For all of you in the NY/NJ area (or further afield depending on your tolerance for early morning travel): the Schott annual factory sale is going down tomorrow morning (12/4), and it’s a great opportunity to get your hands on some of their US-made gear for a song. In terms of the offerings, look out for Schott’s usual suspects: Sweaters, wool & down jackets, and of course a whole bunch of leathers.
Officially it runs from 8am to 12 noon, but people start lining up at 6 in the morning and the doors have been known to open up earlier than the official start time. So yeah: it all happens really damn early. But despite my knee-jerk opposition to getting up at the crack of dawn to catch a ride to Elizabeth on NJ Transit, I’m planning on being there.
Why? Well for one I’m loathe to give up the opportunity to spend time at the factory of a beloved and iconic American brand. And then there’s the deals. Big fat ones. Like a room with everything under $50, samples at discount, and some of the current collection at 10-50% off.
But perhaps more than anything, I want to bear personal witness to this once-a-year madness. It sounds like it’ll be–at the very least–really entertaining.
So, yeah: Tomorrow, at some ungodly hour, I will haul myself out of bed and trek down to the Schott factory. And, despite the fact that I’ll probably be nursing a hangover and desperately downing more coffee than any human being should, I’ll be happy to do it.
If you’re in the market for anything Schott, I suggest you drag your weary ass down there as well.
Take the 112 NJ Transit bus from Port Authority to North Avenue at Madison Avenue in Elizabeth. Walk 2 blocks North (passing the park), then 1 block West to 1000 Jefferson Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ (the factory address).
—Please don’t take these as gospel. Check around for the best route for you and be sure to confirm before you head out. The last thing I want is for someone to get lost because I made a mistake. Be safe!—