Best Designer Deals - 2012
For a society that drools over designer labels but is often too money-conscious to splurge on them, Opitz outlet is a haute couture holy land in the Twin Cities. The St. Louis Park complex is made up of two buildings, one main shopping area featuring perfect or near-perfect shoes, clothing, bags, and jewelry for both men and women, and an "annex" next door filled with similar merchandise that has become flawed and needs (usually) minor repairs. The tag on these items reveals what the damage is — both price-wise and literally — and major scores can be made here on the right days. Wednesdays are a good day to go, as new shipments arrive from major department stores, and the annex even has $10, $5, and $1 days on a regular schedule. If you're into the fly fashion life at 90 percent off, this is your haven. Just be prepared for a less-than-luxurious shopping experience, as the store is often crammed with crabby shoppers and crying kids and sometimes pushy staff. All worth it, though, in the name of Gucci.