Lets Hit The Sales! I’d Rather Die

4 Jan

A lot of people love shopping in the sales. They eagerly wait for the January period to come, and then on Boxing Day they hit the shops like a tsunami on the shore; hunting down all the bargains and deals that they can find in an attempt to smugly inform their friends that they saved a bomb.

I, on the other hand, hate the January sales. In fairness, imp not a very good shopper at the best of times. I’m the kind of girl whose money burns a hole in her pocket, and for that reason I am always eager to get out and spend Christmas money on new bounty to feed the wardrobe monster and appease it for a few weeks.  But I can never find anything. Why is it when you have money that you want to spend you can find nothing that doesn’t make you look like you are wearing a potato sack or wearing something your Nan would dress you in, but when you can’t even find one more penny to keep the one in your wallet lonely, and the only thing there is an abundance of in your purse are moths, you see garments to fall in love with all over the place? Sometimes, life just isn’t fair.

Getting a bargain? It never works like that. My friend and I decided to brave the shops between Christmas and New Year, both of us with a view to get a new outfit for New Years Eve. He had rather more success than me as men’s clothes tend to stray from safe far less, but I walked in and backed out of shops at alarming speed, muttering under my breath about how I hated people en mass and sales in general.

I think the sales are out there to annoy me. It seems that through the year, eagle eyed sales assistants hook out the most offensive garments, and store them in a little hidey hole. It’s like payback for all those annoying shoppers who have time off when they have to work. Sure, you can come in and try to spend your money on new clothes, but they will try their very best to make the experience painful, finding all the alarming treasures that they have squirreled away all year and adorning the rails with them. Have you ever noticed how in the January sales there is a fright of orange, Lycra and tie dye that has been somewhat absent through the rest of the year? I think that some of the beauties that you come across on the racks at this time of year have been wheeled out year after year since the eighties, in a bid to not have to admit defeat and throw them out, but merely sell them to a poor unsuspecting victim who thinks they have found a bargain.

After all, there is nothing worse than going sales shopping and coming home empty handed, is there? It’s like admitting that there was nothing, however cheap that you liked or wanted, and for that reason we have ALL at some point or another purchased an item that will be fed to the God of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. Cast your mind back. This week I have gone through my wardrobe and donated a whole heap of stuff to the charity shop that has been hiding in my closet for years. Every time a friend asks to borrow something I hope they won’t come across said embarrassing item, and for this reason alone there was a high percentage of clothes that didn’t make the cut of moving to the new flat when I moved. Unfortunately I have now had to sort it all out on the way back in. What possessed me to but a T-shirt stating that “pale is the new tan” when I don’t wear t-shirts EVER? I don’t know. And we won’t even talk about the stripy jeans that made an appearance in the charity bag this year. I don’t even know where I got those from.

Have you got any horrific purchases too embarrassing to throw in the bin, for fear the dustmen might come and knock on the door and laugh? 


11 Responses to “Lets Hit The Sales! I’d Rather Die”

  1. susielindau January 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I haven’t been out this year even though I have religiously gone out the day after Christmas. I could use some basics and they won’t be on sale anyway!! I need to do some more donating myself!

  2. Brian Westbye January 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I would rather open a vein than brave the mall. That said, I’m a great shopper because I always score off-the-rack sale items at Macy’s. Go figure.

  3. visitingmissouri January 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Of course, I have no right of speaking, for I am a man, but I do like having shopped. Wearing the good clothes and even the moments I find them I think are pretty fun. Due to my strict budget, I do not allow me to buy anything. This is for two reasons: 1) Did I mention I’m a man? 2) I like expensive clothing, so all my clothes last for years. I’m now picking the fruits of my investments last year and before. I did however need a new pair of jeans and new, brown shoes. After waiting for over six months, I found the latter just before New Years on a smashing price, and I can still look at them and be very, very happy. I’ll tell you when I found the perfect jeans too.

    Why don’t you just ask someone who works there to help you? I know you love them…

    Stripy jeans? I didn’t even know they existed!

  4. alternative eating January 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Its always when you go out with the plan in your head to go and buy something that you come home empty handed. That is at least my case, and when I don’t, and I spent my money on something els…. ( maybe)…then I find something…Of course.

  5. nelle January 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Nah… I may not like something and wonder why it was ever purchased, but nothing embarrassing. Um, a friend once told me no woman over fifty should wear shorts. Lets just say her comment didn’t earn her any points, because even at 57, these legs go uncovered in warmth, and I hate Bermuda style shorts. Shorts should be shorts, not mediums.

    That said, returning home absent a sale is impressive discipline, and you deserve points for such an achievement!

    The sucky thing about sales is the supply and demand factor… the more unusual one’s size, the greater the likelihood of a bargain. Happy hunting!

  6. prenin January 5, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    I’m not daft – when it comes to clothes shopping I get Pat and Emily to come with me and they decided what looks good!!! 🙂

    No chance this year though as they are off skiing with the family…

    Love and hugs!


  7. McKenzie James January 5, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    The story of my life. I have NEVER found an item on sale that I truly would have bought at full price. I’ve wasted tons of money over the years because I got caught up in the need to find a bargain. Now I buy nothing, full price or on sale, that I absolutely can’t live without.

  8. Pany January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I bought way too much in the sales this year. I went on Boxing Day and it was absolutely manic! However, I must say that I was quite impressed with the prices/clothes this year. As for the experience – hell. Especially for me as I live in London :P.

  9. gojulesgo January 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I know I’m not answering your question, LOL, but I had to tell you I’ve benefited from the January sales this week because I just bought a warm yet cute outfit – essential for hovering outside of the “How to Succeed…” stage door. 😉

  10. breezyk January 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m with you on the nothing to buy when you have money and everything to buy when you don’t…. life is never fair!

  11. Marvin the Martian January 11, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    I look at coming home empty-handed from a shopping trip as a triumph. Amid all that temptation and excess, nothing successfully made me open my wallet. Like wandering through a chocolate shop and not even having a taste. Restraint is its own reward.

    Anything I receive that I can’t stand, or anything I buy that I hate later, I just re-gift. Re-gifting is eco-friendly. The challenge is remembering who you got it from, so you don’t give it back to them, or to one of their friends.

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