If you’re anything like me, you love a good sale.
Especially one that is crazy, wicked good.
Last month, the day after Christmas, I hit up the mall with the gift cards that I had received for the holiday. I had a total of $75 dollars to spend at Banana Republic, GAP, or Old Navy (or all three). My favorite place is Banana, so that’s where I went first.
Before I tell you about my adventure sifting through the clothing racks to find a good deal, I want to share with you three main things that I have learned over the years about getting the most bang for your buck while bargain shopping.
- Always shop the sale. And by sale, I mean go straight to the sale rack. This is usually in the back of the store. Lingering at the front of the store can be dangerous because that’s where all of the fresh, new seasonal merchandise is located. Just go on to the back. These newer clothes will be on super-sale in two months.
- Visit your favorite store when there are extra sales on the sales. The day I ventured into Banana Republic, all sale was an extra 60% off the lowest marked price. This is when you’ll get incredible deals. It’s actually amazing.
- Shop off-season. This is usually going to land you the best prices for clothing. You’re going to find the lowest sale prices on items when you buy, say, tank tops in December and wool sweaters in June. This was how I shopped for my kids when they were growing up. By following this guideline, I was able to afford the higher-end (Gymboree, Gap Kids), cute, durable clothing because the items were purchased off-season at rock-bottom prices.
I purchased five items on my trip, and since I used gift cards to pay for the clothes, I actually didn’t spend a dime. I didn’t buy anything that is currently in season, so I will have to wait to wear it until Spring or Summer, but I’m OK with that.
The first thing I picked up was this pair of cropped pants. They were originally priced at $98, but they had been marked down to $16.97, plus an extra 60% off. Not only are they super comfortable, they are distressed and I am a sucker for ripped jeans.
I also found this second item among the sale jeans and pants. They are also cropped and will be perfect for wearing with a cute pair of sandals or flops when the weather warms up a bit. Ok, when it warms up a lot. (I’m currently in denial that winter is here to stay…). They were also $16.97 plus 60% off.
I moved on from the pants and started looking through the tops. After much consideration, I settled on three winners, one of which was considerably damaged (more on that in a minute).
This tank top is not only adorable, but drapey, and flowy, and of-so-comfy. It was $8.97 plus another 60% off.
The next top was a little questionable since it has a bit of a boxy fit, but I decided the price was too good ($14.97 plus the 60% discount) to pass it up, so I’ll likely wear it with a light cardigan to off-set the square cut.
This last item was damaged when I saw it. It had some type of dirt or grease all over the bottom hem of the shirt. I was a little wary of buying it, but not to miss a challenge, I scooped it up, convinced I could get out the stains. If I couldn’t, I decided the low price was worth the risk to me if it wouldn’t come clean. After two washes in some Oxyclean, Borax washing soda, and Seventh Generation detergent, there is nary a spot except a faint, gray-ish mark on the bottom near the seam. The effort was well worth the $5 bucks ($8.97 -60% off).
In total, I spent just over $40 (including tax) for five items. Success! If I had paid full price, I would have shelled out over $328 before tax. I much prefer the sale total!
What advice do you have for finding thrifty threads? I’d love for you to share your tips!