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My Designer Discount Shopping Florida Fave: Ross Dress For Less!

Readers of my blog know that I can’t stand paying full price.  My policy is that an item must be on sale for 75% to 90% off retail for me to purchase it.  I often shop at malls and check out the department stores and boutiques to try on the latest fashions, but I only buy at a mall when there’s a BIG sale.  My favorite kinds of sales are when stores offer an additional % off already marked down prices.

That kind of sale is hard to find at a mall, so I do most of my shopping at off-price stores like Marshalls, TJMaxx, and my favorite, Ross Dress for Less.  We have LOTS Of Ross stores here in Florida, and they’ve been opening up a lot of new stores lately.  They’re usually found in strip malls next to major shopping malls, and are always worth the trip. Want to see what kinds of awesome things you can find at Ross?  All of these photos show my family and me wearing or using items that I purchased at Ross over the years.

I’ve found that prices at Ross are usually at least 10% cheaper for the same items compared to Marshalls and TJMaxx.  Ross is my go-to for things like undershirts, dress shirts, and ties for my husband.  I also learned from a good friend of mine who is a professional chef that Ross has the highest quality housewares of the off-price stores.  She’s right- after she told me that I started looking and have found lots of nice pieces for baking, cooking, and entertaining from major companies at miniscule prices.

But let’s be honest- what keeps me coming to Ross is two things that I LOVE to shop for:  shoes and dresses.  The shoe selection is incredible, with super-low prices that make a pair of new shoes feel less like a splurge and more like a smart decision.  I find at least 50% of the dresses I wear on a daily basis to teach at the university at Ross.  They have lots of high quality designer sheath dresses and beautiful fun summery dresses that are perfect for Florida.  I always check the Clearance rack and have found amazing dresses there for under $10.  I love the treasure hunt shopping aspect of Ross, and now I’d like to share it with my readers by giving away a $25 Ross gift card!!

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Good luck readers! I look forward to announcing the winner and sending their prize!  PLEASE NOTE:  I received a $25 gift card for myself and for the contest winner from Ross Dress For Less.

St. Augustine Outlets: A New Must-Visit Designer Shopping Destination!

The last thing you may expect to see while driving down I-95 in the middle of Northwest Florida is a giant tower emblazoned with the GUCCI logo. But there it is, right by the side of the road, and it beckons serious shoppers to Florida’s newest luxury shopping outlet in St. Augustine.

This new outlet mall is on the former site of a Belz outlet, which was tired, run-down and frankly full of junk.  But it has been re-imagined into a serious mecca for designer bargains, and is now called St. Augustine Outlets.

The main draw for this outlet center is the Gucci Outlet store, one of only 8 in the U.S., and the only one in Florida. This store offers new, authentic Gucci merchandise, at prices of about 50% off retail.

If you’re a Gucci fanatic or need to buy a gift for one, this is the place to go. They have an ever-changing assortment of Gucci handbags, men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, luggage, and more. There are plenty of things to drool over and dream, or splurge and treat yourself!

The rest of the outlet mall is full of hot designer names as well, with new stores continuing to open each month. The discounts at this outlet center tend to be very good, and all of the stores have great selections to choose from.  The Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth is especially good, with a large clearance section that’s frequently marked an extra 50% off.

I’ve also made some great finds at the Kate Spade outlet, it’s worth checking out their clearance tables since some of the fine leather wallets and handbags are deeply discounted. I’ve found nice leather wallets for about $39 at this store, and purses for under $100.  If you’re in the market for leather handbags and accessories, be sure to also check out the Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, and Dooney & Bourke outlets.

If you’re on the way to, or home from Walt Disney World, this outlet mall is the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs and gifts from the theme parks. Compared to the two Orlando Disney outlets, this store has a MUCH better selection and lower prices.

They have clothing featuring any and all Disney characters and rides, Disney Cruise line logo items, and plenty of Disney toys, all marked 50% to 90% lower than in the theme parks.  You’ll even find limited edition Disney merchandise like Giuseppe Armani and Lenox collectible figures, watches, and pin sets.

Next time you’re planning a trip on I-95 in northwest Florida, be sure to fit in a stop at the St. Augustine Outlets on the East side of the interstate. And if that doesn’t satisfy your bargain shopping cravings, there’s another outlet mall, Premium Outlets, right across the street!