So it’s that time of year again, summer is here, and thus, the sales begin! Not that anyone is complaining, obviously, but sometimes it can seem a bit daunting; clothes strewn across the floor, customers barging into you, nothing being in your size etc. etc. So I thought I would put together some of my top tips for grabbing the bargains without experiencing heart failure on the third floor in House of Fraser!
Avoid the sales for two weeks after they have started – this is crucial, as prices drop sometimes after only ten days of the sale starting. Whilst it may seem tempting to grab your credit card as soon as your favourite shop puts up the ‘SALE’ sign, if you wait those extra days, you’ll find prices have dropped, so you will end up saving even more money!
Wear appropriate clothing. This might sound a little strange, but trust me, you don’t want to wear layers of clothing (no matter how good that cardigan looks with your top!) because it’ll be a right kerfuffle when you’re trying on clothes. Hot and flustered = Not a good mood for hunting bargains.
DON’T make impulse decisions! It is so tempting to buy something as soon as it catches your eye, but if you’ve seen it at the beginning of the day, chances are, you might find something you like even more two shops down. Most retailers actually bring in more of their sale stock, because it helps with the customer demand. So relax – that top that looks exactly like that one Millie Mackintosh wore in Made in Chelsea will still be there if you decide to come back to it. Besides, there’s nothing worse than the guilt you face after spending too much on stuff that you’re not overly keen on.
My final tip is to always check the exchange and refund policy on sales items at a shop. Some places don’t offer any kind of exchange/refund on sale items, so if this is the case, then check the item carefully before purchasing, as there may be a reason that it is in the sale (faulty/damaged etc.).