Bargain-hunting in Northern Virginia: Discount Stores Along Route 1

Real Estate Agent with Northern Virginia/DC KWR

If you're hunting for bargains in Northern Virginia, especially along Route 1 from Alexandria to Woodbridge, VA you're bound to notice signs for several discount stores.  Here are two which my real estate and staging clients and I have shopped in, and which can offer substantial savings for those with flexible timing or requirements.  

Tuesday Morning.  Engleside Shopping Center.  8644 Richmond Highway (aka Route 1).  Alexandria, VA  22309.  Tel. 703-799-0889. Main hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..  Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.  

Tucked in the corner of a shopping center with a Safeway grocery store, this store features small to medium furniture near its entrance and a myriad of toys, linens, pillows, gardening implements, cookware, stationery, small appliances and clothing.  Most items are competitively priced, though a few are within the range of prices one may find online for similar items.  Sometimes when they don't have enough matching items at this store, it's possible to find related items at another local store, such as the Tuesday Morning in Rose Hill, Alexandria, Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church, Vienna, West Springfield or Woodbridge, VA.  For a bite to eat nearby, there's  Quizno's sandwich shop.   

Big Lots.  13969 Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1).  Woodbridge, VA  22191.  Tel.  703-492-9388.  

Bargain-hunters trek to this overstock supplier which sits in the middle of a shopping strip with a vast parking lot.  The merchandise varies from school supplies to snack foods, and clothes to car seats.  Some items are not current, so it's wise to check expiration and manufacture dates, especially on items like child safety seats.  The retailer's Web site entices people to sign up to get advance notice on what's coming to the stores and to learn of special buys on popular items.  The next closest store in Virginia is in Sterling Park, VA to the west, and there's another store south of Woodbridge in Fredericksburg.  If you're hankering for a snack, The Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins combination store just north on Route 1 has a drive-thru and has inside tables with oh-so welcome air conditioning.  (I am writing this in August afterall.)   

Since many discount stores sell overstocks and discontinued items, it's hard to predict what one will find, so patience and frequent visits may be key.  If you seek more standard merchandise, matched sets, or several coordinating items, then Wal-Mart, Marshalls and TJ Maxx also have stores along Route 1 in Alexandria, VA which provide a similar variety of clothing and household items, though fewer overstocks, and often at reasonably low prices compared to typical department stores.   



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