Susan Carpenter Times Staff Writer December 15, 2005
MARIA SMITH admits she "went too wild." After a midmorning shopping binge in the toy district downtown, her arms were straining from the bulk of multiple plastic bags stuffed with Marvel coloring books and blinking necklaces, tentacled rubber balls and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, confetti, gift bags and streamers - all of it purchased for a fraction of what she would have paid at the mall.
"It's a lot less expensive to come down to L.A. to get everything," says Smith, a La Mirada mother of two who was gearing up for her daughter's birthday party later this month. "The party stores come here to buy everything, so why not go where the buyers go?"
"If you can buy it wholesale, why buy retail?" she asks."Here, you're buying your gifts at three times less the amount, my gosh. If they only knew I spent $30 instead of $100. It's just amazing."
The article also describes many of the other items that can be purchased in Toy Town - but there are far more items that are not covered. For no matter what you want to buy - you can find it wholesale Downtown.
Energy Drinks? Red Bull? Second Street just west of San Pedro. A whole row of stores selling wholesale energy drinks.
Knives? Kitchen utensils? Sunglasses? Los Angeles Street.
And if you can't find what you are looking for - just ask and someone will know where to find what you are looking for.
Toy Town! Not just for toys anymore!
And speaking of shopping bargains - don't forget the Fashion District!