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How to Shop High End Retailers Cheap...
This question comes up sooner or later to the mind of every girl that loves fashion or quality items. In the end, most people go to the stores like Neiman Marcus, HALL’S, SAKS FIFTH AVE, Von Maur, etc. and end up leaving the place because the prices seem to be from another planet.
Well, that is what most people do, at least. If you are reading this, then this might have happened to you. Fret no more, I know it might sound impossible, but the truth of the matter is that you can easily shop premier designers, high quality clothing and make up at the prices of Dillards or other every day retailers.
If you don’t believe me, read on and try it for yourself. In this post I have consulted professional stylists and shoppers and also have asked the advice of people who have worked at such high end places such as Neiman’s, SAKS, etc., before. Let’s dive in and see what you can learn. In the end, the reason I made this post is to help you. I hope it does.
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So, let’s start.
First things first
The most important thing to remember is that you just have to know when to shop and how to shop high end places in order to find good deals.
Another important thing is to make sure you realize what is important to you. For example, if quality is important to you and the fact that an item will last you for over a decade or, sometimes, a lifetime, then these places are definitely for you and it will be money worth spent.
And another thing to make sure you know is that when you know how to shop these places, you can find a high end, premier designer, high quality item at a place, for example, like Neiman’s at the price of Dillard’s or Macy’s. And that is priceless.
In addition, you have to note that what is sold at Dillard’s or Macy’s is not cheap. Walmart is the same deal. You are tricking yourself and fooling yourself if you think Kohl’s or any of these other places are cheaper than Neiman’s or other high end retailers. That is the marketing these brands go for. In reality, if you know when and how to shop high end retailers, you can find deals there at the price of Dillard’s or even cheaper. The difference?
Unlike Dillard’s or other stores like it, the item you get from the high end store will be super high end quality, and a premier designer which will look like a million bucks, wear forever if you do it well, and you might even possibly sell it later on for a higher price because it will be a vintage piece by a premier designer. Meaning, in the long run, you might even make money out of it, but that is a topic for a different post.
Last, but certainly not least, you have to realize that if you are shopping for yourself to impress a guy with the quality of your clothes you are wasting your time. Very few men realize when something is made of a high end material. However, if you want to impress your man with how elegant you can look and with your style, then yes, the high end retailers offer the kind of glam and look that no other places offers. After all, they are called premier designers for a reason.
So, let’s get down to how to actually go about finding great deals at these high end stores.
PS. I will make another post on how to shop or get high end makeup cheap or at no cost. Same will go for perfume.
So You're Ready to Head out to Neiman's or other high end store. What Now?
Well, there are a few more steps you need to know and take before heading out there if you are in the mood to buy. (Makeup does not apply here. I will mention makeup in another post on how to shop makeup from high end retailers).
The thing is that if you just go there, then there is a chance you might stumble upon a great sale they have and be able to find clothes, lingerie, and etc. for a good price, but that would just be luck. If you are serious about knowing when exactly to shop there to find best deals, then you have to prepare a little.
1st prep step:
What you need to do is sign up for these kind of stores newsletters. Neiman Marcus and pretty much every place now has special promotions and deals if you sign up for their newsletters. They will send you info on when they have discounts.
2nd prep step:
Ask the sales associates when they will have their next sale. When you go for a browse, ask them when their sales will be. They will know when they will have their next promotion.
3rd prep step:
a. Check out the prices at the every day retailers like Dillard’s and Macy’s. The reason I ask you to do this is because one, you will learn to know the average price of an item at a store like Dillard’s or Macy’s. Once you go to Neiman’s or etc. and find a deal, you will really know when you are getting a great deal because you will be familiar with the prices at these other stores.
b. Second reason to go check out the clothes from every day retailers is because you will learn to notice their quality and then pinpoint the difference between good quality dress or bad quality dress. This will also help you when you are ready to go to your high end store and you will know right away when something is a super find that you would not be able to find an equivalent of at any other store.
Now That You are Ready, Here is a Secret...
Now that you are prepped for your high end, premier designer retail experience, there is one more thing you need to know before your shopping basic knowledge base is complete.
And it is….
Shop for winter clothes during the summer.
Shop for summer clothes during the winter.
Shop for spring clothes during fall.
Shop for autumn clothes during spring.
Let Me Break It Down...
What you need to know that most people do not know is that the most important sale that you can hit is the ‘out of season’ sale.
For example, at the time that I am writing this post, it is the early days of June. The best time for me to find super deals and amazing sales for premier designers right now is for the winter. Granted, it will be last season’s style, but, really, who knows that when you are looking like a million bucks? No one will. All they will see is that you are covered head to toe in premier designer clothes. No one will know that you got them ridiculously cheap or that they are last season’s clothes.
What do the retailers need to do with the last winter’s clothes when it is summer? They need to get rid of them ASAP so that their shelves and stock rooms are ready to receive the next season’s merchandise. If you start thinking about it from the retailers’ perspective, then you will eventually bump into sales everywhere. It will become easy like breathing to figure this out.
But for now, please know that some of the best sales happen during the out of season time. So, if I want to wear an amazing summer dress right now (since it is summer now when I am writing this), then I am going to go to my closet, pull out a dress I bought during the winter sales event at Neiman’s or HALL’S or other last winter. I am not going to go shopping for a summer dress at Neiman’s right now because that is their prime time to make money since this is what every one will be doing.
Instead, I am going to think about the summer later, when it is winter time and everyone will be going to go winter shopping (which I will be doing now during summer sale at Neiman’s for the winter clothes).
What You Need to Know About Shoping the OFF stores
Another thing I would like to mention here in this post is that this same applies to the SAKS FIFTH AVE OFF store and NORDSTROM OFF, etc kind of ‘OFF’ stores.
The major difference here is that if you are going to shop Nordstrom OFF or Saks OFF, you need to know that this is like playing poker when it comes to getting super deals. In other words, they get their merchandise randomly and you might walk in one day and see only junk. Then you walk in a week later, and you want to buy the whole store because they just received their new shipment and people haven’t bought it out yet.
What you need to do is have your shopping budget set and ready for when you stumble upon one of those amazing discoveries when they just have everything that fits you perfect and that you love and at amazing prices. That way you will have your shopping money ready for that chance when it comes.
Another thing you need to do is ask the sales associates for when their next shipment will be. They usually know and will say something like, “sometime next week” or something like, “oh, next month because this is our newest shipment and we just received the merchandise you see.”
What this tells you is when to keep an eye out for their next shipment.
I tell you from my personal experience, I have stumbled upon deals of premier designers clothing, bags, shoes at prices that are absolutely laughable, sometimes (often times) cheaper than Dillard’s or Macy’s or Kohl’s or other.
The biggest difference? I am going to wear premier designer clothes that will last me a lifetime and will have that super hot designer look, while someone who does not know how to shop will be spending a fortune on a Dillard’s dress that will be low quality and won’t last them long at all.
I hope you pick up advice from this post and start your journey on discovering how to shop premier retailers cheaply. That is, if this kind of this is important to you. If you finished reading this post, chances are, you have the eye for quality and fashion. Kudos to you, girl. You can do it.