Shopping at a Sears Outlet may not come immediately to mind when you're in the market for washing machines, dryers, refrigerators etc. but this store is truly a "one-stop" shopping event. In addition to appliances, they also have a selection of furniture, lawn equipment, mattresses and tools. Prices might sell for 50 percent off of retail and while some appliances may have a slight dent or small defect, the cost-saving is enough to sway the most discerning shopper. Name brands such as Kenmore, Frigidaire, Samsung, Whirlpool and GE are just some of the options. There are a number of Sears Outlets in the area, but this one is unique in that it sells refurbished appliances in addition to new ones.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: If you're in the market for appliances, this really is an excellent place to shop as the prices are heavily discounted.
Michelle's expert tip: Ask for Manager's Specials which are offered frequently.
Live demonstrations and one-on-one attention are part of the novelty of shopping at this Bose outlet in Ellenton Outlets Mall. If you've ever wanted to sample and receive instructions about Bose products before actually making your purchase, then this is the place to be. An assortment of laptops, computer parts, computer monitors, desktop computers line the shelves, in addition to home theater systems, headphones, radios and more. Highly trained sales specialists make shopping easy as they will explain – and give you hands-on demonstrations – of all their products. Whether you're a novice or a conoisseur of all things technical, you'll learn a lot when shopping here and may just walk off with some incredible deals.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: It's a great opportunity to get some deals on your favorite electronic equipment.
Michelle's expert tip: Be sure to ask for assistance when shopping. The staff is very knowledgeable and can point you in the right direction.
One of Ellenton Premium Outlets' most popular stores is Adidas, where you will find a varied selection of sport apparel, footwear and accessories, designed to "elevate your performance and fit your style," according to their philosophy. With a tagline like that, how can you go wrong? The selection for men, women and children is ample and the service is excellent. Adidas has been in business for more than 80 years and it is known for its state-of-the-art merchandise. Everything is nicely displayed and if you can't find your size, sales clerks are extremely accommodating and will do their best to fit your needs.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: Adidas is a well-known, popular brand with men, women and children. You'll find a good selection here at discounted prices.
Michelle's expert tip: Check for special discounts, which change all the time.
The world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxurious accessories happens to have astore in Ellenton Premium Outlets, which draws hordes of vacationers and local residents alike. This namesake company, which was established in 1981 produces a wide range of products under the Signature Michael Kors Collection and Michael Kors labels. In addition to accessories, you'll find watches, jewelry and footwear as well as ready-to-wear clothing and swimwear for both men and women. While you're there, you can also pick up designer eyewear and select from a full line of fragrances. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, but be sure to check their return policy as it's rather vague and some customers have had issues when taking something back.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: Michael Kors products are legendary and if you can get them at a discount, it's even better!
Michelle's expert tip: Check on their return policy before making your purchase as there seem to have been some discrepancies over returns recently.
Women ranging in size from 4 – 24 will revel in the assortment of clothing found at this popular clothing store in Ellenton Premium Outlets. A fashionable – and very affordable - selection of clothing, shoes, accessories and purses. More than anything they pride themselves in their dresses (hence the name), which are designed to cover everything from work, to late-night, weddings and all elaborate occasions. That's not to say that you won't find a very pleasing collection of casual wear, too. Their other claim to fame is their focus on "creating an emotional connection with customers by providing current fashions, personalized service, the right price and a commitment to its national charitable causes." With so much going for them, how can you go wrong?
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: The prices are right and the clothes are stylish and they offer an array of pleasing options.
Michelle's expert tip: If you need that perfect "little dress" for a special occasion, then you've come to the right place. Dresses are their specialty, as you can see from their name.
Fashionable accessories for both men and women have been a mainstay of Coach since 1941 and are highlighted at the popular Coach Outlet - also in Ellenton. You'll find everything you need here ranging from shoes, accessories, wallets, wristlets, jewelry and more, typically at prices reduced anywhere from 30 – 60 percent than you'll find in department stores. The staff is very eager to please, so if you don't see what you want on the shelf, be sure to ask if they might have what you want in the stockroom. Everyone knows that the Coach logo is synonymous with sophistication!
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: Coach's reputation for fashionable accessories for both men and women make this a "must" stop for anyone in search of a good deal.
Michelle's expert tip: If you don't see what you want, be sure to ask a clerk for help. They're more than willing to assist you.
Located about 30 miles south of St Petersburg, Ellenton Premium Outlets offer a host of tempting outlet stores where shoppers can literally shop till they drop in 130 designer and brand outlet stores for the whole family. Covered walkways lead past sparkling water fountains and lush, tropical landscaping to deliver you into the hands of shops including Coach, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Chico's, Bose, Fossil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Off 5th and many more. Deals can be had throughout the year but – as you would expect - the holidays draw the most traffic as well as additional discounts. A small food court offers a respite along the way.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: It's a treasure trove of shops with usually good prices for the whole family.
Michelle's expert tip: Experts claim that the best deals can be found here during the summer.
Conveniently located near Tyrone Square Mall in St Petersburg, DSW is a dream-come-true for shoe aficionados - men, women and children. Seemingly miles of shoe racks stretch as far as the eye can see with a huge assortment of discounted designer and brand name footwear and handbags. The selection changes seasonally, and there's always something for the whole family. Even if you wouldn't expect to find those wonderful winter boots you've always wanted in Florida, they do have them seasonally, in this wonderful store. The prices are hard to beat and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. If you can't find your size, ask one of the clerks to look in the stockroom and they can usually produce exactly what you need.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: It's got a huge selection of shoes for the whole family the sales are spectacular.
Michelle's expert tip: Be sure to check their clearance racks, where you'll find deeply discounted prices.
Name brand merchandise for the whole family can be found at this popular outlet store, which has branches throughout the state of Florida, Georgia and Arizona. You'll find shoes, clothing, accessories, jewelry, make-up and bath amenities for the whole family as well as bedding, toys and more at about 70 percent off department store prices. The free Monday card entitles customers 50 and older to 15 percent off their entire purchase, while the free Friday card does the same for anyone 49 and younger. The merchandise is seasonal and the selection is enough to keep you happy - and in the store - all day.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: The selection of merchandise is exceptional and the prices are outstanding.
Michelle's expert tip: Sign up for the free Monday or Friday card, which gives you additional discounts according to your age.
Shopping tends to varied, fun and full or surprises at the various HSN Retail Outlet stores scattered around the area. You can find everything from make-up and health and beauty supplies to women's and men's apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, luggage, cookware, bedding and more. Merchandise comes from HSN TV and HSN.com and it changes all the time. Depending on the product, shoppers will be treated to daily discounts ranging from 25 – 75% off of the original on-air-price. Senior discounts of an additional 10% are given on Tuesday for anyone 50 and older. Employees are extremely helpful, which adds to the pleasant experience.
Recommended for Outlet Malls because: The variety is endless and the prices are really good.How can you go wrong with HSN?
Michelle's expert tip: If you're 50 and older be sure to go on Tuesday to receive an additional 10% discount.