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Shopping Frenzy: It's Tent Sale Time At Norwalk's Dooney & Bourke

Shoppers crowd the tent at last year's sale at Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Contributed
Take a peek inside the 2016 Dooney & Bourke Tent Sale in Norwalk, CT. See more at
Take a peek inside the 2016 Dooney & Bourke Tent Sale in Norwalk, CT. See more at Video Credit: dooneyandbourke

NORWALK, Conn. -- In a holiday shopping experience unique to Norwalk, Dooney & Bourke hosts a special annual event that brings hundreds of customers together all under one tent. And that event begins on Thursday, Dec. 7. 

The sale of fine leather goods from Dooney & Bourke — including purses, luggage, wallets, accessories and more — runs through the weekend at its headquarters and factory in East Norwalk. 

This is the 31st anniversary of the much-anticipated and popular sale, which draws big crowds throughout the weekend at the huge tent set up on the tucked-away factory site. (Click above to see a video of last year's sale.)

The event — which is not for the feint of heart — draws long lines of shoppers, searching for that perfect item at a surprisingly low price. 

Designer Peter Dooney views it as an opportunity to give back to his loyal customers to buy items for themselves and as gifts, the company said. The memory of the "best buy I got at the sale" has motivated generations of shoppers to participate in this holiday tradition, with some people trekking hundreds of miles to attend.

The sale will take place at the Dooney & Burke factory at 1 Regent St. in Norwalk. Here are the hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7;
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8;
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

Dooney & Bourke, launched in 1975, manufactures a large variety of classic and contemporary handbags, purses, totes, accessories and luggage. 

Many of the items bear the trademark "duck" logo or "D&B" motif. Shoppers at the tent sale find huge markdowns and sometimes one-of-a-kind sample items, Dooney & Bourke said.

The sale offers "great deals on overstocked, discounted, or slightly imperfect items," Dooney & Bourke said. "From handbags, briefcases, and wallets, to accessories and one-of-a-kind samples, there is something for everyone." 

Check out all of the Dooney & Bourke products on the company's website.

The Dooney & Bourke Tent Sale is a short walk from the East Norwalk Train Station. For more information on the tent sale, call 800-347-5000 or visit the website.

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