The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is hosting an inaugural Retail Warehouse Sale on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park.
Top retailers in the area will be selling end of the year stock at a 20-90 percent discount in an effort to encourage Oak Parkers to shop locally and support small businesses.
“In this era of big box and online shopping, customers still get excited about unique experiences,” said Cathy Yen, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We’re delighted to bring independent retailers together for this one-day event to create that unique experience for shoppers, while celebrating our small business community and everything it has to offer.”
The sale marks the very first time that the Chamber has hosted a shopping event. It is recommended to get there early as shoppers will be served on a first come, first serve basis.
“Curated merchandise from local mom-and-pop businesses, offered at steep discounts in a fun location – the Retail Warehouse Sale will have everything a ‘shop local’ supporter could want,” said Yen.
Admission to the Retail Warehouse Sale is free and open to the public. However, tickets must be purchased in order to participate in the Charity Pre-Shop event from 10 to 11 a.m. For $15, the first 100 people to buy a ticket will be able to skip the line and be the first to review the heavily discounted merchandise.
All proceeds from the pre-sale tickets will be given to the Hepzibah’s Children’s Association, Oak Park’s oldest social service agency. You can purchase pre-sale tickets through Eventbrite.
“This OPRF Chamber event is a convenient place for shoppers to access a large volume of high-end merchandise from our local boutiques, support our economy as well as the charitable works of Hephzibah House, all in one place,” said Committee Co-Lead Suze Solari.
Organizers put together a list of the following tips:
- Bring a buddy: This is the perfect way to spend time with a special someone or your bestie. It helps to have a buddy with you if you plan to be in line early so you are not stranded. Plus, who else will talk you into that second pair of heels?
- Wear leggings and a tank top: There are no dressing rooms, so you will need to try on clothing items over your clothes. If you are shopping for shoes, wear slip-on shoes and bring different socks or stockings to match what you are shopping for.
- Plan your transportation: Parking at the 19th Century Club is available in the garage just south of the building, and standard parking rates apply.
- Pack lightly: There is a free coat check, but you’ll want to keep your valuables on you.
- Study the map: As with any sale, it’s good to have a bit of strategy to be sure you score the deals you want.
Feature photo courtesy of Bella Ella Boutique via Flickr