The Clearance Section Hoax

This post was inspired by an email I received on my lunch hour from ModCloth.

70% select styles! Shop NOW

Don’t mind if I do, ModCloth. With a quick click, I was looking at pages and pages full of items that I could now afford. I came across a sequin skirt that I had to have. It was filled with light blues, whites, and ivorys I thought it was the perfect length and perfect transition piece from winter to spring. I added it to my virtual shopping bag and continued to peruse the sales. At the credit card entry prior to checking out, I glanced at my cart and thought long and hard about that studded gem of a skirt.

What am I really going to wear with this? I have nothing. And not like the ‘I have nothing to wear today’, nothing, but truly, nothing.

So, I removed it, but not without feeling like I needed the comfort of a T-Swift breakup song. I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased something from the ultra-clearance racks that in retrospect made no sense. I’ll find something to wear it with or I thought it was just too cute
to pass up. What? If you’re not going to wear it, don’t buy it. For as much time as we spend standing in the aisle justifying that soon-to-be impulse buy, we could be shopping the racks for a serious piece we would actually utilize. Rule of thumb? if you’re not in love and you’re doubting, say goodbye and save your wallet some heartache.

Sometimes we think [I know at least I do] if there’s a sale we’re somehow saving money, even if we’re buying something we don’t need. In reality, we’re not saving a penny. We’re better off investing more money into a staple piece than succumbing to that 75% sign.

As much as I wanted that skirt, I hate to admit that it would have gotten more use in a frame hanging on a wall in my apartment than it would have hanging in my closet.

Shop smart, even when the glowing, flashing, beaming, clearance sign is telling you otherwise.