I’ve been shopping at discount retailers since I can remember–And my favorites have always been TJ Maxx and Marshalls. (Especially the Marshalls on Boylston Street in Boston, at which I used to get great leftovers from Louis‘ down the block.)
I’ve picked up a Barneys cast-off now and then at Loehmann’s, but I’ve never had a smidgen of luck at Century 21. (I applaud anyone who can mentally handle that place–for those of you outside of the New York tri-state area, Century 21 is a crazy, crazy designer discount nightmare way downtown.) Filene’s Basement? No thanks. Burlington Coat Factory? If you’re willing to dig, there are some treasures to be found. And Daffy’s? I just don’t feel comfortable there. The atmosphere is odd. (It might be the grey walls. Seriously.)
But Nordstrom Rack? That’s one I’m not too familiar with.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, we utilized nearby Off 5th outlets, but Rack was nowhere to be found. Tomorrow, a new Rack will open on New York’s Union Square. The outlet will allow the Seattle-based retailer to feel out the city’s retail climate without (yet) committing to opening a full-priced store here.
Of course, New Yorkers are always looking for a great bargain, but I find that, with all the fantastic sample sales occurring (including Opening Ceremony’s and Steven Alan’s, both coming up), I don’t look to discount retailers as much as I used to. Will you shop at Nordstrom Rack? If you have in the past, how would you rate the experience?