Are you intimidated or overwhelmed by discount stores? Not me–I’ll shop anywhere! Marshall’s, DSW, Ross, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and Loehmann’s are proverbial treasure chests to me. In fact, some of my favorite pieces…my cognac leather jacket ($149.99), crystal jeweled evening shoes ($12), and Vince Camuto orange pencil pants ($39.99) were “jewels”. Here are some tips to help you navigate the madness that is discount shopping:
*LOOK FOR DESIGNER BRANDS. Michael Kors, Juicy, Laundry, Free People, Tahari, Calvin Klein and Nike items are plentiful! Sure, there’s cheap stuff. However, if you search carefully, you will find good quality items, and save a ton of money.
Recently, I found a navy jersey Maggie London dress at Marshall’s. I snatched it up quick!
Just one week later, I took this photo at Nordstrom, Stoneridge:
IT’S THE SAME DRESS! Except one thing…mine cost $39.99 and the other one is $138.00!!! That’s a $98.00 savings! Can you believe it? The SAME designer, fabric, color…everything! This happens more often than you’d think; all you need is patience and luck.
*BE FLEXIBLE. The chances of finding a specific item are slim. Approach the store with a devil may care attitude, and see what comes of it. It could be a swimsuit cover-up, workout shorts, a cocktail dress or a winter coat…you never know.
*SHOP OFTEN & RANDOMLY. The merchandise changes frequently, so if you have a spare 1/2 hour before you pick up the kids, pop in and see what’s in stock. Hit one area of the store–shoes or handbags, etc. if you only have a few minutes.
Discount stores are certainly not the only places to shop. Boutiques, department stores, online and even E-Bay can offer lots of great pieces for you to add to your wardrobe. It’s just fun to buy treasures that don’t cost a fortune…good luck and happy shopping!
What was your favorite find (and how much $ was it) at a discount store?