Monday, 14 January 2013

Trying to be a savvy sales shopper and failing miserably!

Sometimes when sales shopping I really have to practice what I preach. It's no good me waxing lyrical to readers or clients who want style advice, about how to be a savvy sales shopper if I disregard my own advice completely!  So, after some successful online accessories shopping I went off to Bluewater 2 weeks ago now, on New Years Eve, armed with a very limited budget (what was left of my birthday money) but a list of items that I really wanted.

No longer the die hard sales shopper of 15/18 years ago when I was "that" person who almost fainted inside Next within the first hour of their sale, trying to bag myself some suitable office attire and clothes for my three young daughters (I was a single mum back then), these days I just can't stand all that hassle and even the thought of a half price bargain won't see me at Bluewater until everything has started to die down a little bit, but you certainly pay a price (although not a monetary one) for leaving it late.

So off I went with my list. A list containing items that I wanted to fill gaps in my wardrobe or to create looks I had seen and admired else wear   Well let me tell you I got diddly bloody squat of the things I wanted and it was so depressing as I already knew I couldn't get my wish list online, well not in my size anyway.

If I found a jumper it had the wrong neckline, the blue shirt was more a blouse than a classic cut and as for sizes, well what a joke, I now know that the entire female population of the UK (or maybe just Bluewater shoppers) are either sizes 8, 10 or 16, as everything left in every damn shop I went in was either in a medium or a 12!  This should of course be enough inspiration to slim down to this dress size because size 12's everywhere must love the final reductions, 70% off - tick, do you have it in a 12? - tick - "er of course we do madam!"

Either medium sized women hate shopping or is it more to the point (being friends with an independent boutique owner I know this) that brands sell clothes in bundles that come in packs of 1,1, 2, 1, 1, and you can guess what size they get 2 of, yes it's a 12! Buyers often don't have the ability to buy 10 tops and have 6 of them in the sizes they know they will sell, but that's another story for another day with a "gripes against the fashion industry" heading.

As we decided to head home, dragging our sorry arses behind us and with the car parked very close to this particular store, I went somewhere I rarely shop these days and one I certainly no longer sales shop from - Next.  I thought it was worth a quick look and my daughter agreed, picking herself up a pair of pyjama's and me grabbing a couple of pieces I have wanted for ages, although they weren't on my list, so I don't feel that they were silly impulse purchases and I am glad I have bought both of them, even if I can't wear them immediately and this is where the savvy shopper redeems her disappointing shopping jaunt with a tweed/bouclĂ© looking biker style jacket, I mean seriously how long have I been posting about jackets such as these from every damn retailer on the planet from Chanel to Boden?  Plain t-shirt and statement necklace is all that is required..........

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Was £50 paid £25

And another jacket, again an item I am always talking about and will also just slip on over a plain t-shirt and jeans for nights out or the next few festive seasons............

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Was £40 paid £16.
So perhaps it wasn't such a wasted day after all!

Did you shop on the High Street with certain items in mind, make impulse purchases, or come home with nothing?


Dune

22 comments:

  1. This post did make me laugh because I can SO relate to it!! Every sales season I set out with a list in mind of things I need but it's invariably not in my size or I get so disheartened by the crowds so I just end up giving up! Glad you got something in the end. I must take another look at Next, I haven't been in there for absolute years. x

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  2. What great buys! Love them both .. that sequin jacket looks like it came from FC. I still have a sneaky affection for Next, as like you I was once 'that' person who was there early in the morning for their sales. Can't beat their kids stuff and they were ideal for work clothes. Clearly I need to pay more attention to their stock again. Both those jackets were seriously good buys. Enjoy wearing them. (In Dublin we're clearly different sizes ... always size 8 or 20 left on the racks!)

