A Spontaneous Trip

Over the weekend we were headed to the local outlet mall to buy me some clothes.  But somehow we did something totally out of the norm and took a little 3 hour road trip to the BIG outlet mall, with baby and all.  We literally did a u-turn on the freeway and just started driving the other way on the interstate.

But anyway, I am in DIRE need of new clothes so I don’t continue to look like the housewife who never takes care of herself anymore.  But alas, I’m still going to look like that because when we got to the big outlet mall I saw this…

Oh my.  I had no idea there was a Pottery Barn outlet there.  I didn’t even know there were real Pottery Barn outlet stores. It’s a very good thing it’s 3 hours away.

The place is HUGE and the prices are amazing.  I am still dreaming about the day I go back with lots of money saved.

I’ll show you a few pictures of the inside, but just a warning most of them are really crappy because they are from my cell phone.

Here are rows and rows of gorgeous sofas.

Pretty Fall things…

It’s hard to tell in the following picture, but this was a section of a lot of the West Elm lacquer boxes that are so hot right now.

There was a lot of West Elm furniture and accessories too.

There were a TON of more things that I didn’t get to photograph because I didn’t have the good camera on me.  There were chairs galore, lots of lighting fixtures, rugs, accessories, basically anything Pottery Barn sells it was there.  I seriously could not get over the prices.  They had tons of lamps that were only about $50.  That’s a steal considering a lot of PB lamps are $150 and over.

Oh, so you want to see what came home with me instead of new clothes? :)

Yep, that is PB’s “decorative ledge” that sells for $350.  It’s really a massive fake mantel and that’s what I’m using it as.  How much did we get it for?  $150 smackeroos!  Now that is not cheap by any means, but it is Pottery Barn after all, AND it’s beautiful. I’ve never even owned anything from PB before.  I feel so ritzy! Haha.  But seriously, I thought about buying this all day.  And it even took going inside the store 3 times to “think” about it and to justify spending that much.  On the 3rd visit inside it was late and little girl was done for the day.  So I said “let’s just go.”  And we did.  We drove off and were headed to make the 3 hour journey back home.  About a mile down the freeway my husband said “are you SURE you don’t want to get the mantel?”  Ha, and you know the ending to that story!

And this is where it’s going to live in the house…

I know it looks like poo in that picture, but trust me, it’s good.  Come back tomorrow so you can see my new mantel decorated!  It is well worth me having to look frumpy a few more weeks.  :)

Do you have a Pottery Barn outlet near you?  I looked them up when I got home and there are only 10 in the country!  I feel so blessed to live in Texas. :)



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  1. wow – what a good hubbie you have. my guy would NEVER dare to ask “are you sure??”!!

    what an amazing store the outlet looks like.. i’m dreaming of going there now! too bad it’s wayy farther than 3 hours for us :)

    thanks for sharing!

  2. I live 15 minutes away from those outlets. DH, puts me on a limit of how many hours a week I can spend there. 8-/ :-P

  3. WHAT!?! I had NO idea there was such a thing as a PB Outlet! Good thing it’s in TX — I’d be there all the time, otherwise! :) You are ONE lucky girl! And I’m just loving the shelf you got — can’t wait to see it all decorated! :)

  4. Our PB outlet is about 45 minutes away, far enough for me not to get into trouble too often. The best deal I got was a beautiful 5 x 8 rug for $30 that retailed for over $300, SCORE! Love your mantel and can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  5. Oh, were you in San Marcos?? I haven’t been in a long time, but I live in SA, so it’s not too far from me. I’ll have to check it out one we move into our new house! Yippee!!

  6. Danielle H. says:

    Ooooh, oooh, ooh, that sectional piece in the first pick is EXACTLY what I want for my living room. Do you remember how $ it was? I can’t read the sale sign in the pic! I, too, live in Texas and it ROCKS! I’m about 4.5 hours away from San Marcos but, man, for the right price I would be on the road for that couch!!!

