Wednesday night a friend and I were able to shop the presale event at this spring’s Whale of a Sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We braved rush hour traffic, scattered showers, and crowds for this event, and our spoils were well worth the effort. We were confronted with aisles and aisles of clothing for infants, toddlers, children and teens. There was baby furniture, room decor, luggage and furniture. There were tables of books, shoes, and toys, all waiting for new owners. Everywhere we looked dedicated shoppers were piling items into their bags or baskets.
We set right to work, going down our list of priorities (pro tip: trace your child’s feet on a piece of paper for help in the shoe dept). I scored baseball cleats for my son($10), a dress my daughter needed for a school presentation ($4), and a replacement backpack ($10) that will hopefully make it through the last month of school. Each type of inventory had a specific spot on the sales floor, but even after only a few hours (it opened at 5pm, we were there at 7pm), the tables were quite messy. People who shop presales are definitely on a mission. I didn’t rifle through the toys and books because they weren’t on my shopping list. I was pleased with the selection of clothing for older children at this sale. There seemed to be a good selection for boys through size 10, and girls through size 14.
Never having attended the presale event before (passes are required), I was unprepared for the line that snaked around the entire building, as people were ready to check out. My friend and I waited two hours to pay for our wares. Thankfully, the concession stand was open, and we were able to snack and chat during that time. The checkout queue also conveniently wove around tables of vendors selling everything from candles to personalized bags. Browsing those wares helped to pass the time.
While we were standing there, I evaluated my purchases. For about $100, I was able to buy 15 items of clothing, four pairs of shoes and a like-new back pack. It requires more time and effort than shopping online or at a store, but the savings are significant!
Shopping opens to the public today, May 2, 2014 at 9am, and remains open until 7pm. Tomorrow the sale will run from 9am to 2pm, with many of the items being reduced to half price. Lace up your tennis shoes, grab a laundry basket or large shopping bag, pick up your best friend and have fun shopping!