At the end of the VIP hour, volunteers estimated that more than 100 women had already started shopping and that many more were expected to visit later in the afternoon.
Saucy Shoes, owned by Sarah Goodall, one of the event’s coordinators, was a popular destination where women found merchandise such as Kate Spade pumps for as little as $75 and even a pair of chic pink silk flats with a floral bow for $35.
Shopper Morgan, an Annapolis resident (whose wedding was featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom) was thrilled to scoop up two pairs of shoes at Saucy that she’d seen in the store earlier this week. She said she loves the sale in part because it helps out local boutiques, which especially need the boost in today’s economy.
Also popular were two luxe Annapolis boutiques, Horse and Diva—comparable to names such as Wink and Urban Chic in DC—which had items such as a T-Bags dress with gold, silver, and bronze beading for $110 (regularly $230), and Citizens of Humanity and Seven for all Mankind jeans were marked down to $75.
Customers provided hasty commentary as their friends ducked behind screens to try on merchandise. “Do these jeans fit right?” one asked. “They’re not quite right in the rear,” a friend responded, hands full of silky shirts. “Next!”
Many in the crowd—mostly local Annapolitans—said they hadn’t shopped at the Georgetown or Alexandria events. However, a license-plate survey of cars pulling into the hotel parking lot showed several DC and Virginia plates.
Mary, a “second class,” or junior, at the United States Naval Academy, called this one of her favorite annual events. “I love the boutiques in Annapolis,” she says.
That opinion was seconded by most of the shoppers, who spoke about how the boutiques in this waterfront town have grown in popularity and depth of designers over the past few years, drawing a loyal local following that once would have headed only to DC or Baltimore to shop.
If you’re sad you missed the sale, don’t fret. The area’s biggest and best sample sale kicks off Monday night in Georgetown. General admission (and VIP) tickets are still available. Go to districtsamplesale.com to purchase them. Of course, we’ll be live on scene to capture all of the action—and if there’s a weather-related delay, we’ll let you know!
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