the art of sale shopping

i love shopping. more than that, I love a bargain! as i mentioned recently, adjusting to the price point in the USA has been a bit of a steep learning curve, so steep in fact that I’ve spent many a minute fantasising about being teleported back to 10th Feb  2017 where i’d pack all my belongings into the shipping van without a backward glance at charity shops! my back up plan which is currently in full effect, is shopping smart in the sales. 

Basics

the sales are the best time to get your basics stocked up. these are items i hate to buy but can’t get dressed without: underwear, tights, loungewear, tshirts. this time i went all out for Morayo-Hope because her tights selection had whittled down to the bare bones. she wears uniform to school and navy blue tights are the basic item. Zara sells a 2-pack of tights for $15.99. in the sale they are down to $5.99 - infact today they are $3.99! i bought 3 packs. i then picked out other colour combinations and some socks too. they also sell long sleeved basic t-shirts every winter and i buy them every year in the sale to last the whole year.

 

Leather

this is also the perfect time to pick up some good quality leather jackets,  shoes and bags at a fraction of the price. i don’t currently work so i don’t need to head to the high end to get something  spectacular, i just need those once in a while items which will last longer in leather. 

i am in the market for a black leather jacket. you can wear a black jacket over an evening dress, (teamed with a faux fur scarf - perfect for fall / early spring), and just as easily with denim or any daywear.

i am in the market for a black leather jacket. you can wear a black jacket over an evening dress, (teamed with a faux fur scarf - perfect for fall / early spring), and just as easily with denim or any daywear.

i love these slingback shoes! the colour is unusual and i love that they are sling back as i can team them with a floaty summer dress to a garden party without looking like i'm off to the office, or to dress up a pair of jeans and white tee (my summer uniform!).

i love these slingback shoes! the colour is unusual and i love that they are sling back as i can team them with a floaty summer dress to a garden party without looking like i'm off to the office, or to dress up a pair of jeans and white tee (my summer uniform!).

Pre-season planning

the sales are also a great time to pick up pieces for the next season. whilst we are in full swing autumn/winter, stores are finalising their summer buys and already planning the next autumn/winter based on the current season performance. this means there are a lot of pre-season pieces being trialled / brought in early to get an idea of how well certain items will do. these are the items to look out for in the sales at it means you’re one step ahead! i picked up quite a few summer pieces for myself & MH. 

morayo-hope is obsessed with rainbows and so this was the perfect top for her. the long sleeves mean she can wear it now, and the pastel colour means she can carry it through spring and summer. wardrobe workhorse - tick!

morayo-hope is obsessed with rainbows and so this was the perfect top for her. the long sleeves mean she can wear it now, and the pastel colour means she can carry it through spring and summer. wardrobe workhorse - tick!

apart from jeans & tees and maxi dresses, summer for me is jumpsuit and stripes season. this ticks both boxes and i can see myself teaming it with an oversized basket bag on vacation.

apart from jeans & tees and maxi dresses, summer for me is jumpsuit and stripes season. this ticks both boxes and i can see myself teaming it with an oversized basket bag on vacation.

i love mustard and i love green so i could not stop myself buying this jumper for judah for next winter. it's just the cutest thing. i wish i'd bought myself one...i can totally see it with a peter pan collar peeping through the top! sigh...

i love mustard and i love green so i could not stop myself buying this jumper for judah for next winter. it's just the cutest thing. i wish i'd bought myself one...i can totally see it with a peter pan collar peeping through the top! sigh...

Something Fancy

i love unique and unusual items of clothing. the downside is you can’t wear them all the time. it’s all about cost per wear and some things end up not really being worth forking out on. in the sales however, you can pick up a few unusual pieces for a fraction of their original cost.  this also makes it the best time to try out a trend - like embroidered jeans or white shoes etc. 

these are my fly-away shoes! i love them! full leather and just freaking cute! highly divisive amongst some friends but for $19.99 this was one shoe i was not passing up! (sorry, sold out)

these are my fly-away shoes! i love them! full leather and just freaking cute! highly divisive amongst some friends but for $19.99 this was one shoe i was not passing up! (sorry, sold out)

this  jcrew  coat is definitely one of my favourite buys. i love the colour and fit but wouldn't have forked out $350 for a coat this colour. at $99 however, it's more palatable, and i can't wait to wear it over double-denim in the fall!

this jcrew coat is definitely one of my favourite buys. i love the colour and fit but wouldn't have forked out $350 for a coat this colour. at $99 however, it's more palatable, and i can't wait to wear it over double-denim in the fall!

morayo-hope's fancy nancy party buys...those shoes are just $9.99 right now! and i get that black skirt every couple of years in the sale. just so versatile.

incase you're wondering, i did a big shop for judah before christmas as he had a crazy growth spurt! i'm not just being mean to him! 

other tips for sale shopping:

  • buy things you would have bought at full price if money was no object - a lot of sale items that aren't weather specific are the shop's poor sellers.

  • good quality denim is worth buying right now too - i picked some from nordstrom rack.

  • keep an eye on websites towards the end of the sales, warehouses find random items and list at silly prices!

  • visit smaller non-city stores - brands usually end sales in quickly in their top stores to make way for full price merchandise. that stock goes to little stores where people just like a bargain (especially for brands like zara that don't have factory outlet stores).

  • conversely, shop in the biggest stores at the beginning of the sale, they have the best and most uniques items that smaller stores don't get to carry. the website is also a good bet.

 

looking good doesn't have to cost the world if you shop smart! i share my daily bargain finds on an instagram page called "shopwithtanaka" - feel free to follow and never miss a stylish fashion find. happy hump day fashionistas!

tanaka

xoxo

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