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Mike - was the Champion outlet in Perry, NY? That was a frequent road trip destination for kids (myself included) from my high school. Also, it served as an alibi (though a weak one) if a coach/teacher caught you wearing a purloined sports jersey.

Mike Peterson

Nah, this one would have been within spitting distance of Tonawanda. But I'm sure yours has been closed and/or ruined, too!

sean martin

There is a Tanger Outlet near where some of my friends live, so on a lark we went to take a look.

I gather "outlet" now means "pay full price but pretend you're not".

Boise Ed

Hmmm. Lacrosse sticks have the little net on the end, right? And field hockey uses those upside-down walking sticks?

Lori B

A nice clerk at one of the outlet malls around the Northwest told us years ago that they aren't stocked with irregulars and seconds and last season's merchandise, instead it's all made specifically for the outlet market. Just in case anyone thought they'd get some fabulous first-quality deals, yeah, probably not.

Robin (from racs)

Lands' End still offers seconds, overstock, and returned items at pretty deep discounts at its handful of outlets. You have to hunt past the showy displays of new stuff, but it's there, and I managed to keep two growing boys in coats for two decades that way. A more interesting update of the outlet concept, though, is the "Goodwill Outlet" in certain cities. The name prompts some double-takes, but it really is the last-ditch sales option for stuff that was on the shelf at the thrift store for more than a month. Most of the goods are sold by the pound, and I've made killer finds there.

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