I have to say that the LP WH Sale is one of my favorite events of the year. Many, many of the Little Misses have made the trek and battled the lines to attend - whether they be Lilly Lovers like Little Misses Summertime and SFP, or sometimes Lilly Lovers, like Little Miss Dirty Martini.
The Warehouse sale is an opportunity for the company to move older merchandise, including what they call "Samples and Seconds."
Samples and Seconds section is where you will find the best bargains. And where you have the best chance of getting a punch in the nose. I know because it almost happened to me at the Fall 2007 Sale (See Also #5). Samples and Seconds include anything that has been returned and is out of season, things that have been damaged out, used on the runway, or a mock up was made but they were never produced. Some things have minor damage - such as missing beading that can be repaired by a crafty lady. Others are a bit more intense - like a swimsuit that was in a store window and is completely faded in front, but not at all in back. Use your judgement.
So as a WH Sale Pro (well, I like to think so!), what are my tips??
1. Wear a swimsuit. No, I'm not kidding. The changing area is just that - one.big.area. Where you will be with all different women (and if they're dumb - the women's children). You don't want to be traipsing around in your cutest "Sexy Little Things" thong and bra that day. Wear a swimsuit - or at least undaroos that cover your whole tush. I don't care how cute your heiner is. I don't want to see that. Thanks in advance.
1.5 Also, some women think it is okay to just start changing in between clothes racks. Let me tell you this is NOT okay. Nor is it okay for you to change your children between clothes racks (See Also, #3). I know the line for the Changing Area can get long. BUT... the changing area is separate from the shopping area for a reason. One is for changing. The other is for shopping.
|dreaming of gorgeous great big pink bags, full of samples!|
3. If you are going early in the morning Do Not Bring Your Children. It is just plain mean - to your kids AND to your fellow shoppers. It's already super super busy in there. And you've got a HUGE pink shopping bag. And I do not want to have to worry about navigating around your stroller/diaperbag combination or watching my bag so as not to knock over the four year old who has wandered away from you. If you must.must.must bring your child(ren) then I'd recommend doing so later in the afternoon, when the "rush" is gone.
We have only brought Little Miss Graceful once, when she was 9. It was a late afternoon, right after school let out but before work let out - and she was terribly overwhelmed and wanted to leave immediately. And she was NINE. I do not recommend the sale for anyone younger.
|my fave find!|
5. Have Some Class. And be ready to do some Defensive Shopping in the Samples and Seconds section. Because this may happen to you... I was shopping Samples and Seconds with Mama Can't Be Wrong, looking for this gorgeous red dress that Little Miss Dependable just had.to.have. I didn't expect it to be there, but then I saw it. I'm pretty sure the Blessed Mother shone her little beacon of love down on that dress just for me. And I heard a Hallelujah, definitely.
And just as I was pulling it off the rack some Seagull Woman ran over to the rack, put her arms on either end, and pulled every.single.piece of clothing off the rack and started stuffing it into her big pink bag.
Coincidentally, she started stuffing my arm in there, as well because I didn't let go of the dress in my hand. She was NOT pleased when I removed both my arm and the red dress I was still attached to. Seagull Woman proceeded thank me for knocking items out of her bag (ummm, hello my ARM was in there), and to tell me to give her her dress back. Then attempted to grab it from me. Not wanting to fight over a DRESS I let her know that she was welcome to everything else on that rack, but I was taking my dress, and put it in my bag.
Looking for backup, Seagull Woman turned to the closest person and started to complain about "That Bitch who stole her dress." The closest person just happened to be Mama Can't Be Wrong, who, of course was unimpressed with Seagull Woman's manners and told her so.
5.25 Have Some Class. In another instance, a woman (probably Seagull Woman's Friend) knocked over a little girl (could not have been more than ten) and grabbed a sweater out of her hands. In front of the girls mother. Now, I love me some Lilly sweaters. But seriously???
After that happened the Lilly Pulitzer team stepped in, made an announcement and let everyone know that Samples and Seconds section wasn't restocked for about two hours as punishment for this neanderthal's behavior - I know because Dependable and I stayed around that long, wishing and hoping. While it was disappointing we definitely commended the team for calling attention to this tacky seagull behavior.
5.5. Oh, and did I mention... Have some Class. You might think it goes without saying, but obviously, in the case of Seagull Woman and the neanderthal it does not. Little Miss Dependable and I were at a sale during which the following announcement had to be made "Ladies, we love that you love our shoes. We would also love you to pay for them. So, to the women who are putting on our McKims, putting their old shoes back in the box, and wearing our McKims out the door, please stop doing that." Read: Women were stealing shoes. I wish I were kidding.
6. Bring snacks and caffeine, especially if the line is long.
7. Make sure your purse is small - either a wristlet or a little backpack. I know it's not the most fashionable, but I promise you, you will NOT be wanting your Louis Vuitton Never Full when you are lugging that beautiful big pink bag around the convention center.
8. Sign up for the mailing list to stay informed! I'm sure you're already on it. But just in case... in the past they have announced special deals for the last day of the WH - buy one get one free shoes, for example. You will NOT want to miss that!!
9. SET A BUDGET. Go in knowing you will only spend a certain amount. With all of the energy and excitement it is easy to leave the fitting room with wayyyy more than you anticipated. Especially when you think - wellll this dress is normally $278, I'm only getting it for $69. Keep saying that, and you end up with a $1,500 bill at the register. I've seen it happen.
|the one that got away|
In addition to my budget, I also budget for gifts... picking up extra things for coworkers or friends for Christmas or birthdays. You get awesome gifts for a fraction of the price!
So will I be seeing you at the sale?? I'd love to plan a little get together for anyone going, please let me know!
Do you have a favorite WH Sale Memory?? I can still remember Eagle's Eye Warehouse Sales that Mama Can't Be Wrong dragged us to when we were little. And I know Little Mrs. Crafty Momma loooooves the Hartstrings Sales. What's your favorite bargain sale??