The granddaddy of the nation’s outlets is Reading’s own VF Outlet Center. In 1970, M.O.Lee, then president of VF Corporation, which manufactured Berkshire and Vanity Fair garments, decided to host a one-day sale of excess merchandise. It was a huge success, and another sale was scheduled two weeks later to include merchandise gathered from other sources. This even bigger success was responsible for the launch of the first outlet center in the country, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
VF Outlet Center in Reading
Today, VF Outlet at the Knitting Mills carries on that tradition still centered around Vanity Fair manufactured clothes. From lingerie, sleepwear, men and women’s jeans, rugged work gear and more, we guarantee you will find something in Reading, Pennsylvania to good to pass up. One block over is our West Reading main street showcasing unique boutiques, cafes and even the WineDown Cafe and Wine Bar. When you’re finished why not relax sipping award winning wines with your shopping partners. Make sure you tell Ben we sent you!
Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick
Another magnet for bargain shippers is the Philadelphia Premium Outlets located in Limerick Township in Montgomery County. The huge 553,000-square-foot open air mall features 150 outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Nike, 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 to shoes! All this shopping will fire up your appetite, so take advantage of the outlet’s food court or sit-down restaurants, such as Ruby Tuesday or Turtleback Bistro. The center is open 7 days a week.
Tanger Outlets in Lancaster
Ride through Pennsylvania Dutch country to Tanger Outlets in Lancaster, PA for even more great bargains. The brands you’ll find here include Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Chico’s, Clark’s Bostonian, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap, J. Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Le Creuset, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Skechers, Timberland, as well as a Movado Company Store. Tanger Outlets is open 7 days a week.
Veteran outlet mall shoppers know that some of the best bargains can often be found in the far corners of the store. And be sure to comparison shop so you’ll know if that 65% off price is a good bargain or not. If you don’t have time to go to the real mall to find out the regular retail price, try a smartphone app like ShopSavvy or RedLaser and compare prices online. Apps like these can be an outlet shopper’s dream come true.
Shop till you drop at these great outlets in and just beyond the Reading, PA area. As the birthplace of outlet stores, you’re sure to find bargain shopping at its finest. Get in touch with the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau for more shopping suggestions.