Bargain hunter's dream past The Woodlands

December 4, 2008 4:48:59 PM PST
There's a bargain hunter's paradise north of The Woodlands that some are calling the Harwin of the North. It's called Sam Moon Trading and while many retailers are suffering, this store's sales are actually up 18% over last year.

So what's the big deal? Well, it's a lot like Harwin Street but at Sam Moon Trading everything is under one roof.

"The prices are similar to what you would find in Harwin," said shopper Jennifer Boudreau.

But unlike Harwin, many shoppers like Boudreau find the Sam Moon experience more enjoyable.

"We kind of described it as Harwin but better, nicer," she said. "You don't have to make so many stops, It's one stop kind of shopping."

Donald Kim's family owns Sam Moon Trading. The company opened its first store in Dallas more than 20 years ago as a small, mom and pop accessories shop. Now the operation has expanded with mega stores in the Dallas area and The Woodlands.

Kim says what makes the store so successful.

"We've go a whole range of products at whole sale prices and we are open to the public," Kim said.

At Sam Moon everything is always organized and set up in sections that make it easy for shoppers to navigate. If you are looking for a scarf, you'll find them neatly folded. Need a purse, they are arranged so it's easy to find what you are looking for.

"It's really, really nice, everything is really organized," said shopper Exie Price.

The super store carries more than just accessories. There's a home section with decor, lamps, and mirrors, a luggage shop and gift shop with name brand goods.

And for those who don't like to shop, especially you men, there is a golf range out back complete with a golf shop.

The idea at Sam Moon Trading is for shoppers to have one place to find the same things offered in the department stores, only a lot cheaper.

"So we have not only better prices but our selection and fashions stay ahead of the game as well," Kim said.

If you want to check this store out, it's located 35 miles north of Houston off the North Freeway. You will probably want to avoid the weekends because it's packed. Tuesday and Wednesdays are the best days to shop.

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