Flickr photo of Sawgrass Mills entry by Daniel + Carla
I don’t understand why tourists automatically go to shopping centers, like Sawgrass Mills in South Florida. I guess that’s because I’m not one of those people who considers shopping to be a fun activity. I just don’t get it — why in the world, upon arriving in a new, unfamiliar, locale, would automatically go for shopping? LOL, aren’t I spending enough going on vacation anyway?
Flickr photo of the Sawgrass Mills Mall map by Lumberg
Anyway, Sawgrass Mills is gargantuan. The mall itself is split up in avenues, and for good reason — each avenue is anchored with a big, outlet version of a department store — think Super Target, gigantic Burlington Coat Factory, JC Penney outlet — and within each avenue are smaller stores like an Aerosoles outlet (where I would have gone, but Trinity was not going to let that happen), a Coach outlet (what a zoo), a Crate and Barrel outlet and a Neiman Marcus outlet (outlet? riiiiight). After wandering around for a while, my feet, shod in flip flops, were aching. We did have to purchase some sweaters, seeing as how Florida’s weather turned rainy and windy and cold that day, but did we find any deals at the Gap outlet, the JC Penney outlet, the Marshalls outlet or the TJ Maxx outlet? Nope. We found sweaters for about $16 each at Burlington Coat Factory.
Bottom line? Skip the high gas prices and don’t go to any outlet. I used to go to the old-school Guess outlet at the Cooper Building in downtown L.A., where you had to pick through the discolored, torn, ripped or otherwise unperfect clothes that were rejected for the regular stores. Nowadays, you don’t see that at outlet stores — they look the same as a regular store. So if you really want to save some cash on new clothes — shop at the Ross, Marshalls, Burlington or TJ Maxx in your neighborhood — you’ll save money on the clothes and the gas.