So it occurred to me that I bet I could get online and find some new shopping pals if I were so inclined. I just found a book club on Meetup.com, so I was inspired to see whether there were shopping meetups too. And there are! I found groups for self-described fashionistas, flea-market fanatics, art shoppers, scrapbook-supply buyers, even a New York City food shopping club. Check Meetup.com for shopping outings and other social happenings in your area.
You can also join up with a group of shoppers for a day at a big destination mall (Mall of America, anyone? Plan your trip here.), the outlets (most outlet centers have travel info on their websites), or another shopping hotspot. To plan a trip, search online for “shopping trip” or “shopping tour” and your destination city, for example. If you want to freestyle a shopping trip, you can find out the hotspots on Trip Advisor. Who knew?
Here’s another cool option if you’re going to be in NYC: Join a shopping tour with a fashion industry insider who will take you to designer showrooms to buy stuff at insider discount prices. Get info at StyleRoom.com.