The Penney's outlets are a bargain hunter's secret. I, too, purchased my wedding gown at a JCP outlet store nine years ago. I still go quite often for house stuff, clothing and gift shopping. The quality is what you expect from the Penney's catalog, if it is an imperfect item they are clearly labeled as irregular so you know.
The stores are pretty well organized for outlet stores where things can be a free-for-all.
For furniture, you have to check out the JCP Furniture Outlet on Burleigh, the deals are amazing there! It's no frills and delivery is bribing your friend with a pick-up truck or renting a U-haul, but you can save hundreds of dollars on good furniture that was in the catalog.