Sunday, December 28, 2014

After Christmas Shopping




Sweater and Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Gift from a friend

Bag: Michael Kors

     Today is quite possibly one of my favorite days of the year; it’s an after-Christmas shopping day. It’s a day where you take all of the gift cards and money you got from Christmas, and go shopping with it. Now, I know a good percentage of people have more self-control and put their money away or save their gift cards to use at a later time, but I am not one of those people.

Stores, malls, and plazas are packed with shoppers. Customers are returning things, looking for good deals on all of the winter clothing that just went on sale, spending Christmas money, and using gift cards. But it’s also like the Hunger Games at the shopping mall.  For example, you’re probably going to have to fight to the death with someone else for that deeply discounted sweater at the Gap because several other women have their eyes on it.  Many experts predicted that Friday was going to be one of the top shopping days of the year.

     Stores have always been aware of the increase in traffic right after the holidays, but it seems like now they are taking extended action to accommodate their customers. This year, the day after Christmas, most stores opened extra early and didn’t close until much later so their customers could have more time to shop. Some are even saying this was like a second Black Friday of the year, because most employees were off on Friday, since Christmas fell on a Thursday. 

     If you’re like me, I always end up spending more money than what is on the gift card. I may have a $50 gift card to H&M, but chances are I’ll end up seeing about ten different things I like that add up to more than that amount.  It’s a vicious cycle with those tiny little plastic cards. 

     The logical thing to do with a gift card is to go to the store, buy something equal or less, and walk out. Most people, including myself, suck at this logic. Stores purposely price things so no matter what, you normally end up spending a little more than the gift card, even if it’s a couple cents. Obviously this is the trap stores want you to fall into. I am always that person that ends up falling not only into that trap, but even further down it!

     The good thing about after Christmas shopping is stores are usually having huge sales that can help you get the most out of your gift card or money. So, if you’re not too afraid of big crowds, packed dressing rooms, and longer lines than usual, take a trip out to the mall. Right now could be one of the best times to spend that extra Christmas cash or to lower the amount on that gift card. 

Do you guys partake in any After Christmas Shopping? Have you ever gotten any REALLY good deals?

-Katie


28 comments:

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to check it out! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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  3. This is certainly my favorite shopping time, I love it more than Black Friday! You will get the best clothing deals and the sales are crazy. It can be overwhelming, buy you just have to come out prepared!
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    1. I totally agree with you! The day after Christmas is a much more calm version of Black Friday. Like you said, if you;re prepared, it will go much more smoothly!

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  4. You look great in this outfit! And I agree with you, it's a great time for shopping. I got myself some really nice stuff on boxing day sale.
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    1. Thank you so much! It really is one of the best shopping days of the year. It sounds like you enjoyed some after-Christmas shopping yourself!

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  5. What a lovely outfit, truly adore the classy and polished ensemble! That selma bag is stunning! xo~ Lena
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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! The Selma bag is my pride and joy, I take it with me everywhere!

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  6. Love these shots!

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  7. Wow, you look awesome. I really adore your look from head to toe. It's so chic but casual at the same time! You're really a beautiful girl.

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    1. Thank you so much, it's so sweet of you to say that! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I was going for something appealing to the eye but comfy to shop in!

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  8. This outfit is absolutely beautiful! My favorite piece is that skirt. Your photos are simply superb too - great composition and clarity!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm a little bit obsessed with the skirt, I actually purchased it on Black Friday. I've worn it at least a hundred times since then!

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  9. Your story is so true, those gift cards are a real trap set up by the stores hahah, really like your outfit

    Love Imke
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    1. Yeah, right! Its a strategic plan to make you think you're only spending a little bit of money if you go over the gift card balance, but if every person spends $5 over their gift card balance, that adds up for the company! Thank you so much!

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  10. Love your look, Katie! The skirt is such a great contrast to the mostly black outfit. Hope your post Christmas shopping went well! :)

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    1. Thank you! Christmas shopping went great, I hope you had a happy holidays! :)

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  11. Obsessed with this outfit!! I've been trying to find a skirt similar to this for a while now! Hope your enjoyed your shopping :)
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    1. Thank you, I had a great time, and got a lot of great deals! I'd been looking for a skirt like this for a while before I found this. Sometimes it just takes time to find the perfect item!

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