The summer sidewalk sale takes on all forms, from elbow-throwing, bin-digging stampedes, to more civilized air-conditioned affairs that aren’t actually on a sidewalk. Wherever they are held, a common thread remains — it’s a sale where you can pick up items you’ve been coveting for a while at a great price. So how do you make it through with your consciousness, sanity and life savings still intact? Here are a few things to keep in mind before hitting the pavement.
Sidewalk Sale Shopping Tips
1. Save. For a guilt-free spree, set aside money just for the occasion. A lot of sidewalk sales are annual events. If you know your favorite store’s annual or seasonal sidewalk sale is coming up, start puttin’ away those pennies. If you don’t know where to go for the deals, go to your local media’s shopping guide. Charlotte Magazine’s blog Charlotte Shop Talk, gives the lowdown on the best sales in the Queen City. An easy way to cut costs leading up to the big day: instead of your daily coffee shop lattes, make your coffee at home for a month and watch the savings pile up. Or finally kick that Fiji habit and trade up for a reusable glass bottle. You’ll save money and the planet.
2. Scout. Go to the store beforehand and find out what’s going to be included in the sale. Most retail associates will be happy to share what they know. See what soon-to-be slashed items catch your eye and add them to your wish list. That way you know what you’re saving for and approximately how much to put away.
3. Support. Bring a friend or two with you. It’s always nice to have a friend there to hold your hand when making a shopping decision. Especially if it’s a “want” rather than a “need.” Make an afternoon of it and grab cocktails or lunch afterward! Donald Haack is located in the heart of SouthPark with some of the city’s best restaurants in walking distance. Snap up that highly coveted and heavily discounted bauble at our upcoming sidewalk sale and then head across the street to Cowfish to celebrate your fabulous find over a plate of Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos.
4. Show up early. For the best selection, get there as soon as (or before) the sale begins to ensure you’re one of the first.
Regardless of how much you plan and prepare, it’s best to go in with an open mind. You may arrive with your mind set on a sapphire ring and leave with crystal drop earrings instead.
See you this week!
Donald Haack Diamonds “sidewalk” sale is this Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No worries about the heat, the sale is held in the store. Indulge in a special treat for yourself or as a gift for that someone special for up to 70% off!