    • Hey I don’t remember what the price was on that one. Just on that sign in the picture it says take an additional 15% off the clearance price. So I’m sure it’s a good deal!

  7. Lucky duck. No PB outlets near me. But, there is hope. A new outlet mall is currently under construction. Maybe, just maybe they’ll have a PB outlet! I will have to hope and pray and ask Santa.


  8. No PB outlet near me. I did have a Restoration Outlet but sadly it closed. I don’t want to talk about it. It’s very upsetting. Love your ledge!

  9. I’m so stinkin’ jealous, Emily!!! I want that mantle so bad. It calls to me every time I open a PB catalog. I had planned to attempt a DIY version this month. Since I’m not working anymore, I’ve had to put the breaks on my Pottery Barn addiction. I darn near needed a 12 step program two years ago. I didn’t even know PB had an outlet. Cool. $150 is totally worth it so don’t be second guessing your purchase (I do that a lot). We’ll look like old housewives together for a little while longer…all in the name of chic decor!


    • Hahaha! Im not second guessing it now that it’s decorated! It’s so fun. I’m sure you could totally do a DIY one too. I think I saw someone do that?

  10. Holy cannoli! I am so jealous! The closest outlet to me is about 1 1/2 hours away in San Marcos (I’m a fellow Texan)! I haven’t made it out yet.. I have a feeling I’d need to make a weekend out of it. Love the mantel that you bought! :)

  11. There’s only 10!!!! who knew! I live 8 minutes away from one!!! Love the mantle!

  12. Wow! what a fun day! I just recently went to a PB store for the first time. I did not know they had outlet stores. I’ll have to check out my area and see if they have one. I cann’t wait to see your mantle decorated!

  13. I have been dying to go to that outlet mall. We need a couch bad. Your mantle is beautiful! Well worth the price. Cant wait to see what you do with it.

  14. I am so jealous, because our closest outlet mall has no PB outlet…but great find!

  15. Oh WOW! I’m in Texas (not that it’s a small state by anymeans)… off to go google it and plan my next family outing… LOL! Great find!!

  16. We have one here in Memphis but should really go more often. I have gotten some great deals there-love the mantle!!

  17. love it! what a great find…and what a great hubby for turning around to go back & get it!!!!!! Cant wait to see what you do with it!!! PS – i like to think its more like a mommy uniform thing we all got going on ;)

  18. Oh how jealous I am of you! I just moved to a small town that doesn’t even have a Marshall’s and I’m NO where near a PB outlet…sigh… 8 )

  19. Is this the San Marcos outlet????? That place is my heaven. I go there everytime when I go to Texas. I actually quite seriously looked into renting a truck and skipping my flight home just so I could get a $3000 PB dining room table for $299!! I still kick myself for chickening out :(

  20. Too funny…we made a trip to our big outlet mall this past weekend too. Fortunately ours is only 30 minutes away, and they do have a PB outlet!!! I’ve found that the furniture pieces aren’t usually that much lower than those at the store (unless they are scratch and dent), but the accessories are usually discounted quite a bit!

  21. I have been lusting over that mantle for months now! I am so jealous that you got it, but it is an amazing price for PB! Love it!

  22. I’d look frumpy for that too. How awesome! Just think of all the ways you can decorate it?! Too fun! I wanna go sometime:)

  23. Love the mantel!! I actually live very close (1 hr) from that Pottery Barn outlet and have found many great deals there. Love the mantel, it looks beautiful and ready for fall. I also feel so blessed to live in Texas!

  24. Awesome find! I’m also a fellow Texan and like you live about 3 hours from the SM outlet mall. I went once with 2 of my girlfriends and have wanted to go back ever since. That was like 3 years ago. Sounds like I need to make another trip down there!

  25. I was just there last week on my way out of San Antonio for work. I live in Denton, but I’d drive down there on a weekend just for Pottery Barn, the other stores would just be a bonus.

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