Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shopping with Charlestongirl - Part 1

I consider myself a shopping "expert." I don't mean to brag, but I've perfected the art of shopping, stopping at only the best stores; browsing online at the stores with fabulous extras, shipping deals, and frequent discounts; and generally zeroing in on the best shopping helpers (my favorite sales representatives - those who will go the extra mile for me). I'm going to share some of my favorites with you over the next few days, starting with my favorite outlet mall, the Leesburg Corner (Virginia) Premium Outlets.

Today's feature is for my DC-area friends and readers, some of whom have told me they have never gone to Leesburg to shop. Friends, you don't know what you're missing! The After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, Midnight Madness at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, kicks off the holiday shopping season. Why not take a nice drive out the toll road and experience the joy of first-class outlet shopping?

All weekend, you'll enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours at Leesburg Corner, plus you can experience Midnight Madness if you are truly crazy. Most stores will open their doors at midnight right after Thanksgiving. I have never gone to the outlet that early; I find 7:00 am is totally adequate, although I do run into dazed shoppers who have clearly been there all night. My sleep is too important, and when I shop, I want to be alert - ready to pounce on the deal that's too good to be true.

There are going to be super-deals at almost every store. You can find all the special offers at this link. My favorite stores at Leesburg? Williams Sonoma (the "cookware queen"), The Company Store (for Estée Lauder Company beauty products), Polo Ralph Lauren, Le Creuset, Cole Haan, Aerosoles, Nike, Puma, Restoration Hardware - gosh, there are too many. I can't list them all. This is a first-class outlet mall. Love it! Will I see you there, if not Friday, this weekend?

Make sure to sign up online to be a VIP. Then, print out the coupons, including the coupon you can use at the visitors' center to get a mall-wide coupon discount book. It will save you money, and you will want to pick up one every time you go. The visitors' center is in the food court area, so you can refuel (or hit the restroom) while you are there.

Later today? I'll tell you about some of my favorite online shopping sites. This long weekend? I'm going to share some of my favorite sales associates and product specialists, both here and in New York. Hopefully, you will share yours in the comments so that we can assemble a "data base" of great shopping experiences. Shopping is necessary, but it should also be fun!

Photo courtesy of Leesburg Premium Outlets


Eileen said...

I'm fortunate to live about 12 miles from the Camarillo Premium Outlets (Camarillo, Ventura County, CA). I don't go all that often, but when I do, I go with a list. Otherwise, I could spend hours just wandering around, getting completely sidetracked by all kinds of exceptional bargains. I've become pretty good at separating the wheat from the chafe, too. And, when I don't see what I'm looking for, I've learned to ask when the next "flow" will be coming in.

Camarillo is located in a beautiful agricultural area surrounded by foot hills and mountains. It's only a few miles from the ocean and enjoys clean air and beautiful weather most of the year. Like many cities here in SoCal, it started out as a rancho so it has a proud Spanish and Early California heritage of which the entire community is justifiably proud. The famous Camarillo white horses, which are often seen in the Rose Parade, are popular ambassadors of this small gem of a city.

My very best wishes to one and all for a Thanksgiving that is filled with love, laughter, and good cheer. Happy Turkey Day!

Charlestongirl said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you to, Eileen! I hope you enjoy your long weekend with your son home.

I used to go to Leesburg Corner more often than I do now, but I love each and every trip. A friend and I make a "day of it," and we always have lunch nearby at the Blue Ridge Grill. The immediate area at "our outlet mall" isn't as divine as Camarillo, which sounds gorgeous. There are amazing rural scenes nearb (with plenty of horses), though, for anyone who wants to enjoy the Virginia countryside.