If you spend a lot of time looking into your wardrobe until you find the outfit that you want, it is the right time to refresh and/or restock your closet. Maybe you have too many items that you don’t use anymore, either because they’ve gone out of style or don’t fit you anymore.
Other times you simply keep a lot of old clothes for their sentimental value, but you can no longer use them to go out on the street. Whatever the reason, updating your wardrobe from time to time is always a lot of fun.
You need to start by taking the clothes out of the closet and analyzing them piece by piece. After getting rid of what no longer fits, you can finally go shopping without feeling guilty. And when we talk about shopping, it’s always good to remember that there are some ideal times throughout the year to restock your closet on a budget.
Let’s analyze three of them and why you should circle them down in your calendar so you don’t miss the next big sale!
Store owners often take advantage of this time of the year (and the number of people looking for gifts) to promote deals, markdowns, and even cashback offers. This happens first because retailers try to avoid getting stuck with lots of things after Christmas; and from January because they want to get rid of what they couldn’t sell during the holidays.
So, this is the best moment to find bargains like designer clothes and cool accessories such as handbags or some in-demand and timeless aviator prescription glasses for a much more attractive price.
But you’re not the only person looking for offers during this period. So here are some tips to avoid the holiday rush and still get great deals:
- Make your Christmas shopping list in advance to better set your budget.
- Go to outlet stores rather than malls or large department stores.
- Set your budget before you start holiday shopping.
- Compare prices of items you’re looking for on the stores’ websites to identify the best deals.
- Don’t leave your shopping to the last minute.
This is a federal holiday originally created for mourning the soldiers who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It takes place at the end of May and for a few decades now it has also become one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, offering a three-day weekend with sales of summer merchandise.
Precisely because of this – retailers preparing their stores for summer, which starts in June – it is possible to find great deals on spring items that these retailers were unable to sell during the season. And since they want to clear out their inventory, discounts can reach up to 50 percent, allowing you to stock your closet with a few pieces for next spring.
The golden tip is not to buy summer clothes during the Memorial Day sales, because these items’ prices usually go down during mid-summer and you can buy them for a better price on the following date…
4th of July
The Fourth of July (also known as Independence Day) has been celebrated since the 18th century and became a federal holiday in 1870. Gradually, the political importance of the date began to be forgotten and the focus shifted to a celebration of American patriotism, with family get-togethers, fireworks shows, and lots of outdoor parties.
To take advantage of the celebrations, retailers started promoting massive discounts and turned the 4th of July into one of the hottest shopping holidays of the year, especially for those looking for summer and spring clothes.
Around the same time, another great option is Amazon Prime Day, a 48-hour deal event promoted by the e-commerce empire that offers thousands of deals. In 2022, Prime Day took place on July 12th and 13th, and these dates are expected to be repeated in 2023. So the first half of July is one of the great times to restock your closet, with at least two weeks’ worth of deals and promotions.
Keep an Eye on the Calendar
Although there are some other opportunities throughout the year to buy cheap (including the famous Black Fridays), the three dates above are the best times to restock your closet without compromising your bank account or accumulating debt for the rest of the year.
Try to stick to the basics and avoid superfluous purchases. Before going out shopping madly, make a list of the items you really need instead of buying only what is on offer or at a great discount. That way you avoid filling your closet with clothes you may never wear in your life.