A J.Crew Sample Sale Weekend

I was over on the J.Crew Aficionada Blog the other day – quick side note: this has quickly become one of my favorite blogs. It features all things J.Crew including sale info, new catalog info, etc. It also gives fellow J.Crew lovers a place to exchange new and previously loved J.Crew items, a platform to rant or rave about experiences, and also a forum to share likes and dislikes. It really is awesome. If you like J.Crew, check it out.

Anyway, that was a long tangent there. Back to my original story. I was over on the J.Crew Aficionada Blog (seriously, check it out), and I saw that someone had shared that the March J.Crew Sample Sale was scheduled for Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th…

WHAT?!

Keep in mind that I saw this about two days before the weekend. The Lynchburg Clearance store didn’t even update their voice message! Needless to say, my weekend plans changed very quickly. You should understand by now that I love this sale. I don’t know how I ever purchased clothing anywhere else. The prices are so great you really have no excuse shopping at another store. Well, given my previous posts on the subject, you should know all the ins and outs of a Warehouse/Sample sale, so I won’t get into the details. I will just share the highlights with you 🙂

Here are some of my favorite finds:

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I saw these Macalister Wedge Boots at the last Warehouse sale and passed on them. After thinking about it, I was a little bummed that I did because I think they are super cute. Consequently, I spent approximately 45 minutes this weekend sorting through box upon box looking for these in a size seven. I think I found the only pair.

Originally $198, I paid $25!

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These Janey Glitter Flats stole the show for me this weekend. I have been eyeing these for awhile as a possible wedding shoe. I pointed them out to my fiancé before the sale, but was sad to find not one single pair in the HUNDREDS of shoes when we arrived this weekend. Very sad. About five minutes after I gave up the search and moved on to clothes, Alec came up to me and presented me with a one pair of beautifully sparkly flats… in my size. I basically felt like Cinderella. Turns out, Alec found the only pair in the warehouse… at the bottom of a box of men’s khakis.

Originally $228, I paid $30.

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Isn’t this adorable? This is the Pleated Awning Skirt.

Originally $128, I paid $15.

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Love these jeans. So comfy, I bought two pairs! These are the Matchstick Selvedge Jeans.

Originally $148, I paid $15.

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I have long wanted this Schoolboy Blazer. Yes, it is velvet. Yes, it is bright yellow. But I just love it.

Originally $178, I paid $25.

 

Those aren’t the only items I bought, either. I just wanted to share some of my favorites. I basically walked out with a brand new wardrobe. Oh, and they usually give you a percentage off the purchase. Generally 10-15%.

I have a new outfit for every day this week!

Did you have any great finds this weekend?

Worth the Wait… J.Crew Warehouse Sale, Take Two

Yesterday being the last Saturday of the month, Alec, Sarah, and I ventured back down to Lynchburg for another round of warehouse sale craziness.

Let me just say that since it was 37 degrees when we got there, we were none too pleased to find that there was a line. Outside. In the cold. Nevertheless, we waited for an hour and a half, all the while telling ourselves that the wait would be worth it once we got inside. Even if we had lost a few toes to frostbite. And then it started to sleet. Yuck.

Still, we waited.

And I’m glad we did. Once we were released into the warehouse I was like a kid in a candy store, shoving items into my plastic garbage bag left and right. I scored a new necklace, a few more bridesmaids dresses to round out the options for my girls, a couple Mother of the Bride possibilities, a dress or two for myself, and some sweet headbands. One of those headbands might even make an appearance on my wedding day. Eighty-five cent bridal accessory? Yes, please!

Above all, my absolute favorite find was this…

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The Matinee Trenchcoat. *EEEeee!* Originally $178, I grabbed this beauty for, let’s see… oh, about 17 bucks. Yup. 17 bucks! I’m thrilled.

All in all, I think yesterday was a success. I may have a hard time convincing Sarah and Alec to go back again next month, but I personally can’t wait. The next sale will be right after my birthday and to me, that sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

I Love a Good Sale

Yesterday, I dragged the fiancé to Lynchburg for a sample sale at the J.Crew warehouse. This is what I have to say about that:

O… M… G…

And I don’t even consider that term to be part of my vocabulary. But honestly, there are no other words to describe it as accurately. Just “omg.”

First of all, it was packed. And I do mean packed. There were hundreds of people digging through what must have been at least 1,000 boxes (I kid you not) for incredibly discounted merchandise. You are literally handed a garbage bag when you walk through the door… Yes, a garbage bag. They also give you a price list. The list breaks down the prices for different items by type, material, etc. And the prices… let’s just say that they really could not have been lower. They then release you into the warehouse where you participate in a mad dash for coveted shoes, dresses, bags, jewelry, etc. and fill your garbage bag to your heart’s desire. Now, picture what could probably be a scene that was cut from The Hunger Games. No joke. It was crazy.

I wish I could to tell you that I came home last night, emptied my closet, and filled it with an entirely new wardrobe (I wish), but that was not my purpose in attending yesterday’s sale. Maybe next time.

What was I doing there, you ask?

Well, I was on the hunt for something very specific: bridesmaids’ dresses. And boy, did I find them! I now have plenty of dresses for my girls to try on and choose from. The best part: I was able to get a variety of fabrics and styles, so each girl will get exactly what she wants! No poofy shoulders or giant bows on the butt! I am so happy I was able to do this for the girls who will be standing with me on the happiest day of my life. But okay, I lied… Want to know what really was the best part? The dresses were $15.

I know. You are in shock. I was too. Fifteen bucks a piece for J.Crew bridesmaid dresses??? You can take a look at the J.Crew website if you really want to know how crazy that is. We’re talking a $200+ price difference there.

So, in summary, if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these fabulous free-for-alls, DO IT! It is quite the experience. However, do keep a few things in mind:

  • The lines will be as crazy long as the prices are low.
  • There are NO dressing rooms and absolutely NO returns.
  • You may be told not to sort your items while you shop and that once an item is in your bag, it stays there!
  • You will find fantastic deals but you will work for them. This is an all-day sort of affair and you will be exhausted by the end of it. It gets super hot when you are looking through the boxes, so dress accordingly.
  • Items are sorted by basic function. Most of the time. This means that bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts) are in one general area, tops are in another, dresses in yet another, and so on. Aside from that, everything is just kind of thrown together regardless of style, size, or color. Searching for something specific? You may be there awhile. Found this great dress in a size 2 but you need it in a size 4? Keep lookin’ sister! It may be ten boxes and half an hour away…

Bottom line? It was fun. I highly recommend it. After all, who doesn’t love a good sale?

 

Speaking of sales…

For a limited time, use the coupon code BLOG5 for 5% off your purchase in my shop. I had such a great time yesterday, I wanted to share the love a bit 🙂

Happy shopping!