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These outlets are the BEST (Image: Gretchen Bossio / Seattle Refined)

If you're not shopping the Seattle Premium Outlets, you're spending too much

As you travel north on I-5 from Seattle, between exit 200 and 202 you’ll see a large outlet mall off to your left. For years I drove past as an outdoor mall in Washington didn’t seem like my cup of tea.

But one fateful day I had family visiting from out of town and an outlet mall was on their list of places to check out. So, we went and since going to the Seattle Premium Outlets - I haven’t stepped in another mall!

Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip is that good.

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Constant sales. All the stores. A food court plus additional food trucks and two Starbucks'. Restaurants nearby. Even a hotel and spa if you want to make a weekend of it. Basically, when at the Outlets, plan to shop ‘til you drop!

For those who appreciate a shopping strategy I always park at the Nike end of the Outlets. There seems to be more, closer parking there. Albeit, there is a two level parking garage along the backside of the Outlets and ample parking in the front area that you see from the freeway.

Black Friday is the only day I have ever had to “hunt” for parking, which is understandable. On a regular shopping day, even during the holiday season, spots are always available. Parking stress just isn’t the way I want to start a shopping adventure and I’m sure you agree!

Now, onto the shopping opportunities at the Seattle Premium Outlets!

If I counted the directory correctly there are 137 stores ready and waiting. So many. Too many for one visit! We always aim to browse Gap Factory - I’ve found the best jackets there, Hanna Andersson - where we buy top notch kid’s pajamas, and lululemon - their running shorts are my favorite.

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My husband swings into Filson and Arc’teryx too. The NIKE Factory Store keeps our family covered when it comes to tennis shoes and my mom and I love swinging into Joe’s Jeans and the LOFT Outlet. Recently, a friend recommended popping into the Outlets’ American Eagle Outfitters as nothing there is priced over $25. What?!? Just last week, I did and surprise surprise, AEO has lots of options for non-VSCO girls. I bought the cutest winter beanies for my daughter and I and snagged some super soft basic tees for just $7 each.

Most of all, my kids love visiting the Disney Store Outlet. And, okay, fine, I do too! Rumor is, they are the only Disney store in Washington that gets Disney official park product. So, when an item retires from Disneyland’s gift shops you just might find it at the Tulalip store at a HUGE discount!

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Those few stores barely knick the offerings though. If you have a favorite store or brand and want to see if Seattle Premium Outlets has it - check this giant list.

When it comes to shopping nourishment Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has the treat department covered. Caramel apples and more for the win! If you time your shopping trip right you can walk over to The Ram for happy hour - it’s a good one!

All this to say, if you’re not shopping the Seattle Premium Outlets, you’re missing out and most likely spending too much. Sales abound and thus, savings! And who doesn’t like to save on their shopping list?

The regular mall is no longer on my radar, when I want to browse wares and sales in person, I head straight to Tulalip. Join me! And don’t let the weather deter you as I once was much of the walkways are covered. Granted, you’ll still want a coat and possibly an umbrella for the trek to and from the car, but, hey, that’s anywhere in Washington!