Bayside, New York
September 17, 2001
There is no food court, per se, but there were a few eateries, two of which were closed. It was not terribly crowded, as one would expect. There were more people shopping the local boutiques, which is understandable. Chuck and I decided to separate to save time and my first stop was Danskin, in the eternal search for leggings. I was the only shopper in the store, so the woman gave me her full attention. Pointed me to black Danskins on sale for $15.00 and it was the fastest purchase I made. She was very friendly, and talked to me about her life, and the fact that she's lived here for most of it, and that she'd never leave. She also let me in on the secret that summer starts in October; that explains the chill in the area and the nasty morning clouds.
The next stop was West Point Stevens and I was able to find some cute souvenirs for the children of the people who work for me. The prices were unbeatable. I picked up a roseberry porcelain lotion dispenser, one of those puffy wash meshes with a built in animal, and a pack of 6 sunfish soaps. All for less than $12 for the lot. I didn't have time to check out the linens, but for that I usually head to Bed, Bath & Beyond.
At that point, we met again, and Chuck told me about a bookstore which is always a deadly mistake, as there is a risk that I'll never leave the place. It's at one of the end corners, and all the books are new and heavily discounted. I was looking for a dinosaur book and ended up buying the Vagina Monologues for my daughter.
Back to the first level, I wandered into Nine West, where the shoes are always exhorbitant here in New York, but today, they were offering a second pair of sandals at 50% off. I am a shoe freak, and walked out with patent leather dressy shoes and a pair of havana colored slipper sandals.
As outlets go, it's OK. If you miss out on this, I don't think it would be tragic, although if you catch a sale, it's great. They have a website where they let you know what's happening, and you can find it at Outlets
From journal Pacific Grove