6 Tips for Navigating the Famous Wheeler Clothing Sale

How to navigate the awesomeness that is the annual Wheeler Clothing Sale

The Famous Wheeler Clothing Sale

The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay calls April “an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.”

In this month of blooming crocuses and forsythia, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and wear something other than your usual black turtle neck, black skirt and black boots to wonder out into the blooming world.

Patterned bags to lug that umbrella you’ll be using all spring

But if you struggle, like me, to not look like you’re perpetually attending a funeral, this might be harder than just poking around your closet (mine is an array of dark items, punctuated by some lonely yellow scarf that I never wear).

This is where the Famous Wheeler Clothing Sale comes in to save the day with great deals that will restore your closet to all its babbling, springtime, pastel-colored glory.

Spruce up your wardrobe with high-quality items at sweet prices ($10 Talbots or Banana Republic dresses? Yes please). The racks and racks of dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, blazers and more yield fruit that ushers you into a new fashion season.

We put together some tips to navigate this massive, wonderful and at times overwhelming sale so you can find the perfect spring outfit:

1. Arrive early: You want the good goods, you gotta set your alarm clock a tad earlier than normal.  Plus, it gets crowded and you don’t want to have to elbow anyone for that cute sheath dress that you just have to have.

2. Conversely, wait until the last minute: Saturday, the final day of the sale, is one of the best days to check it out. Sure, it will be a bit picked over but everything is half off. Plus, there will still be some gems that were overlooked. Last year I got an adorable navy blue slip dress for $5.

Some pretty pastel sweaters perfect for spring

3. Don’t be afraid to try something on: The ‘changing rooms’ are just curtains cordoning off sections of the gym, but it’s worth trying on your finds beforehand, just in case.

4. Layer: This is more of a fashion tip than one specific to the sale, but it’s a great rule to follow: find clothes that you can wear with clothes you already own, and don’t  be afraid to layer! Try finding a cool button down shirt and layering it over a slinky dress, buttoning unevenly and pulling one side over your shoulder. Tres cool.

5. Check out the non-clothing stuff: You’ll also find household items, toys, games, books, sports gear and more. Want your kids to get outside and absorb the sun (when it does shine)? Get them a gently used bike.

6. Bring cash or your checkbook: Credit and debit are accepted, but only on purchases of $50 or more.

Now get your tushes over there! The sale runs from April 6-8. Thurs. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri. Noon–8pm,

Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Wheeler School gymnasium, 407 Brook St., Providence.

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