BLOG: Outlet Collection: Newest shopping destination in Winnipeg

 

Today is a big day for curious shoppers in  Winnipeg  (like me) as  the city welcomes  the  400,000 square foot Outlet Collection that boasts of  a hundred outlet stores.

 

Located  across Ikea at Kenaston and Sterling Lyon Parkway,  traffic was slow in the area  and parking was almost full on the first day.  Me and  my friend  ate Verlie,  were  two  of the hundreds of   shoppers who  came to get a sneak peak of the new mall.

 

We came by noon time.  Crowd and line ups were  tolerable.

 

Stores are located indoor under one roof  so no problem when big winter comes or when it’s too hot outside.

 

“It is so refreshing to the eyes!”,  ate Verlie gushed.  Everything in the building is new.

 

We  rushed with so much excitement  to make the most of our limited time. We only  stopped at the outlets that  do not have same store in Winnipeg.    Not all the  100 stores are open and operating.   I saw a  big Winners outlet  that is still closed.

 

I lose count of how many stores we saw around.  We particularly visited  Saks OFF  5TH, DSW, Designer Shoe Warehouse,  Calvin Klein, Guess, Nike, Under Armor, Lululemon and Lole.

 

 

 

            

 

 

     

 

One of   the big savings we  saw was probably at the  Nine West store.  It   was flooded with mostly ladies looking for deals on purse and shoes.  It was half the price for everything in the store.

 

Ate Verlie got  a nice shoes for one third of the original price.

This  cute sweet pink body bag  which  costs $39 to $59  elsewhere is sold   for half of  its  original price.

 

                     

 

 

  

  

 

Maybe because we were particularly interested  on sports and athletic apparels,  ate Verlie and I   noticed a wide selection of   sports apparel–shirts, sports bra, leggings in almost  all  clothing stores.

 

“Sports and active wear is the trend outfit for everyday wear because of its comfort”,  explains the fashionista  Ate Verlie.  Haha. I love how quickly we moved from stores to stores because we were already sure what we particularly like.

 

At   Lululemon,  there is a $29 top with bra.   At  Lole,  you can  get a buy one get one free deal  on sports bras.

 

There is a $14  shirt for boys and girls  and a $25 shirt from Calvin Klein;   $10 girl shirt from Old Navy;  $15 dollar printed leggings for women.

 

On Nike’s  Outlet which is one of the most popular,  one of my friends  got a Nike Air Jordan shoes for boys   that normally costs $400 in regular stores for half price at the Nike outlet.

I browsed   at the  women’s clearance section,  a regular work out/running shoes is $70 to 90 while the simplest  new arrival shoe falls at around $120. Not really sure if it’s a big deal.   I got a  Nike shoes for $60 at Winners before.

 

 

 

 

Eating and filling up a hungy tummy is not  a concern because of a big food court with some new food stalls like bigsmokeburger, bar burritos, Shanghai 360 and Sushi shop.   Patiece in lining up if you come in a rush and busy hour–like today.

 

 

Friends asked me if  if  I find the outlet’s prices  fairly cheap or if  find it  worth-waiting for  –my answer will be —depending on what you are looking for.

 

My tips–first of all,   don’t rush if it’s not  an urgent need.  Most  clothing  stores  we visited   do not have clearance section.  And if they do,  they are not really  great deals  I believe.   I   will watch out and stand by for  additional mark downs after the hype is gone.

 

Be a smart buyer.   Buy only the things you need  to avoid being  a  victim of compulsive buying.  If  items are  marked “final sale”,   you will not be able to return them if you change your mind. You should  also know the price of  the item you are buying as compared to the same item in regular stores.

 

And finally,   go along a  shopping buddy  who shares   the same shopping nerves as you.   Someone who is practical and  smart,  fun and most of all—quick!

Thank you Ate Verlie for the fun time! Ulitin natin ‘to. haha

 

 

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