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The Biggest Tent Sale Around: This Weekend at Brahmin

If you don’t occasionally look up at the billboards on 195 in New Bedford, you might not know about the Brahmin Tent Sale. But plenty of other people from all over the country know about it.

The Brahmin Tent Sale, a twice yearly event, is a pilgrimage for Brahmin handbag lovers. Take a look at its Facebook event page to get a sense of the excitement. One woman notes that she booked her plane tickets from Virginia as soon as the date was announced. She brings an empty suitcase with her and returns home with it packed full of Brahmin goodies. Another asks if anyone will be driving up from North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of BrahminBy the time the day of the sale arrives, there is palpable excitement in the air. It’s reminiscent of the Filene’s Basement wedding dress sale, but without the cutthroat competition.  At the Brahmin tent sale, the vibe is friendly, the handbag styles are plentiful and there are plenty of bags to go around.

This weekend in Fairhaven, the luxury bags are significantly discounted, some of them way, way discounted. If you can’t normally afford a Brahmin bag, now’s your chance. A happy by-product is that you’re supporting a local business as the handbag company’s headquarters are right here in Fairhaven.

Another happy by-product is that you feel like you’re at a party. Last fall, I met a woman who got up at 3 a.m. to catch a flight from Florida, a nice couple from Ohio who plan their New England travel around the Brahmin Tent Sale and two sisters from Fall River and Westport who come faithfully every six months to expand their Brahmin collection 1 or 2 purses at a time. They happily opened their trunk up so I could admire their purchases.

The tent sale takes place in the Standard-Times parking lot, right around the corner from Brahmin headquarters and the whole office comes out in full force to participate. You’ll find everyone in the company — from the president on down — participating: restocking the tables, ringing people out, and answering questions. Brahmin staff wear the same colorful t-shirts as a uniform and you feel like you’re at a fun company outing.

Photo courtesy of BrahminAt South Coast Almanac, we’re partial to Brahmin bags because we asked them to accessorize our looks for our 2017 fashion shoot and they were wonderful to work with. Sonia Arruda helped pick out bags that worked well with our looks. The only problem: we hated returning them. Conveniently, the tent sale was within the same week as our fashion shoot, so I popped into the tent sale and I’ve now got my own Brahmin bag. I get compliments on it all the time.

I’m returning this weekend for another splurge. Like those sisters from Fall River and Westport, I’m going to add to my collection.

May 18 and 29, 9 am to 6 pm; May 20, 10 am to 5 pm.  77 Alden Road, Fairhaven. Update: This post was written in spring 2017. But don’t worry! The tent sale is happening again…check out Brahmin’s website here for more information.

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Marlissa Briggett

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11 thoughts on “The Biggest Tent Sale Around: This Weekend at Brahmin
    1. Marlissa Briggett

      Hi Karen, The next tent sale dates are September 14-16th. If you can’t wait that long, the outlet store is open in Fairhaven all year long. 🙂

      1. Kathy Roberts

        Are those dates accurate? I thought the tent sale was usually held Friday, Saturday & Sunday. September 14th -16th, 2017 is Thursday through Saturday.

        1. Marlissa Briggett

          You are correct Kathy! This year’s dates are September 15-17th. We’ve changed the blog post to reflect that. Thanks for writing in 🙂

  1. Brigita D Pepper

    I LOVE Brahmin everything and am considering a trip to your September 14-16, 2017 tent sale. Typically, are the tent sale items irregulars, seasonally slow sellers, what, etc. Is it like a Black Friday “free-for-all” or a rather orderly group buying? Is there a limit, as to how many each individual can buy? Is there a good selection? I would fly in from Tulsa, perhaps with a friend, so, are there hotels nearby, and can car rentals, or at least taxis be obtained fairly easily? Can anyone who had been to a few of these give me a heads-up? Thanks & Blessings!

    1. Marlissa Briggett

      Hi Brigita, The dates for the September tent sale are actually September 15-17 — we’ve corrected our blog post to reflect that. There’s a great selection with plenty of bags to go around and no limit on purchases and we’ve found people are very friendly. You may want to check out Brahmin’s Facebook page for more discussions and information:

      As far as hotels go, we’d suggest the lovely Inn on Onset Bay overlooking Onset Bay, an easy 25 minute ride to the tent sale. Cheryl at the Inn is running a special for the Brahmin weekend: $399 for 3 nights, including tax. Check the Inn out here:

      Have fun!


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