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Black Friday may not be the be-all and end-all of holiday sales (There's Cyber Monday! And every other "take an extra 30% off" email that floods inboxes between now and December 24th.) but it signals that you have less than a month to get your shit together, shopping-wise. And Woodbury Common, anticipating that shoppers will be eager to check some gifts off of their lists, is opening at 10am on Thanksgiving Day and going straight through until 10pm on Black Friday. Which means you can outlet shop for 36 hours, stopping only to take bites of your cold turkey sandwich, if that's what you're into. Or you can do a quick run-through, hit up the best sales, and be out of there in two hours. We've outlined all the Woodbury info you need to know, no matter what your shopping style.
Your Assignment for Today: Game Plan
Imagine a place with the retail density of New York City—minus the cars—where everything is permanently on sale, and you have Woodbury Common. It's easy to walk in, thinking everything is under control, and emerge five hours later with only a cashmere potholder and a freakum dress missing half its sequins to show for it. We suggest scanning a list of the shopping center's outlets and noting the ones you want to target. Looking at an actual map of Woodbury helps, too.
If you really plan on going hard this holiday shopping season, you can sign up to become a Premium Outlets VIP member. It's free to join, and you'll get exclusive coupons online.
Now that you know how far Moncler is from La Perla, onto the next step—transportation! If you're driving it may be tough to snag a parking spot. Luckily, Woodbury is offering additional parking off of Exit 17 on the Palisades Parkway, with a shuttle to transport shoppers to and from the outlet center. Representatives from Tommy Hilfiger will be there from 8pm on Thursday through 3am on Friday, handing out complimentary hot beverages.
If you're taking the bus, there are a ton of options, like CitySightsNY, Comfort Bus, Eastern Bus Service, Eight Star Travel, and Gray Line, to name a few. Midtown, Chinatown, and Flushing seem to be popular pickup points, and most fares will run you between $40 and $50 round-trip. For a full list of participating bus lines, go here.
Wake up early. Or just don't go to sleep.
Back in 2011, we spoke to Michele Rothstein, Senior VP of Marketing—otherwise known as "head shopper"—at Premium Outlets. Her tip? Get to Woodbury Common at 3am. "Between 3am and 5am there's a middle-of-the-morning lull," she said. "It actually gets quiet—well, not quiet, but less busy-busy, because the first crop of people have left. And then the next group of people aren't really targeting 3am. Psychologically, they're aiming for 6am."
Take Stock of Special Promotions
Not all deals are created equal. DVF is offering a free scarf with every $350 spent, while Tom Ford is like, "Here! Buy these shoes for 50% off!" Here's a rundown of the sales worth knowing about.
Adidas: 30% off storewide; $6.99 Graphic Tees; $24.99 Fleece; $29.99 Select Running Footwear; $6.99 Sack packs.
Bally: Buy two or more select items and receive 25% off (current season merchandise and certain men's accessories not included); Save an additional 10% off your entire purchase between 8pm and 10pm Thanksgiving night, and again on Black Friday between 6am and 8am.
Banana Republic: 50% off everything.
Barneys Warehouse: Take an extra 50% off clearance, and an extra 40% off select men's and women's clothing, shoes, accessories and more; Receive an extra 20% off all purchases from 12am to 7am on Black Friday.
BCBG: Take an extra 30% off select winter sale items.
Brooks Brothers Factory Store: Save 40%-60% off throughout the store; From Thursday evening through 9am on Black Friday, all men's and women's shirts are $29.90, men's suits are $199, and women's sweaters are 50% off.
Calvin Klein: The entire store is 10%-70% off; On November 28th, take an additional 15% off from midnight through 10am, and an additional 10% off from 10am through 10pm
Coach: Enjoy 50% off storewide, plus an additional 40% off clearance.
Cole Haan: Take an additional 50% off of retail prices.
Converse: Footwear is buy one get one 50% off; Adult doorbuster shoe styles are $30, and kids doorbuster shoe styles are $20
Diesel: Take an additional 30% off the entire store.
DKNY: From 6pm to midnight on November 27th, take an additional 20% off any four items.
Dolce & Gabbana: Take an additional 30% to 70% off already reduced items.
Gap Factory Store: Save 50% to 70% off of the entire store, and look out for special $9.99 deals.
J. Crew: Take 50% off of the entire store.
Kate Spade: Enjoy 50% off the entire store plus take an additional 20% off your entire purchase through Friday at 6am.
Lacoste: New arrivals are 50% off, and everything else is 60% off; Men's and women's polos are $49.99.
Levi's: All jeans are $29.99 each when you buy two or more; Take 40% off all tops, sweaters, outerwear and accessories.
Marni: Take an additional 30% off fall and winter 2013 items, and an additional 30% off already reduced sale merchandise.
The North Face: Take 40% off the entire store, and 50% off select adult outerwear, sportswear, and cold weather accessories.
Oscar de la Renta: Take 40% to 60% off pre-fall and fall 2013 collections, 20% off resort 2014 arrivals, and an additional 30% off all clearance items.
Tod's: Take 30% to 50% off new arrivals, handbags, and footwear; 50% off women's boots and men's leather jackets; 60% off women's leather jackets; 30% off men's and women's accessories; 40% to 70% off clearance footwear
Tom Ford: 40% off all men's fall jackets, pants, outerwear, and knits; 25% off all women's spring 2014 ready-to-wear; 50% off all women's fall 2013 ready-to-wear; 25% off all new women's shoes and boots; 50% off previous season women's shoes and boots; 25% off all new belts and gloves; 25% off selected handbags
Tommy Hilfiger: Take 40% to 60% off everything.
TSE: Take 15% off all items until 10am on November 28th.
Know who to avoid.
There will be a roving band of Victorian carolers at Woodbury Common on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. They will only slow you down.
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