This post idea has been burning on my mind since its conception! Some of the most frequently asked questions to Fashion Fix are: Where are the best places to shop? When is the best time shop? Well; today I want to take time to thoroughly answer the later of the two. I want to give you insider information on how stores move through merchandise and the schedule of pricing. If you have read my little bio, you know that I spent over a decade working in retail. So the information I am about to provide is legit!
I have created a calendar here to show an overview of how seasons work in the retail world. Take a gander and then let's break it down.
Let's start with the two best times to shop clearance:
January & July
There are two major seasonal changes that happen in retail, Spring and Fall. This when you see a major overhaul in the look of the store. Not only is there entirely new merchandise, but you see new marketing, displays, color schemes, staff, etc. Because of this major shift, stores need to liquidate overstock. Retailers are desperate to get rid of this merchandise and you will typically see additional discounts taken off of the already reduced prices. Be careful though, stores do not want to see these purchases come back! Often they will make any sale purchases final sale, which means no returns no exchanges.
Here's a peek at what I saw going on last week in the mall...
Next, two best times to preview new seasonal trends:
February & August
During these months stores may have not yet sold through the left overs from the previous season. So, while they want to get to selling Spring/Fall goods they can't over do it with inventory. What they do is release a "preview" of Spring/Fall. This means that you will see a handful of pieces in new styles and colors. But, I warn you! Don't get all shopper crazy, these pieces won't last long and will most likely go to a markdown prices with in 3 weeks of arrival. This is because this small collection is just a bridge to get us to the full release, that is when you want to go shopper crazy. Sometimes these preview collections will arrive in stores at the end of January and July, but retailers are still in heavy clearance mode until February and August.
Last, best shopping when you want to re-vamp your wardrobe:
March & September
These two times of the year are when retailers and designers bring out the big guns! This is when entire new collections are released and set the tone for the next 4 -6 months. You will not find many store wide sales at this time, but you may catch a good deal on select styles. Also; make sure you pick up your favorite fashion mag's March & September issue. These issues are the most popular for fashion publication. Don't feel bad paying full price during this time, just make sure you are getting pieces that will really enhance your wardrobe, and always set a budget!
I hope this helps you get on a good shopping schedule where you can keep to your budget and get what you need! As always, to get style inspiration and shopping tools delivered straight to you, sign up to follow by email or Bloglovin'.
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