First of all, if you're looking for an up-scale shopping experience in L.A., this isn't the place (go to The Grove in Beverly Hills for that). The Fashion District is crowded, energetic, and has lots of variety. You won't find designer clothes or jewelry here, but you will find awesome deals. My wife came here to find some fabric, and she bought several yards for a quarter of the price that she normally buys it at. When you ask them how much something costs, they'll just toss a random number at you. The first time we just started walking away. The owner started lowering his prices right away - we just kept walking. He kept lowering it until he got it low enough to what we wanted. Other times we would give them a really low number, and agree to something in between. Most will haggle with you. If someone doesn't budge, just leave. There are other places with the same stuff that will give you a great deal.
The fashion district is a lot of fun to come and check out. It is a little dirty and has a somewhat third-world feel. That's all part of the fun. If you have time, or want to get great deals on jewerly, fabric, luggage, drapes, or clothes, come here and have some fun.
Tips:1) Stay off 6th avenue. I found 9th avenue less crowded. 2) BRING CASH -- do not use credit/debit cards. 3) If you don't mind paying a little more for parking, the $10/day parking feels safer and is easier. 4) The smaller shops will haggle. The bigger, fancier stores will not, but they still have the exact same stuff. 5) Keep an open mind and have fun!
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