We all love it when we spot the huge red “SALE” sign in our sight by the window shops. Somehow, it possessed a sort of spell that draws us in. But are you getting the most out of your shopping experience? With less than 2 weeks to the end of the Great Singapore Sale (June 8, 2018 – August 12, 2018), we want to equip you with the following savvy shopping tips to stay ahead of the shopping game and help you get the most out of your spending.
Subscribe to Your Favourite Fashion Brands
Don’t go to the sale. Let the sale go to you. You’ll be surprised at how many people don’t do this step despite being a loyal customer of the brand. This is a grave mistake. Unfortunately, you’re missing out big time on being the first point of contact of sales, new collection arrivals, and exclusive online offers! So, what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favour and head over to your favourite fashion brands and subscribe to their newsletter to get a head start! Many offer a discount as a thank you for your first sign-up with them. Happy shopping!
Where’s Your To-Buy-List?
One of the items on your to-do-list is probably “Go Shopping”, so why not create an exclusive list for it? This way, you have a list of everything you need to buy before you head down to the battlefield and be overwhelmed with fellow shoppers. Your to-buy-list will keep you focus and organise, so that you don’t get distracted with items that you tend to buy on an impulse and regret it later. It’ll also help in your online shopping as you filter your way through prices, colours, sizes, brands etc. And during the sale season, you want to be quick with both your hands and feet, because limited pieces only!
Know the Exchange & Return Policy Inside Out
It’s safe to say that most retail outlets in Singapore do not allow sale items to be exchanged or refund once purchased. The cashier will probably remind you about it or it’s printed on the receipt itself. Since sale items are often a huge bargain for the customer, stores do not want to see these merchandises making their way back again. It’s a nightmare for them. Therefore, a $3 or $5 buy may be an excellent bargain in terms of pricing, but it’s not a bargain anymore if you can’t wear it.
Approach the Shop Assistants
It’s a no-brainer that the shop assistants are your best bet for including you behind-the-scenes. It’s worth a shot to ask. This means they’re your clover leaves to give you the insider scoop as to whether there are further reductions in the upcoming weeks or available sizes left in the stockroom or even the changing room. Keep them close and ask them politely what they can do for you if for instance, your sizing runs out. You can also do a quick check on their website if they have them in stock online.
Adopt a Give & Take Mindset
It’s not uncommon to come across sale items that have flaws – a weird stain or a missing button. The first thing we probably tend to do is to dismiss the item and leave it as it is, hoping to never stumble upon such pieces. However, hold that thought and think about it again. If you have your ways with removing stains or possessed amateur sewing skills, you just found yourself a silver lining in these situations.
Channel the “Kiasu” Spirit Within You
Deep down, we’re all aunties when it comes to sales shopping. We want to get the best deals at the right time and in all the right places. Once you’re notified of a sale, hurry down ASAP! Because you don’t want to encounter disappointment of sold out items or limited sizes. We suggest that you go on a shopping spree alone. If you prefer to go with someone, make an exception to bring along only those that won’t hold you back or influence you into making impulse purchases. They should be able to provide you good judgement of your buys, and vice versa.
Quality, Not Quantity
We can’t emphasise this enough but, it’s always quality over quantity when it comes to fashion apparels. We can assure you it’s wiser to invest in a good quality item that lasts for years than buying a bunch of clothing that doesn’t hold for months. And to avoid splurging on items you get bored of easily and won’t wear after one or two times, invest in items that can match your existing outfits!