Shopping Gold Mine
By Tara Behan
Last night, I attended the preview party for the Shipley School’s annual shopping bonanza, Shipley Shops, and I can sum up the evening in one word: AMAZING. An unexpected celebrity was even in attendance: Jane Seymour. Word is the legendary actress was there to support her friend, Marlyn Schiff, a Bryn Mawr jewelry designer to the stars.
The committee behind Shipley Shops completely outdid itself this year for the momentous celebration of the annual fundraiser’s 50th anniversary. It was Shipley alum Zoe V.A. Wells who came up with the idea back in 1961 to host a two-day shopping fundraiser for the prestigious school. Since then, “Shops” has grown from a two-day event with 15 local vendors to a highly anticipated four-day shopping tradition featuring 40 vendors. This year’s event boasts 18 new vendors, including Tory Burch, Dubarry of Ireland and Patricia Adams Gifts. The great mix of offerings ranges from jewelry and clothing to home accessories and stuff for the kids.
Plenty of Main Liners flocked to the new booth of Bryn Mawr clothing designer, Vanessa Fox, who had an array of chic dresses and skirts on hand. I loved visiting Tuyet Wong’s booth of handcrafted jewelry. She uses the highest-quality gemstones and pearls to create true statement pieces. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the holidays, check out the oh-so-cute fleece blankets, towels and sweatshirts that can be personalized with a school’s logo, favorite team, or initials at ABC Design.
I could go on and on, but I’d like to save some surprises for when you go yourself.
*And last but not least: If you mention “Main Line Today” when you purchase your Shipley Shops ticket, you’ll get some free swag while supplies last—we’re talking Vera Bradley, ladies.*
Here’s the schedule for the next two days, plus other important info:
FRIDAY, OCT. 22
Shops open: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Luncheon by Gators Caterers, fashion show and makeovers: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 23
“Family Fun Day” shops open, plus enjoy "Special Saturday Family Fun Activities": 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kid-friendly luncheon: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Shipley School’s Yarnall Gymnasium, 814 Yarrow St., Bryn Mawr.
$10/adults, $5/seniors, free/attendees under 18. (No admission charge on Saturday.)