Reporting Ron Matz
HUNT VALLEY, Md. (WJZ) — If you like designer clothes at bargain prices, then Hunt Valley is the place to be this weekend. Thousands of items will be up for sale.
Ron Matz has more on one of Baltimore’s biggest springtime events.
The ladies of the Junior League of Baltimore are busy getting ready for their annual boutique warehouse sale.
Junior League president Mary Helfrich says you’ll find designer clothes at bargain prices from 35 Baltimore-area boutiques.
“The boutique warehouse sale is our biggest fundraiser. It’s at the Hunt Valley Town Center. Friday night is a preview party, it’s $30, but you get first dibs on all the great stuff. Saturday is open to the public,” Helfrich said. “We have 35 boutiques. They’re offering their merchandise for practically 50 percent or more off. We have some men’s clothing, too, and children’s clothing and housewares.”
The fundraiser enables the Junior League to provide programs for young women in Baltimore.
“We also have a brand new project we’re launching this year. It’s called `Girls in Business.’ It’s a high school girls business competition. We’re going to be working with three Baltimore City high schools to teach students entrepreneurial skills,” said president-elect Sylvia Strobel.
You’ll find bargains galore.
A Vera Wang special events dress normally sells for $320. It’s yours for $160.
And it’s all for a good cause.
“The Junior League of Baltimore is celebrating its 100th year. We train women volunteers to be leaders in Baltimore. We do that through a lot of different activities in the community,” Strobel said. “The Baltimore warehouse sale is our large annual fundraiser. It’s really important for us to provide the funding we need to go out to the community to do the work that we do. It’s also a great event for the community to come in and celebrate with us.”
“We go out and solicit the boutiques. We pick up the merchandise. We basically set it up like we’re running a retail store in a 48- hour period. It’s a great location in Hunt Valley in the old Filene’s Basement,” Helfrich said.
Tickets for Friday night’s preview party are $30. Saturday, the sale is open to the public.