Best deals on best clothes
Potomac Mills is an outlet mall. There are probably more than 100 shops there and you can find almost anything from clothes to home appliances at awesome prices. There's a food court available if you get hungry but if you're hungry for shopping, this is the place for you! You can buy lots of nice things in the U.S. It's a great place for shopping. But you won't find many of the European brands. You can spend as much or as little as you like. The prices aren't expensive and there you'll always find good deals.
Potomac Mills Mall
Why here and not under shopping? Because tourists flock to the Potomac Mills Mall, a huge discount and outlet mall in Woodbridge. It is Virginia's #1 tourist destination.
Potomac Mills is one of the world's largest outlet malls with more than 220 discount stores.
Anchors / Majors:
AMC 15 Theatre, Books-A-Million, Burlington Coat Factory, Daffy's, G Street Fabrics, Group USA, H&M, JCPenney Outlet, Linens 'N Things, Marshalls, Mikasa, Nordstrom Rack, Off 5TH-Saks Fifth Avenue, Spiegel Outlet, TJ Maxx.
Ann Taylor Factory Store, Big Dog Sportswear, Brooks Brothers, Donna Karan Company Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Escada, Fossil Outlet, Gap Outlet, GUESS? Outlet, Harry & David, Jones N.Y., L.L. Bean Factory Store, Lenox, Nautica Clearance Center, 9 West Outlet, Old Navy Outlet, Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.
Ann Taylor Factory Store, Brooks Brothers, Donna Karan Company Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Fossil Outlet, Gap Outlet, Geoffrey Beane Outlet, GUESS? Outlet, Harry & David, Jones N.Y., L.L. Bean Factory Store, Lenox, Nautica Clearance Center, 9 West Outlet, Old Navy Outlet, Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.
In the United States you can find some of largest shopping centers in the world.Here they are called "Malls" and you'll find them in almost all big and medium size cities along the coutry.
The largest Mall it is located in Bloomington (Minnesota) :MALL OF AMERICA, is largest in total area in U.S and it was opened in 1.992.
Other huge malls in the states are:
TYSONS CORNER CENTER
ROOSEVELT FIELD MALL
BLOOMINGDALE (Shopping Centers)
SOUTH COAST PLAZA in Orange County
DEL ALAMO FASHION CENTER in Los Angeles
GALLERIA in Houston.
These are just a little examples of some of the huge Malls along the country.Something nice and with very good prices to buy in the states are: Clothes,Sports Wear and electronics.
Also you can find in all big cities in the states los of good and unexpensive shopping centers,in New York :Macy's and Bloomingdale,also in NY you can walk by one of most expensives and famous shopping streets in world the Fith Avenue!. Here you'll find:
SAKS FITH AVENUE AND lots more!!( this picture was taken at Saks Fith Avenue).
Shopping in USA
I cannot give a complete range of things that an European tourist can purchase but we have an experience on :
- footware : there is a larger range of choice and several items are launched initially on the US market. But there is not a significant gap of price (FOOTLOCKER mainly) excepted in the PAYLESS which are discount stores.
- Clothes : there is a difference up to 50pct on trousers (Levis stores)
Some bargains on the T shirts, shirts, dress.
- Photo : the films can be inexpensive in the supermarkets (WAL MART for example). The cameras and other items too in the specialized discount stores.
- Cosmetics (excepted perfume) : they are sold in the supermarket with at an interesting price.
- Medicine : it is possible to buy (at ones own risks) a lot of medicines without medical order in the supermarkets.
"Without a limit"
I did not call but the result is the same.
It's generally cheaper than in Europe.
Especially the stores outlet.
Everything in USA is big. The malls too.
We visited :
- Potomac Mills near washington
- Franklin Mills near Philadelphia
- Sawgrass Mills at Fort Lauderdale near Miami.
- Katy Mills in Houston
- Discovery Mills in Atlanta
- Arizona Mills in Phoenix
Imagine a city devoted to the shopping.
Plenty of shops, mainly chain shops.
Several outlet stores : for clothes almost exclusively. They sell at a wholesale price and often without tax (what a bargain). In French we call these stores : Usine Center.
At least one food court.
Notice the place of your car on the parking and to the name of the entrance you use if you want to avoid to roam among some thousand cars.
Generally, we plan the visit to such a mall at the end of the travel.
We visit Ross clothing stores. The clothes are ordered by kind and size. The customers have trolleys with a long vertical rod in order to see where is their trolley.
A real US cultural costum : the coupons.
All Americans have their pile of coupons which allow a rebate or a special advantage in a store.
You can get them :
- prior your trip asking them on the "contact us" of the websites or printing them directly from the site
- in the brochures of the visitors centers
- in the free local magasines
- in the shops and in the malls
- sometime in your hotel.
You can have several coupons for the same store or the same attraction and you must read them carefully to see what is your best bet.
Trip to Virginia in Dec/Jan
I need some help!
I am planning a holiday to the states with my wife in Dec/Jan this coming year
We want to visit between the 4th Dec till 2nd Jan
Ideally we want to visit Florida, then Georgia, Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and back to Florida around Kissimmee
My question is will it be real busy this time of year with Christmas and new year?
Will we be able to get hotels etc, and how cold will it be?
We could visit in November but only for 3 weeks but if we visit Dec/Jan we can stay for almost a month
Any help would be much appreciated
My e-mail is:firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Trip to Virginia in Dec/Jan
You should be all right if you avoid shopping. Places like Potomac Mills Mall are jammed. Sightseeing shouldn't be too bad.
Have a great time.
Re: Trip to Virginia in Dec/Jan
You should be fine with accomodation. Things are more busy in VA in the summer. The weather, however, is very unpredictable. This year around Christmas the temperatures were quite warm. Last year there was two feet of snow on the ground. Who knows what we will have next year or even next week. The weather on the East Coast of the US is unpredictable year to year.
Having said that go anyway. You shouldn't have any problems. Virginia is a great state.