Do you shop at outlet stores?
Last evening I visited the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. There are plenty of stores there from Gertrude Hawk's chocolates to Christmas Tree Hill. But at the end of July I like to shoe shop. The shoe stores range from Skechers to Bass to Easy Spirit.
At the end of the summer, the sales are terrific! I found shoes from 50% to 70% off. What I like about the outlet stores is the volume of specialized merchandise in each store. I usually shop online. But sometimes it's nice to see merchandise "in person.
I also use these trips to the outlets for research. I need to clothe and accessorize many characters, especially in my mysteries. A visit to the Coach or Van Heusen outlet stores help me do that. There's a terrific leather shop there too that sells jackets to portfolios and brief cases.
For more practical reasons, I like to spend time in the kitchen shop. I always find something I "need." The store also has unusual items like a mini grocery cart I can fill with spices for a Christmas gift. From spatulas to Kitchen Aid mixers, I can see the latest styles and gadgets that my sleuth who loves to cook can use.
I enjoyed the summer evening so much that I might have to visit the outlets at Rockvale Outlets in Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster where my Daisy's Tea Garden series is set.