Wednesday, February 04, 2009

On Bargain Shopping

Hi. My name is Sarah and I am a Bargain Shopper. Without a doubt, TJMaxx and Marshalls are my drug of choice favorite stores. (It helps that both of them are right around the corner from my work. When asked, "Where are you going for lunch?" my standard response is "To browse.")

As a rule, I try not to pay more than $40 for any one item of clothing. (Yep, including shoes. And jeans. Oh, and purses too. BUT I'm not above asking Hubby to buy me Kate Spade. Which totally doesn't count because *I* am not the one purchasing. Right?) But I can usually find great deals for less than $20. Truly. You can seriously snag some great brand name merchandise for absolutely crazy low prices! (Ahhh, that shopper's high.)

(Hubby, on the other hand? Cannot STAND to browse. I think it's an affliction most straight males are born with, right? The Anti-Shopping chromosome?)

Anyway, if I can't find what I need at either TJMaxx or Marshalls, I head to the outlets. Where I still refuse to pay more than $40 per item.

(Except? This fall in Myrtle Beach? The Girls talked me into buying a coat from the Ann Taylor outlet. It cost $70, marked down from $100. I totally fretted and second-guessed myself about that purchase. But mah girlz were right. I do love my coat!)

Last Friday, Hubby and I had a "date day". We had to sign closing papers for our refinance at an attorney's office, which happened to be the same exit as the outlets.

I got a silk shirt from the Ann Taylor outlet that was originally $39.99. It was marked down to $4.77!

Anyway, all this blather is a roundabout way of saying: I AM NOT A MALL SHOPPER.

Don't get me wrong, I used to be. Before I birthed three male children. Who, just like Daddy, are NOT good shoppers.

I swear, I haven't been mall shopping in years.

Yesterday, I went here.

And, needless to say, besides feeling frumpy and dowdy, was in complete and utter sticker shock over the price of clothing nowadays at Banana Republic and J.Crew.

(Remember, I only shop these stores at the OUTLETS. At OUTLET PRICES.)

When I was in college (gulp, early 90's), J.Crew was very much the fashion style. Preppy, yet casual. And actually somewhat affordable.

Remember the rollneck sweaters?! Mine was gray.

My honeymoon bathing suit was a J.Crew polka dot bikini (*brief moment of silence for that great body bikini*).

So wait. People actually pay over $100 for a tank top?

And over $50 for a cotton tee shirt?


And almost $90 for jeans? That don't even have full LEGS?




Gah. If you need me, I'll be at Marshalls. In the clearance section.

23 comments:

fairytalesandmargaritas said...

I swear, we're long lost sisters. I rarely go to the mall, and only to Ann Taylor Loft or NY and Co IF I have a good coupon. I love to find a good deal. And there is no way I'd pay those prices at JCrew or Banana Republic.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

This is funny. My husband wishes I had this propensity to bargain hunt. I like sales and good deals, but I will drop stupid amounts for something quality that I really love. (I love Banana Republic too!)

J. Crew however I don't get. I was never big into them anyway, but I think they are insanely overpriced for what they are offering, which is nice, but pretty pedestrian. I never go in there.

Dr. Liz said...

I love to browse bargains, but I hate actually going to stores, so campmor.com (mostly outdoors stuff) and sierratradingpost.com (clothing for everyone and everything)are my drugs. My husband harasses me about being a clothes-horse, but I point out that he shouldn't fret when I'm a clothes horse with a pair of Nike jogging tights that I got for $8.97. And then he shuts up. Other than to ask what I'm going to buy for him!

Suz said...

LOVE TJ Maxx. Was at a Marshalls in Florida this weekend and got a Tommy Bahama skirt marked down from $200 to $20. Now, who in their right mind would pay $200 for it but still, $20 for a really pretty skirt that can be work/after work drinks/family party? Sign me up! And they are the only place I buy workout clothes. I mean, seriously, $36 for a sports bra, please, I'll take last season's colors for $7.99, I mean, all I'm going to do is sweat in it!

OHmommy said...

I don't get JCrew... I think it is waaaaaaay overpriced. I rarely, if ever, buy anything at full price there.

With that being said. I love a good bargain. And the excitement one feels after getting a good deal. I need to find a sitter at go to Marshalls. By myself.

Sarah said...

Ok, so I just read another blog post about a pair of shoes that were a steal at Marshalls.

And I steeled my resolve to NOT go shopping today, because I have other things to do.

And then I read this. And all resolve is lost.

