Love brand name designers but don’t want to pay the high-end price? Burberry coats, Tommy Hilfiger jeans, Coach handbags and Swarovski jewelry can all cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in the store. But head to the outlet mall, and you might just be able to afford those designs! Although what’s on the rack in the outlet shops isn’t generally the newest releases, the quality is the same and you’ll be able to brag about your fabulous outfit that you got for half the price! Here are the top five outlet malls near New York City.
Tanger Outlets Riverhead
200 Tanger Mall Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
With over 150 stores in this outlet, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Children’s apparel, jewelry, home furnishings, footwear and even food can all be found here. Located across from the Splish Splash Water Park on Long Island, the Riverhead Tanger Outlets make it easy for you to make a day out of your shopping and Hamptons visit. If you don’t want to the East End, stop at the Deer Park Tanger Outlets instead. Find some great deals on high-end fashion like Armani, Coach, Vera Bradley, Ralph Lauren and more.
489 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917
About a two-hour drive away from New York City, the Woodbury Commons is worth the trek if you’re interested in great deals — and scenic views to get to them. Woodbury boasts 220 shops and 25-65 percent off every day. The outlet center is currently expanding and renovating to make an even better and bigger shopping site. Stores include Ann Taylor, Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Carolina Herrera, Chaps, DKNY, Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Aldo, Kipling, Le Creuset and Crabtree & Evelyn.
One Premium Outlets Blvd
Tinton Falls, NJ 07753
Another Premium Outlets brand, this shopping center is located in New Jersey, not far from the Shore. Stop by the shops to grab a new bikini and beach towels, plus a few gifts for friends. Then meet your group at the Shore to spend the day relaxing. This outlet center has only 120 stores but you should still be able to find just about anything here. Big brands include Adidas, Burberry, Michael Kors, Talbots, Under Armour and more.
537 Monmouth Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
This New Jersey Premium Outlet is 1 1/2 hours away from NYC, but you’ll love the deals you find when you finally arrive. Seventy stores are arranged in a U-shaped outlet center for your shopping convenience. Check out the Gap Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, American Eagle and Nike for some of the biggest deals. Special sales days and events take place throughout the year — check the website to find out more.
314 Flat Rock Place
Westbrook, CT 06498
If you prefer to head northeast instead of west or south, stop by the Tanger Outlets in Connecticut. With only 54 shops, this outlet center is much smaller than the others, and it will take two hours to get there, but great sales and the cinema on-site are big attractions. The largest shops here are the VF Outlet, HANESbrands, Reebok, J. Crew, Madison Furniture Barn, Lane Bryant and Hollister. If you’re a hard-working mom looking for some deals, these could be the shops for you.
Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.