Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shopping At Outlets

by Karen Rose Smith

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.

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