Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hooray For Clothes!


One of the local department stores is going out of business. They are clearing out the store. This is their last week. I found a beautiful dress that was originally $70. Wanna guess how much I paid for it? C'mon, guess! Really, you'll never guess anyway. I paid $6.54 for it! I never get such awesome deals! I also got clothes for the kids, some of which they will have to grow into, since sizes were limited. Great deals all around. So I'll have to lose about 15 lbs and buy a sweater in order to wear it, but that's what I like to call "motivation."

18 comments:

theefxman said...

Heck I'll give you $8 if you take it off! ;)

Looks nice though, Sarah got a better deal on some clothes that fit recently. My step mother gave her a bunch, some stuff sarah actually likes! :)

timpani76 said...

Dresses are hard to find good sales for!

I love sales at clothing stores, but I still can't beat the price of stuff I find at the Goodwill ;)

I also like to go to Fashion Bug, because they have great sales, and they have the cutest stuff in ANY size! There sales are just CRAZY, like $5-8 a top, and $10-15 for jeans or pants.

Your Favorite, and Mine - Mary said...

I'm glad Sarah got some cute stuff from your step-mom. She sounds like a real nice lady. :)

Fashion Bug is pretty awesome. I haven't seen one around here, though. I wonder if there even is one? There's a thrift store in the shopping center right by my house that has jeans for $3. I haven't been over there to see what they have yet. But I plan on it soon. I need pants!

lizS said...

cute dress!! i can't wait to see you in it. post pics! and man, you have got to loooooove deals! i'm wearing a stellar shirt that cost $3, and that dress i wore for for the ball? originally $80 for $15. sweet! off season, that's all i have to say, lol!

Dana Cheryl said...

I love bargain shopping. It's like a sugar high on crack. lol! I bought 5 pair of pants, 6 sweaters, and four misc. tops at Kohl's for $20 once. They had stuff from Liz and Co., Nike, etc... for as little at $0.75. Awesome finds Mary! I'm excited for you!!!

Your Favorite, and Mine - Mary said...

Oh man! I need to go shopping with you sometime DC! I never know when to get the best deals. (I lucked out today.)

Renae said...

Very cute dress! Good deals are the best.

Bruce said...

it makes you wander how much they are accually making on this stuff. sounds like windfall profits to me.

Anonymous said...

I like it! (your pretty dress)!All the great bargains Grandma and I have been getting at the Salvation Army up the street are history I think. Just when retailers are lowering their prices... SA raised theirs.

Guess I'll just have to come visit you!

Luv Ya, Aunt Kathy

Dana Cheryl said...

MC you're welcome to come shopping with me anytime!

It's incredible how much stores mark up their clothes. It's a win/win for them because even if they throw it away they still get to write it off.

The really nice department store here actually throws away stuff that's been on clearance for more than three weeks. They walk it out to the dumpster and trash it. A few weeks ago they discarded lots of shoes. I should have went and got them and then sold them on ebay!

Your Favorite, and Mine - Mary said...

WOW! I had no idea that dept. stores did that! That's so wasteful. They could donate them to homeless shelters or to those places that help people get interview clothes or even to other countries where decent clothes are hard to come by. (Can you just go through the dumpsters out there? I guess once they're in the trash they are public property, still...)

Aunt Kath - Sorry about the SA. :( Now at least you can buy new stuff! :)

Dana Cheryl said...

I've never gone through the trash but I'm pretty sure it's legal. Walmart does the same. They just toss it. I have friends that work at these stores they clue me in. :)

theefxman said...

My grandpa used to salvage stuff from the department store and alley trash all the time, vacuum cleaners, light fixtures, dental drills, lol

He was the ultimate pack rat, I took most of his "junk" and it has saved me about 10 trips to Lowes since 2005, not too bad.

My grandpa could make anything from stuff he had laying around, he even made his own wrenches and screwdrivers and whatever. Very resourceful, I'm sure it's where I get it from. Only I don't dumpster dive, I think it's illegal/against policy for them to give away unsold clothes even to employees.

Plus if they did that then more people might just wait till they threw the clothes away instead of buying them. Just a guess.

But the logic is sound, give the clothes to the poor for pete's sake. Maybe Obama should be presented with the information about wasteful disposal and see if he can live up to his word of finding good ways to take care of the countries poor.

Anonymous said...

Most places have rules against dumpster diving. When I worked at the mall we had to use the compactor. I once had to compact a gorgeous buffet (Bombay Company) that I would have loved to own. I was down getting my morning coffee one day (before opening time)and some mall walkers hunted me down to tell me that a huge mirror had fallen off the wall exploded all over the place. Took me hours to clean that store up. Glass made it all the way across the store. Anyway, the top of the buffet was peppered with glass. I had to crush it even though I would have been willing to buy it at a deep discount. Both sides of the top were finished so I could have just flipped the top over. NOPE that wasn't allowed. But then Bombay did me wrong when I tore my rotator cuff. Best thing about this story is....THEY ARE NO LONGER IN BUSINESS! Well they have an online store.
Other places I've worked offer damaged goods to employees before they put them on annual sidewalk sales. Got good things when I was at Casual Corner. Helzberg Diamonds never did that... They sent tangled necklaces out to be untangled. So different retailers have different policies. BTW most don't donate to other countries because they would have to pay the shipping. Plus they get a higher write off when they turn it in as a loss to their insurance than they do when they donate... Go figure..
Now for a funny one. When we had the dumpster out front during the kitchen remodel here I caught a guy diving late one night. When I asked him to get out he said' Man somebody threw out a bunch of good food. (it was mostly things that came down to CA from WA when we moved here in 73. So it was 30+ years old). He told me he was taking to give to his girlfriend. I asked him to please get out of the dumpster because I didn't want him to get hurt on constructioon materials. His responce was, 'But I grew up over here on Marshall Street'. What a lucky girl his girlfriend is!!!
Aunt K

lizS said...

did you wear your new dress to church today?

Your Favorite, and Mine - Mary said...

No, I wish I could have. I have to lose 15 lbs! As I said: Incentive!

Aunt K: That's way gross about the food. You should have asked the guy if he'd ever heard of "botulism."

lizS said...

oh, i didn't catcht that part. well, you can do it! just get back on svelte!

Your Favorite, and Mine - Mary said...

I suppose it is time to get Svelte!