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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gear up for Sample / Warehouse Sale Season

By Suzanne O'Connor

It’s starting, the biggest Sale season of the year. From October thru December there are more Sample and Warehouse Sales than at any other time of year with dozens of sales happening every weekend.

Manufacturers need to clear out past seasons goods and their inventories need to be reduced. Whether you’re into fashion, furniture, decor or finery there will be sales to lure you out to do some serious shopping!

Here are my Guerilla Sale shopping techniques

Be informed.
Know the marketplace products and retail prices before you shop. Hit the mall, scan the paper, surf the web. Know labels and manufacturers, quality of construction, price and fashion details. Learn about fabric and basic construction of quality garments and furnishings. This applies to home furnishings, outdoor gear and equipment, accessories, lighting, linens, shoes, jewelry etc. 

Budget Before You Shop
Set a budget before you head out and try to stick to it.
Take cash and a credit card.  Checks are rarely, if ever accepted anymore.
Always have cash available. You may also have more negotiating room with cash.
But remember, overspending has real consequences.

What to Wear
Shop in comfortable clothing and shoes. Something you can stand in or walk around in for long periods of time. Leave your designer handbag and family jewels at home.
Do not carry a handbag or coin purse you have to hold with your hands. You want your hands free to shop. Carry a backpack, Fannie pack or Crossbody handbag.

Eat First
Shopping is hard work. Eat something before you shop. Carrying a small snack, (crackers/nutrition bar) in your bag or car also works. Tired, hungry shoppers don’t make good choices and usually flee before they snag a deal. Carry a water bottle with you or in your car.

Know Your Size / Measurements
Take a tape measure with you where ever you go. Know your family’s measurements. Sizes run differently from manufacturer to manufacturer. Sample Sales & Warehouse Sales do not take returns and often you cannot try on.
If you’re buying any home furnishings or décor items, have the measurements of your room and doorway into that room. I also recommend carrying color swatches if you have them.

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
If you see something that you like and is a great deal, grab it. If it’s a larger item ask for it to be held for you while you shop.
You have no claims to anything that is not in your hand or basket. Thinking about it has caused many a bargain find to disappear under my nose. You can always change your mind and put it back properly… later.

Go Early if You’re Serious or Go Later, for Fun
If the sale is on something you need, desperately want or love, you go early for best selection.
If the sale is on cool stuff that you like, but don’t necessarily need or love, go later just for fun.

Be Smart
Everything is on sale for a reason. Many warehouse sales offer huge selections, but chances are some of these items may be cosmetically or constructively damaged. EVERYTHING has to be finely examined. Check every detail, look underneath, check seams, look at it in the brightest light available. Any flaws overlooked are yours to enjoy after you purchase.

Know the Rules
All sales are final at warehouse and sample sales. Items are sold as is.
If you’re shopping for larger items, make sure you have a way to transport before you purchase.
If you’re hitting multiple sales at one location, make sure to bring a large tote to carry your treasures around or plan on multiple trips to your car.

Hang on to Your Sense of Humor
Some sales can be rough. Most luckily are not. But like all things in life, polite behavior goes a long way.
Long lines?  I say…. Make a new friend!  Hot room… make light of it! Cranky person next to you? Smile and pay them a compliment! Keeping it light makes it more fun and easier for everyone.
Nothing is ever worth fighting over. No matter how great the item or how obnoxious someone else is.

At the end of the day, you will have bagged some steals, save a bundle and hopefully had a great time!

Now, go sic ‘em!

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