Am I really the only one being driven mad by summer sales? Is that a really pretentious/selfish/annoying thing to say? Either way, it’s the truth.
I cannot stand sale season. In reality I should love it. I should be lapping up every discounted item I can get my hands on but instead I’m picking things up for the sake of saving a few pounds, only to reevaluate my selection 5 minutes later and finding that actually, no I don’t want to pay £10 for a crop top just because its £4 cheaper than it usually is. We all know that said crop top will only find itself lost at the back of a drawer, worn the odd time before being scorned as looking as cheap as it was.
I can’t help but feel paranoid during the sales. I know they’re getting rid of old stock to make way for the glorious new stock coming our way but I can’t help but look at each item and question what they did wrong to deserve to be in the sale. Surely there must be something wrong with them if their price has been slashed in half, sometimes even more and they’re left to die a death on the sales rack? Is that completely irrational? Probably. Then again, I’ve never claimed to be a rational person.
Sales are overwhelming at the best of time so when they all go live at once, it wreaks absolute havoc. Particularly when you’re 5ft. Remember that scene in Friends where Monica, Phoebe and Rachel go shopping for Monica’s wedding dress? Yep, that stampede is a very genuine fear of mine. One that could become a reality far too quickly if you ask me.
Maybe I’m feeling bitter because I haven’t got a talent for shopping the sales successfully. I just don’t have the patience to rifle through the messy racks of clothes until I find that hidden gem that people will still be complimenting in years to come because that’s how much wear I’ll get out of it. I wish I was one of those people but I’m just not. So yes, being bitter does come into the equation.
Still, I’ve never understood the Boxing Day sales phenomenon that seems to take over the nation every year. Waking up at the crack of dawn to go into town swarmed with people? Sweaty, angry, frustrated people whose determination to get a good bargain is like nothing I’ve seen before. No, thank you. Instead you’ll find me on a shopping ban until around mid-February when I know it’s safe to enter the shops and be met with perfectly put together mannequins and rails upon rails of outfit inspiration shining in all of their glory.
Interestingly, I don’t have any issues with outlets. In fact, I love outlets. One of my favourite discoveries of 2017 so far is the fact that Mango have a separate website just for their online outlet. A little slice of heavenly internet where you can find up to 70% off all of the buys you missed last year. Apparently, Zara also has an outlet website lurking in the dark depths of the internet. It’s only available in certain countries and sadly, the UK is yet to receive the honour of it’s presence.
It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in some shopping and for the first time in a long time, I’m actually in the mood to spend money I don’t have on clothes I won’t regret buying. Much to my frustration I’m going to have to wait as patiently as I can until the sales blow over. Although with each passing day, as the shopping temptation gets greater and greater, I’m getting closer to caving to sale shopping. Should I cave I’ll be sticking to the online sales in an attempt to keep stress to a minimum.
In the mean time I’ve been obsessively refreshing the new arrivals section of my favourite online shops and these are the full price items you should definitely spend on instead of the basic sale items currently in your basket. Promise you won’t regret it.