This is part 4 of a 5 part series on saving money on clothes. If you haven’t already read them, please check out part 1 on shopping in your own closet, part 2 on having a clothing swap and part 3 on shopping at thrift shops.
I’ll admit it. I love Winners. I love the crazy stuff you can find there, and I love the fact that it can change from day to day and you never know what you’ll find there. The most recent thing I found at Winners was something that purported to be an exercise suit – if you put it on while you exercised you’d burn way more calories. Frankly, I think it looked like the model had basically put a garbage bag on, but that’s just me.
I know I’m not alone in my love of Winners – there are 2 of them within a 10 minute walk from me at work, and both of them are packed over the lunch hour (and I’ll be honest – it’s mostly women). They do a pretty brisk business. I think on the whole their prices are pretty good (I picked up 3 skirts there last summer for a total of 80 dollars), but shopping at Winners is definitely not for the faint of heart. Things are sorted to a certain extent by size and by type, but it can be overwhelming to look through a rack of things tightly crammed in together. And frankly – some of the stuff they stock is quite hideous and I really don’t know who’d buy it.
Another option is Joe Fresh. I have yet to buy anything there (I was trending towards the larger sizes for a while, and I’m not sure if Joe Fresh stocks those), but I do recall admiring a co-workers skirt last year and she said it was Joe Fresh. So it’s on my to do list now that I’ve managed to shrink down a bit.
I gotta admit – I’m not huge on Wal-Mart or Zellers for clothes – although I did find a good bathing suit at Zellers last year and picked up a few belts there as well (although they are starting to umm..flake bit). I don’t have kids, so I can’t comment on whether they are a good place to shop for kid’s clothes, but I generally don’t like how their clothing looks, even if the prices are cheap.
Have I missed any good stores? What’s been your best discount department store purchase?