The Lilith Outlet in Brooklyn is hosting a Blowout Sale of its winter collection. One of our contributors, Teri, stopped in but it took a second attempt to get in. She explains:

“Lillith launched it’s “last winter sell-out sale” this week and this may be my LAST time at Lillith. As I did once before, I called before I left work – being that it’s always a long day after teaching 6 classes of 200 students — and asked if the store was open. The manager answered and said yes, see you soon.

I arrived at 4:30 p.m. and there was sign posted that said OUT TO LUNCH. BACK AT 5 p.m. I knocked on the door being that there were still customers inside; the manager opened door; and I said “Can I come in? I called before I came and you said you would be opened.” She then slammed the door in my face. Now, this is not the worse offense I’ve experienced at a sale but she did the very same thing last summer when the store changed hands.

So my advice to you – is unless you are a die-hard Lillith fan – big and billowy – BOYCOTT the shop. Did I take my advice, no? Instead I lingered for 30 minutes, which is a long time when you get up at 6:15 a.m. after grading papers ALL night.

If you dare enter, to her credit, the store is well organized. (In the old days, there was more of chaotic feel with bins of assorted goods, which also made it more FUN as well as the champagne at times and the wonderful host/previous manager!)

Colors: all very dark, navy and maroon velvet dresses, maroon and mustard yellow tops, some dark green/maroon pants. Prices: excellent. Long sleeved tops (retail about $170) in several styles, mostly L and XL for $20. Long-sleeved, scoop-necked velvet dresses marked down from $400-plus to $50. Jackets for $60 – classic Lillith – very, very “billowy.” Lots of pants for $40.

I did cave in and bought one of the velvet dresses (being that I just dumped most of my little black dresses – feeling the need for something new and more “mature” styles.) Not sure where I will wear the dress but it’s perfect for a winter wedding, I guess.” – Teri

Where: Lilith Outlet, 217 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215.