There is one thing each year that makes me think that buying brightly colored summer pieces in January is the best idea. That one thing is the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale and can make gloomy, cold January days a bit more fun! I recently discovered that the sale will be kicking off Thursday January 5th at 8am EST! The sale will last until Friday January 6th at 1pm so shopping time will be limited further encouraging you to bring you A-game. Since you'll need your A-game I'm going to be serve as your coach and go through all the plays and strategies you need to know to come out with a W. But first we need to know what we are up against (clearly I've been watching too many bowl games).
Lilly Pulitzer rarely puts items on sale online aside from their two big sales of the year! These sales are highly anticipated by Lilly lovers and happen in January and August. During these sales tons of items from past seasons or promotions are marked down significantly so it's a great time to stock up! In the winter especially, I feel like the sale is a great time to buy items suitable for spring break and summer!
Now that you're excited for tomorrow's sale (by now I hope your alarm is set) I thought I 'd share some tips to help ensure it's as successful for you as possible. Having shopped the sale since high school I've had some experience with how it goes although some changes have been made over the year.
1. Create an account and update your information before the sale starts.
If you're even considering shopping the sale this is not a suggestion but almost a requirement. Being logged into your account and having updated information before the sale begins will allow you to check out right away hopefully helping you snag more items you're dying to have. If you don't already have an account you can create one here and you can log in here.
2. Get to the site before the sale begins.
I constantly like being early to things and this sale is no different. While the sale doesn't officially begin until 8 am EST getting there early will hopefully help you to be one of the first people in line.
3. If there's something you love be sure to buy it right away. Items in your cart are not reserved.
I can not stress this enough. If you find that one item you hoped would be included in the sale and it's in your size don't waste your time seeing what else you can get. GO AHEAD AND CHECK OUT! While it would be nice for items in your cart to be reserved it's likely that Lilly lovers wouldn't leave their computers all day since they'd be scrolling through the sale pages to make sure they don't miss anything.
4. Once in the virtual line do not refresh your page.
This is just like elementary school in that you can't skip anything and if you get out of line you'll be hanging in the back. Once you've made it into the virtual line definitely don't refresh. I do like opening multiple tabs to shop this sale. Most of the time my browser looks a bit like this:
5. Have favorites in mind and have an idea of your size.
Knowing what you want or if there is a realm in which your closet is lacking will help you to avoid going too overboard during the sale. Additionally, make sure you're buying things in your size unless you love an item enough to go to the trouble of getting it altered.
6. If the site crashes try shopping from the Lilly Pulitzer app.
Because of how many people shop this sale it's not uncommon for the site to crash. If that's the case be patient but also consider trying to shop from the Lilly Pulitzer app. It is definitely easier to shop from the website but if all else fails the app is a good option to have.
7. Be Polite
If the site does crash be polite. The Lilly team wants the sale to go as smooth as possible so harassing them with disappointed tweets isn't helpful. It's just a sale and should be fun!
For more information about the sale Lilly Pulitzer has a whole FAQ page that is also helpful! And remember that shipping is free during the sale so checking out more than once is encouraged and won't cost you any extra money.
One of my personal favorite parts of the After Party Sale each year is hosting a fun giveaway for y'all! This year I came up with some really cute items that any Lilly lover would surely love! I've tried to make entering the giveaway as easy as possible and hope that the items would be useful now and well into the months when you finally get to wear your sale items.
Here's what is included:
Hopefully that made you even more excited to enter! Here's how:
1. Go to Lilly Pulitzer's website and tell me which print of these PJ pants you'd want to receive (see the possibilities here).
2. Follow me on instagram (@prepinyourstep).
3. Leave one comment on this blog post informing me of which print of the pajamas you'd like, your instagram name, AND your email address (I'll be emailing the giveaway winner directly when the giveaway closes on the 7th so be sure to put an email address you check regularly).
*If you want to feel free to like my Facebook page as well since I am hoping to use it more this coming year!
Giveaway closes on January 7th at midnight.
I so wish that you could all win, but hopefully you'll score some steals from the sale! I can't wait to read through your comments to see which pajamas pants you'd choose and I hope you'll stop back by tomorrow to let me know if you've purchased anything!