Shop Warehouse, Shop Serious

by Jessica Quillin

You know you’re a die-hard shopper when you’ve already bought a new dress and new shoes before 9:00am on a Saturday morning. The Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale once again proved to be a stellar event, showing, once again, the amazing value of shopping local.

As a fashion editor, this is the time of year when I begin to panic about my wardrobe. With New York Fashion Week less than a week away and London Fashion Week hot on its heels, I have been somewhat at a loss on what to wear where and when.

To make matters more complicated, in addition to work, I spend a good chunk of my week chasing around a 17-month-old baby boy, which means my clothes need to be functional yet stylish, even during Fashion Week.

So, the Warehouse Sale was perfect timing for me, as I needed a few pieces to fill in with what I have planned to wear to shows in New York and London.

I arrived at the Masonic Temple bright and early Saturday morning at 8:00am, along with other lucky writers and bloggers, to explore the sale, chat with boutique owners, and, inevitably, shop.

Even with a toddler in tow, I didn’t make it much past the first door I entered before I had fallen in love with a pair of houndstooth ballet flats from Bishop Boutique and a bright blue Rebecca Taylor top from Zoe Boutique.

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This year, shoppers arrived early, lining up well before the 9:00am official start time and were able to sign up for raffles while they queued to gain entry. Conveniently, shoppers also had the option of a new free shuttle bus taking shoppers up and down the hill, along with discounted all-day parking at one of the local Alexandria Colonial Parking garages.

In addition to the sheer number of shoppers, what most impressed me about the Warehouse Sale was the variety of vendors. Having attended the event in years past at the Campagna Center, I associated it mainly with clothing. Yet, this year, there were a number of different vendors represented, including accessories, home décor, and even food, in the form of Olio, the lovely olive-oil tasting shop on King St in Old Town.

In all, I love the idea that I will be wearing pieces bought locally in Old Town when I go to New York and London. I always think that shopping local gives a sense of story to whatever I’m wearing.

Now that my Fashion Week shopping is complete, the next step is to pack, which naturally is not a small task, especially given the number of shoes involved.


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