Every Autumn, we take our annual family drive to the mountains to see the changing leaves in all their glory. It's always so beautiful - like a postcard come to life.
So, we're driving along, admiring the scenery and trying to find a cute place to stop for lunch, when we pass a sign that says "Hagerstown". Now, I am not personally acquainted with Hagerstown, Maryland, but for some reason, the name rang a bell. It took me a minute and then I remembered reading an article several years ago that mentioned there was an Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagarstown. How very serendipitous! It was bit out of the way, but after a little cajoling, I got my husband to agree to take us there. The outlet is a little bit off the beaten-path, on a semi-industrial looking road. The building is quite nondescript on the outside, but on the inside there are bargains and treasures to be found!
How about a 100 yard roll of ribbon for $1.29!
Everything in the outlet is arranged in large cardboard boxes set up on tables. It''s very well organized, but you may have to do a bit of rummaging.
The colors and selection are terrific! I was expecting to maybe see some pea-greens and mustard-yellows colors, but they had ribbons in every color of the rainbow.
And you'll find all types of ribbons at the Offray outlet. Some with a better selection of widths and colors than others, but there were grosgrains, sheers, and wired ribbons. My favorite are the satins...
You'll find polka dots, florals, and stripes, too!
I bought primarily from the "sale" tables where everything was around $1.00 to $1.50. If you are looking for larger quantities of a specific color, they are a bit more expensive - but a huge roll (50 to 100 yards) can be had for about $5 to $10. A major deal for ribbon of this quality.
You'll also find gift-wrap bows, some fabrics, and grab bags of ribbon remnants. For anyone who is planning a wedding or just loves scrap-booking or wrapping presents, this is THE place to go! The woman at the front desk told me that the inventory is constantly changing, so they never know exactly what they are going to get in. You can call ahead though and they will try to help you find what you are looking for.
If you live nowhere near Hagerstown, they have another location in Berwick, PA. And if you live nowhere near Berwick, it's still worth a trip. I am already sorry that I didn't buy more and I can't wait to go back!
BERWICK OFFRAY OUTLETS:
857 Willow Circle
Tel. 301 745 4714
Regular Store hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 - 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Closed most Holidays
Berwick, PA Outlet:
2017 West Front Street (RT. 11)
Berwick, PA 18603
Tel. 570 784 1985
Fax 570 784 6551
Visa, Master Card, Discover, and Cash
Regular Hours January - March:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-4:00, Saturday 9-3
***it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm hours