I love getting a good deal. In fact, Black Friday is literally my favorite day of the year. Whenever I can, I prefer to shop sales and visit outlet malls (although I understand that not all of the products carried at these stores are actually good deals). I recommend the site Outlet Bound if you are looking for a specific outlet store or mall. This post is about a different kind of discount store.
Every so often I have come across another kind of store or sale that retailers label ‘warehouse stores,’ ‘clearance stores,’ or ‘annual outlet sales.’ If you can find them, you can score some amazing discounts on brands that are even greater than those at their outlet stores. These stores and sales are often located near retail manufacturing sites and can be difficult to find. I have compiled the start of a list of these stores and sales below, but as they are often poorly advertised I am sure there are many more that I am unaware of. If you know of any of these special stores or sales please share in the comments.
Eddie Bauer Warehouse Store
I stumbled upon this store quite by accident while living in Columbus, OH. In fact, you can actually see this store from the highway- although it looks like a an actual warehouse. After hearing some other people talk about this store we decided to stop in. The hours are quite odd (they are closed on Tuesdays) and it doesn’t look inviting from the outside, but it is a great place to score some amazing deals on casual clothing and outdoor gear.
The front of the store is a traditional outlet like you would find in an outlet mall, but the larger back portion is the warehouse store. The selection is unpredictable but includes items at up to 90% off. It is generally well organized by item size and type. The items are overstocks and returns. We purchased an expedition backpack for our trip to Europe but have also purchased clothing, accessories, and shoes. There is also a salvage area. It carries primarily damaged merchandise, but if you are handy or like to repurpose things, this could be for you.
Although there isn’t an official website, you can read more about the Eddie Bauer Warehouse Store in an article by This Week News and on Yelp. The Eddie Bauer Warehouse Store is located at 4599 Fisher Road, Columbus OH, 43228.
Dillards Clearance Stores
Dillards has several clearance stores across the country. I have been to the one in Ohio (Eastgate Mall, 4615 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati, OH, 45245). The store has racks of overstocks and carries items with minor defects. I actually stumbled across it by mistake as I thought it was a traditional Dillards store. Inside, it looks less like a department store and more like a going out of business sale. The list of Dillards Clearance stores can be found on their website.
Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale
This brand best known for its brightly colored quilted accessories has an annual outlet sale in a convention center in Fort Wayne, Indiana every year. The sale typically takes place in early to mid-April and features incredible discounts on thousands of items. The items include retired patterns as well as current ones and the prices are even better than those at the outlet mall stores. I have visited the sale twice and both times left with countless items at huge discounts. They talk about the sale on the Vera Bradley website and on the Fort Wayne tourism website.
Arhaus Moving Sale
Although it is called a ‘moving sale,’ the Arhaus shipping center in Walton Hills, OH (near Cleveland) seems to hold this sale about every 6-12 months. It is advertised on the Arhaus facebook page and via email. We visiting the sale for the first time in 2019. Although the sale didn’t start until 8am, when we arrived around 6:45am there was already a significant line. The warehouse and inventory were massive. The markdowns were significant and better than the outlet Arhaus Loft prices. You can read more about my experience at the Arhaus Loft stores here.
McGee & Co. Warehouse Sale
Although I haven’t been myself, one of my favorite designers, Studio McGee, has regular warehouse sales of their design line McGee & Co. This sale is held near their headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. They advertise 60%-90% off of original prices. Although they don’t currently have one scheduled (likely due to the pandemic), you should follow them on Instagram or check their website for information on future sales!
I am always on the lookout for more warehouse sales and clearance stores. If you know of any others, please share in the comments!