Over the last few years people have been raving on about the Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets in New York. They are about two hours North of Manhattan so you really need a car to get there or you can catch the bus from Times Square for around $30.
I have had mixed reviews from people so I was always undecided whether to go. Some people say that the clothes weren’t from that season or that they make specific lines for the factory outlets only. Others said it was fantastic and they couldn’t wait to go again. I wanted to see for myself, so one day on our way back to Canada, we decided to stop in.
The first thing I noticed was how big the entire complex was which of course was accompanied by a massive carpark to cater for all the shoppers. There are maps to find your way around and it is like an outdoor plaza with different shops everywhere. There are a few basic food courts and toilets but the highlight is certainly the shops. I think the key to the place is making a list of the stores or labels you are interested in and go to those stores first. If you have time and haven’t spent all your money by then, you can go and see the rest.
We got there late so we had limited time before it closed but it was fantastic. I love G-Star, and Diesel so when I found those stores I loved it. The prices were affordable and I saved a lot on products that would usually cost a lot more.
G-star in Australia is so ridiculously expensive and I found that the same jeans they had inside the store were the same jeans they were selling in the city so it certainly wasn’t the season before. I think it is worth the trip with a big suitcase and money to spend.