Bargain Hunting Tips at it’s finest
As you may or may not know, I recently went on a bit of a huge “way over due” shopping spree (watch my video haul). I’m not going to lie; I am so chuffed to have scored so many bargains especially as I had my eyes set on these gems for quite some time.
If it’s not obvious enough, I am a huge sucker when it comes to a bargain. Even more so when it’s an item that I’ve been eyeing off for so long.
When I “window shop” and I come across an item that I want, my mind goes through a major process. A lot of things run through my mind like “Will this set me back on buying the Palm Springs Backpack PM” or “I don’t have the money right now and I don’t want to use the credit card” and “Do I need it right now?” which then follows by “I will wait until it goes on sale” – this is my secret and one that I learned from my mum as she is the biggest bargain shopper I have ever come across. So much so, that when it does go on sale she will buy one in EVERY COLOUR!
So, without further ado stick around to learn how to snap up a bargain.
Generally, if it’s something that is in high demand and/or I really do not want to wait then I will purchase it straight away. For example, I had purchased a black long line coat from Lioness because they only had my size left and I knew if I waited then it will be gone when I come back. However, if in my gut tells me to wait or there’s still heaps left then I would choose to gamble my chances and wait for it to go on sale……this could be months. Sometimes I am lucky and other times I’m not but I like to always tell myself that “if it was met to be it will be”. Eventually I get over it and find something better in the end anyway! Or… one day the store will restock and I don’t think for a second and make the purchase there and then. Just like what I did for this black bag I bought from Bardot that is a dupe version of the Chloe Faye bags you would have been seeing all over social media. Or you can always do what my mother does…..if the store doesn’t have her size she will check online and if that fails, she would call the store head office and get them to do a “store search” to locate the item. Then she will contact the store and make arrangements to purchase it.
Honestly, I always forget when stores and online boutiques have their sales but the major ones I know are End of Financial Year, VOSN (Vogue Online Shopping Night), Boxing Day and the seasonal sales. Of course, there are always random sales throughout the year. Boutiques in particular will have sales to get rid of old stock to make room for new stock. It’s all about following your favourite stores via social media and subscribe to their newsletters to stay in the loop. Majority of my emails are all newsletters. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne then I am absolutely envious of you, you get to check out all the warehouse sales for major lines like Dion Lee, Camilla and Marc, Nobody Denim, Sass and Bide just to name a few. There is a great website called Missy Confidential that lets you in on all the hot retail, online and warehouse sales that you will not want to miss, you can even sign up to their newsletter to never miss a sale again.
The first thing I look at when entering a store or checking out an online website is the sale section! You never know, you mind find something in there that you never noticed before when it was full priced!
I’m not going to lie, the sale racks are always stacked up and really messy but skim through it if you can – you won’t regret it, if you find something anyway 😛
Trade Secret is an epic outlet store that stocks reasonable amounts of labels such as One Teaspoon, Nobody Denim, Lee’s and many more. I have found and purchased Lee and Nobody Denim jeans from Trade Secret for not even a fraction of the price. It’s a huge store that has new arrivals every single day! It even has home items and accessories plus underwear for both female and males. It’s a one stop destination for all your needs at a cheap price.
I know there are a lot of mixed opinions regarding salvo shopping but I actually don’t mind it. If you’re worried about hygiene then just wash the clothing before you wear it. It won’t hurt to wash it a couple of times if you’re that paranoid.
Salvo shopping is honestly a hit or a miss kind of shopping. You may not always find something so you should always keep going back and have the mindset of “just browsing” as I find that if you go shopping with high standards you will most likely be let down, for me anyway.
I hear that Bondi or Byron Bay have epic salvos so if you live around there or are planning a trip there then I definitely recommend checking it out. Otherwise, if you’re a Canberran then you must check out Designer Op Shop. The name of the store is pretty self explanatory, you will only find designer brands here from Manning Cartell, By Johnny, Balmain x HM (I would have bought the boots in a heartbeat, if it was my size… gutted), Chanel and plenty of vintage designer pieces just to name a few. Every single item in the store is hand selected by a mother, daughter duo and are all selected according to season as well. You can learn more about the Designer Op Shop in an interview I did for Big Ink magazine here.
Ebay can be a dangerous platform or it can be a godsend. You never know if the product is authentic or fake and again, it’s a bit of a gamble. If you are thinking of purchasing luxury designer brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton then you should do your research and get the item authenticated before you commit to purchasing. You can learn all about how to buy pre-loved designer items by watching Heyyy June’s video here.
I actually bought a brand new Seed Heritage Ring Detail Black bag from eBay for only $40.00 and it was brand new too. This bag retails at around $80-$90.00 at the store so this was a fantastic bargain that I could not pass off.
To shop via eBay it can go either way… 1. You know what you’re looking for and you search high and low until you find it. 2. You are just sporadically searching what’s on offer and if you see something you bid/buy it! – I can do a separate blog discussing how to buy on eBay if you like!
So that’s my secret ladies, these are my tips on how to find yourself a bargain. It’s not really rocket science. Overall, bargain shopping entails a lot of gamble thinking and patience. Don’t always impulse buy something that you see, wait until it goes on sale! At the end of the day, just go with your instinct! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me of leave a comment in the comment box below.
What are your bargain hunting tips that you swear by?
Until next time,
If you liked this blog, you might like “10 Ways to find your next bargain at Fash “n” Treasure” and “Online Shopping 1.0.1”