So this post has pretty much nothing to do with health or fitness (unless you let me count shopping as my cardio), but I had to share because this was crazy! This weekend I went to the Boden Sample Sale in Boston with my friend Anne. She had been once before but I was a complete newbie! Boy was I in for a huge surprise!
The doors opened at 10am so I arrived around 9:45. I walked in the convention center and heard the low hum of chatter…women chatter. The line started at the door, went down the hall, through the lobby, down another hall and even doubled back on itself! What was I to do but hop right in. As I was in line I started to notice things…like everyone had brought their own bag, but not a little shopping bag like I had, we’re talking an IKEA bag (you know the huge blue ones meant to hold your new rug and pillow along with a couple lamps!). Then I saw a women holding a full length mirror with her name taped to the top of it! Seriously! This happened! That’s when I knew I was in for something BIG.
Once the doors opened we were inside in a pretty decent amount of time and then the real games began. The clothes were separated by size and PILED on corresponding tables. I’m talking piles of clothes! Anne and I headed to our table and started rummaging! That’s when I noticed that there were people behind me trying on their picks right there. They had cleverly worn tights or workout wear so they could just strip things on and off as they pleased. Then I saw a lone man guarding an enormous pile of clothes his daughters and wife were amassing. These people came prepared!
After several trips to the communal dressing room (no time to be shy ladies!), several times fending off women picking at our personal piles of clothes and even more moving and shaking to get a glimpse of myself in one of the very few mirrors I ended up with a pretty good haul! Four dresses and two sweaters all for less than one or two full priced items! If you are ever in the vicinity of one of these sample sales here is a list of musts!
- Bring a buddy! You are gonna need someone to guard your pile when you walk over to that mirror!
- Wear leggings and boots, fitted workout wear or tights. Easy access ladies!
- Bring a shopping bag!
- If you are super crazy bring a full length mirror…it might be worth it.