shopping tips to guide you...
Bring cash and shop carefully. Remember
that there are no returns.
Dress for ease of try-ons. The dressing room may be... a bathroom,
behind a curtain, communal or in an office.
Look for the flyers handed out by the teenagers in the lobbies
or posted on the doors and walls. These give you an indication
of some of the businesses that are open that day. Don't be
shy about asking if any others are open, often one spot will
recommend another, or people in elevators will offer suggestions.
Take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down
by the staircases, since the elevators can get mighty busy
Prices may not be posted or may be indicated by handwritten
signs. Be prepared to bargain, especially if you are buying
more than one item in a place. If you are not comfortable
doing this, don't worry . The prices are good enough or all
these people would not be going out of their way to shop up
Check out the entire showroom before zooming in on one rack,
as often parts of a suit may be separated. Make sure tops
and bottoms are of the same dye lot.
Go by eye where size is concerned. Sizes may be inconsistently
marked, especially if it is a sample (sometimes cut a bit
larger) or a second. Try it on to be sure.
Don't be put off by a ripped seam, since the repair is often
much less than the money you are saving. Do, however, check
carefully for snaps that snap, cuffs that are the right side
around, centred collars, working zippers, holes in knits,
an even wale in corduroys, etc. With a practised eye, you
should be able to run over a garment in twenty seconds.
Be prepared to buy immediately if something strikes you. Successful
shopping is partly luck. Pounce on a find before someone else
does. The item probably will not be there if you go back for
Make note that nothing much is open in January and July.
It may seem like everyone knows where they're going except
you, but it's just that they've been up there before and know
the lay of the land. Relax, ask questions, and have fun in
this secret shopping club.