New fall and winter arrivals as well as past season stock and racks and merchandising hardware are on sale at Merge.

You never forget your first Alexander Wang. Mine was from Merge.

Was it three years ago?  Must have been; that's when his T line debuted. I remember standing outside the store and calling two friends to tell them that Patricia Wolfkill, the owner of the Fremont boutique, had the drapey, super-low neck tee-shirts that were the must-have basic of 2009.

There were many other Merge scores over the years, and many times when I whiled away a good hour just hanging out with Wolfkill, talking about the shopping habits of Seattleites and trying on weird asymmetrical "things."

Wolfkill has a habit of calling sweaters and skirts and other otherwise nameable objects "things" when their fit and form are nuanced and interesting. It's a term of endearment, and the best way to sum up the shop's stock and trade.

Wolfkill and Merge were great resources; the former (once a model, once a designer, once a manufacturer) for good stories and fashion history, the latter for great pieces with which to spike one's wardrobe. 

So it's with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that Merge is closing.

The last few years have been difficult for everyone in retail, and Wolfkill has decided she's had enough.

Beginning Thursday, November 1 and lasting through November 15 when her lease is up, everything in the store will be at least 50 percent off. Racks and merchandising hardware will also be on sale. 

Closing sales are difficult things. You might feel a little piranha-like taking advantage of the deals, but rest assured: Wolfkill would love to see you again, or for the first time, and she'd be more than happy to send you home with some fantastic "things."