Popular ‘Guilty Girls’ Returns at New DuPont CC Venue for its 7th Year

Two of the Guilty-Girls co-founders – Amy Kanzleiter and Megan Corey, who also own Shop Mamie boutique in Wilmington and Kennett Square. Planner volunteers always wear a signature scarf.

The Guilty Girls Giving Group kicks off their 7th Warehouse Sale next month, with a new location, new exhibitors, plenty of parking and two days to soak it all in.

Organizers are excited to bring back the 2-day high end, bargain shopping concept, which had been the trademark of their event since its launch in 2013. Last year’s show took place only on Saturday because of limitations with the venue.

This year the charitable show (with discounts up to 80%!) moves to DuPont Country Club, and takes place Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd. 

“We found that Friday night is really important to our patrons. People are looking to get out on a Friday night,” said co-founder Kerry Wendel.

Last year the Guilty Girls Warehouse Sale was held inside the Tower Hill School Fieldhouse

The founders have created a winning idea by hosting a bargain shopper’s paradise with loads of local and out-of-state vendors, where the majority of items are tagged at warehouse prices.  The boutique exhibitors all appeal to women.

And each year proceeds are directed to a Delaware nonprofit that benefits women and/or children. The group has already given away $140,000 to nonprofits. This year’s charitable beneficiary is Prevent Child Abuse Delaware (PCAD). “We were all very moved by the work PCAD does,” said Wendel. “We all attended one of their breakfasts, and we agreed that had to be the one this year. They do amazing work.”

 

Co-founders Amy Kanzleiter, Megan Corey, Colleen Corrado, Lena Salus, Cathy Kilian and Wendel are proud of her team’s success and how popular the show has become since its first running in 2013.

“It’s amazing to us to see that wherever we host the event, women come back, bring their friends and support us,” said Wendel. “It has really turned into one enormous girls night out, where many groups come to shop and then head out for dinner.”

L to r: co-founders Amy Kanzleiter, Cathy Kilian, Kerry Wendel and Lena Salus at Guilty Girls, 2017

Co-founder Cathy Kilian remarked that she didn’t realize how quickly the event would grow. “I never would have thought it would turn into what it has turned into.  It’s almost year-round planning by us now,” she said.

Kilian calls their event a 4-way win. “We support the local retailers, sponsors and shoppers and a local charity — a new one each year — that supports women and children,” she said.

There are 34 confirmed exhibitors for this year with five on a waitlist. If space allows, Guilty Girls will try to fit many of them in.  The show will take place inside the large Christiana Ballroom at DuPont Country Club and the adjoining terrace as well as a smaller ballroom.

Vendors will offer accents for the home, women’s jewelry and accessories, outerwear, evening wear, and casual clothes. Look for end-of-season markdowns on the winter apparel and slightly less substantial savings on spring and summer merchandise.

Shoppers sample cosmetics at Houppette

Trudy and Blythe are new to the show this year, which gives Wilmington’s newest women’s fashion retailers a chance to introduce themselves to more women in the community.

Wilmington Country Store and Ellie are coming back this year after a one-year absence. And they have added a group of retailers from the Main Line: Coco Blu (Wayne, PA) – lots of dressy tops and dresses. Polka•Dots – more tailored and traditional clothing. Gingy’s (Malvern, PA) with brightly colored fashions and accessories. And Tish Boutique (West Chester, PA) with more casual women’s clothing. Nibi MTK from Montauk, Long Island, also returns this year with resort beachwear designed by the owner. 

Look for great deals at Trail Creek Outfitters and for one-of-a-kind items at Milk Truck Vintage, a Wilmington business owned by Dave Songle who designs and makes home accents and furniture using reclaimed wood. Studio 822, a home decor store in Glen Mills, will also join the show this year.

Shoppers at the 2017 Guilty Girls shopping event, which for many years was located at Arsht Hall

“There’s a tasteful style and quality to all of our vendors,” says Kilian. “That’s the fun thing about Guilty Girls because I feel tempted to buy something from every single vendor.”

Friday night will again include a VIP hour from 4 – 5:30, which comes with drink tickets, appetizers, and early shopping. A cash bar remains open on Friday from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. 

Planners say many vendors will restock their shelves on Saturday but further reduce their prices to move product and take less home. Kilian quipped, “People can find some terrific bargains on Saturday afternoon!”


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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.