I will be biased because I love Ikea! Aside from being affordable, the furnitures are already packed in cartons for easy transport. Their concept is to offer furnishings for less because the consumers will have to do the assembling. The furnitures are of modern but simple design. The company originated from Sweden, founded by Ingvar Kamprad. A piece of, er poss.useless trivia, IKEA stands for:
Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd was Kamprad's hometown.
Aside from the furnishings, they also have an Ikea restaurant, cafe, and a mini Swedish grocery shop within.
Mon-Fri 10am - 9:30pm
Saturday 9am - 9:30pm
Sunday 10am - 8pm
Monday - Friday 9:30am-8:30pm
What to buy: The question is, what is it they don't have? Again furnishings for living, dining, family, bed,bath rooms and kitchen. If you want your kitchen redone, they also offer these services. They also have a garden section and offer seasonal plants. I've bought bed linens, rugs, lamps, kitchenware, and a bedroom furniture set. Their mini Swedish grocery shop offers Swedish food (same as served in their restaurant) you can take home. Whenever we're here, we stock up on their Swedish meatballs,lingonberry juice and jam, Almond torte, and chocolates (see my Restaurant tips).
What to pay: Furnitures less than $1,000 and below (depends on style).
Housewares less than $100 and below.
Potomac Mills is a huge outlet mall in Woodbridge. It has at least 200+ stores plus a movie theater with 18 screens. The mall also has a wide variety of food to choose from in their food court. Although it's a bit of a tourist trap, one can get some pretty good deals here. There's also a Foreign Currency service where you can exchange your foreign dough for $$$. One can practically spend a whole day here just going to every single store. Here are some of the stores in Potomac Mills:
~Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids
~Ann Taylor Factory Store
~Banana Republic Factory Store
~Brooks Brothers Factory Store
~The Body Shop
~Bath & Body Works
~Nike Factory store
~Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue
~Polo/Ralph Lauren outlet
and lots and lots more.
What to buy: This is a shopper's paradise and has almost everything one could possibly want. I usually frequent the Banana Republic, Gap, and Ann Taylor outlets.
What to pay: There's some good deals but it can also be quite expensive. Just bring lots of $$$ or maxxed out your credit cards if you prefer;p
Potomac Mills Mall is one of the largest discount brand-name outlets you'll ever find in the area. Shoppers from DC, VA and MD come here to shop in the 200 outlets, stores and restaurants.
If you come here, plan to do an all-day thing since it'll take quite a while to walk through all of the "neighborhoods" of the mall.
There's also a newly renovated AMC theater with theater seating and a skate park for those who want entertainment.
What to buy: Store include IKEA, Saks Fifth Ave, Banana Republic, Gap, Ralph Lauren, as well as many other stores...all at discount prices.
Good shops in there, you can get everything there, very good women clothes and shoe shops...In there is a Movie Theatre and alot of Fast food Restaurants, you will not get hungry in there without finding food...
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: Independ how much you have and how much you would like to spend....