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Hot-selling Girls Night Out goodie bags return starting Oct. 29

Ladies show off their bags at a previous Girls Night Out event.
Ladies show off their bags at a previous Girls Night Out event. Courtesy

The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is starting the gift-giving season early, offering special goodie bags for Girl’s Night Out for sale Oct. 29.

Bags are just $10 and can be purchased at downtown Gig Harbor merchants. Last year, the alliance sold out its allotment of 1,000 bags in 48 hours.

“Every year we hear from disappointed ladies because the bags sold out before they could get one,” said Josh Sherwin, of the alliance.

Based on demand, the number of bags at this year’s event has been increased to 1,500. While bags go on sale at the end of the month, they won’t be available for pickup until the night of the event. Girls Night Out runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 12.

“When you think about it, providing items (for) 1,500 goodie bags is a lot to ask of the businesses, but every year they amaze us with their generosity, making it easy to see why the bags are so popular,” Sherwin said.

In previous years the bags have included everything from vinyl records to toys. The popularity of the bags is the major advertisement for the one-night-only shopping spree.

In its sixth year, things are bigger and better for 2015. This year, the Gig Harbor Trolley is making a special winter appearance to shuttle shoppers around the event, sponsored by Devoted Kiss Cafe and the other Finholm District shops. There are also complimentary limo rides, sponsored by The Weathered Cottage and Gig Harbor Audio. Parking is available at the Methodist Church on Pioneer Way.

Girls Night Out is the premier event for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. The 2013 edition won recognition with an Outstanding Promotional Event award from the Washington Main Street Association.

The purpose of the event is give a holiday shopping opportunity downtown at a time in the year, November, when things are slow for many businesses.

SandCastle, a toy store, will use the event to relaunch after being closed for most of the fall. A sign on the papered-over window teases “exciting changes in store” for shoppers. The toy story is located at 3208 Tarabochia St., next to the Birdnest Gallery.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155