There isn't a blog long enough to list all the items Mizzie and I have seen, tried on and purchased at UAL (United Apparel Liquidators). We still leave that store in awe of the deals (more like steals) we keep finding there. The designer finds are pretty unbelievable...Vivienne Westwood, Chloe, Zac Posen, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Balenciaga, Balmain...you get the picture. And while we're not in the market for a $3,000 Balmain dress, it is nice to actually see and touch these designer duds in person. But this isn't the only thing you'll find at UAL. There is also a huge amount of affordable basics...Sanctuary pants for $20, LNA tees and tanks for under $20, A Common Thread dresses and tops for under $50, Odyn denim shorts for $9.99...these are the deals that keep us coming back a little too frequently.
Mizzie and I continue to talk to people who have never been to this West End shop, so we decided it was time to talk to UAL's manager Tori Baxley to let us all in on some UAL shopping secrets.
We know UAL is a liquidator, but what does that really mean? Can you explain how the liquidator process works and how all that amazing merchandise ends up in the store?
We work with up and coming, as well as high profile, designers at the end of their season to take their left over pieces and collections. (Even runway pieces sometimes.) We get our merchandise from New York, LA and sometimes Europe. There's something for everyone at UAL. One week we may get in a high end couture deal and the next we may receive a great tee shirt shipment. We make cost effective deals and pass the value on to our customer.
Describe the vibe of UAL in five words.
Eclectic, hip, energetic, versatile, vogue
What are some must-have Fall items?
Cargo's, plaid, "flowy" tops, blazers and leather bags
What are some of your best/favorite UAL finds?
Our store is FULL of great finds. From blue suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi for $141.99 (regular price $470) or a fab Giambattista Valli dress at 70% off it's regular retail value, or our LNA tee's for $9.99. There's apparel and price points for every customer.
What are some staff favorites right now?
We have a phenomenal Balmain chiffon dress that we all love right now. The price is as great as the dress itself! It's a timeless piece that you could wear for so many different occasions. I think it would be perfect for a wedding reception or just a casual night on the town with cowboy boots or flats.
There is so much to see at UAL that it can be a little overwhelming. Is there any advice you have to prepare someone for their first UAL trip?
Yes. Let our wonderful staff of sales people ("personal shoppers") help you on your trip. We pride ourselves in knowing our inventory and knowing it very well. The staff can guide and direct you to what you want or need. And maybe even help you find the greatest piece you didn't even know you were looking for.
How often does new merchandise come in? What are the best days to shop to find the best selection?
We get in new things Monday through Friday. Any time you come in, you will probably find many new pieces you didn't see the day before or new markdowns!
UAL is definitely not a store you can breeze in and out of in under an hour. Make sure you have the time to spend there, especially if it's your first visit. You may have to dig a bit to find some of the best deals and you definitely need to try everything on. Don't be shy, ask questions! UAL's staff is friendly and personable and they really do know where everything is, so if you're looking for something specific they can save you a ton of time. Now that you are fully informed on UAL, you have no excuse, but to check it out for yourself. And we love hearing about the amazing things people are buying there, so let us know about your best UAL deal.
As a little added incentive, UAL is offering a Stella Special Deal this month, so make sure you're on our email list. You'll receive a coupon in your Inbox this week.
2918 West End Ave. in Nashville
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** Photos courtesy of Jessica Rai Photography.