Vera Bradley Outlet Sale a Disaster for Many
The Vera Bradley Annual Outlet sale is held every year in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is where the Vera Bradley Company was founded. The founders were two friends who had an idea to make purses and luggage out of quilted fabric. I’m sure they never imagined that their idea would turn into such a profitable and huge success.
This year’s annual outlet sale, for many, was very disappointing. The lines were outrageously long and the merchandise, once people got into the sale, was lacking. I don’t think that the Vera Bradley Company had any idea that it would turn out this way. I did hear on the local news station that there were 40,000 pre-registered people for the sale from all over the country. They also allowed people to register once they got to the sale.
This sale is so large with so many people attending that, occasionally, there are too many people in the building, and this violates the fire code. When they get close to having too many people, they have to halt the line letting people into the building until enough leave. All of this along with the sheer number of people trying to get in caused huge problems this year.
My husband and I have been going to the Vera Bradley sale for a couple of years now, and we both enjoy the sale. We get a lot of nice gifts for family members. I love Vera Bradley bags, but find them very expensive. The outlet sale is a perfect place to get a nice bag at a discounted price.
One thing that I found personally disappointing was that I saw everything that I purchased had a tag that said it was a Vera Bradley product made in China. I was shocked. I also noticed this at last year’s sale. Not everything at last year’s sale was made in China, but absolutely everything I bought at this year’s sale was. Vera Bradley, in their frequently asked section, states that, “Each year, the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale offers a wide variety of retired colors and styles, secondary goods and specialty items to the public at a significant savings.” It doesn’t say anything about items being purchased specifically in China for this sale.
With Vera Bradley opening outlet stores in various parts of the country, it makes a person wonder whether they will discontinue their outlet sale in Fort Wayne someday. There definitely were a lot of unhappy people who went to this year’s sale. Hopefully Vera Bradley will continue to have the sale. Last year they announced the dates for the next sale pretty quickly after their current sale ended. I haven’t heard anything yet indicating if they will have a sale next year. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.