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Don't let the Black Friday foolishness freak you out. The holiday season can be hell for many people, but outlet malls are heaven for bargain hunters. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown L.A., and the only one of its kind in Los Angeles County, Citadel Outlets has more than 130 stores that draw in customers looking for brand-name and manufacturer deals: Calvin Klein, the Gap, Banana Republic, Levi's, Coach, Michael Kors, DKNY, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Nike, Adidas, Disney and Toys “R” Us, to list a few. These days, cash-conscious consumers can't afford to pay the retail price of a designer handbag or the newest sneakers or children's gadgets. Here, expect to find them at half-price. And if you're brave enough to make the trip during a holiday weekend, expect additional mark-downs. So what if you have to spend a few more minutes finding a parking spot and possibly injure other shoppers? There's a discounted Coach crossbody at stake! —Siran Babayan

100 Citadel Drive, Commerce, 90040. (323) 888-1724, citadeloutlets.com.

LA Weekly