Once more about sales

Everly late May, throughout June until July most retailers announce their sales. Scoring something you wanted for a very long time at reduced cost can be thrilling but it is easy to lose you head at the same time.

After years of making my own mistakes, I decided to put a guide with all of my tips on how to shop sales. Things to avoid, when to wait and how not to waste your hard-earned cash. I have done few posts in the past on the subject and I hope that this one will approach shopping sales from slightly different angle but if you are interested you can check them out here and here.

Ps. This post is not sponsored and all of the recommendations are my own !

  • Sometimes later is better…

From time to time it is better to give ourselves more time before buying anything. What I try to do when I see an item that I really like is to put it in the basket (if I shop online) and give it a week or two. If after that time, I still keep going back to my basket I know that the item in question is a special one.

I have recently discovered a website called shortagr.com that is free to use and once you signed up, it will allow you to save the items you like to your wish list and it would automatically notify you when they go on sale or when they are available if they are out of stock. You can opt for an email or mobile notification. Every little helps as they say !

  • Knowing when to pull a trigger

This point is an exact opposite of my first suggestion but on rare occasion you need to have the courage to make an instant decision. High in demand pieces sell very quickly and although I try not to rush, I learnt to act straightaway when I have to.

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This skirt is a perfect example of that… When I first saw it in the store, it was already sold out online. Despite of not being sure if it is right for me, I knew it was now or never. I bought it and paid full price as I could predict it will not go on sale !

  • Simplicity is always better

Shopping especially sales may make you feel like buying items only because they are reduced.  However, what I would recommend is to keep in mind how classic the item is and how well it will perform and hold its use and value. This rule is very important mainly in regards to accessories like shoes and handbags. Classic ones rarely go on sale but when they do, do not hesitate.

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These shoes have been on my mind for a very long time. I knew I will get a lot of wear out of them but spending over £600 was not something I wanted or could do. I ended up getting them with 20% off during Black Friday sales. I have still spent a lot of money but I am happy with what I got in return.

  • Making use of what you have

Shopping sales is not about quantity but about quality. Buying just one item that you really wanted will give far greater pleasure and satisfaction than buying many that do not represent what you are about.

I have mentioned this in the past but making a list of things that are on your wish list and you want to add to your closet is a key. Working down the list will take time but you will end up with things you truly love and not the random selection of pieces that do not belong together.

  • Budget management and self-control

Every, even the most amazing sale find comes at a price. Staying within you means is very important. Getting into financial difficulties just to have the latest fashion ‘must’ should never be justified.

I am not a saint and I still learn how to mange my finances and restrain myself from wanting yet another bag, pair of shoes etc. But speaking from experience, I would strongly encourage you to learn on my mistakes in order to prevent you making yours !

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I really hope you have enjoyed this post and you found it useful.

Please let me know if there are any other topics you would like me to cover in the future and I would be happy to accommodate your requests.

Happy shopping !

Love,

Aggie x

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January spending ban

January is proving to be a new start for me. Not only it is a start of New Year, but also first month ever when I decided that I am putting ban on my expenses. By ban I mean not buying any unnecessary items of clothing, accessories or beauty. Only essentials are allowed so toiletries and things that I have run out of.

I have bought everything that I needed and wanted back in 2017 so I think this exercise will make me think differently and maybe make me appreciate what I already have… It is one thing to buy quality and ‘treat’ yourself from time to time but compensating all the bad stuff by shopping is a complete different story.

Getting a little bit of prospective on what I really need and what I want is something that I have to work on constantly and I hope that this spending ban will provide just that.

I am giving myself thirty days to start fresh. If at the end of January I have learnt anything, I will try to repeat the ban every three or four months for continuity and practise !

When I shared my plans with my colleagues, I have heard that I have chosen the worst time ever as January is famous for its sales. It will be unlike me saying this but I cannot imagine what would I like to buy during these sales ? The fact that something is reduced does not mean it is what I look for and need.

I have fairly substantial closet (my closet tour and fashion story available here if you want to check it out) and all of my possessions are really precious to me. I have spent years choosing clothing and accessories I want to have and most of the time they stay with me for years. Maybe as a result of that, I do not have a feeling that I am missing out on anything. Creating new outfits from what I already have gives me an enormous satisfaction and pleasure !

What are your plans ? Are you going to try to put a ban on spending or maybe something on sale caught your attention ? I would love to hear your opinion on the subject so let me know !

As usual many thanks for stopping by and for checking out my blog…

Love,

Aggie x

Shopping Christmas sales

With festive season fast approaching I thought it will be a good idea to write something about sales… They will traditionally start on the Boxing Day but nowadays more and more retailers offer them mid-December. I am all about buying quality without overpaying but shopping Christmas sales requires some preparations and forward thinking…

I have touched on this subject already (previous post available here) but as December sales are a little bit different that any other sale, I decided to list all the items worth hunting for as well as all the preparation stages I take in order to buy only things I really need and save myself some money…

My usual starting point would be to make a list. Planning ahead of what is missing in your closet, homeware, accessories etc. is crucial. The more specific the list the better. If you are interested in particular brands, list the retailers that stock them and add the appropriate links to your favourites. Regardless, if you prefer online shopping or traditional approach it would be my starting point.

The second step is to make the list smaller… Ask yourself three magic questions:

  • Do I want it ?
  • Do I need it ?
  • Can I effort it ?

Lately, I have added the fourth one that is more a rule that a question.

  • Can I buy it twice ?

It will be hard initial but the more I practice this approach the more conscious all of purchases are.

Step three is the most difficult in my opinion and consist of shopping but with ability to restrain myself from buying anything that is not on the list or not perfect. Sometimes I will see something that ‘will do’ but I know that I will end up going to my original item over and over again. So not settling for any thing than perfect is the key !

To prove that shopping sales can be a good idea I am going to include my five top purchases made during sales. All of the examples featured here are in my opinion good options to buy on sale as their initial price point will be higher but they hopefully deliver on quality of the finish and durability…

  • Outerwear (coats, jackets, parkas etc. made out of quality fabrics)

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Amazing Joseph coat bought in 2016 during Christmas sales (with nearly 70 % discount)

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AllSaints leather jacket bought in Bicester village (60 % off)

  • Shoes (especially designer heels and boots that will be used for many years to come)

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Most wanted pair of Gianvito Rossi plexi pumps (over 50 % off original price)

  • Occasional pieces (dresses and jumpsuits with limited amount of re-wear)

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Maje dress bought in Bicester village (30% off)

  • Swimwear (may be an odd choice but I only ever buy higher price point swimwear on sale as the initial price is far too high to justify the spending)

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Swimsuit from Solid and Striped (bought during summer sale for 40 % off)

  • Handbags (this one can be tricky as classic designer models sporadically if ever go on sale, but worth exploring)

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One of my most loved bags by Bottega Veneta bought in Bicester village (with 50 % off the full retail price)

Let me know if I missed anything and what are you planning on buying if anything this time ?

I hope that you find this guide useful and I would love to know you thoughts.

As always many thanks for stopping by…

Love,

Aggie xx