I've read a bunch of reviews from this past weekend. I too was in Buffalo for a little Valentine getaway with my honey and we went to the outlet mall 2x. I think you need to be a bit smart when 1) shopping on a long weekend in both Can and the U.S. and 2) shopping at an outlet mall in general.
We got to the outlets right at 10AM on Sat Feb 15th and we found parking right away. There were almost no shoppers in the mall yet and I breezed through Nine West no sweat. There weren't line ups at any of the stores like we found the next day. Yes, we waited outside of Coach for about 10 mins because I was foolhardy enough to walk out of the store the day before without buying anything. Once inside, there weren't actually that many people and they had plenty to chose from. You can not beat 70% off clearance prices and then another 10% off entire purchase.
My purchases at the outlets were many and incredibly well priced (even with the exchange!). I'm not sure where other people are shopping that they find deals like I did this weekend but I can tell you I've never found deals like this in Canada. If you are looking for a fun girls' weekend of shopping (or have a shopping-tolerant husband) I would recommend the Fashion Outlets.
Eat a good breakfast and get there early!
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