You’ve probably gone to an outlet mall or two in your lifetime. Many typically consist of a Gap, Coach, The Children’s Place, Kate Spade and more. While I like getting great deals on items that I’m going to use one way or another, I’ve also noticed that my sharp shopping skills go on hiatus the second I enter the store with the word “outlet” attached to it.
Not all outlet stores are created equal and sometimes you would have been better off in the sale section of your local retailer. Some items are priced higher than in retail stores and brands like Coach have their own line of Outlet items, which defeats the purpose of saving on retail store goods. Putting all that aside, there are some high-demand brands that you won’t find at many outlet malls that will be worth a trip or a visit during your next vacation. Here are the ones that I would put high on my priority list:
Land of Nod Outlet: This outlet store in Naperville, Illinois carries furniture, lighting, artwork, toys, bedding and more. If you’ve ever shopped at Land of Nod, you know the prices are a bit steep. If you can overlook a scratch on a dresser or a missing knob and you don’t mind buying discontinued items, this outlet store can be a dream. Don’t expect to get dirt cheap prices since you hardly ever see the retail store items go on sale, especially furniture, but you can still score some really amazing deals.
DWR Outlet (Design Within Reach): I love mid-century modern furniture, so every time I pass by the retail store in Santa Monica, California, I am daydreaming of redoing my entire living room. While I love most of items at DWR, I hate their pricing. Some sofas are over $15,000 and even table lighting will run you anywhere from $100 to $1,000. So when I found out about the outlet warehouse location in New Jersey, I was excited. If you’re willing to overlook minor scuffs on great pieces, then you can score some great deals. The greater the damage to the product, the higher the discount. So if you’re a DIYer, this is where you can save some major bucks.
Urban Outfitters Surplus Store: If you like Urban Outfitters retail store and you happen to be visiting Hollywood on a family vacation, you need to check out the surplus store in Sherman Oaks, California. You can find a good selection of men’s and women’s merchandise as well as other items. The store has a dedicated $5 and under wall and you can find dresses for as low as $10. You do have to go through the selections to find something that you like, but once you get the total cost at checkout, the effort will be worth it.
Lululemon Outlet: Even though the company got some big media attention over see-through yoga pants in the past, sales are still steady and woman love the clothes. The clothes are made to fit perfectly and even give women the motivation to start working out. The only problem is that the prices are a bit high and most people can only afford a few key pieces from their collection. If you’ve ever looked on eBay for Lulu items, the used items even have high selling prices because of the high demand for the brand. So for you deal seekers near an outlet location, you can buy five to seven items for the price of two to four items. There are a handful of outlets scattered around the country.
West Elm Outlet : If you can’t afford the prices of DWR and want a similar mid-century modern style, West Elm is the more affordable option. Prices are comparable to CB2, which is Crate and Barrel’s younger and more affordable line. At the outlet store, you get even better prices. They offer additional savings on top of already great prices all throughout the year, which makes for a deal finder’s paradise. The store is located in Riverhead, New York. If I lived within 200 miles of that store, I would visit because I love the furniture and lighting and it would be worth the trek.
Zappos/6PM Outlet: Have you ever visited the 6pm.com site and wished there was a physical store which you could visit? Search no more, as it really exists in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. For any shoe lover out there, this is your candy store. Just go to Yelp and search “Zappos Shoe Outlet” and you will see what I am talking about. The prices are so good and the selections are endless.