The outlet mall is the number one tourist attraction in the State of Texas...more people visit there than Texas Stadium, the Alamo, or the Marfa lights. It's 90 miles from my house, but even I must do my part as a Texas resident. I also knew that whatever I spent, DH would spend double. I've SEEN how he shops; he grabs at eye-level and hightails it out. He knows that whatever the retail price, I NEVER EVER EVER pay it.
I usually find GREAT deals at the Dooney store. They always have really good prices, except when it's a week before Mother's Day, and you are desperate for a gift. They had a buy one, get one half off sale, but there were no good deals, no amazingly cute styles, nothing that grabbed me. They all LOOKED like Mother's Day gifts! I figured I'd mosey on down to the Coach outlet and see what I could get for the girls. I've never bought anything there in my life. As it turned out, Coach had a better assortment, and lower prices! I tried to find both girls bags trendy enough to suit their ages, but neutral enough to carry for three years-tricky business.
I stood in the store with purses draped over my arm, fishing for SIL's number, dialing dizzily. Black or brown? I bought niece the black one, DHBFFDD (how's that?) got a white one similar to the photo...but smaller. According to my receipt, I "saved" enough to buy a month's groceries, but it in no way even approached her brother's graduation gift.
It's hard to do this properly. I've never even met the kid, but I wanted to make this appear fair. So back to the Dooney store I went. I agonized for a while-I had to buy two bags to get the sale, right? (Sucker....) I finally decided on a bag in a denim blue with brown trim for me. I found a simple fabric tote for Brit, and I had a coupon too. The second bag cost me all of 25.00. NOW her gift looks like a WOW gift-I think she'll be over the moon.
In knitting news, I almost certainly will run short on Solista, so I have to hunt for two balls of silver tomorrow, or scrap it. On the Wren project, Laucurls finished hers and deserves kudos! (I can't find her post but will link it as soon as I find it.)