In France, there are sales twice a year – a summer sale in June and July and a winter sale in January and February. The discounts are incredible but so are the crowds and chaos, especially during the first week or two. I like to do most of my clothes shopping during this period, so I’ve developed some strategies to survive the craziness of the sales and come out with some amazing clothes and I wanted to share them with all of you.
Planning Before the sales:-
1.Â Go through your closet, assess your needs and make a listÂ – Empty out your closet and think about what you need. Remember all those times when you thought, ‘I wish I had a black camisole to go with this top’ or ‘I wish I had black trousers for work’? Make a list of all those items and carry it with you. Also keep in mind what youÂ don’tÂ need. If you already own three black tops, do you really need another one?
2.Â Visit all your favourite stores and check out the merchandiseÂ – The stores will be very crowded during the sales, so make sure you swing by all the places you like to shop at and try on everything you’re interested in. All the items you try on may not go on sale, but you can just pick up the ones that are discounted, without waiting in line.
3.Â Get all the extra perks and privileges from the stores that you canÂ – Do your favourite stores have a membership card? Or do they have an email list where they send special offers and discounts to customers? Make sure you avail of all these privileges. In France, customers with membership cards can shop a few days before the sale and even get extra discounts during the sale.
Tips & Tricks During the sales:-
1.Â Prepare yourself for the shopping spreeÂ – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a filling breakfast and make sure you carry a snack and a bottle of water with you. Shopping can be tiring and you don’t want to run out of steam halfway.
2.Â Stick to your list as much as possibleÂ – It can be tempting to stray from your list and go crazy buying everything you lay your eyes and hands upon. But remember, you’re saving money only if you buy things that you need and will use. If not, you’re just wasting your money irrespective of discounts.
3.Â Try on and test out all items of clothing before buyingÂ – Don’t buy anything without trying it on just because it is your size. Each garment fits differently and it is important to try everything. And why stop there? Make sure to test the garment to its fullest – sit, stand, squat, raise your arms, give yourself a hug – these steps may sound bizarre but they will help you test the fit and flexibility of the clothes. What’s the point of buying jeans if they poke when you sit down? Or a top that exposes half your stomach when your hands are raised?
4.Â Check all items of clothing for flawsÂ – People tend to get a bit rough during the sales. Check that the clothes you’re purchasing don’t have any holes, tears, stains etc.
5.Â Verify the store’s return/exchange policyÂ – Sometimes, the clothes seem perfect in the store but don’t look right when you try them on at home. So try to buy stuff from stores that accept returns or at least exchanges. This may not be possible in all cases though, so be extra careful while buying!
I hope these tips and tricks will be useful to all of you! Do you have any advice for shopping during the sale season? Let me know in the comments!
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