It’s that time of year again — the 2012 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale is just around the corner! Tickets for those who want to attend the first three days of the sale (April 11, 12 & 13) will be available starting February 1, 2012. Not much has changed since last year. Tickets are once again $5.00 per session and will be available through Ticketmaster.com, as well as the Allen County Coliseum ticket office.
As a side note, if you purchase your passes through Ticketmaster, be prepared for their fees! Last year Ticketmaster’s convenience charges and processing fees practically doubled the price of the tickets that I purchased. (UPDATE: I have now purchased my ticket for the Wednesday session, and Ticketmaster’s “convenience” and processing charges added $7.00 to the price of the ticket – Ugh!)
If you do not want to purchase tickets, you can still attend during the weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday (April 14 & 15).
Tickets are required to attend the sale on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (April 11-13, 2011). There are four session times on each day, with 4000 tickets available for each session. Last year, there were 3000 tickets for each session, so expect slightly larger crowds this year.
Session times are as follows:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, & FRIDAY, APRIL 13
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Session end times are enforced. You will be told to go to the checkouts, so that those working at the sale can re-stock and prepare for the next group of shoppers.
No tickets are needed to attend during the weekend portion of the sale. Hours on Saturday, April 14th, are 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15th, are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In addition to attending on the first day, I also attended the Sunday session last year, and did not have to wait to get into or out of the sale. Patterns and styles are much more limited during the final days, but the prices are usually better. You can read my post from last year here regarding the styles and prices that were available: http://www.thequiltedbag.com/final-markdowns-at-the-2011-vera-bradley-outlet-sale/
No matter what day you attend the sale, you must register in order to make purchases. Registration can be done at the sale or online at verabradley.com beginning February 1st. Registration is free, and is how the company enforces purchase spending limits. Last year, the purchase limit was $3000. I’m not sure what it is this year, but I will be providing more updates here about the 2012 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, and I will let you know when I get more details. (UPDATE: This year’s limit is $3500. This is not a daily spending limit – this cap is the amount that you are allowed to spend over the five days of the sale.)