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Carriage House Best Dressed Sale Benefits Johns Hopkins Hospital

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)–It’s one of Baltimore’s biggest sales of the year, and if you’re looking for men’s or women’s clothing there’s no better place to go. 

Ron Matz has more on the best dressed sale, which benefits Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The amazing best dressed sale is sponsored by the women’s board of Johns Hopkins Hospital. It’s held this weekend at the Carriage House at Evergeen on North Charles Street.

For sale: new and gently used clothing at bargain prices.

“All of the proceeds from our sale benefit patient care at Johns Hopkins Hospital,” said Dee Bosley, president of Johns Hopkins women’s board.

Bosley says the volunteer organization’s sale is an annual event.

“We want everyone to come out and spend their money to benefit the hospital and have a great time,” Bosley said. “We have women’s and men’s sportswear anywhere from $5-40 and we have fabulous handbags, scarves, belts and wonderful shoes. We have designer clothing that’s a little bit pricier but obviously much cheaper than you can find in any store.”

Bosley says the event raises roughly $750,000 every year. That money goes directly back to the hospital through events such as the best dressed sale and the spring golf tournament. The money also funds businesses at the hospital , including the coffee bars and gift shops.

Co chair Helen Passano says there’s plenty of men’s clothing too, including suits at just 25 bucks–many donated by Jos. A. Bank.

“We have to give a huge thank you to Jos. A. Bank. They have been so generous to the women’s board,” Passano said, “We have new jackets, sweaters, new shirts, ties galore- all brand new.”

From jewelry to shoes and handbags, this Baltimore tradition is in its 44th year.

“Everybody has a best dressed story,” said Cressy Spence, best dressed sale co-chair. “Everybody comes here and tells you what they purchased, where it came from and how it’s helped them with either a job interview or an event they had to go to. They just love it.”

It takes about 75 people to run the show.

“This is the culmination of a year’s worth of work,” Passano said. “We usually net about $150,000 in three days, so you can imagine the amount of clothes we move through the system.”

Passano says there is sure to be something for everyone with most prices ranging from $10 to $40.

So get a head start on your holiday shopping. It’s all for the benefit of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

There’s a preview party, a ticketed event Thursday night.

The best dressed sale is Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

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