Florida is not just about beautiful sunny weather, a blue ocean and miles of long sandy beaches. It is a paradise for all those who are fond of shopping. Therefore, do not pack too much stuff into your suitcase and bring it as empty as possible. You will certainly be perplexed by the low prices and will certainly want to buy a lot of stuff.
There are quite a lot of tried and tested places to buy high quality designer clothing for a few bucks. Besides a range huge shopping centers – as for instance the Macy’s, Sears, Walmart – there are outlet stores of Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx or Marshall´s chains specializing exclusively in discounts and special offers, let alone the outlets in the form of classic shopping centers or, virtually, villages situated in between many cities. As a general rule, the more out-of-the-way shopping center is, the greater choice and the lower prices there are, so don’t wait, rent a car and go ahead. The designer clothing of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess or Levisjen brands cost a fraction of prices you would pay in the Czech Republic. The same goes for Nike or Adidas sportswear and alike. You will find what you need even if you do not have the ideal ready-to-wear figure, whether in height or width. The shopping centers also offer a wide range of accessories and shoes, not to mention electronics. However, keep in mind that the warranty is only one year in the US. Besides that, if anything breaks down it is necessary to send it back, so a claim is not worth it.
In Florida, you can enjoy shopping spree all year round. If you want to save as much as possible, then go to the US in a season of discounts and sales, which take place several times a year, usually around various public holidays. The greatest bargains are to be found after Christmas in early January, or at the end of November around the so-called Black Friday, which has been well known in our country in the recent years too. Get ready for the crowds and long queues around the last Monday of May, when the nation commemorates the day of war victims – the Memorial Day.
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping. For example, the amount shown on the price tags is not final. It is necessary to add a Sales Tax thereto, which varies from state to state - in Florida it is 6%. Also be careful about the size of clothing, the scale of sizes is different from what we are used to in Europe. Make sure you try each item. And don’t forget to consider the baggage weight limit. If you exceed it, you’d better order one more piece of luggage, as this costs you cheaper than paying for an excess weight at the airport. If the price of your purchases exceeds EUR 430, the goods are subject to duty and VAT.
Despite all this, shopping in Florida is an unforgettable experience. Many people enjoy it so much that they come here repeatedly, even several times a year. However, not only great shopping is usually “to blame”. Add to the mix Florida’s beautiful nature and rich cultural life. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are considering establishment of your second home here. We specialize in the sale of houses, apartments and new properties throughout Florida. We can also help you with their rental and purchase, and we can deal with commercial properties and estates too. We are here to make your dreams come true.