Yesterday I happened to head there with my boyfriend after a visit with the family, and we decided to check the Coach outlet for the wallet I'd asked for for my birthday next month -- a beautiful whiskey brown leather french purse-style wallet from the Legacy Collection. I was thrilled to find ONE left in the store -- and it had been heavily discounted (!) from the MSRP of $218 to $199 to $99 less 20%. This is an absolute no-brainer ... especially if the styles you are looking for are several months gone from the stores ... something that the outlet stores specialize in. So I left with a genuine Coach leather wallet for about $80. Such a steal. And they had great discounts on their bags, too.
At many of these outlet centers you will find Gap outlets, Banana Republic and J. Crew outlets --- American Apparel even has outlet locations. I remember last fall I got a classic velvet navy blue blazer from J. Crew for $60 -- they retail for $150 and up in the stores. Honestly, you need a whole morning or afternoon, comfortable shoes, and a lot of energy to navigate the stores, but the discounts really do make it worth it.