As everyone else prepares for the upcoming holidays I am preparing for the sales. You see the sales for me are just as synonymous of the holidays as turkey is to Thanksgiving or a tree is to Christmas. This is the time of year when just about everything goes on sale and I make it a point to snag the shoes or boots that I have been coveting all season. But so does ever other woman. So I have developed a strategy for making sure that I get my shoes. Here are a few tips that help me navigate the sales both in store and online and hopefully will be useful to you as well.
Presale – This is probably the most civilized way to shop the sales. If you have a relationship with a salesperson at any department or shoe store ask them when the store begins pre-selling items that will be on sale. Frankly, you should ask even if you don’t have a relationship. Then select what you like and the salesperson will ring them when the sale starts. No fighting, no fuss.
Wish List – Most online sites have a wish list function so for pete’s sake use it. Add the shoes you want to your wish list and once the sale actually starts simply add the items you want to your cart and checkout. This will prevent you from going through all of the sale items and making any unnecessary purchases. This is an extremely useful tip when shopping the Net-a-Porter sale. If the site doesn’t have a wish list, adding items to your cart can be just as useful. Just be careful because some sites will erase your carts. But most don’t and it is worth taking the chance to get the shoes you want.
Hit the Store – Yes I know there are going to be some of you who just can’t help yourselves and must go in for the kill and hit up the sales in person. If you must, try to go during hours that won’t be as busy. Early mornings can be good unless you are going the first day of sale. Think the line outside Bergdorfs on the first day of the shoe sale. Avoid lunchtime like the plague because every other woman has the same idea. Instead of your late afternoon coffee break, go shoe shopping instead. The rush you get will be better than a cup of coffee I promise. My ultimate favorite time to go is an hour or so before closing. Most stores have cleared out by then and you can peruse the sale racks without having to wrestle that perfect shoe away from another shopper.
Spend the weekend developing your strategy and get your shoes!