Fashion Police Poll: Do you shop the January sales?

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Well, readers, it’s January, which, for fashion-lovers everywhere means just one thing: sales!

The Fashion Police have something of a love/hate relationship with sale-shopping. On the one hand, everyone loves a bargain, and if that bargain happens to be a beautiful example of Shoe Porn, a fabulous dress or covetable coat, then so much the better.

So there’s lots to love about the sales, make no mistake. On the other hand, though: crowded, overheated shops, clothes racks that resemble a jumble sale, having to hunt through piles and piles of clothes only to find that they don’t have your size anyway and, worst of all, the frequent realisation that nothing you actually want has gone on sale, and instead the stores have simply rolled out all of their unsold summer stock (which was unsold for good reasons)… well, we can quite happily live without all of that, thanks very much. Also: we’re sure we’re not the only ones who go sale shopping and come home with armfuls of full-price items, are we? Oh.

Tell us, then: are you a professional bargain hunter, who loves nothing more than a good sale scrimmage or do you, like us, tend to lurk at home until it’s all over, and then resume your normal shopping habits?

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11 Comments

  • January 4, 2010

    Emily

    I like to think I’m pretty good at sale shopping. Years of shopping in charity shops and TK Maxx have taught me well. The only thing I find it hard to cope with is the masses of people, and the way that some people seem to forget how to act like normal human beings and instead just start ramming into you to get by.

    I am braving the sales tomorrow, wish me luck!

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    • January 4, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      Ah, yes, people’s personalities can totally change within a few metres of a sale! Good luck with your bargain hunting!

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  • January 4, 2010

    Roisin

    I quite like the online sales but get too stressed by the crowds to bother much with the shops. I’ve been disappointed by the sales this year though, even online. I bought a dress, but it was in a closing down sale, and a pair of shoes, and a cardigan. The shoes were ones I had wanted for ages and were barely reduced, but are becoming scarce in my size so I would probably have paid full price for them anyway. In fact, the only sale item that has enthused me recently is a Vax vacuum cleaner I’m considering buying because it’s half price. I’m old, and the sales suck!
    .-= Roisin´s last blog ..They say he’s capable of boiling an egg in less time๏ปฟ than it takes to boil an egg! =-.

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    • January 4, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      I always find that unless you go on the first day of the sales, all of the good stuff is sold out. I’m much too lazy to deal with the crowds or get up early to sale shop, so I almost never find my size on sale, to the point where I’ve more or less given up looking. Our local mall was like Hades this week – best avoided, I think!

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  • January 4, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m not keen. They tend to be full of stuff that didn’t sell well over the past couple of years (so expect to see loads of harem pants), and anything nice tends to be available only in sizes at the small and large ends of the distribution. Mind you, that’s based on the time when I’ll go to the sales, which is after the main scrum has died down – not brave enough for that…

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  • January 4, 2010

    Natasha

    Every January and August I make a half-hearted effort and usually buy a few things, but soon get tired of all the downsides you’ve mentioned. Although, I do love shoe sales, as I wear a eur size 36-37, which is quite small, so I often find some great deals. Also, shoes never look as messy on sale as clothes do, so I’m not put off.

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    • January 4, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      I really envy people who wear a 36. I wear a 37 and find they sell out really quickly, but I can always find lots of 36s, which I just can’t cram my feet into! I kmow what you mean about the mess, though: I always head straight for the shoes, too – at least you can see what’s on offer there!

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  • January 4, 2010

    naomi

    i find that here in canada…dunno bout the uk …the stores will have enough “normal” sales throughout the year and promotions for customers with store cards that i can get good deals all year without braving holiday crowds…i think having worked retail in the past over several holiday seasons ruined me for shopping during the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • January 4, 2010

    Ally C.

    I agree, the crowds are very annoying. There also always seems to be someone with the same size as you and who eyes everything you eye… hm maybe that’s just my luck.
    But in general, the positive outway the negative.
    .-= Ally C.´s last blog ..Betsey Johnson Wishlist =-.

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  • January 5, 2010

    Sarah

    I love the January sales! I’ve been bargain hopping a good portion of my life, so crazy crowds and sometimes scary people don’t phase me ๐Ÿ˜›

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