5 Mar 2018
It’s “out with the old, in with the new” as we embrace the time-tested tradition of spring cleaning followed by spring shopping. And since we all know the hunt is sweeter and more gratifying when there’s a bargain involved, here’s a look at our favorite places to spring into savings this season.
If you love the thrill of the hunt, you’ll adore HomeGoods, the fun, well-organized bargain department store with both one-of-a-kind handcrafted merchandise and high-end designer goods for your home. But beware… new inventory arrives every week, meaning you are almost guaranteed to go home with a find every time you shop. Owned by the T.J. Maxx brand of companies, these folks know exactly how to meld value and appeal. If you don’t have the time to drive to your closest HomeGoods to see what’s new, now there’s an app for that! Download the HomeGoods app to find the latest merchandise in stores closest to you. And check out the HomeGoods online tool, StyleScope (www.homegoods.com/stylescope), aimed at helping you hone your personal home-design style. (Westchester: Baldwin Place, Port Chester; CT: Stamford, Norwalk, Westport)
Calling all shopaholics and fashionistas….here’s high-fashion that won’t break the bank. Leave with bags full of designer dresses, skirts, sweaters, tops, outerwear and jewelry — and still have some money left in your wallet for a quick lunch at Eastchester’s Piper’s Kilt. (Makes for the perfect girls’ afternoon.) If finding that (not-so-hidden) gem makes you giddy, you will love storming the clothing racks at Fox’s. Since new merchandise arrives weekly, no matter when you drop in, there are always great new buys. (Eastchester, NY; Stamford, CT)
Think of it as the Costco for shoes… Designer Shoe Warehouse is packed with aisle after aisle of brand-name shoes − all sold at a deep discount. After you’ve found the perfect shoes, browse DSW’s expansive selection of accessories including bags, socks, leggings and scarves. Don’t miss the back-of-the-store clearance racks, where you’ll love to browse the well-organized, super-discounted, merchandise in every size! (NY: White Plains, Port Chester, Yonkers; CT: Stamford, Fairfield, Danbury):
Christmas Tree Shops
Don’t let the name fool you. This wonderful chain, which began as a gift boutique on Cape Cod, has all sorts of bargains for every season of the year. In fact, this is our go-to place for all our spring gardening needs. Stock up on discounted planters and gardening tools. Don’t miss their amazing array of wooden birdhouses, a perfect accent to any spring garden! Plus, find home goods, placemats, oven mitts, along with bargain-priced k-cups for your Keurig cofee machine. (Hartsdale, NY; Danbury, CT)
If you love the high-end parent company known for carrying oodles of designer-brand bags, shoes, and fashions, then you will really love Nordstrom Rack, the off-brand sister store offering the same brands for 30 to 70 percent off! We’re talking Burberry, DKNY Jeans, Kate Spade, BCBG, and Ugg… just to name a few. Don’t miss the Clear the Rack sale, which occurs about once a month, (usually toward the end of the month), when the already ridiculously bargain-priced goods are reduced by another 25 percent! (White Plains)
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Located just off the New York State Thruway, this outlet center features 240 of the best high-end fashion and designer retail brands every shopper is looking for, including: Tory Burch, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, and North Face, all at savings that can’t be beat. While Woodbury Common is massive, it’s designed to be reminiscent of a quaint colonial village, so you can pop from store to store without that overwhelming vibe you find at other outlets. They offer free Wi-Fi, a shoppers’ trolley to transport you around the property, and best of all – a Shake Shack in the newly renovated Market Hall.
(Central Valley, NY)