Reason #1,542 to make a trip to Ellenton
I don't need an excuse to make a one-hour roundtrip drive every few months to the outlet mall in Ellenton. When I get there, I make a beeline to the Banana Republic Factory Store. It upsets me if I have to park too far away from that haven of all things 40 percent off the ridiculous regular store prices. Get out of my way, people, I have shopping to do!
But wanting to be sensible about my spending, I am forced to ask: Is the trip really worth it?
Yes, according to two recent testimonials.
The first is mine. Right now, the J.Crew at International Plaza is selling its Jackie cardigans in lovely spring colors for $59.50. They are beautiful, simple and elegant. They are also too pricey for my budget.
Last weekend, at the J.Crew Factory Store, I spotted the EXACT SAME cardigans in many of the same colors for a much better price. Regularly $44.50 at the outlet store, they were selling for 25 percent off. I bought two (black and baby pink) for $33.38 each. Still not totally cheap, but a great savings on a practical item that will last me longer than the poor-quality cotton versions selling right now at Gap for about $40.
The other outlet success story belongs to Janice Taylor of St. Petersburg. She sent an email this week that made us feel oh-so-happy. With her permission, here it is:
Dearly beloved divas,
I have just returned from the Coach outlet and wanted to inform you of my finds:
1. A Soho leather satchel in red, $379, marked down to $170.55.
2. An Ergo patent leather hobo in dark red, $348, marked down to $49.99.
I think the Ergo is discontinued because I could not locate it online; however, the style and color will work for a long time. The Soho was newly arrived from the mall store.
This trip was brought about by your column informing your loyal readers of the great buys the store was offering. Both of these bags will look great with the $12 Old Navy sale jeans I bought last fall, again, prompted by a Diva column.
Thanks again! Keep up the good work.
So there you have it. Take a trip to Ellenton, and tell them Janice and Colleen sent you.
~ Deal Diva Colleen
(Photo: J. Crew's Jackie cardigan. Wish mine looked that good on me.)