Shopping Saturday … Survival tactics for January White sales
A little known fact about January white sales, John Wanamaker who entered the retail business around 1850 opening the first John Wanamaker & Co. in Philadelphia on Chestnut Street in 1868 was the first to market the literal phrase “white sale”.
It’s no secret that over 150++ years later, “white sales” are a staple and the sales are plentiful from the traditional sheets & towels to all sorts of home goods including furniture. Exercise equipment, gym memberships, holiday decorations and winter clothing are also among retail scores for shoppers sure to perk up your January.
And who doesn’t like to get a good deal?
But that impulse purchase I made, at an unbeatable price … except for the “no return policy” and yup that’s right the purchase I made totally doesn’t work and I have no recourse but to keep it.
Ok, onto plan b…
survival tactics for January white sales.
So for next time … my tips to avoid a remorseful “no return” purchase …
“Window shop” and stick to it, don’t buy a thing, see what’s out there … think it over.
Check out interactive design tools for bedding on-line, just click and wha … la your bed is made and priced out, from sheets to shams it’s all there. Two sites that I like for this bedding tool are Create & Barrel and Pottery Barn.
Make a list
Shop with a list, like a grocery list to avoid regretful purchases.
Stick to a budget, either per room, per category or total monetary allowance
(Per Room) Guest Room: duvet cover, sheet set, 2 pillows & 2 decorative shams – have a budget in mind.
(Per Category) 6 white bath towels for guest bath – have a budget in mind.
(Total allowance) $500 for Guest Room makeover – make a list of items you need.
Ask for assistance
On your phone, take pictures of the space your working on, it’s helpful to the sales staff if you are trying to decide and need advice.
Keep on track
Bring photo’s from blogs … magazines or other inspirations that you have , it can be easy to lose your vision when your surrounded by the lure of visual merchandising.
Avoid impulse purchases
If you’re not sure, ask to have the item put on hold for a day, this takes away the impulse purchase.
My advice – prepare, shop with a list, avoid impulse purchases, stay on budget and enjoy the savings!
As always, enjoy your weekend and shopping Saturday!!
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy