Updated* Ten Tips for Shopping the Brahmin Tent Sale


*The Brahmin Tent Sale is set to take place Sept 18th, 19th, and 20th 2015 at all Brahmin Outlet Locations. Please Note the larger selection will be at the Brahmin Headquarters in Fairhaven MA on these same dates.*

Brahmin Tent Sale, Brahmin Sample Sale, Brahmin Outlet


The Brahmin Tent will be here in no time! I’m still undecided on if I want to make the trip again, but that doesn’t mean I can’t prepare you for the shopping experience of a life time!! I’ve been twice already and I’ve had a rather awesome experience as you can see from my bags in Trip 1 and Trip 2 .Here are ten things you need to know to survive the Brahmin Tent Sale which is coming up in May1. Get there Early: If you plan on shopping the first day you want to be sure that you’re one of the first in line. Trust me this is where the serious shoppers are .Don’t be alarmed by the ladies with the

1. Get there Early: If you plan on shopping the first day you want to be sure that you’re one of the first in line. Trust me this is where the serious shoppers are .Don’t be alarmed by the ladies with the pop up laundry bags, they know what they’re doing. If this is your first rodeo don’t be afraid to chat up the ladies in the line to get the inside details, if they’re willing to share them. Being first in line grants your access to the bags first. Sometimes there are a only a few bags in certain style or color and while some others are being restocked once these are gone they are gone.

2. The First Day and the last day are the best days to shop. I’ve gone on the first and the second day before and let me tell you the pickings on the first day are astronomical compared to what’s there on the second day. Now, I’ve never been on the last day, but from what I’ve been told things are marked down even more, especially right before the sale ends. If you’re not really concerned with a particular style or color but just want a good deal the final day of the sale is your best bet.

3. Have a plan: When you go to the Tent Sale you will be hypnotized by all the different styles and colors that are available. Go into the sale with a plan of action so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Most bags will be a couple of seasons old so unless you want to pay full price don’t expect to see any of the newest releases there, Let me rephrase that, there will be some newer models available, but they will have them in a special corner at full price. Of cours,e that will be the area with the least amount of people. Scan through old Brahmin E-Catalogs that can be found online to get a sense of what you really want. There are no associates there to help you locate a certain style or color so keep your eyes peeled and grab whatever you think fits the bill.

4. Grab First, Inspect Later: The tent sale is not for those who want to stroll around and shop at ease. The tent sale is a frenzy. The best advice I can give is to grab whatever catches your eye (hints the lady with the pop up laundry basket) and then go to a corner and decide if you really want it. You will not have time to snap pictures or face time your friends in the heat of the moment. One wrong move and that bag could be on another woman’s arms.

5. Bring a friend. Most women shop in groups anyway, but this is very important for the tent sale. I can’t tell you how many different my friends have helped me out while shopping. They’ve stood over me while I’ve gone though my own version of a pop-up laundry basket. Helped me snap pics so I can send them to my mom so she could decide on the bag she wants, and they’ve been a huge help when you have to make the final decision between which bag to get. Plus it’s more fun to shop with a friend.

6. If you want to know the name color, and price of your bag before it was marked down for the sale take a picture of the tags or write everything down. At the register, they cut off the tags for “inventory purposes”. I found this out the hard way after my first trip. My second trip I got hip and made sure to snap a picture of tag so I would be able to tell people the name and color as well as how much I saved on the bag.

Brahmin Tent Sale
7. There aren’t any warranty are cards. Since this is sample sale I’m guessing we’re giving up our right to have the bags fixed if there is a defect. There are no warranty cards inside the bag so you can’t register your bag so be sure to inspect your bag for snags, rips and demarcations inside and out before purchasing.

8. When you’re checking out don’t forget to buy a dust bag! When you buy a bag in store they usually come with the bag but you won’t find them in the bags at the tent sale. The dust bags run $5 each and come in various sizes. I am rather picky with my dust bags so I made sure I got ones that didn’t look dingy and were large enough to fit my bags properly.

9.While you’re already getting a great deal at the sale if you buy a certain number of bags there is an even better deal! Once you reach a certain number you can get 10%, 20% or 30% off! If you’re shopping with cash and you don’t want to buy a lot to get the extra discount go in with a friend and combine your purchase!

10. The most important thing about the Brahmin tent sale is to have fun. It is a huge adrenaline rush and can cause some people a bit of anxiety. Make sure you take the time to look over you bags before you purchase so that you don’t walk out with buyers remorse from getting way too much. I’ve purchased several bags at the tent sale. It’s a  great way to get your Christmas shopping done early, or buy other gifts for birthdays and etc. There are also Home Goods and dog accessories available!


