After missing the Wilton Moms ReTreat the first week of June, I decided I still wanted to have a little Wilton fun with my family and we piled into the car for a spur of them moment road trip to visit Chicago for a day. Every year in June, shoppers flock to Woodridge IL to gobble up savings on their favorite baking supplies at the Wilton Tent Sale and we just had to be there. After all, I’m slightly addicted to Wilton products and cake decorating is one of the few hobbies I really indulge in.
When we set out that day for the 3 hour drive (each way) one thing I hadn’t taken into account was the HEAT. Minutes before pulling into the parking lot of the big white tent we checked the temperature …. one hundred degrees! Hot Hot Hot! Inside the tent itself it was even more sweltering. So here’s a tip for Wilton Tent Sale shoppers: bring water, lots of it and shop like you were just challenged to a Supermarket Sweep.
Inside the tent you’ll find some amazing bargains on just about everything Wilton sells, with the exception of the professional cake decorating turntable. I really, really needed that but either it wasn’t there or I missed it while I was sweeping up and down the aisles.
Above each table you’ll find prices that are clearly marked and below you’ll find piles of Wilton goodies that are marked down up to 75% off retail prices. Just in the first 5 minutes of browsing I found heavy duty bakeware, silicone bakeware, cake caddy’s, cooling wracks and so so so much more.
Despite being one of only two men in the entire tent, the shopping cart pusher, the kid wrangler, the price checker and product finder, my husband was a pretty good sport for the hour we spent shopping. My daughter on the other hand was even more thrilled than I was because she found a ton of Tinkerbell decorating supplies for her upcoming birthday party.
Now I left feeling like I had won the lottery. Despite dripping with sweat and ready to pass out from heat exhaustion, it was the best shopping trip I’ve ever had in my life! I walked out of the tent with $200 in cake decorating supplies that overflowed my shopping cart and somehow we even managed to fit it all in the trunk.
When I got home I set everything out to organize it and realized …. I have no where to put all this! My kitchen cabinets are already overflowing with Wilton products so clearly I’m going to need to buy some storage tubs or something. My weekend plans involve a lot of organizing in my kitchen followed by lots of baking.
If you live in the Chicago vicinity and have a love of baking, you must attend the tent sale! It’s still open through June 21st with plenty of products still available. For complete details, check out my page on the 2011 Wilton Tent Sale.