We live in a beautiful area. Driving through Sevierville at just the right time, you can get a clear view of the Banana Republic Outlet sign or the Nike Factory Outlet.
Nothing like a golden sunset behind The Loft Outlet. Mm. Mm. Mm.
The lure of the outlets is real. And I’m not going to lie, long before I pull in the parking lot my mouth salivates when thinking of all the outfit possibilities that lie in wait for me.
That’s why I set a few rules for myself to keep things under control.
Having recently shopped there, I realized just how valuable these rules are…
I cannot stress this enough. The earlier you go the better your day will go.
You’ll avoid the crowds and you won’t walk away completely haggard.
Don’t get caught up in a sale fog.
Sure, you immediately think “DEAL!” when you hear, “outlet”, but honestly, you’re not getting super duper extravagant discounts. You are getting items that aren’t in the stores for a little less, sure.
Just bare in mind that you’re not getting the deal of a lifetime. Sometimes the feel of a discount can make you buy things you normally wouldn’t. Be aware of that.
Practice the art of walking away.
There were several pieces I almost picked up, but I wasn’t totally sold on them. So I walked away. And you know by doing that, I ended up buying a great skirt, gilt free, that I probably would have passed up if I had spent on other “just ok” items.
I hope these tips help your shopping adventures this weekend.
If you find those adventures take you to Vera Bradley in West Town Mall from 1-3, say hi to me! I’ll be in there cuddling bags ;)