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Best Dressed Sale and Boutique

Best Dressed Sale: Thursday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 2, Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. (just north of Cold Spring Lane). Hours: Thurs.: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted.

Sip, See & Shop: Fashion show, light bar, after-hours shopping. $25. Fri., Sept. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reservations: 410-955-9341;

September Drop-Off Days: Sept. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To Volunteer: Call 410-955-9341.



Wardrobe Wonders
Thousands soon will descend on the Evergreen Carriage House for the Best Dressed Sale and Boutique

Photos: Rick Born
I owe my career to the Women’s Board Best Dressed Sale and Boutique. Well, at least in part. If first impressions count, my turquoise Saks-Jandel Louis Feraud suit, a find from the 1997 sale, helped me land two positions. I wore the superbly tailored outfit to both interviews. Days later, I was hired.

Since then, I’ve been a regular at the annual sale. My friend, Faith, a designer hound with impeccable taste, combs the racks with me. She convinced me to try on the famous suit, against my protests that it would be too small. That’s when I discovered that with designer clothes, size 8 actually fits.

Groupies like us will return the weekend of Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 to the Evergreen Carriage House in north Baltimore in search of designer and one-of-a-kind treasures. Be prepared to spend some of your paycheck, but don’t feel guilty, even if you empty your wallet: All proceeds from the four-day sale benefit the new children’s tower. Last year, the event raised $150,000.


Now in its 38th year, the Best Dressed Sale is labor intensive. At least six months before opening day, Women’s Board volunteers begin collecting, sorting and ticketing each closet reject from about 600 donors. Some merchandise is brand new, from either retail store donations or regretted impulse purchases. The greatest perk for the organization is free, long-term storage. Because the Carriage House is owned by the University, the Women’s Board can store items in its attic for months at a time.

This year, as ever, shoppers will travel long distances to examine the vast array of gently used suits, dresses, handbags, shoes, tuxedos, furs—even wedding gowns. There will be something for everyone, men and children included, and it will all be well priced. “No one can resist the idea of a bargain,” says event co-chair Dottie Truitt.

I’ll be there, too, hoping I’ll find just the outfit that will continually perform wonders, just as my turquoise suit did in years past.

Judy Minkove



Johns Hopkins Medicine

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