Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tent Sale

I received a postcard from Dooney & Bourke stating that there would be a tent sale at their headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Thousands of handbags were being discounted.

I read online that this annual event drew large crowds and things got crazy in the tent as people grabbed the handbags they wanted. Jeff suggested we go after work and see how long the line was. I was pleasantly surprised to see no one on line when we pulled into the parking lot.

Dooney & Bourke did a great job organizing the sale. There were attendants in the parking lot to direct traffic. Once inside the tent, we saw tables full of handbags. Most bags were discounted 30-40%. The prices were good, but not great.  You can get similar discounts at their outlets, but there was a much greater selection of purses. The tables were constantly restocked. Checkout was fast as there were 15 registers and a person directed you to the next available cashier.

I was like a kid in a candy store. As I wandered around, I picked up the bags that I liked. By the time I was done, there were 5 possibilities. I realized that even though Santa is generous, 5 handbags would be too much. In the end, we left with two beautiful leather purses and the promise to return next year.

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