shopping tips to guide you...
Bring cash and shop carefully. Remember
that there are no returns.
Dress for ease of try-ons. The dressing room may be...
a bathroom, behind a curtain, communal or in an office.
Look for the flyers handed out by the teenagers in the
lobbies or posted on the doors and walls. These give
you an indication of some of the businesses that are
open that day. Don't be shy about asking if any others
are open, often one spot will recommend another, or
people in elevators will offer suggestions.
Take the elevator to the top floor and work your way
down by the staircases, since the elevators can get
mighty busy midmorning.
Prices may not be posted or may be indicated by handwritten
signs. Be prepared to bargain, especially if you are
buying more than one item in a place. If you are not
comfortable doing this, don't worry . The prices are
good enough or all these people would not be going out
of their way to shop up here.
Check out the entire showroom before zooming in on one
rack, as often parts of a suit may be separated. Make
sure tops and bottoms are of the same dye lot.
Go by eye where size is concerned. Sizes may be inconsistently
marked, especially if it is a sample (sometimes cut
a bit larger) or a second. Try it on to be sure.
Don't be put off by a ripped seam, since the repair
is often much less than the money you are saving. Do,
however, check carefully for snaps that snap, cuffs
that are the right side around, centred collars, working
zippers, holes in knits, an even wale in corduroys,
etc. With a practised eye, you should be able to run
over a garment in twenty seconds.
Be prepared to buy immediately if something strikes
you. Successful shopping is partly luck. Pounce on a
find before someone else does. The item probably will
not be there if you go back for it.
Make note that nothing much is open in January and July.
It may seem like everyone knows where they're going
except you, but it's just that they've been up there
before and know the lay of the land. Relax, ask questions,
and have fun in this secret shopping club.