Last November, there was a mad rush to the new Tanger Outlet Mall to stock up on super-sales and the hype hasn’t died down. It’s still difficult to find parking and the breezeways between stores can get crowded, but the outlets are worth a second look. Here are the six best deals at Tanger Outlets and where to find them.
1. J.Crew’s student discount
Many well-heeled Elon students already take advantage of J.Crew’s collegiate love. At checkout, display your Phoenix Card for a 15 percent discount off of already low-outlet prices. The fine print does say that the discount can’t be combined with other offers, including clearance, so a sale piece will remain at 50 percent off, not 65 percent. But any little bit can help move those delectable chambray shorts from the rack into your wardrobe.
2. Rack Room Shoes: BOGO every day
Rack Room Shoes does a great job advertising its already low prices and combining them with buy-one-get-one 50 percent off deal every day of the year. This already incredible savings combined with outlet deals makes snagging some new boat shoes easier on the wallet.
3. HanesBrands factory store
A little piece of cloth like a sock or an undershirt shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s why the mammoth HanesBrands factory store is such a great resource. All of those little clothing items you need but don’t want to spend a paycheck on are at rock-bottom prices, and the selection is enormous.
4. Oakley Vault starts at half off
Although it hasn’t opened yet, the Oakley outlet promises savings on 50 to 70 percent on its signature sunglasses and even backpacks, shoes and luggage. When it does open, expect to pay $20-$50 for a pair. Prices are still expensive, but much cheaper than full price.
5. Banana Republic is classier than Old Navy
Since Old Navy is located right down the street on Elon University Drive, here’s a little secret: they’re owned by the same company. That means any gift card you might get from well-meaning parents can also be applied to purchases at the higher-end Banana Republic. Discount prices and racks of clearance apparel make Banana Republic a good place to get nice clothes for cheap. Think $15 skirts and pants at 60 percent off.
6. Burlington Brands closeout deals
In this unassuming glass-front store lies the best kept secret in the mall. The highest price you’ll be expected to pay is $13.99. Basic T-shirts start at $3.99 and feature surplus from JC Penney and Target. The pants can be a little stuffy, but for shirts, Burlington Brands can’t be beat.
Next time you need some new clothes, undergarments, shoes or sunglasses, bypass full-price establishments like Southpoint Mall in Durham or even Target on University Drive. Nothing really beats a deal, and Tanger Outlets is full of them.