Another friend of mine suggested I/we get there really early. Like, really early. Doors opened at 7 am and she told me to get there between 5:30-6:00 am. But, she promised me, its totally worth it. So I got there around 6:15 (even for the sake of cheap clothes its hard to get up earlier than 5:00 am...) and good heavens, the sheer size of the crowds was staggering. There were police directing traffic and
I quickly got in line and collaborated with another girl waiting in line about where we each were going first. She wanted to hit up the purses section and try and find a Coach bag. I decided to make a run (literally) for the area labelled the "French Room," where, apparently, the higher end clothes in the best condition were waiting for all the scrambling women. With the sheer number of people (women) waiting in line I was unsurprised to hear that "the good stuff" is usually gone in a matter of minutes. When the doors opened it was a free-for-all.
All in all I came away a pretty good haul considering it was my first time at this game. I found a black, Banana Republic marino wool dress with the original tags still on it for only $18! (the tags retailed it at $98!) I was really tempted to buy an Oscar de la Renta silk caftan, but it was a size 16, and I don't trust my sewing skills yet to properly take things in: and for the $25 price tag I can buy a couple of yards of colorful silk and probably find a pattern to make my own caftan :) There was also an exquisite wedding dress that looked like it was from the 30's or 40's. It had 3/4 length sleeves and buttons all the way down the back. I wish I had brought my camera to take a picture! But I needed both my hands to dig...
So here's the run down:
-Banana Republic brand new wool dress $18
-Red snakeskin belt $3
-2 pretty silk scarves $2 each....one of them is a Liberty of London!!!
-A gorgeous blue glass vase for $2.50
Dress: thrift, Banana Republic
Scarves: thrift, Liberty of London and ?
Booties, Jacket: J. Crew
Not too shabby, I'd say, for my first rummage sale :) Any thoughts?