5.27.2009

Pottery Barn Outlet

This past weekend my family headed south to San Antonio. I had never been and my husband wanted to show me all of the fun places he visited time and again as a boy (he grew up in west Texas and travelled to San Antonio many times). Places like the Alamo and the historic river walk. Plus, we wanted to take our girls to Sea World - a great way to kick off summer!

While all of these activities were full of promise, I must admit, one of the things I was most looking forward to was shopping at the San Marcos Outlets. I'm not sure if I have mentioned before, but I LOVE OUTLET MALLS. And get this: San Marcos had a POTTERY BARN OUTLET!


One of the first things I spotted was this adorable mini dress form. Its intended 
use is as a jewelry organizer (it came with little pins that attached to the fabric).


If my sewing studio was more of "a studio" and less of "a corner of my bedroom," 
one of these would have been coming home with us. But, I know that if it was in my room, 
I would be regularly waking my husband to alert him of an intruder!


I used to have so much toile - I still love it, but I think I got bored and have moved on.
I was quite tempted to revive my love-affair with toile after spotting all of these linens.
So bright and fun!


These mini crystal candle sticks were just too cute (they are pineapples!). 
I wanted them, but was afraid that if I got them I would be on the road of turning 
into the crazy-pineapple-collecting lady. I like pineapples, I just don't want 
my entire home filled with them. You know what I mean?


I gasped as I turned down this aisle. Imagine how cute these aprons would be 
with a name or monogram embroidered on them. I am so proud of myself for resisting. 
I know that my apron hooks could not hold another addition 
(hey, does that make me the crazy-apron-collecting lady?).


Oh, yeah, and we also visited places like the Alamo.
Which were also, um, fun
And every bit as exciting as a Pottery Barn outlet 
(at least that's what my husband says).

In all actuality, Sea World was THE BEST time spent on our trip - I can't wait to go again. There was so much to do and see; I think we will allocate 2 days the next time we go!

(Waiting to see Shamu!)

What about you? Are you taking any trips this summer or do you know of any great family friendly spots (with great shopping)? I would love to hear of places you've gone!

23 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

What a fun trip! I just got back from the Mall of America so I am officially shopped out! I would almost kill to go to a Pottery Barn outlet! PB is my fav!

Sea World is always fun! We are headed to an amusement park this weekend. I can't wait!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

We lived in San Antonio in 1995 - such a wonderful city! Loved The Alamo, the River Walk, Sea World and Fiesta Texas. Looks like you have had an exciting start to summer.

Christian said...

Do you live in Texas?

Sara said...

oh my word .... i visited my first pottery barn outlet earlier this month ... in north carolina. it was incredible. i was overwhelmed by all the adorable finds!

my travel plans this summer ... i'm going to ireland next week! can't wait! and, i might take a trip to paris later in the summer ... not sure yet.

Crystal said...

I'm glad you had fun in san antonio (I live there!). But really, you need more than two days to see everything. :) (and I agree, the pottery barn outlet is awesome!)

Mrs. Jones said...

Do you mind if I ask how much those dress forms cost? I'm trying to decide if it is worth driving to my PB outlet.

Thanks!

~Heather

Reese said...

I am so jealous!!!
I used to live near the outlet in Virginia before the website. I am still enjoying my purchases from ten years ago.
We are planning to drive to TX to see my sister and visit the Alamo. I'll have to include a trip to the Pottery Barn outlet.
Thanks!!

Kristin said...

Jodee, I grew up less than an hour away from Mall of America - it is my motherland! I get to go back in a couple of weeks and I CANNOT wait!

Christian, I have lots of family in TX, but I'm in OK.

Crystal, I loved San Antonio! We were actually there for 4 days, but only spent 1 at Sea World, and it was not enough time!

Mrs. Jones, I believe that the forms were in the $90-100 range. So adorable!

kjzajicek584 said...

I recently found you and now check back every day for something new. You are so talented!
We live about 1 1/2 hours from San Marcos and go a few times a year. Pottery Barn Outlet is my fave there too!

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

If I had known they had a PB outlet in San Antonio, I would have made an effort to visit when I lived in Texas! :)

Candice said...

Oh man i wish I had a Pottery Barn outlet near me that looks fun. We love Sea World too, the one in San Diego, they have a sesame street play area so my kids love it.

Kinzie Sue said...

We are headed down to San Antonio in 2.5 weeks... any other recommendations of things to do. I would have forgotten about San Marcos had I not visited your blog today!

Jennifer said...

I was just browsing blogs through "Simple Moms" and found yours through Mom's Magic blog. Randomly, I live literally 1 mile away from the San Marcos PB Outlet and absolutely love it!! I try to restrain myself to only going there when my mother-in-law comes down for a visit (once or twice a month), but I have to say it is a GREAT place to find that perfect gift or that "something" interesting to add to your child's room...or the rest of your house! Glad you had a good time there! :)

Lorie said...

What! A pottery barn outlet? My FIL is working in San Antonio right now and we were going to go see him but we ended up changing our plans! If I had known their was a Pottery Barn Outlet.... ;D

Kristi said...

I am so impressed that you resisited all that fun temptation at Pottery Barn!!

Owatonna Church of Christ said...

Well I'm not much of a shopper, but I would take Pottery Barn over Shamu. You are so like your mother. The Alamo, yes!
- Your Dad

Autumn said...

So fun! I want to see more pics:) So it looks like you didn't get anything at PB... that can't be possible, right??!!

Ashlee said...

Do not even get me started on how much time and money I have spent at the San Marcos Pottery Barn outlet. It's like heaven. I'm so glad you got to go!

{Amy} said...

I live here in San Antonio, and hadn't venture over to that part of San Marcos to see the PB Outlet. Had NO clue it was there! (course, we just passed it today coming home from Dallas)... another mini trip is going to be planned immediately! Love PB!

SoBella Creations said...

Oh I miss the Pottery Barn Outlet. I wish we had one in Central Florida.

muralimanohar said...

So wait...those dress forms in the group pic are full size??? Be still my heart!

DM said...

Those babies are pure cuteness. I am going to squeeze them this week!
- Papa

Tara said...

Wow, we were in San Antonio at the exact same time as you! And hit all the same places! I probably saw you there and didn't even realize it - lol. It's a stretch, but definitely a possibility. :) We LOVED San Antonio - I think the kids' fave was Sea World. The Shamu show was really fabulous!