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Le Creuset Outlet Stores

cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 02:50 PM

I'm going to Portland next week and I noticed there's a Le Creuset outlet store 30 minute south (in Woodburn).

Has anyone been to an LeC outlet store? Is it worth the effort to make the trip? How were the prices? I don't have an immediate need for anything at this point in time, would just like to look for some items/colours I can't find in Canada.

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  1. DoobieWah RE: cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 02:56 PM

    We have one here in Houston and I've bought a couple of things there.

    I thought the prices were good compared to elsewhere and online.

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      topbanana RE: DoobieWah Jul 30, 2013 10:42 AM

      Definitely worth checking out! I was recently at the one in Niagara Falls, NY and there were seconds as well as first-rate items. All were well-priced (discounted), plus there was an additional 30% off select colours and/or pieces, and other promotions going on. The selection (both range of items and colour options) was absolutely amazing - far better than what I've seen in a department store or specialty store. That said, living in Toronto, we don't have a LC store, so selection at any given department or specialty store is never all that mind-blowing to begin with. Anyhow, I picked up a perfect condition "second" braiser in red at less than $100 the going retail rate! Couldn't be happier.

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      baseballfan RE: cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 03:09 PM

      I was just in one up in Maine and the prices did not seem that great. If they are having a sale, it's a much better deal. You can also find some discontinued pieces/colors but the selection varies from store to store.

      Hopefully you are driving or can carry on if flying. Any shipping charges certainly negate any savings if it is one of the heavier pieces.

      1. kaleokahu RE: cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 03:39 PM

        Hi, c_s:

        If you're driving down, there is a LC outlet in Marysville/Smokey point in Washington.

        The outlets have decent prices (compared to the brick-and-mortar retailers), but you're somewhat limited to seconds/discontinueds/phase-outs.

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

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          cellophane_star RE: kaleokahu Jul 25, 2013 08:13 AM

          I'm flying from Calgary to Portland, then driving back up towards Seattle, staying a few days, then driving back to BC to catch the flight home. If Marysvale is between Seattle & Abbotsford, BC, it may be a possibility!

        2. girloftheworld RE: cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 06:55 PM

          we have one.. I got my dutch oven there for 75.00 .. it is also good for odds and ends like pot lids and such

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            Tripper RE: cellophane_star Jul 24, 2013 06:58 PM

            I have found much better prices at department store sales.

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              Sid Post RE: Tripper Jul 24, 2013 07:00 PM

              The outlet stores are sort of hit or miss. When they have what you want on sale - woo hoo!

              I got a smokin' good deal on a teapot I wanted once. All colors where the same price too and they were firsts, not seconds.

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                C. Hamster RE: Sid Post Aug 12, 2013 09:37 AM

                Yes they are hit or miss. Depends on timing of color discontinuation, etc.

                I have had a few seriously great hits though. A slightly scratched 7 qt french oven in a discontinued color for $75.

            2. CindyJ RE: cellophane_star Jul 25, 2013 05:58 AM

              I've been to the LC outlet in Limerick, PA and I feel I got a really good buy on a couple of large pieces. Check to see if they're having a sale AND if there are any additional discount coupons available. I used to receive cards in the mail advertising their sales and offering an additional % off, but haven't seen any in awhile. The imperfections in their second-quality merchandise are sometimes hardly noticeable (ask a sales person to point them out if you can't find them), and in the store you can examine the pots and covers separately so you might be able to minimize the imperfections in your purchase.

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                Pwmfan RE: cellophane_star Jul 25, 2013 06:12 AM

                Prices are better than regular department/speciality stores and they often have several tables with 25% off (often based on color). TJMaxx/Marshalls/Homegoods have had the best prices but availability is unpredictable and selection is limited.

                1. cellophane_star RE: cellophane_star Jul 25, 2013 08:15 AM

                  Thanks everyone. I'm lucky to live in one of the few Canadian cities with a Le Creuset store so I have access to their full line (at full price, of course). From your opinions, it sounds like there are good deals to be found at the outlets but it's hit or miss. I will try to stop but may not go out of my way (or my husband's way, really, since he is not as big of a Le Creuset fan as I ;)

                  1. foodieX2 RE: cellophane_star Jul 25, 2013 08:20 AM

                    We have one here and I find the prices quite good especially if you are open to mixing and matching the colors. At ours there are usually one or two colors at a deeper discount plus they usually have "seconds" sections. The flaws are so minor you will be hard pressed to find them.

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                      lemons RE: cellophane_star Jul 25, 2013 08:31 AM

                      Ooof! Have just discovered that the Premium Outlets that's opening in a month in St. Louis will have one. Bought a wonderful 12" covered skillet that's one of my favorite pieces years ago, and am thrilled and worried about the nearness of this - bankruptcy is NOT an option.

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                        slowshooter RE: cellophane_star Jul 29, 2013 01:48 AM

                        I say give it a shot. You might find something you really like. There's no other way to find out but to go.

                        We have one about 30 miles south of here and it gets a visit about every year or so.

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                          foiegras RE: cellophane_star Jul 29, 2013 07:49 PM

                          I've just been once, and bought a (first quality) Signature piece at a nice price. There was just one color to choose from, luckily one I like and already own. They told me it had been some time since they'd had any Signature ... there was a good selection in the one color. Had I felt like spending more, there were other pieces I could have bought.

                          They also had one or two promotions going on.

                          1. cellophane_star RE: cellophane_star Aug 12, 2013 08:03 AM

                            Reporting back: I went to the Le Creuset outlet in Woodburn, Oregon. It was like a dream. The store was huge with a really great selection. Luckily, the store was renovating the week after I was there so everything not in a box was an additional 30% off. Unfortunately, I couldn't buy anything heavy but I got an amazing price on a small skillet.

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