19 Nov 2018

How to Mastermind This Week’s Cyber Sales


How To Mastermind This Week's Cyber Sale on vickiarcher.com


How to successfully master the art of sale shopping.


It’s that time of year again when the sales are looming. By now you’ll know my feelings about shopping the sales. I need to be strict and experience has taught me it is essential to stand firm.


Sure, buying on a whim is fun for a moment but the time it takes to disentangle the ‘mistakes’ is far more annoying.


50% of sale shopping is about luck and 50% about skill but with close attention, there are some good opportunities to be had.


This time of year, I focus on stocking up on the new season basics and replace those pieces that need a freshen up.


My mind is just out of summer mode and trying to pre-empt new winter styles so Cyber Week sales always come in at the perfect time.


I’ve spent hours in the past perusing online to find the best deals and the one clear light bulb moment I have had is we need a strategy.

Top Tips


I have my methods. Breaking the sale shopping into sections and applying my Do’s and Don’ts to all of my buying ensures I get the most out of the discounts.


I always start by re-assessing and replacing some of the classics.


Then I check on the accessories; the bags, the luggage and any of the practical pieces I could do with smartening up a bit.


And lastly, a dip into the lingerie and shapewear. I am looking for replacements I know work and I need.


This way I end up with what I need at a fraction of the price; a checklist of sorts.


Do buy what you already like.

Do replace the old with the new.

Do invest at sale time; cost per wear is the best equation ever. Use it.

Do buy the classics; they aren’t boring but good value.
Do return if need be; when in doubt, vote out.


Don’t buy the unfamiliar.

Don’t try and reinvent a whole new you.

Don’t buy because the price is right; the piece must be right.
Don’t buy to grow into or squeeze into; it never happens.
Don’t be put off by too much choice; take a deep breath, read the above and streamline the basket.

As I write, most sizes are available, please forgive me if things change over the next few days. It drives me crazy when I find something I think completely wonderful and there is no stock.

And most importantly, good luck and have fun. xv

Start Your Engines Running.

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badgley mischka wrap front  ||  emporio amarni double-breasted  ||  harris wharf in cream  ||  fleurette long  ||  kobo halperin cape

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Excellent advice, Vicki! I have always believed that it’s best to stay close to what you know, and if you want to try a style you’ve never worn, just get one piece to experiment. I’ve never gone out of my comfort zone with an expensive piece of clothing, but I have to admit I will go all out on jewelry! Classics are for me and your photo shares ALWAYS inspire me….gotta get a pair of those loafers…


Very good tips but actually I avoid sale-days. The prices for real good things are not
really reduced and if, they come for sale very late.


Almost the only sales I shop at are in person in Paris. There are real reductions of high quality designer goods. If you’re there every year at sale time it’s important to be on their client loyalty list. That way you can shoo before the sales officially begin (like days before). Important for me as I loathe being in a jostling crowd. It terrifies me. Not that I’ve ever seen it like that in Le Bon Marche even on the first day. But also you have more objects to choose from. I mostly buy accessories ‘ silk scarves, handbags, jewellery, sunglasses, totes etc. Over the years some wonderful things almost all at least 1/3 or more reduced. When yiu’re buying top designer goods this is a big reduction. Then if you’re there long enough they have the deuxiene demarque, where they’re reduced further. Often half price and less. Have seen Parisiennes rush the fabulous Dries van Noten dresses at that stage. .i once found a great Stella McCartney ring for 25 € and last year a wonderful chunky Murano glass ring for the same price in a boutique in the Galeries Vivienne. People stop me in the street to admire it. The internet Black Friday sales don’t attract me at all, I like to examine things in person, feel the quality of the fabric, the cut and the weight and see the actual colours. But I know I’m in the minority there. Best wishes, Pamela


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