Adventures in Outlet Shopping


So, you’re at the newly refurbished mall with your friends. Some out-of-town architects have tried to give your childhood mall major face lift. It kinda worked, but you still remember when you hung out there and it looked more like a scene from Mall Rats – not exactly the most glamorous image, right?

Anyways, you and your buddies have decided to cruise the new boutiques, while also trying to avoid all the people you hated in high school (thankfully, you were smart and went OUT OF STATE for your college degree). Regardless of how maxed out your credit cards are, or the fact that your bank account is close to being in the negative, you find yourself tempted, enticed, and nearly seduced by the merchandise. That’s when you realize that those architects didn’t do such a bad job after all.

You’re eyeing the new display cases, admiring the artificial, yet calming ambiance, wanting to give into temptation, and, well, just buy a bunch of really nice “stuff.” But resist that temptation, girl! It’s fine to admire things. Hell, go ahead and drool if you like, but spending your money, say, at a place like Nordstrom or Macy’s is just foolish.

These days, you can head to a nearby outlet store or a place like Marshall’s and actually find similar, if not the very same items you found at the nicer stores in the mall. Not only that, it’s going to be a hell of a lot cheaper! Sure, discount stores like Marshall’s can make you feel a little icky (do take a shower afterwards). They don’t after all have gleaming marble floors or overwhelmingly helpful employees, but those types of places are where you find awesome deals and some fabulous, one-of-a-kind pieces.

I was inspired to write this piece because I recently bought the most beautiful mint green jacket. It’s an Oscar de La Renta, and instead of shelling out $800 (yes, darlings, that was its original price) for it, I only paid $90! It’s classic, and is gonna look great with the white dress that I recently purchased on-line – now, I can’t wait for summer! My hunt, of course, isn’t over just yet. I still have to find some hot summer shoes.

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