Everyone has seen the ads for becoming a “fashionista”, and the truth is ‘off-price’ retail stores are a wonderful place to find discounts on your favorite designers. Some of my favorites include Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Nautica, Rag and Bone, and Nike. These designers fill my pinterest boards as I lust after their creations. Luckily for me, there are stores such as these that can help me obtain some of the coveted items that I must have for my closet or home.
Even though the items are already at least 20% of retail price, there are tricks to getting even a lower price at these stores.
1. Do your research. Call ahead of time to the stores to see if they carry the brand you want. For example, T. J. Maxx carries Kate Spade and Ross has Nautica. There is no point of even checking a store if they don’t have the brand you want.
2. Go in the morning. The store is less busy and you get the first picks of the day.
3. If you are looking for a specific item, it usually takes between a month to six month for the line to come to T.J. Maxx. They generally try to get items out in the same season, but every once in a while I’ll find one a few months after.
4. Talk to the associates. There are days for mark downs and new arrivals. When I was searching for my whole bed set by Ralph Lauren, an associate told me that new arrivals came on Thursday and Friday for bedding. It saved me many trips to the store and eventually I was able to complete the whole set.
5. Ask about the price if it’s on clearance. Last week I bought Nike flip-flops. They were already on sale at $10 but I asked an associate to double check the price and it turned out that it was only $7. I had a similar experience at Home Goods this week (a home department owned by the same people) when I was buying a down pillow. It was marked at $20, but when I checked it was actually at $14.
6. The more expensive, the brand the harder it will be to find. Rag and Bone and Kate Spade are wonderful designers that unfortunately are still expensive even at T. J. Maxx. I usually can find one or two pieces every time I go.
7. It might be worth driving a bit farther to a different location. The T. J. Maxx that I used to live by way always busy and picked over. The one 40 minutes away on the other hand was fairly empty. I found when I wanted something in particular it was worth driving a bit farther.
Hopefully these tips will help you get what you want but aren’t quite in your budget.
Do you have any tips to add? If so, leave a comment and let me know!
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