How amazing would it be to have your own personal shopper? Someone to do the dirty work for you – go to the store, sift through racks upon racks of merchandise, lug it all home, and then make any necessary returns. It would be simply AH-mazing…
But since we’re not Cameron, Reese, or Jen, and we more than likely can’t afford to keep a personal shopper on “staff”, here’s how we can become that person.
It all starts with choosing the right shopping partner. If your boyfriend or hubby absolutely detests shopping (which most of them do), leave him home where he is happiest on the couch in front of the TV. And instead, take someone like mom (my favorite shopping partner) or a friend who is keen to the idea of hours of shopping. Although going solo doesn’t seem appealing to most, it does have its benefits; no one rushing you while you browse and try on clothes and the decision of which stores to go in and those to pass up is yours and yours alone.
The next tip need not apply if you are shopping merely for a bit of retail therapy. But if you are looking for something specific, stay focused. Don’t spend time going around the store looking at everything (guilty). Make a beeline straight to the area of the store where you are going to most likely find what you are looking for. If the store doesn’t have it, move on to the next one.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that those assisting you in a store are called sales associates. After all, their job is to close a sale and some will do whatever it takes to do so (even if it means lying and telling you how fab you would look in those new snakeskin leggings that just came in). But don’t give in and buy only what was intended.
When you get to the register make sure you are 100% certain that this is what you want. If you aren’t familiar with a store’s return policy, make sure to ask. Some stores only offer store credit for returned items (like Francesca’s Collection and Forever 21) and others may accept only returns within a three day period from the purchase date. We’ve all experienced buyer’s remorse, so if you are having any doubts, any doubts at all, ask to place the item(s) on hold and take a walk around to give yourself some time to think about it.
Here in Louisville, Macy’s at Oxmoor Center offers gratis personal shopping services. Call to make an appointment today!
Do you enjoy shopping or does it feel more like a chore? Who’s your favorite shopping buddy?