Concord

Best Party Supplies, October 2009
 
Granted, the barren industrial park surrounding Concord doesn’t exactly scream “party,” and inside things don’t look much livelier. A cash-and-carry section overflows with what appears to be the entire contents of Guangdong Province, from off-brand laundry detergents to multipack pencil sets, while the wholesale area offers many of the same items in bulk. Amid this detritus, however, is an attractive selection of housewares, including dishes, stemware, and elegant votive candleholders, for about 50¢ to $1 apiece—cheaper, in some cases, than what you’d pay for their plastic throwaway equivalents. Don’t be afraid to bargain, especially if you’re buying a bunch; prices are negotiable.