Sale Shopping Tips Part 2 – Determine Needs, Route Trip, Try On, and then Pay Up.
Top 5 Sale Shopping Tips
1. Determine what you want:
Decide WAY before hand what you want by either going into the store and picking out your pieces before hand, or seeing them in a magazine and calling ahead to get one of the sales people to have it waiting for you when you walk into the store with your Cash, Credit or Debit cards. This is where the planning comes into play the most because if you decide you need a little black dress then you already know where to go. You will go straight to the women’s wear where you will grab all of the black dresses in sale sizes(This is Trick #3 we’ll get to that in a moment.) Then you try them on and make your decision from there. But we are getting ahead of ourselves, if you really just wanted a black dress then that is simple but if you want a handbag, some seasonal candles that went on sale in the holiday section and that little black dress then you have to route your visit by order of salability.
2. Route your shopping by priority and salability:
Once you know what you want/need then you can route your trip. I will use the example of someone who would like a little black dress, a handbag, and some seasonal candles. Setting Priorities is #1 so if you really want your handbag the most out of anything on your shopping list then the handbag department is where you would go first. BUT! If you want that little black dress just as bad or more, I would still recommend getting the handbag first. But wait Mark… You just said. Yeah I know “Setting Priorities blab bla bla” yes but the second part to that is knowing salability. Handbags and other accessories will be the first to go because they are easy to jusy pick off a table or shelf and buy. The higher the designer label the more people will want to buy that bag and the more likely that they have looked at that same bag in that same department store several times. In short Bags are a TOP seller and should always be looked at first. In Salable sequence depending on how specialized the candles are and how much they are reduced I would probably leave them to last. So after your handbag stop move onto women’s wear but beware, some department stores have a dress department which can sell anything from Oscar gowns to DVF wrap dresses so this is where an earlier shopping trip may come in handy. Know your store and know where the products you are interested in are layed out. Once you get to the section that sells dresses, or the first section that sells dresses, look closely at each black dress and decide which you would like to try on.
3. Grabbing your “Sale” size:
This is a trick that has won me fabulous Leopard print Prada runway shirt (Because I tried on every shirt on the floor) and lost me an amazing Alexander McQueen black cashmere coat with sequin beading (because I couldn’t lift more than one size at a time because of the overwhelming load of other things that I had to try on, when I came back for the correct size, it was gone, and as I looked over I saw it being rung through and some person was taking my McQueen home in his arms! (sigh.)) So to avoid that here is what you do. Once you have determined what you want by looking closely at your options grab your size, one size down and one size up. Then jump in the fitting room. Why would you grab three of the same dress? Well to answer this I will let you know the three main reasons why fashion goes on sale. 1. It is Ugly. What? I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that there is a surplus of butt ugly clothing ou
t there and that some of it is pre-destined to be marked down to devastating, but believable percentages off. 2. Because the store has too much stock and the duplicates don’t get taken out or they get lost in the backrooms of retail and never get found until there is a sale and the back rooms get cleared out. 3. The sizing is all WRONG! Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a designer department, you pick up a fab pair of jeans and try them on, and while you are in the fitting rooms cursing the sales associate for throwing the wrong size into your fitting room you notice that… hmmm… it is in fact your size? Oh yes. Then it all makes sense, either the label fits unbelievable small *cough Dolce cough cough* or the label is incorrectly stitched on. This is WAY more common than you think. So for this reason you should always grab one size up and one size down. Oh and if it is REALLY something you can’t live without examine the others on the rack because if the piece was mislabeled then there is a chance that your size is sitting on the rack being tried on and passed along because it was simply incorrectly labeled. Now that you have found your dress move onto step 4.
4. Look at the percentage off
Though the final marked price is to some the most important, the percentage off is certainly a make it or break it deal. If there are two dresses and both are $250.00 but one is marked down, which one would you get? If you said the full price one I may think you are a fashion victim because of your need for the current season (which I also respect at times.) Now, if you said the half price one I would congratulate you and give you a full on air hug(you know when you make the motion of hugging from across the room, oh yeah! You would get one of those!) Because that dress at $250.00 which was regularly $500.00 is likely of better quality and may be in as good of quality as the new one especially if it was one of those pieces that were stored in backstock and has actually never seen the light of day.
In fact percentage is so important that is it how many people who don’t know what they are looking for sale shop. Now obviously I don’t recommend this because I strongly believe in determining what you want first (step 1) but I can appreciate it as that is how I got my Marc Marmel cracked leather luggage that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it’s percentage off (70%!) and I tried it on, and that’s when I knew I needed it. So this type of reverse shopping is both fun and exciting but you may end up spending more than you originally budgeted for.
At this point you may have realized that I haven’t talked too much on budgeting… I think it’s necessary but I also think that if you see the perfect thing then just go for it. You will regret not buying it later and when you think of how much you save as opposed to how much you spent, all of a sudden the martini is half full!
Did you miss Part 1 of Sale shopping? Click Here for what not to do while Sale Shopping.
Tip #5 is a bundle of easy to remember mega time saving tips a veteran shopper like myself has picked up over the years.
Go to Part 1: Sales Shopping.
Go to Part 3: Designer Sales Tips.