Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale (Canada)

It finally happened, I made it out to the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale! Each year that the Canadian sale is on I happen to be out of the country at the time. Well not this time! The stars aligned and I had a whole weekend of no plans so a shopping we will go!

On Saturday morning I was up bright and early to drive an hour into Toronto to be at the Lilly warehouse sale when they opened at 9 am. The sale ran last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Lilly warehouse sale in Philadelphia is the stuff of legend. A quick google search will yield dozens of news outlets and bloggers who covered the craziness ranging from long lines to angry shoppers to shoppers who undress in the middle of the convention centre who do not want to wait for a change room! We Canadians are a little more reserved than that and at 9:05 am I walked right into the sale room ready for some 70% off Lilly Pulitzer shopping!

Unlike the Lilly/Philly sale, there is no restocking throughout the weekend. I visited on the last day of the sale and supplies, and sizes, were very limited. But that didn't stop me from picking up a few great pieces (more on that below). The photo above gives you an idea on what the warehouse looks like and how items are laid out. There is a change room at the back of the room and while there was a little wait, it wasn't too bad. 

There was a decent stock on accessories. Various iPhone covers, wall plugs, iPad covers and even some agendas. Sandals, one of the items I was hoping to grab, were in limited sizes and unfortunately my size was gone. I'm sure they were a hot item! There was also swimwear, with each piece being $5, but it was mostly other brands like Sperry. 

There are two Lilly Pulitzer stores in Canada - Island View A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in Downtown Oakville and a seasonal Muskoka store in Port Carling. If you were not able to make it out to the warehouse sale, take a drive over to one of the stores! Oakville is a beautiful town, I like to make a day out of my Lilly visit and I'd love to head up to the Muskoka store one summer. The Muskoka area is so beautiful it's another great place to spend the day or rent a cottage and go for the weekend!

I think I did pretty well at the sale! I was in real need of shorts and I lucked out getting three pairs of my favourite Lilly Pulitzer shorts, the 5" Callahan in True Navy, Resort White & Hotty Pink for $26.40 (reg. $88). The Lacie shorts (similar) at $47.50 (reg $158) came highly recommended by the staff. They said the lace shorts have the comfort of loungewear but are cute and dressy. I was really happy to score the Witherbee Polo for $27.60 (reg $92), it was a shirt I had my eye on last summer but for one reason or another just didn't buy. 

I had high hopes for a shift or a beach cover up and while I didn't grab either, I am VERY happy with my purchase. In typical Canadian weather news we had freezing rain and snow last weekend and this weekend it was over 20 degrees and hot, hot, hot! I wore my new Callahans yesterday for a nice long bike ride and today I am paying for not wearing sunblock. I am burnt! 

So tell me, how did you make out at the sale? Have you been to the Philly sale? What Lilly items do you have your eye on for this summer? (I'm considering this, this and this)