As a somewhat aggressive shopper/shopaholic I have learned a few tricks.
- Don’t buy full price (unless you really need it or must have it): usually stores keep their new inventory on the floor for about 3 to 4 weeks and then slowly turn it over to sale
- Use Amazon for a rough price point: Amazon usually has some of the lowest/most competitive pricing. If you are wondering whether to buy it at the store, look it up on Amazon for comparison
- Use: Off Saks Fifth, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, Neiman Marcus Last Call, RueLaLa, Ideel, Shop It To Me, etc. for higher end brands: most “high brow” brands ship their left over stock to these sites/locations where you can purchase for a significantly lower price
- Warehouse Bargins: I love warehouse sales! The frenzy, the excitement, the crowds, it’s like Walmart’s Black Friday for designers! Jcrew and Lilly Pulitzer are two of the warehouse sales I have frequented in the past and they are wonderful! Warehouse sales are something everyone must experience if you like to shop
- Outlets: outlets are great! (I used to work at one…) But you have to make sure you are shopping at “the brand” outlet not “the brand outlet.” Stores have caught on to the outlet frenzy. Now certain stores have actually created the brand’s “outlet brand.” This new “brand” is usually worse quality and much different than the “brand”. It is as though they take a brand concept and create a plainer, cheaper quality, still over-priced outlet brand and style
Just a few things I have learned as a seasoned shopper. More to come… xo