The Brahmin Tent sale  2014 is set to take place September 18thh, 19th and 20th of 2015 and will be held at all the Brahmin Outlet locations including the ones in New Jersey! Will I see you there this year? If you can’t make it to the tent sale I put together some of my favorite bags below. Just shop the widget below and while your at it check out how I styled these two bags I picked up at a Tent Sale.

Brahim Handbags, Brahmin Saint Germain Duxbury Satchel Being Melody Brahmin Melbourne






  1. April 9, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Great tips! Those bags looks super cute! 🙂

  2. April 9, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Have fun if you go! Your bags are beautiful, of course.

  3. NORAH
    April 9, 2014 / 10:08 am


  4. April 9, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I would be so overwhelmed! OMG!

  5. April 9, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    Where is this sample sale? I have never heard of this before. The purses look absolutely stunning.

  6. Jessica T
    April 9, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Wow! Those bags are gorgeous!

  7. April 9, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    This looks amazing! I wish they had that here!

  8. April 9, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    UGH, I WANNNA GOO!! Designer purses = <3

  9. April 9, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    Great tips! I don’t think I could handle the frenzy.

  10. April 9, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I love that blue bag!

  11. April 9, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    *walking and whistles; looks the other way*

  12. April 9, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    Awesome Tips. I don’t really like to shop when things are crazy so I would not be able to participate – but it does seem like it would be fun if you were out with a girlfriend. 😉

  13. April 9, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Those sample sales can be a very confusing experience/

  14. April 9, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Love the bags and your tips! These are great Black Friday tips too… =)

  15. April 9, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Pop up laundry bag… genius! Never thought of it, never seen it, totally doing it.

  16. April 9, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    I really enjoyed your tips & i do love deals

  17. April 9, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before! I don’t know if I could handle it.. the Coach outlet sale online is more my speed! lol

  18. April 10, 2014 / 12:31 am

    I love your safari purse! Wish there’s a tent sale here in HI, most likely I’ll be the first in line.

  19. Pamela
    February 24, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Hello Melody – do you know the date and location for 2015 tent sale? Also how can I find this information for future tent sale? Trying to plan for 2015 tent sale. Thanks

    • February 25, 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Hi! They usually have it the same time every year. I’m not sure of the exact dates but whatever date I have on the post is around the same time they will have it next year.

  20. Kara Lees
    April 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Does anyone know the May 2015 dates?

  21. September 2, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Grab first inspect later. love that I actually do that with everything and most of the time it turns out okay too. Love these tips not just for this brand but for anything new coming out.

  22. September 2, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Wow, I love that pink bag but I don’t live near the sale. If I did, I certainly would follow your awesome tips! I hope you snatch and grab to your hearts content and get some winners!

  23. September 2, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Whoa, these are super cute bags! I love the idea of saving big at a tent sale, especially when it involves new bags. You shared some great tips for shopping the tent sale. I think buying a dust bag is key!

  24. September 2, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    I love these shopping tips!! I have not been to a tent sale like this before. I love to bargain hunt and this sounds so much fun to shop at, I need to see if there are any sales like this near me.

  25. September 2, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I have never shopped at a Brahmin Tent Sale, but I heard some of my friends talking about his. This must be an exciting event for bag lovers. I would like to shop there, too if I have a chance.

  26. September 3, 2015 / 9:49 am

    These are great tips for getting the best deals and making the most out of this sale. It made me laugh because I thought about that show The Nanny when they would go to the outlet malls in Jersey and the shopping got crazy! I have never been a shopping kind of girl, I get excited about deals on groceries though! lol

  27. September 3, 2015 / 11:48 am

    While I have never been to a Brahmin Tent Sale, I must admit these bags are gorgeous. I am a shoe and handbag girl. So I would love shopping there. Don’t know if I would make it this year, but I am going to make it next year. This would be a great girls getaway trip.

  28. September 3, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    These tips are fantastic. I’ve never actually shopped a tent sale but I’m sure I could do it well with all of these great ideas. I especially love the idea of bringing a friend with you, although I can’t say I’ve ever made my own pop-up laundry tent. I may just have to try that next time I go shopping. And all of those purses, gorgeous!

  29. September 4, 2015 / 4:59 am

    I love how colorful the Brahmin bag line is – and I can see why the Sold Out pieces are already unavailable. I don’t think I would survive a tent sale like that, I can’t stand going to a place where people are ‘fighting’ over items. However, if I really wanted something…I would go with a plan in mind and bring family/friends to cover more ground for me.

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