | Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

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Price Point: R500 and more for two

Couple's Paint Night

Now this is something fun and different - Couple's Paint Night at Lillian Gray Fine Artist & Art School. This is the perfect date night if you're looking to get creative and do something out-of-the-ordinary together. You'll get to enjoy an evening painting and wining with your favourite person. It's R950 per couple* (price is subject to change and was correct at time of writing - March 2019) and includes wine, cheese platters and all the art supplies you need to create your masterpieces. And don't worry, no painting experience is required. Visit their website or Facebook page to see when their next Couple's Paint Night takes place.

Details: www.lilliangray.co.za | 076 828 2448 | [email protected] | 82 Kessel Street, Fairland, Johannesburg

Cooking Classes

Learning somethings new is always a fun experience when you're doing it with your special someone. So, instead of heading to your usual restaurant and eating out, why not join a Couple's Cooking Class at Taste-Buds to prepare and enjoy a delicious dinner made by you and your sweetheart? Sounds like fun! Not only will you be learning how to cook new tasty dishes but you'll also get to spend some quality time with your partner. If this sounds like the perfect way to spend date night, then check out which dates they have available for 2019 and book now.

Details: www.taste-buds.co.za |  072 846 7959 | [email protected] | corner Aries and Saturnus Avenue, Sundowner (near Northgate), Johannesburg

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Fine Dining

Feel like treating your partner to a fine dining experience? Think wine, amazing cuisine, candlelight and some smooth jazz. Try out LBV in Bryanston – we visited and we must say, it was amazing! The menu is rather small, but you'll definitely feel spoilt for choice as everything is divine. A dish we highly recommend is the Pork Belly main – pork cooked to perfection, mustard mash unlike anything you've ever tasted, the sweet yet savoury flavour of the bacon brandy jam, and the crispiest crackling you've ever crunched on! As for dessert, you definitely need to try the Crème Brûlée. We'll leave that one as a surprise...

Details: www.lbvcollection.co.za | 072 600 3261 or 011 706 7662 | [email protected] | 277 Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.