Bargain Hunter: Designer Warehouse Sale Strategy
Last week my cousin and I went to a designer warehouse sale in the city, we arrived around 11am and took our time browsing around, taking a good look at anything of interest before choosing it. As we were shopping we noticed two girls in the corner of the room with a huge pile of clothing trying on some of the cutest items. And we weren't the only ones to notice, with a lot of shoppers hanging around their area in hopes of grabbing their rejects, and no doubt like us they were also wondering how these two girls got such good stuff. Curious, I did make a remark about their great finds and one of the girls told me you just have to grab a huge pile and look through it after, inspired by that my cousin and I devised our own strategy which has inspired this post. Here are my tips:
- Rather than just grabbing a random pile or slowly browsing and I would advise that as you through the items on sale grab anything with potential. After you have gone through everyone on sale find yourself a space and then go through your items. Check if the zips are working, that there are no swatches of fabric cut out (these are some of the most common defects I find) etc.
- Have an idea of how much you want to spend- using this as your guide create mini piles from your huge pile- The No Pile, The Maybe Pile, and The Def Yes Pile. Work out how much your def pile costs all together, if over your budget cull if not then you can take stuff from your maybe pile.
- Keep in mind if you'll actually wear the item e.g. does it go with anything else you own or do you have an occasion to wear it.
- The time you get to the sale can be important. If you have a particular item/s in mind then go as close to when the sale opens are you can-the earlier the better. But if you just want bargains then going towards the end of the sale is best- as a lot of designers/stores tend to further slash their prices.
- Be nice. It can get a little every girl for herself sometimes but if someone comments on an item you found or is eying it appreciatively and you know there were some others left tell them where they can find it.