Allison said...

I am with you ALL the way! - I would never dream of spending ANYTHING over $30 for ANY piece of clothing for MYSELF!! I think the last time I was at the mall was exchange a christmas gift - see I didn't even buy it.. by the way - I think Frugal is the knew trend.- so we are very hip.

Scary Mommy said...

My daughter's school is right next to a Marshall's and I am there DAILY. I worship it. Last year I did suck it up and head to the mall for boots and jeans. I later found THE SAME PAIR of boots at Marshall's for $100 less than I paid. Never again.

Anonymous said...

Can I say "I told you so"...I knew you would love your AT coat. We call those "investment pieces"

Susie

Chris said...

I'm all about the bargain hunting. I think people who brag about the high prices they pay are idiots. I don't know how they don't feel like suckers!

iheartchocolate said...

Oh me too girl! Ross too, love the three of 'em! Eddie Bauer, love but no way!!

Shasta said...

Do you know I like you even more now?? Seriously, you sound so much like me as a shopper! TJMaxx is one of my most favorite stores. Not only do they have amazing prices on clothes, they have amazing prices on toys too, I blogged about some great deals we got there a week or two ago. Oh and the childrens books, they have the nicest ones for so cheap! My DH even said that he saw soccer balls and pads there so I have an excuse to go back...soon. It's an hour away, just like every other store besides wal-mart, so I can't go as often as I like.

I also have an obsession with outlets. We have the Prime Outlets http://www.primeoutlets.com/ and I could spend all day there!

I'm with you, I just can't see paying crazy prices for things that you can get for much cheaper at one of those stores. I refuse to pay full price for pretty much any clothing. You can always find it on sale somewhere.

Jenni Jiggety said...

I reallllly love TJ Maxx and Marshalls!

pjmomof3boys said...

Ah, yes, you are my East Coast twin! I not only find myself gawking at the price tag of full-price items at the mall, I actually start feeling like I'm waaay too smart to pay that much when I can get something perfectly nice at Target, TJ MAXX, or, yes, Goodwill. I'm becoming a bargain-shopping snob! I mean, I definitely have my standards, especially when it comes to the thrift stores, but I have found sooo many super bargains, it's crazy! And I can't believe how many things I've found at Goodwill that still have the tags on them! I can't imagine paying $100 for a tank top. Maybe it's because we both live in a house of boys where we know at any given moment anything we owned could be destroyed...

Major Bedhead said...

The Atrium, in Wellesly/Chestnut Hill/whatever-it-is, is equally ridiculous. But they do have a Tiffany there, which is always fun.

I am a clearance rack slut and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Girl, I am right there with you. My daughter needed a dress for this weekend and suggested we go to Dillard's. I just laughed!

Anonymous said...

Ah yes TJ's and Marshalls - a true double threat:) But almost as good as another one of your fantastic blogs was the link back to our weekend away. I just re-read it - as if I didn't live it in real time:) We need a primer night out this winter to prep for our spring weekend away. Isn't that what we planned???? And I notice you didn't mention those fab shoes that you raved about in the initial blog. Hehehe.

Side note: the triathalon registration starts next week. Up for it???? Jodie

Michele said...

I have the same addiction. It is nice to have these stores near work so that during lunch it can be TOTAL girl time (I'm another mom of 3 boys). You never know what great shoes you will find there. I have also gone to a very popular Goodwill near me. Last year I had a job that required jackets. I now have a full supply of Ann Taylor Loft, Talbot, Banana Republic, etc. jackets for $5.50 each.
I do not like it at all if my huband buys me clothes because I cringe thinking how much more I could have bought for the same $$. I have bought my oldest son $35 jeans (which I rarely do for me) but then realize they can get passed down!

Michele said...

Oh, and then I show hubby my finds (sometimes) and say, "See this was only $9!!!!" That's to remind him how lucky he is!!!

O's Working Mommy said...

Oh Me Too... I have TJ MAXX right in Milford, less than 10 min from my house and a Marshall's in Franklin that is 5 minutes from where I work.

Spring stuff is in too cute ...

Suburb Sierra said...

Ann Taylor Loft exactly 1 mile from my house. They all shout my name like "Norm" from Cheers when I walk in. Three storefronts away is Marshalls...I knew I'd never move again when we moved here.

Arshia said...

I love Marshalls too!

Chaotic Joy said...

Tee hee. You make me laugh. I am like this for the most part. Although, I still do love my Gap Jeans and my Banana Republic black pants.

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