Recently a reader, Kelli, emailed to let me know that she is opening a new “occasional” shop here in the Springs and wanted to know if I’d like to come take a sneak peek and see what it’s all about! So, this week I had the chance to stop in and preview the store and find out what it’s all about and give you a sneak peek, too.
The new store is called Lillian’s Shoppe and is located on North Academy in the Falcon Landing shopping center (where Jason’s Deli, Fatburger, Veda Salon, etc), between Game Stop and Wells Fargo Bank, towards the north end of that shopping center.
It’s part of a national chain of 33 stores that are known as “occasional sale” stores. They’re only open four days a month (the first full weekend of every month for the Colorado Springs store), and carry a variety of purses, accessories, and clothing.
The items they sell are designer knock-offs, if you will, or “designer-inspired” – so, no recognizable brands here, but if you could care less about the brand and just want to look cute, I think you’ll like their stuff.
Oh hey – before we get too far into this, make sure you come back on Monday, because I’ll be giving away four $25 gift certificates to Lillian’s Shoppe!
This purse (isn’t it cute?) was $42. Kelli said their average handbag is about $45 – the most expensive is $66. Sunglasses were eight bucks!
The store is primarily purses and accessories, but they do carry some clothing. They didn’t have a lot of clothing in when I was there, but told me that they’ll be carrying Sheryl Crow jeans for $59, and their tops were around $20 or less.
They had lots of different lightweight scarves which I loved (if I knew how to tie them!). The scarves were $12, pashima scarves are $14. I’m thinking that’s about the price range that Target would have, but these seemed a little better quality and a better variety.
I have to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve shopped retail for anything. I’m usually a second-hand kind of gal, but I think there were some good prices here. In looking at the price of handbags at JC Penney, I’m seeing that Lillian’s prices are about the same as JC Penney’s sale prices, and better than their regular prices. And, I’d say many of the purses at Lillian’s were quite a bit more unique than the ones at Penney’s.
Kelli let me know that they have a rewards program – for every $10 you spend, you get a stamp on your card and once it’s got 20 stamps ($200), you get to choose a free $30 handbag!
Lillian’s Shoppe is having their grand opening next weekend, February 4th through the 7th. They’re open from 10-8 on Thursday, from 10-7 on Friday and Saturday, and from 12-4 on Sunday. Don’t forget, they’re only open the first full weekend of every month!
You can sign up for their email list to get reminders about when they’re open and more. Make sure you select the Colorado Springs store on the second page when you sign up.
What was good:
- Reasonable prices on really cute stuff. If all you care about is the look and not the brand, I think you’ll like this store.
And not as good:
- Only open 4 days a month, so if you want to shop here you’ll need to mark your calendar. Can’t just decide you want a new purse and pop in to see what they have! (Of course, sometimes it’s good to have to wait a bit to make a purchase!)
Lillian’s Shoppe Information
Hours: first full weekend of every month. Thursday, 10-8; Friday and Saturday, 10-7; Sunday 12-4
Address: 7477 North Academy, Colorado Springs
Parking: Parking Lot
Credit Cards: Yes
I’m excited to see what you all think of Lillian’s Shoppe! If you attend their grand opening next week (Thursday through Sunday), be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you thought of their prices, quality, selection, etc. And, be sure to come back on Monday for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to Lillian’s Shoppe!
Disclosure: these opinions are my own, and were non-compensated; however, Lillian’s Shoppe did pay an advertising fee to hold the giveaway on Monday.
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