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Posted: Wednesday, May. 08, 2013

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Rachel Sutherland

Rachel Sutherland has been a professional journalist for 14 years, most recently as the Style Editor for the Charlotte Observer. Her writing and styling work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She is often a featured guest on syndicated radio programs The Matt & Ramona Show and The Satisfied Life. Find her at www.rachelsutherland.net or email her: rachel@rachelsutherland.net.

I found myself in the North Carolina mountains recently on business. Scenic views, dedicated quality client time and bargain shopping, of course.

That last item was likely not on my client’s task list, but it was certainly on mine once I realized the conference was being held in Arden, NC. Yes, the same Arden, NC, that is home to a J Crew Clearance Center, which I visited back in 2010. Of course I needed to stop in and see how things were going, right? See what three years later looks like for the center tucked in the back of business park in a small Asheville-adjacent town?

I live to serve. And shop. Here’s what I found:

-Great on-trend bathing suits, dresses and separates in a range of sizes

-Almost too much Crewcuts cuteness for the little ones, including tons of sparkly ballet flats and accessories

-A robust selection of cocktail and formal dresses and gowns

-To.die.for. shoes including loads of neon

-The store seemed light on handbags and jewelry, but that didn’t stop me from finding a great necklace.

-My damage? Less than $60 total for a denim vest and necklace for me, and a sweet dress for my daughter. Not too shabby.

As luck would have it, Scoop Charlotte is reporting that there will be a warehouse sale there 10a-4p Saturday, May 18. From what I hear, that is a whole ‘nother level of craziness (think digging in boxes).

Clearance Store info: 1 Clifford Way, Arden, NC 28704; 828.687.6475; 11a-6p Sunday, 10a-8p Monday-Saturday.

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