Some women will do anything for a bargain. Take Margot Miller. Hours before flying off to Paris last year, the Poplar Hill resident combed the Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique for a good buy. She found one -- and the Diane Freis dress even made the trip, thanks to some last-minute packing.
Look for the 52-year-old March of Dimes volunteer to be among the first in line today when the sale begins at 9 a.m. at the Evergreen Carriage House.
The good news? This time, she says, she won't have to squeeze her finds into one suitcase.
How did you first get interested in bargain hunting?
I just love clothes. Maybe I'm a little compulsive. I love sales everywhere, and I'm a very lucky shopper. I can walk into a store with someone and there'll be a sale going on.
Why do you go to the Hopkins sale?
I go for the Diane Freis dresses. They're usually around $100 at the sale. I know they cost $700 to $900 in stores.
I also buy party clothes. I once bought a lavender evening dress. When I wore it, three people told me how beautiful it was. And I thought, I paid $25 for this.
What's your technique?
Know what you're looking for and go straight for it. You have to be a shopper. It's exhausting and you need patience.
What's the funniest thing that's happened to you there?
At the Hopkins sale, people are often grabby and clothes move quickly. You have to be careful when you put your clothes down or else someone will try to buy them.
Where else do you shop?
Talbots, Wilmington Country Store, Shepherd's of Australia and Femme. I like boutiques.
I do not care for department stores. I find them overwhelming.
How would you describe your style?
Tailored. I like simple things but pretty, frilly things, too.
I like whatever I feel good in.
What can you wear better than just about anyone?
Certainly not a bathing suit. I guess waisted dresses.
Who would you most like to go shopping with?
Princess Di. I'd ask her what she thought looked best on me. I just think she looks beautiful in everything, and she wears a variety of clothes.
Who most influenced your taste in clothing?
My husband. If he likes something, I have fun wearing it. If he doesn't, goodbye outfit.
I like it when he picks out something for me. He had a beautiful cat sweater made for me as a gift four years ago. I wear it quite often and always get compliments on it.
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