My first time at the Aritzia annual warehouse sale
The Aritzia annual warehouse sale is one of the most highly anticipated events in Vancouver. People line-up along the seawall apparently as early as the night before! Check out photos here! Brands include Wilfred, Babaton, Talula, Rag & Bone, among others. If you don't know of Aritzia, you can find out more here, warehouse sale info here, and a video on tips to navigate the sale, here.
I've never been but have always pondered the idea many times before - the Google images of the line-ups remind me why I don't go (seriously, check out the link). This year was no different, however, it was a slow day for me and I overheard that the line wasn't too long, so I thought, what the heck! I lined up at 1:27 p.m. and waited about 10 minutes - I got lucky because about 15 seconds after that, I turned around and the line had tripled! I entered, didn't have a bag to check, and grabbed a shopping bag - clothes and shoppers were strewn everywhere. It was chaos. I almost left. I had two male colleagues in tow, who were just as curious as I was about the yearly event that seemed to put the whole city in a frenzy, so we braved the crowds and tried to look for some items. My guys were awesome, finding me clothes and helping me hold onto my items so I could try stuff on - one found a winter coat that was perfect, but too large.
After 20 minutes they left, and I battled on by myself. I think if I was a regular shopper of Aritzia, I would find this amazing since a lot of items were 50%, HOWEVER, should note that there are some pieces you can still find on the website; I think their best deals are their jacket and coats, and random winter accessories such as scarves and mittens.
Overall, I spent about 2 hours there and did manage to walk away from the battle zone with something that has been on my Wishlist for some time now - a gray wool winter coat! It was actually the one my coworker picked out for me. I actively searched for a smaller size but there were none on the floor, when lo and behold, I found the perfect size hanging on a rack in the fitting area. Snagged it! It's still regular price on the website too - here, if any one is interested; comes in other colors.
Another item I found isn't on my Wishlist but it is something I found I needed during the year - just regular collar-less blouses. I chose this one with a neck-tie option. This is an item that can still be found on the website here, if you don't want to mess with the crowds.
I don't think I'll be going again next year, but I think if I'm in the market for a coat again, I'll DEFINITELY be going. If I ever re-do my entire wardrobe from scratch, I'll probably go because they do have a lot of pieces in neutral colors that are very comfortable and easy to style. But those line-ups...