Sales seem to be an almost permanent feature on our poor beleaguered high streets, at least since Black Friday, so this may be shutting the stable door after the proverbial event but in case you are heading off to the January Sales here are a few thoughts from an inveterate sales shopper.
I used to have to give myself a severe talking to when I set out for any sort of Sale. I am a sucker for a bargain, a knockdown price. Who isn't? All these enticing "prices slashed!" "up to 50% off" notices induced in me a sort of feeding frenzy. A kind of madness. Any normal sense of judgement or restraint disappeared. Before I realised I was in the grip of something crazy, I bought garments too tight, in a poor fabric and a colour which, in my right mind, I wouldn't entertain just because it was A BARGAIN!. Temporarily thrilled at having "saved" ££££s, I would get home only to realise that, in truth, I had made no saving at all. Nowadays, as I say, I have to put on conscious brakes in advance and ask myself:
Do I really love this garment?
Is the colour flattering?
Does it fit?
Does it go with other items in my wardrobe?
Does it add something to my wardrobe that I haven't already got?
Does it make me feel gorgeous?
If the answer is yes, I may indeed have netted a bargain. If, on the other hand, it doesn’t lift my spirits but I think, that’ll do, it is not worth buying even if it seems a snip. SOMETIMES GARMENTS END UP IN THE SALE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT VERY DESIRABLE.