As you may or may not know, Lilly Pulitzer hosts a Warehouse sale at the Philadelphia Expo Center each year with tons of discounted merchandise. People come from ALL over to get in on it. Luckily, it was just a quick drive for us!
Andrea and I started out plotting for months before the sale, taking off work and talking about what we wanted most.
The night before we were feeling a little bold, and decided what the heck, people have been lining up since Sunday (the sale starts Thursday at 5am) we should just go out and spend the night in the car. It was a great idea until we arrived at 11pm with countless people with tents, inflatable mattresses and three walls of the Convention Center had women wrapped around waiting to get in. To call it camping, or even glamping would be a gross overstatement. I will spare you from the pathetic items we impromptu camped with from my car…
And then it was 4am. Everyone started running towards the doors that were opening. Women were cutting each other if they weren’t moving fast enough, and consequently there was boo-ing for about 15 minutes after.
Once you get inside the doors, theres even more lines. But luckily they had a DJ starting at 430a to get the crowd going. People were dressed all in Lilly, others in PJs, workout clothes, and other unfortunate souls decided to wear sweatpants under their Lilly dresses- Lilly must have been rolling over in her grave.
Once you make it past all of the lines, they give you a HUGE pink bag- much like a mesh laundry bag to put all of your finds in. And from there its chaos! Clothes are organized by size and people just pick huge mounds of clothes and try them all on. Its a little overwhelming to witness people drag bags that are equivalent to the weight of a twelve year old. If they can’t wait in the line to try on clothes in the communal dressing room, they just start on the main floor- even thats one of the few rules- no undressing on the floor.
There is no shortage of items, so you don’t have to be too worried about finding something.
Heres what I found:
True Blue Jammin’ Shoreline Totebag: $78, Warehouse Sale: $29
The Meg Dress: $118, Warehouse Sale: $39
Washed Up Coral Necklace: $58, Warehouse Sale: $19
But not before we got to meet Lilly Pulitzer’s CEO, Scott Beaumont