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Best of the Outlets

You can get good deals at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets (241 Fort Evans Rd., NE; 703-737-3071), but some stores offer better discounts. With 110 shops to choose from, which ones are really worth the trip?

At the Crate & Barrel outlet, floor-sample furniture offers the best deals—a chopping-block cart was $199, down from $349—but you should inspect items for wear and tear. Don’t miss the “must go” clearance section, filled with odds and ends for 40 percent off or more.

Puma has men’s and women’s sportswear for 25 to 30 percent off original prices. For the deepest discounts, head to the racks in the back, where shoes are 50 percent off the already reduced prices.

Tumi’s outlet store stocks discontinued luggage lines and accessories for 15 to 20 percent off original prices. To move merchandise, the store holds special sales; everything from wallets to rolling suitcases was an extra 25 to 50 percent off on our visit.

Most items at the Barneys New York outlet are from last season—we found a brown leather motorcycle jacket in April for $295, down from $605. Scour the clearance racks for deals on brands such as 7 for All Mankind and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

The Theory outlet feels more boutique than picked-over factory store. It has current-season items for up to 50 percent off; on the new-arrivals rack, we found women’s dress slacks for $115—originally $230.

Le CreusetL–obsessed cooks can find the brand’s heavy-duty cookware for about 35 percent off the sticker price. “Second quality” pots and pans, which function fine but have small cosmetic imperfections, can go for half off.

Coach carries outlet-exclusive bags, wallets, and accessories, so the colors and designs are always current. In the small clearance section in back are last-season items from Coach stores, sold here at deep discounts.

Sign up for the VIP Club at and print coupons for even bigger discounts. Other deals are in a coupon book available for free to VIP Club and AAA members in the food court; nonmembers can buy the book for $5.