If shopping’s your thing, set a course for Exit 76 off I-65, where Indiana Premium Outlets (previously Edinburgh Premium Outlets) and the Exit 76 Antique Mall pack a one-two punch of opportunities to browse and buy.
Who doesn’t love a good deal? The prices at Indiana Premium Outlets are well below what you’ll see at retail stores to begin with, but time your visit right, and you might just walk away with some even more spectacular deals.
With 85 stores to wander through, it’s easy to make a morning, afternoon, or entire day of it at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. Designer duds from DKNY, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren Polo share space with other recognizable retail names selling shoes, kids’ clothing, accessories, and housewares to create a well-rounded shopping experience.
Shhh…here’s an insider tip that can save you even more money: before you go, register online (for free!) at www.premiumoutlets.com/vip to get exclusive downloadable coupons and a bonus VIP savings booklet you can pick up at the mall office. Many of the participating stores offer an extra percentage off your total bill if you spend $100 or more. And you’ll also enjoy access to additional discounts and special offers at regional restaurants and attractions.
Don’t even plan to set foot in the Exit 76 Antique Mall unless you’ve got a couple hours to spare. With more than 600 vendor booths and cases, saying there’s a lot to see here is a serious understatement. It’s easy to get disoriented strolling these aisles, but signage and customer-service phones are always on hand, and strategically placed “rest stop” benches are a welcome sight if you need a few minutes to regroup. At the front of the mall, you’ll find restrooms, a few vending machines, and a smattering of tables and chairs.
The dizzying inventory covers everything under the sun — toys, Pez dispensers, books, albums, furniture, tools, quilts, furniture… the list goes on and on. Depression glass and Fiestaware are represented in every imaginable color, along with a surprisingly large array of Star Wars collectibles and enough cookbooks to fill a library.
If you’re a collector, looking for a unique gift, or in the market for a conversation piece, the Exit 76 Antique Mall is sure to provide plenty of options to consider.
Story and photos by Amy Lynch