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Guidelines for factory outlets:

Go regularly to the outlet store of a manufacture whose goods you particularly like. If you are a frequent outlet, you'll learn the types of goods they have and how often they come in.

The best buys at a manufacturer's outlet will be its own goods. Irregulars can be a great buy if the flaws is fixable or unnoticeable.

Always check merchandise for quality. For example make sure plaids match at seams in skirts and shirts, seam allowances are generous and the material used in clothing and linens is not flawed.

Top factory clothing outlets:

Barbizon Lingerie Factory Outlet, 20 Enterprise Ave, Secaucus, NJ, 201-867-1714.

The Company Store, Factory Outlet Bldg., Rowan St., E. Nor walk, CT, 203-838-9921.

Factory Stores of America at Nut Tree, l-80, from east Monte Vista exit, from west l-505 Orange Drive exit, Vacaville, CA, 707-447-5755.

Pacific West Outlet Center, Highway 101, Leavesley exit, Gilroy, CA, 408-847-4155.

Polly Flinders Factory Outlet, 2700 State Rd. 16, Suite 104, St. Augustine, FL, 904-824-5057.

Vanity Fair Outlet Store, 801 Hill Ave, Wyomissing, PA 610-378-0408.

Warnaco Outlet Store, 130 Gregory St., Bridgeport, CT, 203-579-8164.

Home furnishing & housewares:

Anchor Hocking, 621 N. memorial Dr., Lancaster, OH, 614-687-2500.

Dansk Factory Outlets, 7024 International Dr., Orlando, FL; Route 1, Kittery, ME; Junction of routes 202 and 31, Flemington, NJ, 207-439-0484.

Corning Revere Factory Store, 638 Queshend St., Fall River, MA, 508-676-0066.

Stonehenge Mill Shop, 30 Canfield Rd., Cedar Grove, NJ, 201-239-9710

Shoes:

Bally, 20 Enterprise Ave, Secaucus, NJ, 201-864-3422.

Bass, 531 Amherst St., Nashua, NH, 603-889-6000.