Last week I wrote about the importance of not being a bargain whore. This week it is only fair that I illustrate how to shop at discounted stores and get the most out of the sales and clearance racks. T.J. Maxx, Ross, and Marshall's always have unique discounted items. As I mentioned last week, buying just because something is on sale is just not worth it. Here are my suggestions on how to get the most of your bargain hunting experience:
1. Develop a relationship with an employee, but don't expect boutique service.
Employees at this type of store are usually pretty busy taking care of the mess someone else made. Be courteous and considerate, try to develop a relationship with someone you see working in there frequently. Ask if they are able to call you on your mobile when they get something from the brand you like, or even better, save your size.
2. Find out when new merchandise arrives.
This is a big one! Part of developing a relationship with one of the employees is to find out when the new merchandise arrives. Trucks usually come to the store a couple of times a week, and once the merchandise is gone, it's gone.
3. See something you like? Take it with you and try it on!
Once the girl next to you sees it, you know she'll want it and then it's goodbye wonderful, one of a kind, discounted shoes. My advice: take it, try it, then decide what to buy.
4. Don't go in a hurry.
Shopping in these kind of store is about the search for good discounted merchandise. Take your time, you never know what you can find.
5. Take advantage of the mess.
Just because it says that everything on that rack is a certain brand or size doesn't mean they all are. You know how messy these stores can get, so look everywhere.
6. Discounted doesn't equal cheap.
Take your mind off of the "I'm here to find Guess Marciano shoes for $29.99." Chances are you will find Marciano shoes a at discounted price, which with high-end brands can easily mean $200.00. Discounted? Yes. Cheap? Not so much.
For Ocala area friends
The Villages T.J. Maxx usually has more high end brands than the Ocala one. The reason? The Villages demographic is not as into high end/designer names as the demographic in Ocala. Road trip anyone?
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