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Old 02-15-2009, 03:11 PM
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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I work from home some of the time, in the office some of the time. We are officially "business casual", but I decided I had gotten a little too casual (and I missed pretty clothes and playing "dress up" at least once in a while!), so it was time to reinvent myself and invest in a decent work wardrobe.

I refuse to invest a fortune in work clothing. Handbags and shoes-I will spend a lot on. Simply: they fit whether you go up or down 20 pounds. They always look good. You don't have to take them to the drycleaners once a week. Clothes are a different story.

And I dread shopping for clothes. I love LOOKING at clothes-no problem. But trying them on and matching outfits just takes absolutely forever. So I avoid it as much as possible. I have fitting-room-phobia. Or if I try something on and it fits-I buy the exact same thing.....in 4 colors and get out of the store as quickly as possible.

I am not sure if this is just a symptom of the overall economy and brutal state of retail, or a testament to just how much they mark-up clothing to begin with. But....

My first scores were at Nordstrom Rack. An Ann Klein suit, an Ann Klein jacket and a pair of Michael Kors pants. Had I paid full retail: $750! My score:....$145 plus tax. And I thought I was off to a good start. Note carefully just those 3 items took about...2 hours of trying on dozens of items, getting pushed and shoved in the line to the fitting rooms, having my cart stolen once while I was looking around....and general angst getting run over by crazy folks with shopping carts lol! (Note to self: avoid that place on Saturday morning it is a zoo...) But I pressed on.

Then I went to the regular "mall". I went into JCPenney. Talk about a sale! Stuff was dirt cheap. We are talking dress pants for $7 cheap! This I could definitely justify for a work wardrobe.

And to go with a work wardrobe of course, you need work shoes. Not flip flops or funky sandals or fashion statements for the feet (which I have lots of)-real regular basic boring shoes (which I had none of). My sum total in the shoe department. Before tax for 3 pairs of nice leather shoes.....$23.91. You saved: $159.09!

I did even better in clothing. Before tax for way too numerous shirts, jackets, sweaters and pants: $170.19. You saved.....$1,018.13!!!!!! I have entire brand new wardrobe including shoes that can be mixed and matched. For less than half the regular retail price of that Ann Klein suit.

And now I won't have to go shopping again for at least...another year! lol!!!

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Old 02-15-2009, 10:48 PM
Location: Some place very cold
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Awesome, but I can't go more than a few days without retail therapy.

I shop Salvation Army and Marshalls. I get great deals and also pull together sharp outfits.
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:10 PM
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I love Nordstrom Rack. Earlier this year I bought 3 jackets for 75.00 for all of them!

I came back home and the exact same jacket was 81.00
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:35 PM
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I think this is a great time for everyone to add to their wardrobe with at least a few good basic items that they can use for a long time.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:33 PM
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I KNOW! I am so glad I didn't go BS crazy with shopping pre-xmas. I haven't been buying good keeper things so it NUTS what I am finding price wise. I got a everyday reg 40$ sweater for 3 bucks!And a 34$ sue devitt (sp?) makeup pallet for 5$!
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:16 PM
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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I LOVE sales shopping!

It boggles my mind that there are people that WILLINGLY pay full price, lol!

I don't think I have paid full price for anything (clothes wise) in 10 yrs or more, lol.

My best score? $15 for a authentic LV wallet at a church garage sale.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:17 PM
Location: MA/NH
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I shop eBay and thrift shops for my deals. Not that I need to buy clothes ever again. lol
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:59 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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First off: IGNORE the Suggested Retail Price, most items are seldom if ever sold at that price.

Instead of thinking you got such-and-such off such-and-such - look at shopping as: I got Item X for XX dollars, that's a good price I think, the least I've ever seen similar is XX dollars so I made out.

Hope that makes sense. If something has a tag that says originally (for example) - $250, and you paid "only" $100 - it's only a deal if the item is indeed worth $100.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:45 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Too late to edit, but this really should be in the Shopping Thread.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:16 PM
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Hey Gals, as a former Ex Crossdresser I am an expert in buying skirt suits! The deals are everywhere! Gotta brand new with tags $300[?] Ann Taylor size 2 skirt suit I fit from Salvation Army! - Overstock that didn't sell or what? Then ebay, thrift, and new in stores! My favorite place for nice cost effective skirt suits - MACY'S! But I never buy from online or catalog stuff - they've often been low quality rip off material.

Now, my gigantic beautiful skirt suit collection will go to a size 4 to 6 woman I love and find!
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