It’s no secret that when it comes to the January sales, it’s every man for himself! Highstreets and shopping centres alike become hubs of chaos as Brits battle it out to secure those all-important bargains. Expect the Westgate Shopping Centre to be bustling with both bargains and savvy shoppers.
So if you need new homewares, gymwear apparel or looking to buy some stylish new clothes for your wardrobe, you need to research. If you’re feeling brave enough to tackle the crowds this year, here are a few top tips to ensure you walk away with the desired products you set out to grab.
Get there early
If you’re planning on physically going to a store, take our advice and get there early. It may seem dramatic to set your alarm clock and lose extra hours of precious sleep all for the sake of a shopping spree, but you’ll thank us later.
Not only can you enjoy the perk of fewer people in stores, but you’re much more likely to walk away disappointed if you go bright and early when shops are fully stocked.
Make a list
The other classic trap, that many of us fall into, is the plan to just leisurely browse and see what products on the shelves take our fancy. This is a shopping disaster mission, and it won’t be long until you’re surrounded by the swarm of serious shoppers, elbowing their way to the most popular picks.
Make a list so that you can rest easy knowing you’ve grabbed the essentials before they sell out. This also allows you to budget for what you really need and consider your financial situation in advance to prevent reckless spending.
Before you venture out into the sales, check online first to see if your items are in stock. Not only does this mean you can get it delivered straight to your doorstep, but there is usually a wider selection of colours, styles, and models to choose from online.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that some brands offer exclusive ‘online only’ deals. Don’t forget there are non-tangible bargains to be had such as spa day deals, discounted flights and holiday packages. With coronavirus still upon us, make sure you check on official travel restrictions and advice before booking.
Buying online vs. buying in store
When it comes to the January sales, there are a few things to consider. For example, if you want to buy clothes online, you have the option of shopping from home in your pyjamas. But you can also take advantage of deals in person by visiting physical stores.
There are pros and cons to both methods of designer clothing shopping.
On one hand, buying clothes online can be more convenient because it’s easy to find what you’re looking for without having to go store-to-store. Plus, shipping is often free on certain items.
But there are disadvantages as well. For example, you might not be able to see how the clothes look until they arrive at your doorstep. So you’ll have no idea whether or not they fit properly until they arrive—and returns will mean paying for the shipping yourself!
Alternatively, if you shop in stores, there are usually dressing rooms so you can see how clothing looks before purchasing it. You don’t have to worry about returning anything because some stores will give shoppers their money back with store credit on some items. And some boutique might even offer shoppers up to 60 days for returns!
Contact stores beforehand
Sometimes you have the issue of items being out of stock online but showing as available in selected stores. Before you dash off to grab your coat and car keys, call the store first to check if the item is still available.
During busy periods, websites aren’t updated frequently so the stock information may not always be accurate. A simple phone call can prevent you from making a wasted trip!
Shop for what you need not what you want
If you need a winter coat, gloves, or boots, now is the time to buy. You can find these essential items cheaper than you would in the summer months and when they go on sale in December. The best january sales bargains are those out of season.
However, if you want to purchase something trendy like a pair of leggings or a blazer, it might be better to wait until closer to the end of January sales.