Not only did I survive the madness that is a J.Crew warehouse sale, I came out a winner. I walked away with 13 items valued at $1,033 — but don’t worry! I got it all for less than $150.
Here’s what I was able to find.
*Jeweled elastic flower belt: Retail price, $50
* Refined silk-cashmere wrap : Retail price, $75
*Polka-dot Infinity scarf: Now unavailable, but all scarves online are priced at or above $48.
*Printed wool wrap (similar to this style): $59
Retail Total: $232
Warehouse Price: $5 each
*Three-quarter sleeve stretch perfect shirt (in pink, white and purple): $58 each
*Three-quarter sleeve, striped top (no photo available): $42.50
*Long sleeve, ruffle neck knit top (no photo available): $32.50
Retail Total: $249
Warehouse Price: $8 each
* Forever cardigan in melon: $69.50
Retail Total: $69.50
Warehouse Price: $15
*Seersucker mini skirt (similar to the one pictured): $54.50
Retail Total: $54.50
Warehouse Price: $15
Now, to save you the math, that means I only spent $147! Yes, that’s more than I’d spend on the average shopping trip, but I was able to stock up on basic items I can wear to work and on the weekend.
What did I learn after my experience?
*If at all possible, leave the kids at home! Space is tight inside so navigating a stroller is hard on you and the people around you. Plus, you’ll likely be waiting outside for quite a while.
*Grab anything you like and check for fit/quality later. It clogs things up and takes more time to inspect each piece as you go along.
*Dig to the bottom of a box. Most jewelry, hair accessories and belts were hiding below heavy clothing items.
*Stock up on gifts! Scarves, belts, headbands and jewelry are all great gifts that can be bought in advance. At $5 a piece for most of these products, it’s a good time to stock up for birthdays, Christmas, etc.
*You can’t see it all. After a couple hours, cut yourself off. There’s absolutely no way you can look through every box and find every possible purchase. Boxes are constantly being replenished and most are over stuffed to begin with. Though it may feel like you’re missing out, you’ll never get through it all. Be happy with what you’ve found and walk away happy!
And I’ve got to brag on J.Crew’s customer service a little bit. One of the blazers I bought was missing a button, so I emailed customer service to see if there was any way I could get a replacement. Within a couple hours someone had gotten back to me and offered to send me the replacement for free. Plus, everyone working the sale was great; they were all very patient with the very impatient shoppers stuck waiting in line.
Did you check out the sale? Tell me about your finds!