Saturday I had the opportunity to visit a high-end department store that was going out of business. Let me just say that this can be an excellent way to score great deals on designer clothing. I was able to grab two tops for less around $25. In fact, I bought two tops for myself, a pair of dress pants and two polos for my boyfriend, and a plush throw for less than $100. While you may be tempted to rush out and start shopping, there are a few things to keep in mind. The following are a few things to keep in mind when shopping closeout sales for clothing.
All Sales Are Final
When the merchandise is gone, the doors will be closing. That means that there will be no refunds or exchanges. In other words, you'd better try on each piece instead of assuming something will fit. More importantly, you can't just take something back because you're having buyer's remorse. Once it's paid for, it's yours.
Discounts and Coupons May or May Not Be Accepted
If you have discounts and coupons for the store, they may or may not be honored. The store I was shopping at usually has some sort of coupon available, but signs were plastered throughout the store stating that coupons and discounts would not be honored. Keep this in mind if you're hoping to score an extra 20% off with that coupon you received in the mail.
Basic Pieces Can Be Saved Until the Weather Changes
Chances are the store hasn't brought in any new merchandise so that means that many of the pieces may be from last season. The pieces I purchased were warm weather pieces, but they were pieces that I could wear for a couple more months and would still be in style next season. Don't be afraid to purchase basic pieces that can be stashed away until next summer or winter.
Items Should Be Inspected Carefully
While you may get caught up in the heat of the moment, and the great prices, be sure to carefully inspect each item for flaws. Make sure there are no stains, pulls in the fabric, missing buttons, etc. However, if there are any problems, ones that you might be able to fix, you might be able to ask for an even better deal.
Going out of business sales can be a great way to build a new wardrobe. However, you need to remember that all sales are final. Don't grab something just because it's 50% off. Take your time and shop for the best pieces.