It’s no secret here at DC On Heels that we love a good deal. And while we won’t go to extremes like Extreme Couponing or anything like that (although Crazy Coupon Lady has some really great tips for saving.) But we will certainly never shy away from a good bargain!
That’s why I was so saddened to learn over the Christmas holiday’s that iconic retailer Filene’s Basement was closing it’s last store on Dec. 29th and would cease operating in January.
Filene’s Basement has been a staple discount bargain store for people living here in the DC metro area for decades. I mean where will they have the annual Running of the Brides that has been hosted at the discount store for years?????
How Filene’s Started
In 1909, brothers Lincoln and Edward Filene — sons of a German-Jewish immigrant — embarked on a new venture: taking unsold items from their father’s department store and selling them at discount prices out of a low-cost basement location in Boston. Each week, unsold items would be marked down systematically. After a few weeks, if still unsold, the brothers would give them to charity. The business grew into a chain of retail stores in such cities as New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Founder Edward Filene fought for worker’s compensation laws and ” believed that the immigrant who shopped at his store deserved to enjoy the material comforts one could find in America but not back in Europe.”
It’s sad to see that Filene’s was forced out of the crowded market and gigantic chains like Walmart and Target will continue to dominate but not take the necessary steps to take care of their workers like Mr. Filene so vehemently did. Read more: http://www.forward.com/articles/147584/?p=all#ixzz1iubuFDju
Let’s show our support for the mom and pop run shops and boutiques. They deserve to be here just as much as the mega corporations do!
Feb. 4th is your chance. Style-mavens and fashion hounds are gearing up for the biggest and popular designer clearance sale of the year – the 7th Annual Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale. The one-day shopping extravaganza featuring high-end boutique merchandise will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial on Saturday, February 4th from 9AM-4PM.
Check out their Facebook page and get a chance to win EARLY ENTRY into the Warehouse Sale. Four lucky fans will win this chance!
Vanessa Camozzi is the founder of DC on Heels.