Recession? Bring on the bargains!

| Jan 19, 2009
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While times like those we’re going through are stressful to everyone crossdressers a least can find a cause for joy amid the sorrow. Retailers are overloaded with tons of fashions — dresses, skirts, jackets, shoes and a whole lot of other stuff that they couldn’t unload before the annual holiday gift buying frenzy. Now they are stepping up their efforts to move that stuff out of the store and into our closets.

As long as you have some kind of income the next few months will be a dream-like time to the dedicated bargain shopper. Major department stores are slashing prices on all of their femme fashions — and then they give you coupons for more off.

Example: While strolling through a Bon Ton store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania recently I picked up a $280 Guess winter coat; a lovely wool, black and white, double breasted with a belt and wide collar that buttons up all the way for extra warmth — for only $95.00. (I could have gotten it for less if I’d had the 20% off coupon. I talked the saleslady into an extra 15% but she wouldn’t go for twenty.)

Another example is the clearance sale rack at Lord & Taylor. Pausing to indulge my shopitis a couple of weeks ago I got a pair of French Connection shiny, black stretch pants/legging (they were calling to me!) for about $21. They were originally priced at $88 and then reduced to $43.98. The an additional 40% was deducted, which I topped off with another 20% whittled away with a coupon. No wonder the clothes are so expensive, think off how many people they need working all day to do all the markdowns!

Bloomingdale’s yielded more bounty on another recent trip (wow, I guess I really shop a lot) when I purchased the chocolate colored, full, knee length skirt that I was looking for for only $25.97. It’s a DKNYC and was originally $99. Again, I added a coupon for an additional $4.54 off after they had marked down the marked down price.

These are just a few examples of the kinds of bargains (and there are even better ones. Like the animal print leggings and cute little dress that I got for $13.98 at Nordstrom Rack.) There are even better buys ahead when department store chains start to close stores and sell off whole inventories. When that happens you can buy fab stuff for pennies on the dollar if you time your trips to the going out of business sales correctly. You don’t want to go there too early as the deals will not be deep discounts. If you wait too long the hoards of crazed shoppers will have picked the place clean. Who cares if it was a great buy if it’s something that only your grandma would wear? When the store closing sales start check in and wait while the markdowns get higher. Stake out a few things you want and pounce somewhere around the “75% percent off the lowest price” phase.

Remember girls, in this tough economy as everyone is holding on to their cash it may be up to us, the shopaholic crossdressers, to save the day by getting out there and getting cash moving again. It’s a dirty job but I think we’re up to it.

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Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Assoc., Inc., former editor of its newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She was the Diva of Dish for TGF in the late 1990s and Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows.

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  1. says:

    January is my favorite mouth for SHOPPING, all the after holiday, inventory, final clearance, and closeout sales are just GREAT. Get out there Girls and enjoy who you are. If you are worried about being “made” ask for a gift receipt and return policy if it doesn’t fit “her”. Most of the time the sales person will smile and your purchase is stress free. Have fun, I’m shoe shopping today. Huggs!