We’ve uncovered some of the best shopping discounts and steals across the South and saved hundreds in the process.

Ballard Designs Outlets
Art Meripol

Best Places to Find Bargains
Some shopping deals make you feel smart. Others are so good, you almost feel like a thief. We’ve uncovered some of the best steals across the South and saved hundreds in the process.

Ballard Designs Outlets: Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta and Roswell, Georgia
 What they offer: Discounts on the same linens, accessories, and furniture as you find in the esteemed catalog
 What we bought: Josie 8' x 12' rug, Retail price: $679 We paid: $475
 We saved: $204

Wisteria Outlet: Carrollton, Texas, (972) 919-3622
 What they offer: Eclectic and vintage designs in furniture and accessories from the catalog, all for less
 What we bought: Green distressed candelabra, Retail price: $60 We paid: $35
 We saved: $25

Horchow Finale: Plano, Texas, (972) 519-5406
 What they offer: Huge savings on last-season’s items from Neiman Marcus
 What we bought: Gucci plastic frame sunglasses, Retail price: $350 We paid: $130
 We saved: $220

Blenko Glass Co. Factory Outlet StoreMilton, West Virginia, (304) 743-9081
 What they offer: Handblown glass designs―from pitchers and glasses to bookends―direct from the source, for less
 What we bought: The ever-popular #384 Water Bottle, Retail price: $42 We paid: $14
 We saved: $28

Justin Boot Co. OutletEl Paso, Texas, (915) 779-5465
 What they offer: Tremendous selection of handmade boots from the iconic company, at cheaper prices than you can find in a traditional retail store
 What we bought: Justin Coffee Westerner with Saddle boots, Retail price: $199 We paid: $129
 We saved: $70

Tibi Outlet: St. Simons Island, Georgia, (912) 638-1221
 What they offer: Women’s fashions from the colorful brand worn by celebs such as Reese Witherspoon―all discounted
 What we bought: Graphic-print dress, Retail price: $385 We paid: $90
 We saved: $295

Two Don’t-Miss Annual Sales

Mary Norton, Charleston (September)
Find elegant designer handbags (such as the one at left) discounted from 70% to 90%. You can’t count on what will be available and you’ll have a lot of competition, but you could conceivably go home with an $895 purse for only $100. For details on this year’s Sample Sale, visit www.marynorton.com.

Duh for Garden and Home, Pensacola (December)
One of the best garden and home accessory stores in Florida, Duh hosts an annual three-day sale between Christmas and New Year’s, with discounts that get steeper by the day. The first day, everything’s 25% off; day two, 50%; the last day, 75%. You could buy an Italian terra-cotta face pot, normally $89, for $45.