By Jamie Ducharme
It’s 11 am, I have a surprisingly strong scotch-based cocktail in my hand and I’ve just unknowingly picked up a $1,000 purse. This, in a nutshell, is the Gilt City Warehouse Sale.
Held last weekend at the Revere Hotel, the Warehouse Sale is flash sale site, Gilt’s, annual in-person shopping extravaganza. The event is a vast collection of Gilt’s unsold clothing, shoes, accessories and housewares gathered together in a warehouse and discounted up to 90 percent off. As somewhat of a Gilt addict, I’ve been counting down the years until I could attend this 21+ event and it did not disappoint.
Let me first say that I am not an extreme shopper. I don’t do huge shopping sprees, sample sales stress me out and I’ve never even been Black Friday shopping. So, with that being said, I was slightly unprepared for the sensory overload and chaos that was the Warehouse Sale.
As if pawing through racks upon racks of clothes – ranging from $20 Free People tops all the way up to $2,000 Zac Posen gowns – and towering piles of handbags and accessories wasn’t stressful enough, the women at this event were not messing around. A beautiful Marc Jacobs dress I had my eye on was cruelly snatched away in a moment of hesitation, and I was legitimately afraid that some over-eager shopper would swoop up my flats when I took them off to try on a pair of shoes.
Aside from occasionally fearing for the livelihood of my wallet and feeling incredibly out of place when I stumbled across Balenciaga dresses and Birkin bags, I had a great time at the Gilt sale. I fully support any event with free drinks and/or food and once you adjust to the fast pace atmosphere, there are some great pieces to be found. I left the warehouse with a Rebecca Minkoff blouse and a pair of gorgeous Wyeth NY heels that are totally inappropriate for my lifestyle, all without doing irreparable damage to my bank account, so that unto itself was a victory. The fact that I escaped without bodily harm and with a full stomach was just icing on the cake.