I love to shop. Seriously, it is something that truly makes me happy. I know I sound like every other girl in the world but shopping really is my happy place. When I was having a particulary hard semester during college people kept telling me to do things that make me happy. So I went to the Neimans on Wisconsin Avenue once a week and looked at the purses. I kid you not. I never bought anything but just looking was enough to put me in a good mood.
Unfortunately, my love to shop has never matched my ability to buy. My fashion wants always seem to be a tad bit larger than my fashion budget. And by tad, I mean … alot. So with my law career ehh… only in its beginning stages, and my attempt to win the lottery yielding no success, I had to find a way to maximize my shopping budget but still get the fashion fix I need.
Thus, I tell you I have I become a master of what can only be referred to as bargain shopping and I thought I would share a few tips ya’ll.
1. Know your bargain stores
I wish I had all the money in the world to go to Neimans and buy everything I ever wanted for full price…but alas, this is not the case. But there are numerous stores that are crawling with designer clothes for literally half the price. My favorites are Nordstrom Rack, Loehmanns, and TJMaxx.
2. Know your sale cycle, and be patient.
Most fashionistas/a.k.a. hopeless shoppers know when things go on sale; the end of the season. Mid to late January, the winter items at your favorite boutique will go on sale to make way for the fabulous spring clothes. Mid to late August, the spring and summer stuff will go on sale to make way for the beautiful winter and fall stuff. But as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. I cannot tell you the number of times I have purposely waited (painfully I might add) for a beautiful piece of clothing to make it through to the end of season to be put on the 75% off rack. I typically only do this for extra expensive items that I would otherwise not be able to afford, and ones that I know will take me into the following season as well. Case in point, a beautiful, cashmere, Joie Sweater that was orignally $448.00 that I got for 75% off at $112.00 in mid January. I wanted it since they day it was unpacked.