Shopping opportunities for tour groups in Delaware range from big malls to rural hamlets

Groups planning an East Coast tour that includes Delaware have a big bonus waiting for them in America’s second smallest state—no sales tax on shopping purchases. From malls to Main Street, what you see on the price tag is what you pay at the register.

Christiana Mall in Newark, conveniently located right off Interstate 95, offers more than 150 shops and restaurants. Its Apple store sells more iphones than any other store in the country. Other retailers at the enclosed mall, a member of America’s Premier Shopping Places, include familiar names like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Target, Disney Store, LEGO Store, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, Vera Bradley and H&M. Delaware’s largest mall has a 14-unit food court.

Christiana Mall

Christiana Mall

Concord Mall, the state’s second largest, is located in the Brandywine Hundred area north of Wilmington. It features more than 90 stores, including anchors Boscov’s, Macy’s and Sears. Dover Mall, in the middle of the state, offers 85-plus stores, from Macy’s, Boscov’s and Sears to specialty retailers like Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach

In the resort town of Rehoboth Beach, Tanger Outlets tempts shoppers with discounts at more than 50 name-brand stores. They include Polo Ralph Lauren, The Gap, Calvin Klein, Yankee Candle, Old Navy, VF Outlet and Under Armor. Motorcoach groups receive meet and greet service and complimentary coupon books.

New Castle Farmers

New Castle Farmers Market

Another favorite with bargain-conscious groups is the New Castle Farmers Market. Located across the road from Wilmington Airport, it is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Besides 70 Amish and ethnic vendors offering food items, there is a huge outdoor flea market. The popular Pennsylvania Dutch section features fresh meats, produce and baked goods (including warm pretzels) from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

When it comes to shopping opportunities in Delaware, the gift shops at major cultural attractions should not be overlooked. Take the Museum Store at Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library, for example. Wall décor, room accents, garden accessories, plants, jewelry and craft kits reflect the lifestyle portrayed at this 1,000-acre estate and its 175-room mansion, once the home of Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur boasts one of the richest collections of American decorative arts.

The Shops of Hockessin Corner, a quaint hamlet just minutes from Winterthur, also appeals to discriminating shoppers. One-of-a-kind stores include Everything But the Kitchen Sink, which offers kitchen wares and cooking classes, plus toys, stationery and other gifts. Creations Gallery offers the best in American-made crafts, featuring wall art, clocks and other home accents by artists who work in wood, ceramics, glass and metal.

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