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Outlet Finds Worth the Trip

The best deals at outlets are often luxury brands that seldom if ever go on sale at department stores.

St. John Company Store: Classic St. John knits are up to 50 percent off. Prime Outlets in Queenstown; 410-827-5600.

Burberry: You’ll pay $599 for a trench coat that sold for $1,200 retail. The catch? The coats here are six months older than those in retail stores. Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets; 703-737-2300.

Coach: Most handbags are strictly for Coach outlets, but a few were in retail stores just a few months earlier. Queens town, 410-827-4930; Leesburg, 703-771-7881.

Movado Company Store: Watches are 30 to 70 percent off retail. Leesburg, 703-737-6580.

Tumi: The American luggage maker discounts discontinued styles. Leesburg, 703-737-2287.

Neiman Marcus Last Call: Merchandise that’s left after Neiman’s First Call and Last Call in-store sales, plus catalog merchandise, is sent here. Arundel Mills, Han over, Md.; 410-379-0159.

Leesburg Corner furniture stores: Some of the furniture and other home goods are a bit shopworn, but you can find major savings. At Pottery Barn, mahogany dining chairs that retail for $269 were less than $100. Crate & Barrel, 703-669-5003; Pottery Barn Outlet, 703-443-8113; Restoration Hardware, 703-443-1162.

Waterford Wedgwood: The crystal is all made by Waterford—but some patterns are also sold in retail stores (those with names), and some are exclusive to the factory store (those with numbers). The Wedgwood china is also the real thing, including patterns currently sold in retail stores. Leesburg, 703-443-9696.

Discounts on Discounts

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets have a VIP Shoppers Club that gives extra discounts to members. A recent member event offered 25 percent off purchases at the Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue outlet and 20 percent off any purchase of more than $150 at the Restoration Hardware outlet.

At Prime Outlets in Queenstown, Maryland, the 1 Club gives members extra discounts at selected stores.

Loehmann’s Insider Club gives members a 15-percent birthday discount and points on all purchases that can be used to save on future purchases. Joining these shoppers clubs is free.

Senior—or Middle Age—Savings

Are you over 50? If so, you’ll get a 10-percent discount at most stores in Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets every Tuesday. For a similar Tuesday discount at Queenstown, you have to be 55.