A good sale can be hard to come by, and we totally get the temptation to pay full price for that really great “investment piece.” But what about the fast-fashion items? The fashion jewelry that probably won’t last you a year? The strictly-seasonal pieces you won’t be seeing for six months at a time? In order to help you shop (smarter), we’ve compiled a list of the top ten fashion odds and ends you should ALWAYS buy on sale!
Keep in mind, t-shirts are just one of those pieces that stores remain stocked up on all year round. And there’s just no reason to overpay for something you’re more than likely going to shrink/replace/lose within a year. We suggest stocking up on a variety of sizes and colours when you find a style you like on sale, and stick to cotton-polyester blends, which will give you something that is both breathable and wrinkle-resistant.
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We suggest buying in bulk. Underwear is a must, and it’s also an item you will (hopefully) be replacing at least once or twice a year, so stock up and save! Stores like Victoria’s Secret almost always offer a selection of underwear for a discounted price in multiples – think: 5 for $25, versus their individual prices which typically begin at $10.
Those cute flats that you’ve been lusting for all summer will look even better at half off, not to mention give you something to look forward to once the weather turns warm again, so we recommend holding off, and keeping note of what to look for when those seasonal summer styles go on sale! Keep a list of what you’d like to pick up when those deals hit the stores and you’ll be amazed at how much you save.
While we don’t recommend stocking up on polish – it’ll either go dry or clump up if it sits on the shelf too long once opened – we do suggest waiting on sale prices. Drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart are always switching up their sales on your favourite nail polish brands, so next time you see a colour you like, make note and check back in a week or so – odds are you’ll be saving at least a buck or two on sale.
When it comes to fashion or “junk” jewellery, be smart and hold off on paying extra for those of-the-moment pieces until the stores move them out for new inventory and put them on sale at 2-for-1 prices. Shops like Aldo Accessories are always restocking their 2-for-1 shelves with new sale merchandise. No one can fault you for wanting that trendy layered faux-gold chain, but you’ll love it even more if you can get it for 50 oer cent off!
Don’t make an investment-sized purchase out of an item with such a short shelf life in your closet. Between rips and tears and shifts in sizing and fit, you’re better off to pick these up on sale or stick to buying them from stores like Marshalls, where brands are varied and almost always at a major discount in price.
Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners
Things like hairspray, shampoo, conditioner and hair masks are almost always on sale, so do yourself a favour and stock up when the price is right!
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While we can't explain why these little buggers are notorious for going missing, we can tell you that stores like Forever21 sell packs of 10 or more starting at under $2 a pack. Trust us, this one’s a game-changer – you’re welcome!
Forgo the usual designer stops and check out a Winners or Marshalls first. Year-round these stores stock athletic wear and trendy pieces, so you’ll easily be able to mix and match your ideal athleisure-inspired wardrobe for the season at a fraction of the cost.
A few good pairs of high-end sunnies with high-quality lenses are key, we won’t argue that, but when it comes to fast-fashion styles in the sunnies department – save your hard-earned money and scope out the sales. Accessories departments at stores like HM and Zara will give you a variety of excellent designer-dupes at considerably lower prices. Still can’t find the style you’re after? Get online! Many online shops now offer trendy options, without the high price tag!