It’s the time of year when the sun stays out longer, the weather gets warmer, and the deals get red hot — thanks to the Junior League of Baltimore.

Shop for a cause at their annual Spring Boutique Warehouse Sale, featuring some of Charm City’s favorite area boutiques. It’s twice the size of the 2010 fall sale — with 31 local stores participating and the number continuing to climb.

You’ll be able to grab fabulous items for yourself and home, plus shop for the kiddos in the sale’s expanded childrens’ section. Wee Chic, Urban Baby Runway, J&M; Kids’ Boutique and The Monogram Shop will all have merchandise available for purchase.

“Children’s apparel and footwear sales have always been excellent at the Boutique Warehouse Sale,” said Caryn Dombrow from the Junior League of Baltimore. “Designer children’s clothing from Wee Chic, Urban Baby Runway and The Monogram Shop really attracts a crowd, especially when it is discounted.”

{{side note: The sale will have stuff for guys, too. But I’m planning to leave my husband at home. Free childcare. I highly encourage you do the same.}}

The sale is free and open to the public from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, March 26th at Timonium Squaure (between Panera and Staples).

Need a little night out for yourself (and maybe a few friends?)? Check out the Girls Night Out Preview Party on Friday, March 25th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Cocktails, nibbles and — most importantly — deals.

A perfect little mini-escape for those of us who need a martini and an amazing new dress.

Little detail? All proceeds from the event and sale benefit the Junior League of Baltimore, a volunteer organization for women interested in making a positive impact in their communities. Since 1912, the Junior League of Baltimore has been a driving force behind many of the initiatives and institutions that make our community strong.

Preview party sponsors and donors include co-host Baltimore Style Magazine, Fairgrounds Discount Beverages, Liberatore’s Restaurant, Pasta Mista and Tres Bons Bons. Are the Italian scents wafting through your laptop or smart phone? Mine, too.

Tickets for the Girls’ Night Out Sale Preview Party on March 25th are available for purchase in advance for $20/person. But guess what? We’re sending one of you for free (plus a guest!). That means sips, apps and first dibs on oh-so-mah-vah-lous items for free.

Want to win the two tickets? Just fill out this quick online form. Want to double your chances of winning? Leave a comment telling us your favorite Baltimore area boutique!

You have until Monday, March 21st at 5:00 PM to enter. Good luck! And be sure to spread the word!

(cool) tip: Want to stay up-to-date with all of the event details? “Like” the Junior League of Baltimore on Facebook.