Warehouse sales are a common enough event in Singapore, they range from luxury brands at the Club 21 Bazaar to high-street brands like Converse. But how do you get first dibs to friends & family sales or members’ only sales where there are huge discounts? We asked a few brand representatives and their advice? Be friends with the shop staff and be a loyal customer. For friends and family sales, it’s best to be on your best behaviour so you get invited back the next time. Brands like Charles & Keith and Bimba y Lola reward their customers who follow them on social media or sign up to be on their mailing list and notify them of in-store sales and online deals. Here are some tips on what to do and what to look out for when you shop at your next sale! Which just might be the KEEPERS Red Letter Sale which features over 50 designers offering up to 90% discount, will be held from January 11 to 13 at the National Design Centre from 11am to 7pm.
Look out for once-a-year bargains
For example, In Good Company’s sample sale happens once a year. Customers who are part of In Good Company’s Frequent Shopper programme can shop one day ahead of everyone else, netting them the best pieces, as well as sizes, before pieces sell out. They’re allowed to bring two guests with them.
Make a human connection
Get to know the store staff to get on that insiders list. These days, the word for friends and family sales spreads fast via WhatsApp message forwarding.
Just bring your wallet, not your bag
Even at a friends and family sale, you’ll likely have to get your bag checked or leave it at the counter. Avoid that hassle by carrying a wristlet or put just your credit card in your pocket and start shopping.
Set a budget.
With so many things that are highly discounted, it can be tempting to buy more than you need. If you can’t demonstrate self-restraint, think about how much you are willing to spend and limit yourself to that amount in cash (which means, don’t swipe your card).
Know your size.
Some offsite venues don’t have fitting rooms, so know your size for that particular brand. The same thing applies for shoes, as you don’t want to be wasting time trying on shoes that don’t fit!