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  3. Hi Sharron! Next can be very surprising and you scored well with these two jackets, really loving the sequin one but both are great bargains! I have found in-store sales shopping unappealing and try to snaffle bargains online where possible. Thanks so much for your support and lovely comments on the Live To Love Denim blog, it really is much appreciated xxx

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  4. I know what I want - just don't know where to find it sometimes and then other things get in the way. Like I want the perfect laceups, the perfect loafers, the camel coat ... still searching. I don't shop in Next much but it's next door to my Sainsburys and sometimes food shopping is too boring and so I nip in to see what retail therapy it can offer. I usually have a try on session but come away with very little. It's usually - nearly right ... but not quite. Both your jackets are a steal - the sequin one will be there for every Christmas for the next umpteen years.

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  5. I just didn't go this year - part of me just couldn't face it. I never get there in time to get what I really want anyway. Got the trainers I wanted online so am happy with that this year! Jackets are great! XX

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  6. Love your sequinned jacket - fab little buy! x

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  7. I LOVE the sparkly one !!

    XOXO
    Alexandra Marie

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  8. Shame you didn't get what you wanted but I think those two gorgeous jackets are great compensation. How lucky you were to pop in at the last minute. I didn't do the Next sale this year…but I'm sorry I didn't now! A bit like Helen, size wise, I could only find 14's yesterday in M&S and was so frustrated by that. Maybe it's just one of those annoying things - we only see the size we don't fit into in the items we want! A sign perhaps that we should keep our money :) x

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  9. I think both jackets are great buys, so what if you didn't get the items on your list - there will be a second chance:)

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  10. I wasn't really bothered this year either but if I came across something like your jackets I would buy! They are lovely:)
    ~Anne xx

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  11. Lovely jackets. I am wearing some sale bargains tomorrow.

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  12. I used to be just like you. But now I have a list and if it's not on the list it doesn't get a look in (I've learnt from my previous disasters).HOWEVER,when shopping on-line, it's a completely different story ;-)
    Love the sequin jacket xx

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  13. Well done Sharron. 2 jackets that should adorn any wardrobe. Classic tweed and sequinned. I saw the sequinned jacket while I was over in the UK recently. I used to shop in NEXT for my work wear, classic dresses and jackets were ideal. I know longer have the need over here for smart office wear. Infact, I was just talking to hubby about Next the other day. I have got him into their menswear, so now when we visit he makes sure we see whats on offer in the menswear dept. Success!
    I also agree about sizing differentials, that's so frustrating, it's also what puts me off shopping either instore or online!

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  14. I haven' even got round to going to the sales yet. Probably all the best stuff has gone but you never know sometimes I go right at the end and get lucky.

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  15. I love the biker style jacket. I have been looking for one myself, but not the leather and stud variety, not sure at 52 one would suit me lol xx

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. love a sequin and love a bargin...I got mine from Primark but it could have been Zadig & Voltaire!!

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  17. I can't stand the crazyness of those first sale days either. Thank goodness for online shopping, and also here in the US stuff goes on sale so regularly that I don't think I've paid full price for any new clothing items this past year! Love that sequined jacket - I'd wear it with jeans and a t-shirt or shirt.

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  18. I do think it's difficult going with a list or searching for something specific at sales times and can be so frustrating with the limited sizes left but you did well with your tweed jacket - I have a couple from Zara and find them so useful - so....not a wasted outing at all in the end!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I'm very impressed that you went sales shopping armed with a list...I am never that organised. I've found a few bargains over the last couple of weeks but I have to agree with you that it is really annoying when you can't find your size!! When all else fails I buy a scarf!! Kat xx

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  20. I only shop online these days, it is far too hard work dragging children around the shops. I do try and have a list for the sales but occasionally I will see something I just can't resist.

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  21. I never really think to go sales shopping with a list, as male sales tend to be on a smaller scale and I don't think that work. My sale shopping is in impulsive and tends to be online - for men anyway online sales seem to have more fruitful results. I don't have the patience for shopping in person when it is a busy mess anymore. Hope you are well x

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  22. I think you did really well! Love the sequin best. I've been very good so far only stuff for the kids since they all decided to have a growth spurt at the same time....

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