Berks County is a shopping paradise! You’ll find everything you need here, and then some, whether you’re looking for a new outfit from Ann Taylor at a great price, a discounted Coach handbag, a new fishing rod, tackle and bait, a guitar for your teen’s latest garage band, something for the little ones at Oshkosh B’gosh, or unique décor for your home.
VF Outlet Center
The granddaddy of all outlets is Reading’s own VF Outlet Center. In 1970, the president of VF Corporation, which manufactured Berkshire and Vanity Fair garments, hosted a one-day sale of excess merchandise. This was the catalyst for creating the very first outlet center in the country. Smart shoppers enjoy bargain prices up to 70% off retail, with sales, daily markdowns, and special promotions at well-known brand stores, such as Lee, Wrangler, JanSport, Carter’s, Warner’s, Olga, Dooney & Bourke, Samsonite, Timberland, Nautica, Oshkosh B’gosh, Reef, Reading China and Glass, and more.
Flower & Home Marketplace
f you’re looking for items to decorate your home, or the latest in craft supplies, check out the new Flower & Home Marketplace in Blue Ball in Lancaster County. It’s one of the largest decorating and gift stores in the Mid-Atlantic, featuring 90,000 square feet of shopping that includes floral, home decorating, candles, seasonal, scrapbooking, crafts and bath & body. Their boutique offers lotion, soaps and unique gift items, with a huge selection of decorative scarves for every season and many other fun gifts and accessories. And the newest addition to the mix is the Gourmet Food & Gift Shoppe.
The Cabela’s in Hamburg is the first one of its kind in Pennsylvania, and it features 250,000 square feet of retail space. If you can’t find the hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor gear you’re looking for here, it may not exist! Find deals on clothing and outerwear from The North Face, Carhartt, Columbia and Weatherproof brands as well as trusted names in camping supplies like Coleman, Slumberjack, E-Z up, and Eureka. Outfitters are on hand to answer questions and get you geared up for your next great adventure. Cabela’s also has a bait shop, shooting gallery and ATV shop here. And, if you’ve worked up an appetite, try one of the wild-game sandwiches in their on-site restaurant.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Savvy bargain shoppers also flock to Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick Township in Montgomery County for great deals. The enormous 553,000 square foot open-air mall features 150 outlet stores, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Forever 21, Nike, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Guess, J.Crew, Cole Haan, BCBG Max Azria, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Michael Kors, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Specialty outlets include Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harry & David, Lindt Chocolate, Toys “R” Us, Yankee Candle and the new Swarovski outlet. There are even nearly 25 stores devoted just to shoes! When you get hungry, grab a bite at restaurants, such as Ruby Tuesday or Turtleback Bistro.
Don’t forget to stroll through the Main Streets of Downtown Reading! You’ll find plenty of unique shops and boutiques in and around Penn Square at Fifth and Penn Streets and throughout the area. Shop, take in an art exhibit at one of our galleries, and grab a bite to eat.
Get your fashion fix at our Berks County outlets, stock up on craft supplies, and plan ahead for your next camping trip by shopping at the many unique stores in the region. It’s easy to get mesmerized by the great deals, so be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Browse the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau website for many more suggestions!