7 Genius Tips for Shopping a Home Décor Sale
Sale season can be a victory march executed with laser-like-precision or a minefield riddled with unexpected expenditures and impulse-control dilemmas. Whatever your shopping style, a thoughtful plan of action is the best way to bring about results. We've got you covered with these helpful tips to maintain your goals and keep your wallet happy.
Take stock of what you actually need. Before breezing into sale season guns blazing, we recommend creating a loose (or detailed) inventory of what you’re looking for. Impulse buys are all the more enticing with a big red dot romancing the tag. Stay focused and avoid tangents. Allocate your time and devotion to hunting down missing links.
Going in with a mission will ensure you don’t blow your entire savings on a lark. Or at the very least better the odds. Settle on either a percentage off or a bottom line. Maybe your “yes” point is a below-wholesale steal. If so, be firm and ready to walk away if the item in question is only offered at 20-percent off. When shopping online, filter by price. Most sites offer filters that will hide items that exceed the maximum you’re willing to pay. Temptation-free browsing will enable you to cruise at will, stress-free.
If you shop frequently with a certain brand or boutique, get to know their sales staff. Establish a cheerful rapport with insiders and you’ll be sure to get the full scoop every time. If you’re not local, stay up to date with newsletters that offer special promotions. Give the sales floor a call directly. Be courteous and friendly, not pushy.
Before splurging, consider how often the item will be offered on sale. Is it a limited-edition one-off or is it part of a core collection to be offered perennially? Scoop up rarities and leave behind non-essentials that could crop up at a later date (or better deal.)
Price comparison has never been easier thanks to the web. Prices may vary significantly from one retailer to the next. Add-ons such as free delivery or free shipping can also add a pretty penny to the sticker price. Be well-educated and don’t underestimate the power of competition. Mentioning a competitor’s better rate may entice a generous staffer to offer you the same discount—or beat it.
If you’re into collecting one-of-a-kind vintage or killer key pieces, saving on the basics is your bread and butter. Save the big bucks for major purchases and look out for sales on must-haves like linens, kitchen supplies, and frames.
Sample sales come twice a year. Get in and get out with enough spare cash to leave you feeling satisfied yet not stressed. You'll enjoy the purchase more if the experience is breezy, and there's always June.
What is your favorite place to splurge in the home? Tell us in the comments below.