Last-minute shoppers score days before Derby

NATALIA MARTINEZ | WAVE 3 News

Many people have been there: last-minute shopping for the Kentucky Derby.

There were plenty of people at Pix at the corner of Preston and Market Street the day before the Kentucky Oaks.

Shoppers flooded into Pix at the corner of Preston and Market Street before the Kentucky Derby.

“It is beautiful,” Bettie Clay said of the hat she was trying on. “You know, it’s beautiful.”

Clay and her niece Sharon Burney made their shopping outing a family affair.

Clay is from North Carolina and shops for her Derby dress months in advance, but she told WAVE 3 News she usually buys a new hat to go along with her vast collection of others back in her home state.

This is her 15th Kentucky Derby.

“I have hats at home,” Clay said, “but I always like a new hat when I come.”

Tori Bock walked to Pix from her hotel to find the perfect pair of shoes to go along with her yellow Derby dress.

“This one is super blingy and fun,” she laughed, showing off one she was trying on.

Bork traveled from California, where she said COVID-19 really made Derby outfit shopping hard.

“You can’t try anything on,” she said. “I ordered six dresses on Amazon and sent six back.”

Her husband got lucky finding the perfect hat at Pix, too.

The last-minute shoppers don’t surprise Carol Hapton, who has run the store for years. She said even the out-of-towners always come back to shop at Pix.

“This is awesome, this is my Derby hat,” she said while Clay found her perfect piece.

“This is it,” Clay agreed.

“Ding, ding we have a winner!” Burney said with a smile.

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