Friday, June 7, 2013

lilly warehouse sale.

lilly tweeted at me the morning of the sale!

It's that time again...every preppy blogger under the sun is talking about the Lilly Warehouse Sale!

The sale is held in Oakes, Pa., which is a little outside Philly and even closer to the King of Prussia Mall, the place where dreams come true and bank accounts go to die.  Lucky for me, I live up in good old Allentown which is a mere 45 minutes away.

Yet...I have never been to a warehouse sale!  This past December I was still in DC, raging because I had just finished the LSAT for the second time and this past spring, I was in DC interning my little heart out.

After all these years, we had lived so close to the sale and we had never gone.  It seems almost criminal.  So, this year mom and I climbed into my little Corolla and drove on down to the sale.

We're not the biggest discount shoppers.  In fact, my mom avoids Black Friday like the plague, but the promise of up to 70% off one of our favorite brands was too good to be true.

We went on the first day of the sale and we knew it would be pretty crowded, but we were not ready for what was waiting.

We ended up parking pretty far away and walked up to "Hall C," where the sale was located and this is what was waiting for us:

A horrifyingly long pink and green line that wrapped all the way around the building!

My mom and I walked all the way around to the end and got in line.  My mom wasn't too pleased about  the line, but we decided to wait it out a little.  A lady came outside and said they waited 2.5 hours to get into the sale.  My mom was not happy about this, but we decided to wait until we got inside and then make a call.

Standing in the line was the ultimate test of what is more valuable:  time or money.  We could stand in line for around 3 hours and all that time would be gone, but we would save money or we could save all the time and go over to KOP and go to the Lilly store there.  There's no right or wrong answer, it's all a personal decision.  Like my dad says, "You can always make more money, but you can't make more time."

We, however, decided to skip his philosophical advice and decided to wait in the line.  Sorry, dad.

Forty five minutes later, we were finally inside and we were pumped to start shopping, but then we saw this...


Mom and I walked in and just laughed.  We were joking that this line was even worse and more deceiving than Universal Studios Island of Adventure's Dudley Do Right Ripsaw Falls.  If you've ever waited in that line, you think you're about to get to the ride but you never do.  You just keep walking and walking and walking.  It's nuts.  And that's exactly how we felt yesterday.

We ended up waiting about an hour and a half (give or take) inside.  We occupied ourselves by pointing out all the various Lilly people were wearing and counting the number of Jack Rogers we saw.  We even ran into someone we knew in line!  Hi Lauren!

And because I'm in the market for a new, four wheel drive car, I begged my dad for this:

He said I could get a Jeep, but probably not the Lilly body.  Thanks, but no thanks.

And then we finally got inside.  As soon as we were handed our pink tote bags, mom and I separated and ran towards the dresses in our respective sizes.

And then we both cried when we saw dresses we had paid full price for on the rack.

We eventually met up and went to the dressing room together, where we were shocked we didn't have to wait in line at all.  Lucky us!

As we started pulling articles of clothing out of our bag, we laughed because we had both grabbed the same dress.  Neither of us ended up getting the Freja in Fiesta Pink Everything Nice because it didn't fit either of us quite right, but that's okay because we did end up with a lot more!

I think I tried on about ten dresses before finally settling on the three I purchased.  It's funny because two of the dresses I ended up getting were not in my bag originally and I happened to find them on the return rack in the dressing room!  I guess it was meant to be.

I got the Macauley!  I have a thing for detailed and open backs, so as soon as I saw this back I was sold!  The Macauley is originally $198, but I got it for $99.

I found the Pearl dress hanging on the return rack in the dressing room and I was so glad it was my size!  This dress is originally $348, but I got it for $119!

But the real steal of the day was this dress...
I had heard the best deals were for the samples.  I had wandered back to the sample section to see what was left, as I had read Lilly makes samples in my size.  There wasn't a whole lot left, just some shirts mainly, and shoppers were picking at them like vultures.  However, I spotted this beautiful, yellow number that I had never seen before on the rack in the dressing room and it just happened to be my size.

My mom checked the price tag while I had it on and much to our surprise, it was only $40!  It was a sample!  I was so excited, I knew we had to buy it.  After some post warehouse sale investigation, I have determined it is either very rare or one of a kind, as this dress (the Posey) in this fabric was never made for sale on the Lilly website. 

And that's it for my dresses!

Here's what mom got...

The Delia $79, originally $168

Drew Top $29, originally $74 (I actually own this, too);  Elsa Top $69 , originally $158; Tate Skirt $49, originally $118.

And there ya have it!  Mostly everything at the sale was from the spring collection but we did find some stuff from the resort collection, like my mom's dress.  We were so excited because it'll be the perfect thing to wear at the Polynesian when we go to Disney next month!

Overall, we were pleased.  My only complaints are that there were no Callahans in either of our sizes and that the accessories were mainly sorority prints.  I'm also a little disappointed that the only thing I could find in "Just Add Mint" was the Lacina dress, which I already own in Nibbles.  Oh well.  I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Speaking of Nibbles...I couldn't resist and bought the men's bowtie in Nibbles for my future boyfriend so we can match.  Until then, I guess my dog will get to wear it.

1 comment:

  1. I can't tell you how happy I am to come across this post! I've always wanted to go to the warehouse sale, but being from Texas the stars haven't aligned quite yet! Thanks for this fun recap, I'm glad you were successful and loved getting a peek into the madness!