Thrifty shoppers are always looking for ways to score deals on designer and brand name clothing and accessories. Although you may miss out on designer bargains at sample sales by not living in a fashion capital, outlet and factory stores offer an abundance of deals all over the country.
Outlet prices generally range anywhere from 50-75off regular retail prices. You can score designer and brand name accessories and apparel at a fraction of retail price by dropping outlet and factory stores. Here are some tips to truly maximize your outlet dropping experience:
1. Expand your view of outlet stores.
Treasures abound at your local factory stores. Outlet stores were once considered an unprofitable way for retailers and manufacturers to get rid of irregular, unsold and past season inventory. Retailers now realize that there is plenty of profit to be made from their outlet stores. They have increased inventory selection and quantity, which translates to better merchandise.
Some merchandise sold at outlets is made specifically for the outlet stores and is of lower quality than the main line product. However, much of the merchandise is of similar quality to the main product line and may be past season or extra inventory from the current season. It es vari by store and a quick online search can clue you in to whether the product is from the main stores or made for the outlet. Many stores sell a mix of “made for outlet’. and past season merchandise.
2. Find out if your favorite designer is sold at a department store outlet or factory store
Many department stores have their own outlet stores Neiman Marcus operates
Designers and brands including Gucci, Burberry, Ugg, Coach, DKNY and Kate Spade operate “Factory Stores” Factory Stores generally sell the product specifically made for their outlets as well as past season merchandise and stock overages
3. Look beyond the name on the outlet door
Many brands license their product to other makers. For example, Fossil makes many different brands of designer watches including Michael Kors, Michele Watches, DKNY
Do some online research on whether items on your wish list are licensed, what company holds the license for that item and visit their outlet store. Items such as sunglasses, outerwear, watches and other accessories are often licensed.
4. Stack coupons with sales for extra savings
Often times, outlet stores already have attracting discounts. However, there are chances that you miss the chances to save more by no using coupons. Every outlet has customer service center, 99% of the time you can get a coupon book there. Moreover, some brands will reward extra coupons to those who signup for there membership. Don’t forget to check out the outlet official website to see if there are coupons there.