The IEC@DVC Activities Calendar is full of fun excursions to San Francisco, Bay Area parks, museums, and more. One of the most common activities is outlet shopping in the Bay Area. Are you ready for some deals? Then come with us on our next trip!
Outlet Shopping in the Bay Area
An outlet is a store that sells items at discounted prices. Outlets allow famous brands (like Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Coach) to sell their items directly to the public. (The other common option is to buy these items at department stores, like Macy’s or Nordstrom. These stores increase the price of the products in order to make more money.) Outlets provide customers the opportunity to buy clothes and other items for very cheap!
Outlet stores are often built together to create an outlet mall. IEC@DVC often takes trips to the following outlets.
San Francisco Premium Outlets (Livermore)
San Francisco Premium Outlets is located in Livermore, which is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area. The outlet center is the largest outdoor outlet center in all of California: it has more than 180 brands (including popular names such as Prada, Gucci, Versace, and Coach).
Vacaville Premium Outlets
Vacaville Premium Outlets is another outdoor shopping center with beautiful architecture. Its 120 stores include big names such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Nike, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, and Michael Kors.
Great Mall at Milpitas
Why is it “great?” The Great Mall, located in Silicon Valley, is the largest indoor outlet in Northern California! With more than 200 stores, a cinema, and many restaurants, there is much to do when visiting. Check out the department store outlets (Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH) and the outlets for major companies such as H&M, Forever 21, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Then grab something to eat at the food court or at restaurants such as Dave & Buster’s, the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, and Outback Steakhouse.
Phrasal Verbs for Shopping
Blow (money) on (something)
Definition: to spend money on something you don’t need or is too expensive.
Example: I had $50 and I blew it on a skateboard. But I don’t care: I love it!
Fork out ($ for something)
Definition: to spend a lot of money on an item.
Example: How much did you fork out for those shoes? They’re awesome!
Mark (something) up/down
Definition: to increase or decrease the price of something.
Example: They marked down their swimwear: we should buy some bathing suits.
Definition: to compare the price and quality of items before making a purchase.
Example: I really like this shirt, but I think I’ll shop around a little more before I decide to buy it.
Ring (someone/something) up
Definition: to record the purchase of something (by a cashier) for a customer.
Example: The girl who rang me up was so friendly.
Take (something) back
Definition: to return an item.
Example: I need the receipt so I can take back this shirt: it has a hole.
Try (something) on
Definition: to wear clothes or other items in order to decide if it should be purchased.
Example: You should always try on sunglasses before you buy them.
Rip (someone) off
Definition: to cheat someone financially.
Example: The cashier charged me too much for my jeans, but it was a mistake: she didn’t mean to rip me off.
Sell out (of something)
Definition: to sell all of something.
Example: They sold out of tacos for the day. We have to order something else.
Shell out (for something)
Definition: to spend a lot of money on something (like “fork out”).
Example: I thought I was going to shell out a lot of money for tickets to the museum, but I got a student discount!