Parts of Delaware are a two-hour drive from New York City and Washington, and Baltimore and Philadelphia are even nearer. The “First State” attracts historians, beachgoers and spendthrifts anxious to make their money go as far as possible – courtesy of Delaware’s tax-free shopping.

Delaware offers a range of retail opportunities including:

Shopping Malls

These house over 100 retail stores under the same roof and are built near to major roads. Major common features include ample free parking, plenty of eating places and a wide selection of major stores, usually “anchored” by two or three department stores like Macy’s or Sears.

There are three major malls in Delaware

Christiana Mall, Newport +1 (302) 731-9815

Concorde Mall, Wilmington +1 (302) 478-9271

Dover Mall, Dover +1 (302) 734-0415

Opening hours vary but are usually 10am to 9:30pm weekdays and 11am to 7pm Sundays.

Outlet Malls

The bargain hunter’s dream! Tax free shopping and discount prices under the same roof.

Major retailers use outlets to clear surplus stocks and end of range items at a fraction of full retail price. Savings of up to 70% of retail price are not unusual, and the goods should be in perfect condition.

Rehoboth Beach, just south of Lewes on route 1, is the major outlet center in Delaware.. Mix a day on the beach with a trip to either:

Tanger Outlet

36470 Seaside Outlet Dr. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971+1 866-665-8682

Over 130 outlet stores offering top brands at rock bottom prices. Stores include Abercrombie & Fitch, Anne Klein Outlet Stores, Banana Republic Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Eddie Bauer, , Ann Taylor and many more.

Opening Hours 10am to 9pm weekdays 11am to 7pm Sundays

QVC Outlet

17 Lighthouse Plaza, Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971, +1 302-226-8970,

The TV shopping channel offers bargains at lower prices than on air. A full range of products includes housewares, collectibles, jewelry, electronics, and much more. The products available change regularly depending on what the channel has been selling.

Southern Delaware Antique Shops

Sussex County is home to over 500 individual antique dealers in over 80 multi-dealer cooperatives. The towns of Laurel, Milton, Dagsboro, Georgetown, Rehoboth, Bethany and Lewes are less than 30 minutes drive from each other and host antique shops, flea markets, country auctions and auction houses. All budgets and collecting interests are catered for.

The Brandywine Valley

Visit Centreville and Greenville in the historic Brandywine Valley and explore a host of small owner-run stores specializing local crafts, antiques and collectibles.