With a little more than a month to go until the Fall 2008 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, I thought I would talk a little more about what you can expect to find there. I remember the first sale I attended – I had absolutely no idea what to expect. This is surprising, considering that I live in the Fort Wayne area, and each sale receives a lot of media coverage by our local newspapers, television news, and even radio stations. However, none of these media outlets covered the questions I really wanted answered.
So, for this post, I’m going back in time, and remembering back to the questions that I had before I attended my first Vera Bradley outlet sale. With any luck, hopefully these questions are some of the same ones that you may have, and you will be able to find your answers here. If not, feel free to leave a comment below.
How crowded (and crazy) is the sale?
It is crowded, but the space reserved for the sale is huge, and there is plenty of parking at the Memorial Coliseum. Before I attended my first sale, I envisioned a day after Thanksgiving/Black Friday type of scene, with crazy shoppers running into the building and throwing punches to wrestle over the limited selection. To my relief, there were plenty of tables, and they were all generously laden with Vera Bradley products. There was no one throwing punches, and employees were continuously restocking the tables.
Checking out was not a problem either. To purchase items, I was directed to another huge room, filled with cash registers. I don’t think I have ever spent more than twenty minutes in line, which is surprising, considering the number of shoppers.
What types of products are available?
For some reason, I thought I would find a lot of factory seconds and products with minor flaws at the outlet sale. In reality, most of the items that you will find at the sale are not seconds, but rather recently retired products. For this coming sale (fall 2008), you can expect to find the following:
Recently Retired Vera Bradley Patterns:
Recently Retired Vera Bradley Bags:
Regular Totes (they have been redesigned for fall)
Hipster (also redesigned)
What are the prices like?
Before attending the sale, I think I had heard that prices were in the range of 30% to 75% off. For the most part, items are usually about 40% off. However, once in awhile, you will run across an amazing deal.
Have any more questions? Feel free to post them below, and I will see if I can answer them. Also, would love to hear who out there is also going to the Fall 2008 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale – so be sure to leave a quick note!