Growing up, my Mom would take me shopping with her almost every weekend. Without fail, I’d end up taking home something – a sweater, canvas sneakers or a pair of earrings on my newly pierced ears. My Mom loves to tell the story of how I refused to the leave the mall unless I got my ears pierced, persistence is key.
Although our trips are no longer weekly, I still love to take my Mom shopping and I can’t wait to show her the new Tsawwassen Mills that just opened yesterday. Located by the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal at 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Tsawwassen Mills is a hybrid centre with 200+ stores – 50% which are outlet, 15% that are hybrid (a mix of outlet and traditional) and 35% which are traditional stores. Jan and I fuelled up on lattes and made our way there to shop grand opening day. There was so much excitement as thousands of people anxiously waited for the doors to open.
On a mission
Who doesn’t love designer for less?
Saks OFF 5th
This is the first Saks OFF 5th in BC, the outlet to Saks Fifth Avenue. Inside you’ll find luxury designer handbags, shoes, dresses and clothes for men and women – up to 60% off. I spotted adorable Alice & Olivia cocktail dresses, Prada and Balenciaga bags, Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen sunglasses, as well as Frye boots and Kate Spade heels.
So many shoes, so little time
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
I have a thing for shoes (as I’m sure many of you do too) and DSW has always been a favourite of mine – except I use to have to travel abroad to shop there. Inside the Tsawwassen Mills DSW you’ll find 2,000 shoe styles. Think Vince Camuto, BCBG, Cole Haan, Charles by Charles David, Marc Fisher, Steve Madden, Sorel, Toms, Vans, Boxfresh, Timberland, Nike, adidas and Converse.
Jan perusing Nine West Shoe Studio
Outlets, Outlets, Outlets
The list is pretty lengthy, you’ll find lululemon Athletic Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Aldo Outlet, Browns Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, GEOX Outlet, Nine West Shoe Studio, Call It Spring Outlet, Samsonite Outlet, Adidas Outlet, Reebok Outlet to name a few.
I somehow always end up inside any new Aritzia. And to my surprise, I saw sale racks weaved in with the regular merchandise! What! As any loyal Aritzia shoppers knows, sales only happen a few times a year and sales do not happen in October. This makes me VERY happy.
For The Guys
Coercing your man to come shopping with you at Tsawwassen Mills may be a little easier with this info. You’ll find The Outlet by Harry Rosen – keeping your man well-dressed. The outdoor enthusiast will probably spend a lot of time inside BC’s first Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, a store known for their hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor gear. My dad’s an avid outdoorsman and this is where I’ll be holiday shopping. There’s even a themed bowling alley inside! And another first, Pro Life Hockey – the world’s largest hockey-centric retailer.
What We Bought
It was a morning well spent! Jan and I have plans to come back and shop Tsawwassen Mills together – albeit, wearing sneakers instead of heels and booties (amateur hour). Here are just a few of the things we scooped up.
Jan has been looking for a special occasion shoe for some time now and picked up these Kate Spade heels, they were 40% off retail.
You must pop by the TELUS Connected Experience store – a first in BC. Inside are digital lifestyle products that you may not know you needed – but once you’re in there, you’ll wonder where these products were all your life. Jan’s husband is notorious for losing his keys and she bought him the Tile. The Tile attaches to your keys, which then connects to a smartphone app. Lose your keys, and use your smartphone to ring the Tile.
I’ve been eyeing these cute Brunette The Label sweatshirts all over Instagram forever! It was about time to get myself one – I always believe in ‘Babes Supporting Babes’. This will become a cozy fall weekend essential. I picked this up from a store called Mint Style Lounge.
Tsawwassen Mills is located at 5000 Canoe Pass Way and open Monday – Saturday, 10am-9pm and Sunday, 10am – 7pm. Thanksgiving Day, 10am – 7pm.
If you’re coming from Vancouver Island, Tsawwassen Mills offers free daily shuttles. If you’re driving, there’s 6,000 parking spots to choose from!
Win A $100 Tsawwassen Mills Gift Card
To celebrate the grand opening, Tsawwassen Mills is giving one lucky Style Spy reader a $100 Gift Card to get their shopping started.
One entry per person. Giveaway is open to Canadians only. Giveaway is open till October 13, 2016 at 12am. By entering the giveaway, you consent to be added to The Style Spy email list. You may unsubscribe at any time.
This post was sponsored by Tsawwassen Mills, opinions my own.