This Saturday marks the 12th Annual Alexandria Boutique Warehouse Sale. Every year the sale gets bigger and better. We are returning to the Westin Alexandria, located off Duke Street inside the Carlyle section of Old Town. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot. The ballroom is spacious, which means more savings available for you!
Many of you make this an annual tradition—after all, it’s the can’t miss event of the season—but if you are new to the sale or need a refresher, we have pulled some tips to keep you in top savings form.
1. Come early.
The beauty of this sale is we do not charge admission. However, that means it’s a first come, first served kind of deal. You’ll want to be in line at least an hour early in order to get first dibs on merchandise. We control admission flow at the door, so all customers have the space to look at all the great merchandise. We promise you an enjoyable shopping experience.
2. Bring a buddy.
This is the perfect way to spend time with a special someone or your bestie. It helps to have a buddy with you if you plan to be in line early so you are not stranded. Plus, who else will talk you into that second pair of heels?
3. Wear leggings and a tank top.
There are no dressing rooms, so you will need to try on clothing items over your clothes. You’ll also be set to enjoy one of several classes presented by Mind the Mat during the line wait. If you shopping for shoes, wear slip ons and bring different socks or stockings to match what you are shopping for.
4. Plan your transportation.
If you are taking the Metro, take the blue or yellow line to the King Street Metro stop. There will be a complimentary shuttle every 15 minutes beginning at 7 a.m. from King Street to the Westin.
If you are driving, there is 24/7 parking available at the US Patent and Trade Office garages for a flat fee of $5. See the map below. There are also limited metered parking spots on the surrounding streets.
5. Pack lightly.
There is a free coat check, but you’ll want to keep your valuables on you. Now is the time to get out your favorite cross-body purse so both hands will be free to browse.
6. Study the map.
As with any sale, it’s good to have a bit of strategy to be sure you score the deals you want. Click here to download and print the sale floor map.
7. Follow your favorite shops on social media.
Participating boutiques are sharing images and details of merchandise they will have for sale. It’s also the best way to get the scoop on any pre-event sales. Click here for a list of participants.
Visit the Warehouse Sale webpage for more information. We’ll see you there!