Cabazon Outlet Mall: Good deals in Cabazon
The outlet mall out at Cabazon is huge! I'm going to guess here...500 stores? It will definitely take you a while to walk around, but you can find some great deals. There are great name brand stores (Nike, Quicksilver, etc) and a lot of high end stores that I avoid, but you can't normally find at other outlet malls.
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Desert Hills Premium Outlets: Not as Trashy as the Other One
Stop by these outlets on your way to Palm Springs. Make sure you don't confuse this place with Cabazon next door which is a nightmare pit of snotty kids and tourists who will step on you and push you out of the way to get that $5 off deal at Guess!
I got here on a Saturday morning and found parking easily. By the time I left in the afternoon, tour buses had dropped off their clients, and it got really crowded (and it didn't help that they carry around suitcases!). It gets hot in the afternoon, but there's AC inside the stores.
It's October 2013, and they're still working on final touches (supposedly they're adding 50 more stores by 2014)! There's already 50+ HIGH-END stores, such as Ferragamo, Burberry, Prada, Versace, Gucci, and more. They had lots of deals, mark downs at all stores, and additional deals at select stores.
So if you're looking for good deals on branded items, this outlet is great. If you don't see stuff you like at Nike or Famous Footwear, you can check out the other sports stores over at Cabazon (Adidas, Under Armour, Columbia, Reebok, Puma, etc).
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L'Occitane en Provence: Fancy skincare products
I first fell for their products while waiting for a plane at MAnchester airport in England. They hace a store in Palm Desert and Rancho Cucamonga. Pricey, but a nice treat.
What to pay: More than Body Shop, less than Lanconme
The Frippery: Creme de la Creme in vintage clothing
Proving that good things come in small packages, this tiny vintage clothing store is a stop any vintage fan should make when in Palm Springs. Unlike a lot of vintage places that seem more focused on quantity than quality, the items sold in The Frippery are clearly picked by someone with a very discerning eye. There are only two or three racks of clothes at any given time, but what there is is choice. It's all 20th-century stuff, so don't expect old corsets or lace up boots. The whole store is only about the size of a walk-in closet, so it's not for the claustrophobic, but if you don't mind small places, it's worth staying to comb through the merchandise.
What to buy: Great vintage clothing in good condition.
What to pay: Don't expect thrift shop or flea market prices even though it's vintage. Expect to spend about what you would at a department store.
Coach outlet store: Awesome outlets in Cabazon
I love this store because it has a very nice variety of Coach items at discounted prices. Last time I was there I bought a beautiful pink wallet (I think it's beautiful!) for $96, it's original price was $270, what a bargain, isn't it! It's surrounded of tones of other great stores, like Carter's for kids, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Guess, you name it....
It is right next to the famous Morongo Casino and about 30 minutes from Palm Springs.
Make sure you stop at these outlets, there are just full of amazing deals!
El Paseo Shopping District: Rodeo Drive of the Dessert
El Paseo is a shopper's paradise. It's a bout a mile long with shops and restaurants all lined along a beautifully maintained floral and statue-filled street! They have a wide range of stores from Saks 5th Avenue to small boutiques. It's fun to walk around, window shop and people watch.
The River shopping center: The River at Rancho Mirage
This place has it all, shopping, restaurants and a movie theater. It's called The River because it's along a small river with lots of fountains and cascading waterfalls. It's a fun place to check out. Do some shopping, have dinner and watch a movie. What more can one ask for ?!
Deja Vu Vintage Finery: Hot Vintage Clothing in Palm Springs
I went looking for the Frippery, and found that their inventory is now located at Deja Vu Vintage Finery, a store-within-a-store at Resale therapy, right across from where we were staying, at The Parker Hotel. This is a real gem of a vintage clothing shop, with a focus on quality- much like I remember the Frippery being. It's a very curated store, adn they're really happy to let you try anything on- was totally digging the Peggy Lee that was playing while I was shopping! It's worth staying a while to go through the ten or so racks of amazing vintage clothing on display!
Don't expect thrift shop or flea market prices even though it's vintage.
What to buy: They had really great clothing that was perfect for a resort vacation- lots of prints. I also got a beautiful 70s beaded gown. Lots of cool hats, too.
What to pay: Wasn't really priced that high, there were some items that were around $40, but I saw some pieces in the $500 range, but definitely was worth their asking prices. Not a lot of room to negotiate pricing.
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