Pop-Up Anticipation!

One of my favorite sales of the year is coming up in less than two weeks!
The annual 5-day Splash of Pink pop-up at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook, CT starts on Wednesday August 16th at 9:00AM.

Some tips of advise from previous years:

*Get there early, VERY early (especially on the weekends).  The line will start forming a few hours prior to the opening time.  It’s better to be waiting at the beginning of the line and get to enter the store first, than arriving late and watching others through the window shop while you wait to be let in.  The employees will only let a certain number in at a time – but it still seems crowded once you enter!

*Come prepared.  I mean, black Friday prepared. It’s not uncommon to see women sipping on their morning coffees and eating breakfast in line.  And, I’ve seen a portable chair or two – just make sure you’re with someone who will bring it back to the car for you when it’s your turn to enter. Trust me, your boyfriend/husband will NOT be the only one dragged along (there’s a nice ledge they all sit on as they watch the shopping madness and hold mile-high piles of potential purchases)

*Grab fast.   It is First Come, First Served – and sizes & styles are very limited.   So if you see something you love, grab it.  If you turn around or walk away, it might be gone for good.  Items are re-stocked throughout the weekend, but shoppers never know which items will be re-stocked or when the re-stock takes place.  With that being said, make sure you try it on, because all sales ARE final.  Which brings me to my next tip….

*Wear “conservative” undergarments.  The dressing room consists of one giant curtain.  Basically, you find a spot right next to someone else to strip down and try on items.  You’re sharing mirrors in one massive mob of women. And it may sound far fetched now, but if someone sees you trying on an item that they LOVE, they may “stalk” you to see if you’re going to give it up as you leave the fitting room.
(And, I don’t use the term stalk lightly.  Last year, I had a teenage girl and her mom eyeing my every move as I contemplated between a size S and size M of the TuskInSun t-shirt dress.  They watched me try each size on, commenting on the fit, and trying to convince me to choose the M even though it was way too big!  Unfortunately for her, I ended up snatching the S).

*Just have fun! Pop-up sales can be hectic, but when you find an item you love, they are totally worth it! Since Lilly rarely goes on sale, this one is not to be missed!

Just in case you didn’t receive a postcard in the mail, I posted a photo of it below! Please be sure to read the details, they only take certain payment options (no checks), and remember sales are final, so make your selections wisely!

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If you’ve been to this pop-up in the past, I’d love to hear your experiences, advise & tips – please share in the comments section!

Till next time, get ready!
(And be sure to check back after the sale to get a peak at my findings!

My First Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse-Sale Experience!

I normally never shop at the Tanger Outlets in Westbrook.  Their store options are lacking with the exception of Williams-Sonoma & Waterford – plus it’s another 10 minutes past the Clinton outlets so I can never justify the extra drive.  Yet, for some reason I recently liked their facebook page to get sale updates.  Low and behold, last Thursday night, they posted info about their one-weekend-only Splash of Pink/Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale.  (I also found out that there will be a full time Lilly Pulitzer outlet opening in Westbrook very soon)!

While I waited in line, I noticed some women were being dropped off by their husbands who opted to wait in the car with their travel-mug coffees. Boyfriends who thought they could handle the line impatiently ended up asking where they could go grab breakfast nearby.  My fiance on the other hand had a crash-course in the Lilly patterns I like the night before – possibly only agreeing to be a second set of hands in the hopes that we could get out of the store faster.

 Lilly sale photo

The sale started at 9AM.  Our 8:45 arrival put us pretty far back in line and didn’t allow us to be the first batch through the doors.  As we peered through the window for 15 additional minutes, I joined in discussions with the women around me – pointing to items we would LOVE to get our hands on, if only we could get inside!  9:15 arrived – Enter Lilly central.

After the initial mob entrance, it wasn’t a sale that allowed time constraints.  I hit the dress area first, moving on to the shorts, then the shirts & exercise apparel.  The line to the “shared dressing area” was as long as the line to get in the store – ladies holding heavy armloads full of anything they could grab.  There were extremely greedy women filling large boxes and not willing to give any item up, but there were also plenty of very nice women who would share their ill-fitting rejects in the dressing room if you asked nicely.  Thankfully I had my helper to stand in the line to the registers, which wrapped around the entire store perimeter.

I wasn’t thrilled with prices – the Facebook post mentioned items up to 80% off – I definitely didn’t see any sales that great.  Dresses averaged 40% off and shorts were only 30% off – but when you know that discounted Lilly is very hard to find, it can be worth it (even re-sale at consignment stores & e-bay doesn’t yield any significant discounts).  Plus, mostly every item in the store was a 2015 pattern, so they were still current styles.  My favorite pattern of the year was “TuskInSun” and after standing near the dressing room exit for a while, I was able to snatch a cotton t-shirt dress someone left behind.  I also have an odd pineapple obsession, and found this gorgeous yellow pineapple jacquard dress just waiting for me!

Lilly Finds

Two hours later, I left the store with 4 items and we were on our way to nearby Niantic for some Paddle Boarding, followed by a delicious surf & turf dinner in Hartford –
Rocking my new Lilly pineapple dress (paired with a clearance-priced
pineapple necklace I picked up last year at Ann Taylor)!

 Lilly Dress Yellow 2

The sale ends today (August 9th) at 5PM –
so you still have a few hours if you’re up for the trip!
Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for the Lilly outlet grand-opening!

‘Till next time, stay stylish 🙂