By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate
I had some fun recently putting together a beautiful, high-quality, 12-piece cluster purchased at sale prices. The purpose of this exercise was to see just how much could be saved over the cost of the same cluster if purchased at regular retail prices. The results were every bit as economically helpful as I had hoped. The 12-piece wardrobe, purchased as the beginning of the season, would have cost $748. But the same pieces, purchased at end-of-season sales, cost $382 – a savings of $366! With the economy the way it is now, who couldn’t use an extra $366?
Of course you know that the major mark downs are made after Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July, but when should you shop for a raincoat, handbag, or cosmetics? If you don’t want to pay – or can’t afford to pay – full price, but can afford to take your chances on size and colors being available come the end-of-season sales, you’ll appreciate this bargain hunters’ buying guide.
These items may be sale-priced during other months as well, but these are the months in which the sales will provide you with the widest selection. It takes discipline to shop only at the sales, but it is simpler when you have identified the missing pieces in your wardrobe and are hunting for something specific. Don’t know how to evaluate your wardrobe to find those missing pieces? With Judith Rasband’s book, Cluster Your Clothes: A Lifestyle Wardrobe Strategy – $27.97 and DVD, 5 Easy Pieces® – Part One: A Wardrobe Strategy – $19.97 you will learn how to take advantage of the clothing you have, identify those missing pieces, stretch your dollar, and use your calendar to your advantage!