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I had been to this huge outlet mall twice before: Tanger, in Williamsburg, Iowa. Visited the Dress Barn both times and always picked up a few bargains. Flash forward to present-day. I'm an office manager in a dental practice and haven't been able to get out to buy "career wear" for several years now. I finally scheduled a vacation day and remembered Dress Barn! I believe that I might have also recently read about it in Better Investing (could be what made me remember the store).

The weather was LOUSY (winter storm advisories all day; we must have seen 60 vehicles in the ditches, all told. Very scary travel conditions!) The store was all that I remembered and more. GREAT selections, and affordable as always, but they also had an anniversary sale going on (50th?!) and I saved an additional 10% by opening a charge account that day.

My HUSBAND (who is the clothes horse in the family) loved the clothing combinations we were putting together - and I'm getting compliments every day at work, too. I loved the savings. We saved about $450 - meaning that the original total would have been around $1300. I've never dropped that much on clothing in one day. NEVER.

After visiting the Dress Barn first, we really didn't need much more at the rest of the Outlet Mall (well, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory beckoned....) but we poked our noses in Liz Claiborne (still overpriced stuff!) and many others.

I've requested their mail order catalog from their website and will be buying more. The ladies at work want to know how to find this place. We cannot STAND the limited choices locally at Fashion Bug, and J.C. Penney is more casual clothing, while Bergner's is overpriced even during their big sales events! And who wants to show up at their office wearing the items everybody sees while "grocery" shopping at Super Wal-Mart? I will no doubt still pick up items occasionally through the Chadwick's mail order catalog, but for the backbone of my wardrobe, for now it's DRESS BARN.


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