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‘Buy Me, Caroline': Tales of An Experienced Clearance Shopper

I can smell a clearance sale a mile away.

I believe I was born with a radar in my brain that can detect the faint sound of red clearance price stickers being applied to shoes, lamps, stationary, imported chocolates, and a hundreds of other items being shoved together on shelves in any shopping venue within a few miles of my wallet. I often leave the house for mundane items like hamburger buns and deodorant and come home with a complete outfit, accessories and all, for under $50. I have found a Betsey Johnson necklace for $4., BCBG shoes for $10., a complete set of Pier 1 plates for $15., and the list goes on and on.

I consider myself very lucky to have this radar, even if one day I discover that it was installed by a radical retail militia enlisted by the government to boost the economy, but getting to the sale is one thing, finding the good stuff is another. Clearance racks and shelves aren't exactly known for organized, easy browsing; you often have to dig. I have literally gotten my hands dirty form rummaging through shelves of broken bottles oozing shampoo and assorted lotions to find the one that I felt calling to me. It says something like this: "Buy me Caroline. I used to be overpriced brand name shampoo and out of your reach, but I'm cheap now. I'm the one you've been waiting for." How could I resist?

Patience is another thing I have been blessed with that allows me to find ridiculously low prices. I have no problem sifting through every item on every rack of an entire store. Depending on the size of the store, I can spend up to three hours scanning every square inch in search of a perfectly priced product.

I am currently on a quest to find something artsy and unique for my barren bathroom wall. With a vision in my head and my radar to guide me I'm sure I will find it along with many bargains on the way.

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112784
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I would guess that the sale to visit this weekend would be Designer's Shoe Palace's clearance sale before they move to Fondren (and become the Shoe Bar!). They've always had amazing sales. I would head on out Lakeland. Oh, and welcome to Jacktown, shoe chicks!

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-05-11T14:03:07-06:00
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112785
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Oh, and I'd think it'd be easy to find something "artsy and unique" for your barren bathroom wall at the Chick Ball next week. ;-) We'll have lots of Chick cover blow-ups, for one thing.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-05-11T14:08:36-06:00
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112786
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OH, and we plan to auction off a huge blow-up of the Melton-baby-gun cover. ;-D

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-05-11T14:09:12-06:00
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112787
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I would guess that the sale to visit this weekend would be Designer's Shoe Palace's clearance sale before they move to Fondren (and become the Shoe Bar!). They've always had amazing sales. I would head on out Lakeland. Oh. my. gosh. Didn't know they were moving. I know where I'm going in just a little bit!!

Author
music chick
Date
2007-05-11T14:35:35-06:00
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112788
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I like clearance sales, too. I don't shop much, but when I do, I'm such a cheapskate. :-) My mom and my younger sister are bargain hunting queens. My mom is the type of person that will go to the grocery store for a jug of milk and come home with fifteen cases of paper towels that she only paid a nickel for because they were on sale and it was triple coupon day. My sister is addicted to garage sales and outlet malls, and she doesn't mind traveling to catch a good deal. She planned on heading back to Georgia to catch the Black Friday sales, but a bun in the oven changed her plans.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-11T20:38:01-06:00
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112789
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I was in Augusta, GA on New Year's weekend and I racked up on some bargains while there. I bought a couple of shirts at a Goodwill store for $10 and there's a local thrift shop called Plato's Closet and they sell used clothing from stores like the Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch. I bought six shirts from there and spent only $40! It's hard to find men's clothing at such a bargain. If I lived in Augusta, there would be a whole lot more clothes in my closet.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-05-11T22:03:46-06:00
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112790
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Golden, I better not tell my sister about that store. She'll be driving a U-Haul across three states.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-05-11T22:07:35-06:00
ID
112791
Comment

It would be best if your sister saved that money for her new baby. To tell you the truth, I don't see a lot more savings at an outlet mall compared to any conventional mall. When I lived in Georgia, prices at Discover Mills (which was across I-85 from where I lived) wasn't much different than what I could find at nearby Gwinnett Place Mall. Which reminds me, I'm interested in seeing what kinds of prices the stores at the new outlet malls in Canton and Pearl will have in relation to other stores in the area.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-05-11T22:16:39-06:00

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