Shop for a Cause: House of Ruth’s “One Great Thing” Sale Starts October 1

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Gail Kandel knows great fashion – and a great cause.

As the owner of Vasarri, the popular Pikesville boutique that closed its doors in 2010, Kandel was able to celebrate her love for fashion every day at work. Since Vasarri closed, she has turned her (very stylish) attention to an event that supports a cause near and dear to her heart: the One Great Thing sale supporting House of Ruth Maryland.

House of Ruth is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women and their children, and to helping battered women and their children safely rebuild their lives.

“When ‘Ruth’ touches your life, she really touches you,” says Kandel. “For me, she’s become a real person. We are all really passionate about this cause.”

This year’s sale, which features designer clothing and accessories donated by the local community, will be held in a pop-up location in The Shops at Kenilworth. The multi-day sale starts with a preview event, for ticket holders only, the evening of October 1st. About 150 shoppers are expected at the preview and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (if the event doesn’t sell out).

“We’ll have wine and chocolate – besides incredible deals,” says Terri Wurmser, the Director of Development for House of Ruth Maryland. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The sale lasts through October 4th and features a wide range of fabulous items, including clothing, coats and furs, handbags, shoes and jewelry.

“I think it’s probably the finest assortment of clothing I have seen anywhere. It’s really extraordinary,” says Kandel, noting that the selection includes a wide range of sizes and both clothes and accessories appropriate for shoppers of all ages.

Kandel rattles off brands like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, St. John, Milly, Rag & Bone, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Gucci and more.

“There’s a brand new Escada bag. A new Bally. A Burberry trench. And fun, fabulous jewelry,” she says, noting that many items have never been worn or used, and even still have tags. This year, she says, the sale committee has collected donations from a wider group than ever before.

After Thursday night’s preview event, the floor will be restocked; on Friday, th sale will feature many cocktail and formal gowns. “They’re beautiful,” says Kandel. “Some of the long ones are absolutely stunning.”

At the sale, items are priced significantly lower than their retail cost – often at about 10 percent of the original price, she estimates.

Items not sold during the sale will be transferred to Ruth’s Closet, a boutique run by the House of Ruth Maryland that sells high quality, new and gently used clothing and accessories, with proceeds benefiting House of Ruth’s programs. But don’t count on too much being left over. Shop the sale early and often to get the best deals – all while helping a great organization do important work.

For more information about House of Ruth, please visit the website.

For more information and for sneak peeks of items that will be available during the sale, join the One Great Thing Facebook page.

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