In 2005 my friends and I at Hysteria started a little something called the Alexandria Warehouse Sale. There were seven stores that signed up and we had no idea what to expect. It was a hit from the start. We knew we had found a good idea when women were lined up in the cold and dark waiting on the doors to open that first year. My husband volunteered to work for security (he thinks that makes him beefcake) and the first year he was stunned to see a customer change clothes to try on a dress in front of strangers! What a woman will do for a bargain!
The crowds have grown, the number of stores has grown, and now eight years and 13 more stores later, it’s the most anticipated bargain shopping event of the year in the DC area. We’ve moved to a larger location with parking, a Metro station, and room for inside (warm) waiting. We control access to a limited number of shoppers at a time so no one has to wrestle for a handbag, brooch, or perfect kitten heel.
Stores like Treat, Mint Condition, Red Barn Mercantile, Apple Seed, Zoe Boutique, LaCuisine (check ’em out!) and others discount items from 60 to 80 percent for one day of shopping madness. You won’t find these prices on this designer merchandise any other place or any other day of the year. It’s the perfect girls-day-out.
This year we have been fortunate to get some great press attention for the event. This morning a group of us appeared on Fox 5 and this Friday at the 11 o’clock hour I will be on WRC in Washington, NBC-4.
Wear something comfortable and come out this Saturday. Though, I’ll warn you up front that Fashion Washington will be there taking pictures…so you might not want to disrobe for the masses, lest you end up famous.