Once every year the Aritzia holds a HUGE warehouse sale event where they would sell their old/rejected clothing for a discounted price. I used to line up at 5AM before opening to get in. I haven't been going diligently for the past few years since my love for Aritzia has died down gradually. (I don't like how ridiculously over priced their items are, and when they do have their sales, it's just $5 off a $150 sweater. -yay!) But back in high school, I would spend tons and tons of (my mother's) money [that she bought for me] on their jackets, and spandex. [Vancouver went through this whole phase where wearing yoga spandex was a trendy cool thing. And that's how we got listed as the worst-dressed city.]
My best friend Mickey invited me to the Pre-sale Family & Friends event since she knew someone that worked there with extra tickets. I have never been to the pre-sale before and was a bit curious since I've always heard all the good stuff are available on the first day.
We got there at 3:30pm [opening was at 5pm], and waited in line for about an hour and half.
Fast forward to the opening.
It's def overwhelming when you first step foot into the huge convention room since there are racks and racks of clothes EVERYWHERE, and then you see a mob of girls running in every direction trying to get their hands on the best things possible.
I came to this event with a budget of under $100. Which I must tell you, is very, very hard since most things averaged about $50. But with my experience of the other years, I wasn't able to find anything so my expectations were not that high. I thought my budget was realistic.
The first corner my friend & I tried to conquer were the handbags. Since we can literally see them FLYING out so fast. And get this, they were MARC JACOBS bags. The girl at the counter was still unloading baskets of bags, and the moment they hit the table, hands would be grabbing it left and right. Holy cow were the girls so rude, and fast! I couldn't grab any since I was too slow and nice. QQ
My friend did managed to snatch a very nice one retailed a $400 ish, and discounted for $200. Good deal indeed, but sadly none of us loved it enough to go with the splurge. =(
I tried snapping some pics of the chaos, but I didn't wanna get in trouble if it wasn't allowed or catch some female undressing herself in the corner. -_-
My friend and I did find a good stack of clothing. And I was kindly reminded of when I was working in a retail clothing store, how heavy clothing can be. I need to lift. *cry
Here are some pics of what I tried on. Excuse the long maxi skirt. We were changing in some little exit hallway before we got kicked out. The changing rooms had crazy line ups, and we simply did not have time for that! I was quite smart to wear a maxi dress since I could easily slide up pants at the bottom, then take my skirt off to have a look. We didn't have a mirror, so we had to rely on each other to snap pics. Kekeke.
Varsity Jacket - $75
No - this took me the longest to decide whether I want it or not. I would have probably got it if the collar would bend properly.
$75, originally $180
Yes - The ONLY dress they had in the whole warehouse and I nabbed it! I love the florals. I already have this dress in an all cream colour.
Yes - I love the bottom and the tiny cute hearts! A bit young looking, but it's okay I'm young.. right?
Yes - I was actually wearing the tank top version of this underneath my dress. Hahaha
After carefully sorting out the 'yes' and 'no' pile, I head to the very long line up queue for check out! Mickey who was still wanted to go around for a Round 2 ran into the wild again in search for the perfect pants, while I claimed I would save a spot for us. I haven't anticipated how fast the line up would be.
I text her I was already in the front, and said I would meet her at McDonald's after wards since we weren't allowed in again. My purchase came to a total of $190. $90 more than what my "budget" was. But it was all because of the one damn dress I really wanted! It was $70 alone. -_-
I handed my VISA happily over to the cashier, and swiped it.
I then remember because my Visa only has a limit of $500 (I never realized how ridiculously low this is.), and I had purchased a Wii U for a friend's birthday the other day for $350. BUT I had RETURNED it because my friend got it for a cheaper deal. And I guess Visa transactions takes a while to go through, so it's saying I only had about $100 to spend on my Visa.
So after all that time picking out rows, and rows of items. Trying out the clothes. Deciding which to get, and which to leave behind. Narrowing it down to four options. I came out with only ONE article. (The floral white dress, $70.)
Sad day indeed.
Lesson learned? Time to apply for a new Visa.