I hope you had a good Christmas, some family time and some-time to chill. Or did you venture to the sales straight after Christmas? This year I noticed that all the sales started online some as early as the 23rd of December which saves the rush to the stores straight after Christmas. I must admit I do love a bargain, but you must be sure that it is something that you love and need for it to be a bargain. Too often we are sucked in by the sale price and think look at what I am saving, but you are not saving, if this is just going to clog up your wardrobe and you are never going to wear. Make your sales shopping work for youAre these items current stock reduced?
Some sales are very genuine with items that have been reduced as stock that has not sold. You will know if you have been shopping in the store before Christmas as you will recognise them as current stock. They could be odd sizes, end of lines and have genuine reductions. Others are items that for whatever reason have not sold. Sometimes, there may be a full rack of items all the same in every size. Also check the amount that it has been reduced by as sometimes it is very little, and others are up to half price.
This tells me that it did not sell for whatever reason. When this happens, I am always suspicious, why have they not sold? If the stock is not current season, it could be stock that did not sell in the summer sale. My advice is to try on before you buy, it could be the cut, the fabric, the colours but if you like it that’s all that matters.
Is this item going to be a valued item in my wardrobe?
Now we all love a bargain, but it’s not a bargain if it sits in your wardrobe with the tags on and never worn. I ask myself would I buy it at the full price if I could afford it? You should only buy an item after asking yourself these questions.
- Do I need it?
- Can I afford it?
- Do I love it?
- Is it in one of your best colours?
- Is it in a style that flatters my figure?
- Does it make me look and feel fantastic?
Check the returns policy before you buy.
Sometimes when you buy in sales, you can’t return for a full refund but only a credit note. The return period is often a lot shorter (two weeks), so it is important to try the item on before purchasing to make sure it is something that will be an asset to your wardrobe and something that you love are going to love wearing. It is a good idea to try it on at home and see what you already have in your wardrobe that would go with it.
Don’t be shy about returning.
If in doubt take it back!! when I buy something new, I hang it in my bedroom and if I have not wanted to wear it, I take it back. I try it on with what I already have, to check that it will be a useful item in my wardrobe. All your clothes should make you look and feel fantastic. If they don’t, they must be wrong for you, and this goes for everything you buy. Sometimes you may not know what it is about it but if in doubt return it, otherwise you will never wear it
I hope that helps if you don’t find any bargains in the sales do not worry. Save your money for the new season, new stock will be coming into the shops March. If you need any help or advise, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I hope you had a good Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2024.
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