Southern shoppers can be described many ways, but if we had to narrow it down to just three words, we’d choose chic, stylish and savvy. Southern women like to dress well, dress our children well and dress our homes well, but we also never shy away from a deal. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a designer piece at a discounted price. It’s exhilarating; it’s intoxicating; it’s that must-have-it, can’t-live-without-it feeling we all love. Today, we’re spilling the beans on where you can get the best items from your favorite Southern brands at deep discounts. Your friends will be green with envy over your finds (and your savings), but don’t worry, your secret is safe with us.
6pm Outlet, Shepherdsville, KY
376 Amazon.com Blvd., Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you haven’t yet experienced 6pm, feel free to take a moment and head over there to see what all the fuss is about. Then, take a moment to appreciate that this online shop of designer discounts also has only one physical outlet full of even deeper designer discounts, which just so happens to be in the South. Are you already planning your trip to Louisville? We are too. Stocked with over 1,200 designers, 6pm is bound to have savings on your favorite brands. Plus, since 6pm is owned by Zappos, we can only imagine the shoe deals waiting to be discovered.
Ann Mashburn, Atlanta, GA
198 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30318
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and by appointment
Ann Mashburn is the definition of Southern style meets Parisian chic. Classic, smart designs are stocked amid shelves of Italian leather shoes and cashmere sweaters. The best part? Send your husband to neighboring Sid Mashburn, where he can be treated to beer, record-player tunes and a round of ping-pong with the boys, so you can shop opinion-free. Just be warned: he might be roped into Sid’s stellar sales as well. Mashburn sales are a bit of a fashion albatross, but you can find the best deals at their bi-annual events commonly held in February and July. Their warehouse sales are also not to be missed, but those are kept under strict lock-and-key, so stay in the know by keeping your eyes on their Instagram feed.
Ballard Designs, Coral Springs, FL & Roswell, GA
3460 NW 62nd Ave., Margate, FL 33063
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 30076
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
With not one but two outlets to frequent, Ballard Designs in Roswell, Georgia and Coral Springs, Florida might mean trouble for those of us with a weakness for home decor. At the outlet, you’ll find the same quality Ballard pieces like upholstery, tables, rugs, lighting, drapery, bedding, art, outdoor seating and accessories, but at a better price point. While it might be hard to track down a specific item at an outlet, if you have the stamina and the patience, it might be well worth the return. SB TIP: Don’t miss the weekly specials on already discounted items, which can mean savings up to 70% off. Check your outlet location’s website each week to find out more.
Billy Reid, Florence, AL (and various other locations)
114 N. Court St., Florence, AL 35630
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If finding stylish selections for your man (and yourself!) is a part of your sale shopping strategy, Billy Reid’s annual warehouse Shindig event might be worth a trip to Florence, Alabama. The sale kicks off a weekend celebrating all things Southern, complete with music, benefits, book-signings, screenings and a lot of glorious food made by renowned Southern chefs. The 2017 event even included a concert by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. While this year’s Shindig No. 9 has passed us by, keep an eye on Billy Reid’s website and social media for the 2018 date. An entire weekend devoted to shopping and celebrating our Southern-ness? Sign us up.
Circa Lighting Annex, Savannah, GA
405 Whitaker St., Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home renovators rejoice! Circa Lighting is the premier destination for everything sconce and chandelier. While you can certainly visit one of their many showrooms around the Southeast and beyond, their Annex in Savannah just might be the best-kept secret around. The Annex location, found directly across the street from their Savannah shop, offers gently used items 30%-50% off retail. You’ll get your hands on market samples as well as items once borrowed for and featured in showhouses. President and founder Gale Singer says the secret to the steals lies in social media. “Make sure you’re on our mailing list to find out about our truckload sales,” he advises. “Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see newly added items.” Truckload sales? Those sound like a truckload of fun!
Elizabeth Suzann, Nashville, TN
441 Atlas Dr., Nashville, TN 37211
Hours: Online, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Elizabeth Suzann’s garments are streamlined, sophisticated and swoon-worthy. Made in Nashville with the highest quality fabrics and the utmost attention to detail, Elizabeth Suzann pieces are both a statement and an investment. However, every so often you might be able to get your hands on Elizabeth Suzann styles at a pinch of a better price. This past September, the brand hosted a sale that would not only blow your socks off, but warm your heart, too. Every dollar earned, all $70,269 of them, benefited the American Refugee Committee. While these sales are few and far between, keep your eyes on Elizabeth Suzann’s social media for the scoop on the next one.
Tibi Outlet, St. Simons Island, GA
28 Market St., Ste. 120, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Any Southern woman will tell you no trip to St. Simons is complete without a stop at the Tibi Outlet. Located just a few minutes from Sea Island, the outlet provides unmatched deals on Tibi garments, and frequenters will find Tibi’s streamlined styles at reduced, hard-to-believe prices. A native Georgian and St. Simons gal, designer Amy Smilovic has just two stores: the flagship in SoHo in NYC and the outlet in St. Simons. If you find your way to Georgia’s coast, don’t miss your chance to pop into Tibi and snag a few timeless pieces for your closet.
Worlds Apart, Memphis, TN
324 S. Hollywood St., Memphis, TN 38104
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A designer furniture outlet stocked with the very best in home decor? Say no more because we’re practically already in our cars headed that way. Worlds Apart is the outlet store for Worlds Away, a to-the-trade wholesale company. With housewares usually reserved for design professionals, Worlds Apart allows everyday customers to get in on designer furnishings without the designer price tags. At their outlet, you’ll find furniture, lighting, fabric, mirrors and much more. Just be sure to bring a car big enough to transport all of your finds back home.
Enjoy the bargain hunt!
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