It occurred to both my daughter and I today as we strolled through Target that one could really get anything in life you need there. We all know they have basic household stuff, groceries in most, books, electronics, & sporting goods. I’ve also been noticing that each year the clothing lines at Target get better and better.
Case in point – I’ve had my eye on an adorable coral sweater from a not-to-be-named designer. Said sweater is in the $120 range. Lots of money for most people. I am one that believes in the occasional splurge purchase. But this particular sweater is pretty basic and I’m starting to see it everywhere. This morning I had an email from LOFT advertising the exact sweater for only $44 with 30% off. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about! Put it on the list of things to take care of today or tomorrow.
Lo and behold on my stroll through Target today my daughter drags me to the clothing section. What do I spy? That coral sweater! I dive across the aisle, taking great care not to knock any shoppers over and grab the sweater. Take a good look at it. Super cute. A few differences, but it’s exactly what I want. Price? $19.99. Yeah, SOLD.
Now just to be clear I am a firm believer in “you get what you pay for”, however there are certain items that you just do not need to drop the big bucks on.
A few tips if you’re debating between the real thing or the knock-off:
1. Fit, fit, fit! Be sure you’ve tried both on. Many times those higher priced pieces are more tailor-made. A lesser quality may have gapping somewhere that you don’t want it or other fit issues. Jeans and pants are one that I have a hard time going bargain on. I’ve got short legs and if I find them to fit my waist and hips in the stores, many times the length doesn’t work. Petites don’t always cut it either. Find what things you can fit into easily and use those as your bargain items!
2. Quality counts. Sometimes you can’t tell from the initial purchase or try-on. But do pay attention to little things – loose threads, loose buttons, uneven seams, cheap feeling fabric. If you’re bargain hunting and you do see these issues you may want to consider the pricier option. Sometimes the quality issues do not show up early, but may be something related to how well they handle wear and tear. Is this a staple piece that you plan to have and wear for a long time? If so I always opt for the better quality/higher price. Exception to this – shopping sales. Whether it’s designer sample sales at the end of the season, or department store clearance sales. Sometimes you can find these normally higher priced items at deep discounts. Keep your eyes and ears open and sign up for emails from your favorite places.
3. Unique/Hard to Find: So there’s this jacket. It’s got just the perfect shape, these adorable buttons, a beautiful inner lining and destined to be a classic piece – not too trendy. In my quests around town and online I’ve yet to see anything similar and I am IN LOVE. You know the answer to this one – splurge! I will say if it’s one of those pieces that I really love but don’t truly need I may hold on and see if the designer drops the price or does a sample sale. It’s a risk, but when you’re pinching pennies it makes no sense to put your finances in a bad place just to get that coveted piece.
Another word on bargain shopping. Be sure to check out sites like Groupon, GroopDealz, Zulilly, No More Rack, MyHabit, Uncovet, One Kings Lane. These have amazing short term sales on brand-name items. Also, don’t forget Rent The Runway. If you’re looking for something more formal, this might be the ticket.
What other great suggestions for bargain shopping for clothes do you have?