I’ve written about a lot of national holidays, but until today, I’d never heard of National Outlet Shopping Day. As someone who loves to shop at outlet stores, I was intrigued.
So, I decided to write this article to introduce you to National Outlet Shopping Day. It’s a brand new holiday that just started in 2022.
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What is National Outlet Shopping Day
Not surprisingly, someone who owns outlet malls started National Outlet Shopping Day. And that would be the folks that own Simon Premium Outlets and Mills.
I loved shopping at Franklin Mills (now Philadelphia Mills) when I lived outside of Philadelphia. It was my first introduction to Nordstrom Rack.
Thankfully, when we moved away from Philadelphia, we didn’t move away from a Simon outlet mall. Since then I’ve shopped at the outlets at the Jersey Shore as well as north of Pittsburgh.
That’s me trying on a coat at the J. Crew Factory store at the Grove City Premium Outlets. Yes, I bought it.
When is National Outlet Shopping Day
It was first celebrated on June 11, 2022. Actually, it was a two-day holiday.
It spanned June 11 and June 12, which were a Saturday and Sunday in 2022. So, I wonder if National Outlet Shopping Day will be June 10 and 11, 2023. Those are the Saturday and Sunday days.
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What made it a holiday? Well, one, there was the fact that 90 Simon properties participated with deals and sales. Two, there were sweepstakes and giveaways for the shoppers who showed up on June 11 and 12.
A press release about this new shopping holiday explained the perks this way:
“All shoppers who visit a participating property can enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Power Shopper Giveaway. The grand prize package, valued at $75,000, includes the VinFast VF 8, a new premium electric vehicle, and a $20,000 shopping spree at any Simon Premium Outlets or Mills of their choice.”
If you can’t get to a Simon outlet during National Outlet Shopping Day, you can always shop these premium outlets online.
Here were some of the retailers that participated in National Outlet Shopping Day:
- Aéropostale Factory Store
- Banana Republic Factory Store
- Brooks Brothers Factory Store (some Brooks Brothers stores offer tailoring and alterations)
- Columbia Factory Store
- Forever 21
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Reebok Outlet
Where are Simon outlets located
As I mentioned there were some 90 Simon outlet malls that participated in National Outlet Shopping Day 2022.
Here are the 29 states where you’ll find these outlet malls. Then, under each state, I’ve included the cities or towns where there are Simon outlet malls and mills properties.
Phoenix Premium Outlets
Tucson Premium Outlets
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Folsom Premium Outlets
Gilroy Premium Outlets
San Francisco Premium Outlets
Napa Premium Outlets
The Outlets at Orange
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets
Pismo Beach Premium Outlets
Las Americas Premium Outlets
Vacaville Premium Outlets
Denver Premium Outlets
Clinton Premium Outlets
Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Ellenton Premium Outlets
Florida Keys Outlet Marketplace
Tampa Premium Outlets
The Orlando International Premium Outlets
Orlando Outlet Marketplace
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
St. Augustine Premium Outlets
Calhoun Outlet Marketplace
North Georgia Premium Outlets
Waikele Premium Outlets
Chicago Premium Outlets
Indiana Premium Outlets
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets
Kittery Premium Outlets
If you’re interested in heading up to L.L. Bean, here’s the lowdown on outlet stores in Freeport, Maine.
Arundel Mills Marketplace
Clarksburg Premium Outlets
Hagerstown Premium Outlets
Queenstown Premium Outlets
Lee Premium Outlets
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
Birch Run Premium Outlets
Albertville Premium Outlets
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
Gulfport Premium Outlets
St. Louis Premium Outlets
Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace
Las Vegas North and Las Vegas South Premium Outlets
Merrimack Premium Outlets
Gloucester Premium Outlets
The Mills at Jersey Gardens
Jackson Premium Outlets
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
Waterloo Premium Outlets
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Charlotte Premium Outlets
Carolina Premium Outlets
Aurora Farms Premium Outlets
Cincinnati Premium Outlets
Woodburn Premium Outlets
Grove City Premium Outlets
Philadelphia Mills (formerly Franklin Mills)
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
The Crossings Premium Outlets
Gaffney Outlet Marketplace
Allen Premium Outlets
Houston Premium Outlets
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
Round Rock Premium Outlets
San Marcos Premium Outlets
Leesburg Premium Outlets
Norfolk Premium Outlets
Williamsburg Premium Outlets
North Bend Premium Outlets
Seattle Premium Outlets
Johnson Creek Premium Outlets
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Shopping At The Outlets
Whether you’re shopping at the outlets on National Outlet Shopping Day or at another time during the year, you need to keep some outlet shopping tips in mind. These are not only tips to be a smart shopper but also ways to save yourself money and frustration.
Shop at outlets in tax-free states
OK, so this advice applies to regular clothing shopping, too. But it will be like getting a double discount if you can get a great deal on clothing at an outlet and you happen to be shopping in a state that doesn’t tax clothing purchase.
What states don’t charge sales tax on clothing? I know three off the bat– New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. When outlet shopping in New Hampshire, I always head to North Conway.
Or, shop during tax-free shopping holidays.
Buy what you need, not what you want
I think that too often you can fall into this mentality that just because you’re shopping at an outlet, you are automatically getting a great bargain. This is not always true.
Sometimes brands make clothes just for the outlets. They’re not the super-secret clearance items from the main stores. However, this article on Nordstrom vs Nordstrom Rack explains how to spot those super-secret clearance items.
Shop with a plan in mind
Just like a smart shopper goes to the grocery store with a list in hand, you should approach an outlet-shopping trip with a purpose in mind. The best way to keep your spending within limits is to shop off of your list and not to make any last-minute, impulse purchases that you didn’t budget for.
Know your return options before buying anything
In most retail situations, as long as you have a receipt to prove that you bought something at a store, you can return that item for a refund or exchange. Many stores have time limits for returns. Therefore, as long as you have a receipt and the tags on your clothing, you shouldn’t have too much trouble taking something back.
On the other hand, returns can be a whole different animal when shopping at an outlet store. For example, clothing purchased at an outlet must be returned to an outlet–not the name-brand store somewhere else.
I learned this lesson the hard way once when I bought something at the Gap outlet, and then tried to return it at the Gap store in the mall. Then I made the mistake again when I bought something from Ann Taylor online. I visited my local Ann Taylor outlet (the closest store to me), but they wouldn’t take it back.
This is a far cry from the generous return policy at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. That is, you can return items from either store to either store.
Final thoughts on National Outlet Shopping Day
The other biggie in the outlet mall business is Tanger. That explains why they didn’t participate in this new shopping holiday.
However, since Simon created National Outlet Shopping Day, only time will tell if this shopping holiday spreads to other non-Simon outlet malls. That being said, I sure hope that it does.
And if it does, I’ll expand this article to include Tanger Outlet locations.