Last week when I was in Virginia for work and I had to go through Lynchburg, I was able to stop by the two clearance stores there. As you know, J. Crew ships from the warehouse here and I knew there had to be good stuff!
To find the exact addresses, I did a simple google on my phone and found information on this blog. As you may know, these clearance stores are pretty top secret. Also please note, these are not factory stores. These are the clothes that are in the real J. Crew stores. I personally have not had the best quality items come from the factory stores...and they usually aren't even that great of deals to be honest. You can get better quality from getting things at the regular J. Crew on sale. Yes I'm crazy about J. Crew.
I got to the first one at 6:15pm which is connected to the warehouse. The address is 25 Millrace Drive, Lynchburg, VA. It's in an industrial area just like the one south of Asheville, North Carolina.
This store is pretty large and had men's and women's. Not everything is perfect, you do have to check for any flaws or spots but I'd say a majority is in brand spankin' new shape. Just some pricing...the shoes were $70 which I didn't think was a good deal (but let's be honest, J. Crew shoes are outrageous for what they are), jeans were $20 or $30 including matchstick which I just bought full price, Minnie pants were $20, bathing suit pieces were $15 each, scarves were $15...
Everything was by item and then by size. The cotton pencil skirts were $30. Yes, if I coulda, I woulda picked one up in every color. You'll see at the end of this post that I did get one.
They had current things that are in the catalog right now.
In the below picture, that's all cashmere and on the rack behind are the dressy tanks. I wear these all the time under Jackie cardigans for work.
Then I headed over to the next one which they just recently opened because they had run out of room. The address of this one is 101-A Northwynd Circle, Lynchburg, VA. It's in more of a strip of shops type area like you'd usually see retail stores in. I personally liked this store better - maybe it was just that it seemed like they had a better selection of what I liked.
Any color Jackie cardigan you want! $30
Check the shoes. I looked for wedding shoes but didn't find any in my size.
It's a really nice store and one of the ladies in there was super helpful! She even told me where to go for dinner that night ha!
Colored jeans, dresses in the way back, pencil skirts on the right side. At this store, they had a lot of Madewell if you're into that and they had Crew Cuts (super cute!).
So at the first store I did get the pencil skirt but looking back I probably wouldn't have spent the money on it. Don't get me wrong, I love it (it's navy with ivory polka dots) and I'm wearing it today with a bright coral top but I just probably should have saved the mulah.
I also picked up a super cheap white bathing suit. My mom says it was uncalled for because it will look ridiculous on me but hopefully I get tan and can wear it the last day of our honeymoon. April gave me the idea to put my new monogram on it and wear on our big trip. So fun! And maybe I can lose 100 pounds between now and then and look decent Mama! Ha.
But my big bargain was a suit jacket that I've needed for over a year desperately. I had told myself that if they had exactly what I wanted, I'd splurge for it. Yall, they had one jacket - it just happened to be my size, the same material to match my suit pants and a cute style. Ummm $60. SIXTY! Down from $230. Mission accomplished.
I highly recommend that you stop by if you're in the area! I could have done major damage but remember, we're on wedding and new house budget! ;)