Today we went to Woodbury Commons. (And apparently, so did much of the rest of the population of the Northeast). There was a traffic back up all the way from Exit 16 (where the mall is) to the Thru-way Service Plaza prior to the exit (which I believe is a distance of nearly 13 miles). We finally made it to the toll plaza to get to the outlet mall and traffic was at a standstill, so we had to go to the next exit, turn around and try to get to the mall from the opposite direction.
Overall, it ended up taking us like three hours to get there from home. Ugh! But, at least once we got there they had good things... but I do have to say it was a bit insane that there were queues (like at an amusement park!) to get in to Gucci, Tory Burch and Coach. The joint was open until 9pm and even at 8:50 there was still a significant line outside of Gucci... as if it were a nightclub or something. I felt like telling all of those people that there's a Gucci outlet in Secaucus, where I can certainly say I have NEVER seen a line of any description.
At the end of the visit we had purchased a suit, two dresses, an outfit for B, two pairs of boots, a sports coat and countless amounts of awful outlet mall food including a hot dog, carvel and Starbucks products (that actually took a half an hour to procure). So much for that recession. I'd hate to see that place on the day after Thanksgiving!