The Aritzia Vancouver Warehouse Sale is notorious for bringing out hoards of women all in search of the best deals from one of the most popular local brands at 50-90% off. I just wanted to show what I ended up getting along with a few tips and tricks I’ve found from going to the sale for the past few years.
I was quite happy that I ended up finding a lot of fall clothing this year since most of the stuff at the sale is spring/summer clothing. I spent approx $390 before tax on 9 items of clothing and the total retail value was about $1100. So I saved about approx 65%.
What I Got
Wilfred Celesse Skirt ($49.99 – Reg $110)
Wilfred Daria Pant ($24.99 – Reg $95)
Sunday Best O’Hara Blouse ($29.99 – Reg $58)
Wilfred Cambrai Blouse ($39.99 – Reg $95)
Wilfred Palmier Sweater ($19.99 – Reg $125)
Wilfred Cassel Sweater ($59.99 – Reg $165)
Wilfred Banville Sweater ($74.99 – Reg $198)
Wilfred Lalemant Pant ($39.99 – Reg $125)
Addias Tubular Entrap ($49.99 – Reg $130)
1. Eat a good meal and by hydrated! Shopping the sale can be truly exhausting and you can get hangry and dehydrated quickly when you’re moving around for hours scouring for the best deals. I was in there for 4 hours and I was completely dead by the end of it.
2. Wear clothing that’s comfortable (since you’re going to be standing/walking a lot!) and clothing that is easy to change in and out of since you’re going to be trying on a lot of clothes! I should also note that the change rooms are open, so if you’re a bit more modest, just be careful of what undergarments you wear.
3. My usual tactic for shopping the sale is grabbing everything I like in my size and then slowly eliminating them when I go into the change room or when my bag gets too heavy. It’s helpful if you have friends/family with you and so they can help you look for your sizes as well.
4. Check the clothes carefully! I found a lot of items that had been damaged (mostly by makeup) so make sure you really carefully look over items to check for holes/rips/makeup stains before you buy since you cannot return it after.
5. Don’t be afraid to dig! I’ve always had my best finds from looking on the floor. Whether it got knocked off the rack, or is just on a pile that someone got rid of. I feel like the abandoned piles can have some of the better finds since that item was good enough for someone else to take off the rack.
6. It takes a lot of persistence and patience to shop the sale, it’s definitely not for everyone! I usually take at least 3 loops around to find stuff as the staff puts it back on racks and rolls it out.
7. I think it’s best to have a general idea of what you’re looking for so you can stay focused on your priorities. For myself, I was specifically looking for clothing that I could transition into fall/winter, so I avoided looking all the summer clothes, which made the sale easier to navigate. I also prefer neutral colors, so I would automatically scan the racks for those colors I like.
The sale runs from Wednesday August 29th-Monday September 3rd at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West, 1055 Canada Place. Definitely go check it out if you’re in need of some new clothes for fall!