The Rio Grande Valley is a premier destination for shoppers and bargain hunters. With a variety of unique shopping options and many opportunities for savings, avid shoppers flock to the area. Whether you are looking for an outlet to purchase designer merchandise at discounted prices, a flea market where you can browse a variety of new and used items or small boutiques with handmade crafts, the Rio Grande Valley has just what you’re looking for.
Don Wes Flea Market
Located in Donna, TX, the Don Wes Flea Market is the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the Rio Grande Valley and one of the area’s premier shopping destinations. It features 30 acres of new and used merchandise sold by hundreds of vendors. The market also features live entertainment and music as well as delicious food and refreshing drinks. Within the flea market’s main barn is a restaurant and bar where guests can take a break from shopping to enjoy a meal and grab a beverage. The flea market grounds are very clean, and there are no admission or parking fees.
The Don Wes Flea Market is a longstanding landmark in the Rio Grande Valley and is easily accessible to anyone living in or visiting the Rio Grande Valley.
Flea market enthusiasts will be happy to know that there are other flea markets to explore in the Rio Grande Valley as well, including the Alamo Flea Market in Alamo, TX, the Border Flea Market in Brownsville, TX.
A small town on the northern Mexican border near Weslaco, TX, Nuevo Progreso is a popular place for Rio Grande Valley tourists and locals to cross over the border into Mexico. While some have safety concerns about Nuevo Progreso, their concerns are largely unwarranted as the area is carefully monitored by border guards and violent or criminal incidents are very, very infrequent.
Nuevo Progreso is a terrific location to shop for all kinds of Mexican goods and handcrafted items including paintings, pottery and other crafts. Prices are incredibly affordable and many find shopping in Nuevo Progreso to be a unique, interesting and exciting cultural experience.
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets
Located in Mercedes, TX, the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets feature a variety of exceptional brands and high quality merchandise at discounted prices. With more than 140 outlet stores featuring items ranging from make-up and handbags to athletic gear and outerwear, the outlets are a prime shopping destination for locals and those vacationing in the area. Shoppers can expect to find savings of between 25% and 65% at the outlet stores.
Close to many other local attractions and accessible to anyone in the Rio Grande Valley, the Premium Outlets are a terrific shopping option for those looking to save a lot of money but still bring home some brand name merchandise.
There are shopping malls scattered throughout the Rio Grande Valley, each featuring a unique variety of stores. Located in McAllen, TX, La Plaza Mall is home to more than 150 upscale specialty retailers and features a food court. Just a mile away in southern McAllen is Palms Crossing, another upscale mall anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears. The Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen, TX features more than 70 stores and a broad variety of food vendors in its food court.
These and the other shopping centers and malls throughout South Texas are terrific conventional shopping options for those living in and visiting the Rio Grande Valley. They feature many popular chain and department stores and although they don’t offer the same deep discounts as flea markets and outlet malls, shoppers can still find great deals at these premier shopping destinations.
Shops and Boutiques
There are many local shops and boutiques to enjoy throughout the Rio Grande Valley. In each town, you’ll find various small, independently owned stores and shops filled with unique merchandise. For instance, the business district in downtown McAllen features clothing and furnishing stores and a variety of other retailers. Downtown Harlingen is the perfect place for visitors and locals to engage in some retail therapy, as the area features shops that specialize in home decor, apparel, artwork, jewelry, gifts and antiques. South Padre Island also features premium shopping opportunities for shoppers on any budget. Visitors can find everything from sunglasses to surfboards in the locally-owned shops!
Ready to Shop South Texas?
In the Rio Grande Valley, you’re never far from a great place to shop – and save. And, no matter which shopping destinations you choose, you’re never far from one of Encore’s Rio Grande Valley luxury RV resorts. With locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Alamo, Donna, Harlingen, Mercedes, San Benito and Weslaco, our age-qualified resort destinations are a great place to stay when you come to shop the Rio Grande Valley.
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