Shopping Smart: Holiday Shopping Tips

Shopping Smart
Holiday Shopping Tips

More than 500 million shoppers visit outlet centers each year, and the outlet industry represents $12 billion in total retail sales per year. A healthy percentage of those visitors and sales occur during the super busy holiday season. To help consumers prepare for these crazy shopping days, Prime Outlets-Hagerstown offers the following shopping tips:
Plan Ahead: Visit primeoutlets.com to identify a list of stores you plan to visit and center hours. There are also a list of events, weekly holiday 1Club specials and downloadable Thanksgiving weekend 20% off coupons. Lists help complete all holiday shopping in no time. To remind yourself of what you need, make notes of what you are looking for in each store.
Begin Early: Take advantage of the extended holiday hours your retailers provide and avoid those long holiday lines. Extended hours for Prime Outlets-Hagerstown started on November 17, 2006 and will run through December 30, 2006. Exact hours can be found online at primeoutlets.com.
A Content Child is a Smart Shopper's Child: Stop by Guest Services for complimentary stroller rentals, information, and directions to child-friendly amenities like playgrounds and food court areas.
Maximize Your Trip--Eat Well and Rest Often: If you're hungry and tired when you're shopping, you will have less patience and impaired judgment. To make the most of your shopping experience, eat well before you shop, and visit the food court or LongHorn Steakhouse for a quick bite and a chance to rest your tired feet and mind.
Wear Comfortable Shoes and Loose-Fitting Clothing: Wear comfortable shoes and loose-fitting clothes. With hundreds of stores, you'll most likely be doing plenty of walking from store to store to find that perfect gift for every person on your list.
It's All About Who You Know: Find out if your favorite stores or centers have mailing lists. Sign up, and receive exclusive information about upcoming sales and promotions.
Join the 1Club: If you're passionate about shopping and saving, you'll love the 1Club, a preferred shopper program from Prime Outlets. With the 1Club, you enjoy exclusive weekly offers from your favorite brands and can enjoy exclusive Prime Outlets events for 1Club members. When visiting a Prime Outlets center, just pick up the latest savings flier filled with offers and discounts from your favorite brand-name stores. Present your card at the time of purchase and the discount offer will be instantly awarded.
Make Gift-Buying Easy with Gift Cards: Everyone has that one person (or more) for which shopping is difficult, but with a Prime Outlets gift card, you can check that person or people off your list with ease.

Prime Outlets-Hagerstown, 495 Prime Outlets Boulevard, Hagerstown, has an exciting collection of brand name retailers including Gap Outlet, Harry and David, Coach, and Easy Spirit. Shopping hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm and Sun. 11am-6pm. www.primeretail.com