In the interest of full disclosure, I must mention that a "child of mine" works for the Penney's Distribution Center in the Kansas City area. We have been hearing for months about the changes coming down the pike there. I know that many of us won't have an outlet store in our area, but I decided to start there before I visited the local department store in a mall. I was interested to see if the new approach to pricing had trickled down to the outlets as well.
Immediately inside the doors of this stand-alone store, a shopper enters the "dress clothes" section of the store. I was impressed to find that women's clothing of all sizes was grouped together here. And I was surprised to see that some of the brands I've purchased in the thrifts are a J.C. Penney brand. Previously, the only Penney brand I'd been aware of was St. John's Bay.
The intimates department similarly grouped women's clothing of all sizes together. I had not known about the Delta Burke line of intimates and I was surprised to find padded panties, a product I'm sure my husband thinks I need. Selection in the accessories department was sparse, but I found a zippered bag that I thought would be an excellent thing to have while traveling. And the frog brooch reminded me of Debbie at She Accessorizes Well.
I may have to go back for the silk dress. DH was waiting in the car as I snapped my photos of the "legendary" sale aisle. I have heard that items on this rack on better priced than the thrift stores and I found this to be true, so long as you are shopping for simple tees and blouses than you are willing to steam or iron.
A shoe sale was underway the day I visited. The merchandise was in disarray and the aisles were packed, but you don't know how much I wanted those turquoise espadrilles to be in my size. I won't know until I visit the Mall, a first for this project, how the prices actually compare. So long as a shopper is willing to apply an iron, there ARE excellent bargains to be found here.
I know that I am sorely behind on my commenting (178 posts in my Google Reader!). That and beginning our annual taxes is this weekend's project. Is there any of this merchandise that catches your eye?