Raleigh Recreation - Shopping!
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in the Raleigh/Triangle area. But a outlet shopping is certainly a favorite - and a fun way to find some great bargains, all in one place.
If you're looking for housewares, shoes, clothes for him, her or the baby, lotions and bubbles, books, sunglasses, perfume, or simply a fun place to hang out for the afternoon with a couple of friends, the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield, NC are worth a visit.
The Carolina Premium Outlets at Smithfield, NC are 30 miles from Raleigh, and is the nearest LARGE outlet mall to the Triangle.
Those clearance signs are pretty enticing, but if you've ever been to an outlet mall, you know that the discounted products represent just a small part of everything that's available!
This Raleigh area outlet mall has about 80 shops, and rarely is there a vacancy - always a good sign!
This Raleigh area outlet mall is an outdoor center, with shops wrapping around several large, clean parking lots. (Click here for map)
Even on a rainy weekday afternoon, there's plenty of activity - though definitely quieter than on a nice weekend!
Here's a secret for super-shoppers: there's a handy list of specials and upcoming events, so you can plan your shopping trip ahead of time.
Some of the more popular shops include Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, DressBarn, Polo Ralph Lauren, Carters, and much more.
The Carolina Premium Outlet mall is one of the more upscale outlet malls I've been to, with plenty of bargains to be found.
Looking for decorative items for your home? Check out Carolina Pottery - an absolutely huge home decor store.
Carolina Pottery has indoor and outdoor furniture, home decor items, mirrors, tons of silk flowers and plants, huge outdoor pots, and much more. The building feels like a Costco inside - it's very large and open with a warehouse feel to it. Oh, yeah, and Carolina Pottery always has lots of things to choose from in the big bargain displays up front!
Rain or sun, the Carolina Premium Outlets are worth a visit. The walkways are well covered, and for an outdoor mall, exposure to weather is very limited.
If you're hungry, there are plenty of nearby restaraunts. But the only food vendor within the outlet mall itself is Dairy Queen - though who can turn down a banana split or a Blizzard? There are also drink vending machines.
Carolina Premium Outlets
1025 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 905, Smithfield, NC 27577
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Sales Tax Holiday
Fri, Aug 1 & Sat, Aug 2: 9am-10pm
Sun, Aug 3: 10am-7pm
Labor Day Weekend Sale
Fri, Aug 29 & Sat, Aug 30: 10am-9pm
Sun, Aug 31: 11am-7pm
Mon, Sept 1: 10am-9pm
Other outlet malls in the Raleigh area include:
Morrisville Outlet Mall - About 20 shops, exit 284 Hwy 40, across from the RDU airport
Burlington Outlet Village - About 50 shops, off Hwy 40 between Raleigh and Greensboro
Concord Mills Outlet Mall - About 200 shops, 10 minutes north of Charlotte, NC
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