Those who know me, know I love a good sale. As soon as I see the price has been slashed — even if it’s still expensive — I’m already reaching for my wallet.
“But look at the original price!!!!” I’ll exclaim. “It’s just such a good deal!!!!!!” I’ll exclaim again, trying to convince myself and everyone around me.
A few years ago, my sister and I even started a Web site called Sample Sale Stakeout where we went to NYC sample sales and posted reviews about them. We kept it up for a while until our lives — and our billing statements — got the best of us. Still, I get the majority of my wardrobe either at sample sales, Loehmann’s, Nordstrom Rack or the Anthropologie sale section. (There’s really no need to ever pay full price at that store.)
So you could imagine my delight when the Fabulous beauty and fashion teams opened up their bins and cupboards recently for a staff sale. The beauty team held theirs first, and I’ll admit I wasn’t immediately “fussed,” as they say. I just can’t be bothered digging through bins of nail polish and fighting over Frederic Fekkai shampoo. (That stuff is pure magic I tell ya.) Elbows will inevitably be thrown, which is sorta awkward in a work environment — and a new one at that. Still, the conditioner I brought would only last so long, so I went and managed to leave with enough product to keep my incoming visitors clean and fresh, along with my own hair and skin glossy and smooth. (That is, until the airport security guys take it all away from me at customs.)
But when it was time for the fashion sale, I practically jumped out of my swivel chair with glee: clothes! bags! shoes! And not the same ones I’ve been wearing for the past two months. Plus, seeing as the fashion in Fabulous features mostly High Street styles (aka, relatively affordable like TopShop and Zara, etc.), I knew there’d be some extra good deals.
And was there ever! I walked out having only spent £15 ($22) on five items: two dresses (one beaded, that’s surely worth $100 and can be worn to a black tie event), a sheer black top, two funky necklaces and a really cool cuff that is a total pain in the ass to wear, but a sure talker.
It was also super organized. Gregory — the Post’s efficient edit assistant who runs the sales we have back at 1211 — would’ve been proud. The fashion team invited the staff group by group, keeping it an elbows-to-the-eye-free zone.
I hope there’s another one (or two) before I go. Gotta get me some monochrome, floral and perspex (aka lucite) for spring. Happy S/S ’13 shopping!