The energetic volunteers who drive the area's charitable organizations know that fall weather heightens shopping energies. And the many fall clothing sales sponsored by these organizations bring out a friendly and enthusiastic bunch of bargain hunters.
In its 27th year, the Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique has become one of Baltimore's shopping traditions. Women have been known to schedule time off from work to be among the first to pick through the racks of quality used and donated clothing and accessories.
"The key is come early, do a quick survey so you can find the type of clothing you're looking for and then plan to try things on," says Janet Guyton, co-chairman of the sale and member of the Johns Hopkins Women's Board, which sponsors the event.
The spirit in the common dressing room is not unlike a dormitory before a dance. Shoppers trade try-ons and fashion advice. Friends take turns fetching clothes, and dieting is a much-discussed topic as a too-snug terrific dress is passed on to a slimmer shopper.
The sale begins Oct. 5 at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7. All Saturday sales are half-price. Call 363-1496.
This Thursday, Hamburgers, at 10 N. Charles St., is holding a charity auction and cocktail reception featuring fashions for men and women from Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Geoffrey Beene, Albert Nipon, Dana Buchman and Evan Picone. Fifty percent of the day's sales will go to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 727-5600.
The National Council of Jewish Women is sponsoring an Evening at Macy's in Owings Mills Oct. 3. The night out includes a private showing of the new fall looks and accessories along with wine, hors d'oeuvres, a dessert reception and a surprise. The price is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Call 358-0707 for reservations.
The A.A. Warehouse, which sells discounted famous-label women's clothes, sponsors group shopping trips with a percentage of the sales going to support worthy causes. For tickets and information, contact the sponsoring organization:
* OCT. 5: Baltimore Chapter of The College of Notre Dame Maryland Alumnae Assoc. Call 532-5542.
Maryland Center for Independent Living. Call 377-5900.
* OCT. 12: Metropolitan Fire Fighter Burn Center Fund. Call 426-BURN.
Looking ahead, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Nearly New Sale opens to the public Oct. 26 on the hospital grounds. The merchandise includes clothing for the family, household items, furniture, books and a boutique section stocked with silver, jewelry and collector items. Regular sale days run Oct. 26 through Oct. 28. Half-price days are scheduled Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Bag Day, when shoppers can fill a bag for $2, will be held on Nov. 2.
The sale is coordinated by the GBMC Volunteer Auxiliary and benefits hospital and patient projects.