If you missed it, earlier today I posted the price list for the Spring 2009 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. I am really excited about the prices this year. During previous sales, the prices generally started at 40% off, and were marked down a little more each day. This year, many of them are already starting at rock bottom! For example, the Cargo Sling, which normally retails for $90.00, was only $32.00. The Hipster, which costs about $55.00 full price, was only $18.00. Many of the items are starting at 60-70% off. I’m not sure how much more they will be marked down, but when I go back later this week, I will let you know.
The Vera Bradley Cargo Sling purses were only $32.00
at the 2009 Spring Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.
They normally retail for $90.00.
About the Selection…
As far as selection, it was good today. However, I’m not sure how it will be later this week. The tables did not seem as full this time, but it was really busy today, so perhaps they were not getting things restocked as quickly as they were selling it. Also, I did not notice as many boxes underneath the tables as in past years, but I’m not sure if they still had trucks loaded with inventory sitting outside.
As far as fabrics, I did not see any summer 2009 patterns (Bali Blue, Bali Gold or Calypso) at all. There were a few spring 2009 patterns (especially Cupcakes Green and Purple Punch) available, but they were going fast!
There were a few new fabric patterns, like this Cupcakes Green,
at the Outlet Sale, but they were going fast!
I did see a lot of the fall and winter 2008 patterns – Mediterranean Blue and White, Puccini, Night Owl, Frankly Scarlet, and Caffe Latte. I also saw a lot of the Microfiber Brown and Black. There was also a good selection of Peacock, Riviera Blue, Yellow Bird, and even Java Blue. Some handbag styles had a dozen different fabric patterns to select from, while others only had a couple.
About the New Registration Requirements…
I know there were a lot of people concerned about the new registration requirements. I registered in advance, but I did check out the onsite registration. They had an area set up off to the right before you go into the sale for this purpose. It did not look busy when I was there. As a matter of fact, I did not even notice a line. Hopefully, it will stay that way, so you can get right to shopping without any long delays if you were unable to register in advance. For those that did register in advance, I received my free gift. It looks like a miniature travel cosmetic case. Mine is Windsor Navy (the same pattern as the purse I was carrying today). I’m not sure if I lucked out or if the cashier purposefully matched the case to the bag I was carrying.
Other Comments About Day One of the Spring 2009 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
Like previous years, the sale was well laid out and organized. As soon as I walked in, I received my pink shopping bag and price list, with location of items organized by row numbers and balloon colors.
When it was time to check out, there were plenty of cashiers. Considering the number of people there, it really did not take long to pay at all. The only difference was that I had to present my registration confirmation and photo i.d. before I could make a purchase. However, this did not slow things down at all. The cashier looked at my i.d., scanned the barcode on my confirmation, and that was all there was to it!
The Post Office also had an area set up near the checkouts for people that needed to ship their items home. I’m not sure if this is something new this year. I don’t recall seeing them the last time, but it could be that I overlooked it. USPS had boxes and scales, and about half a dozen employees available to help people who wanted to ship their purchases home.
If You Go…
Make sure you register for the handmade Hope Garden quilt. It’s absolutely beautiful. I posted a picture here, but it does not do it justice. A $2.00 donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is required for entry in the giveaway.
This handmade Vera Bradley Hope Garden quilt is beautiful!
Don’t forget to register to win it when you attend the Outlet Sale.
Dates for the 2010 Outlet Sale
Dates for the 2010 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale were posted. It is scheduled for April 28 through May 1, 2010. I assume that it will also be held at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. There was no information regarding the fall sale. I’m not sure if that means it will be held in another state, or if this semi-annual event is now just an annual event. I’m going to see what I can find out. Of course, when I know something, I will let you all know…
For those of you going to the Spring 2009 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, have fun (and wear comfortable shoes!). For those of you that are missing it, make sure you check back here. I have purchased a few goodies at the sale that I plan to give away!