Remember when shopping meant having fun with your girlfriends and hitting the mall? Add a big Coke, with a lid and a straw, throw in a big pretzel, and life was pretty good. To think back about that kind of fun shopping trip, I might have to add waiting on the curb for my mom to pick me up. Seriously. When did shopping become such a dreadful chore? (OK, for all of my friends who are screaming BS: I do like to shop. I just hate crowds, lines and time constraints. There, is that more fair?)
I think a combination of factors leaves many women looking for deep reserves of stamina and bracing for the worst when they shop for clothes. I could write a TON on this topic, but that’s not my purpose today. The purpose of today’s post is to let you in on a great deal, which is a great deal of fun as well. Kinda like getting your shopping groove back!
Just this past Friday I met up with a group of kindergarten Moms at J. Crew at 9:00 a.m. Yep, you read that right, 9:00 a.m.- a full hour before the store opens. We were meeting up with a personal stylist to whom we all had emailed our sizes, needs and wants.
A total of seven of us gathered at the J.Crew at Green Hills Mall and met with Andrea, one of their five women’s department personal shoppers (they also have two for men). She pulled pants, skirts, cardigans, dresses, tee’s and belts. The dressing rooms, for which of course we did not need to wait in line, became our little party area. We swapped clothes around as we found what we liked and didn’t like, and appropriately oohed and aahed over each other, and equally appropriately said “NO WAY” to other things. We had fun with all the attention given to us and with the clothes we found. A couple of the women were convinced that J.Crew pants didn’t fit their shape and were pleasantly surprised to find some pants that did fit them, and fit them well. So, if you think J.Crew doesn’t fit you, you might want to try again and see if you, too, are surprised.
AND-We all got 20% off our bill!! I have your attention now, don’t I?
- We got the ENTIRE store to ourselves at 9:00 a.m. (And we could have gone as early as 8:00 a.m. and who doesn’t feel special when the door is unlocked for you and immediately relocked to bar anyone else entry?)
- We had a personal shopper helping us who already had our information upon arrival.
- We all got 20% off our entire purchase!
- And, we had fun.
So, here is the skinny on this deal:
- You grab at least three friends, for a minimum of four people. (It’s advisable to keep the group to four if you need lots of attention.)
- You each agree to buy at least $125 in clothing.
- You get a personal shopper assigned to you and you can meet as early as 8:00 a.m.
- You get 20% off your purchases that day.
- You need to call ahead of time so the store can arrange a time for you.
- You can get added to your personal shopper’s email list and she’ll make you aware of sales and promotions.
The rest of the story:
So you don’t want to get a group of friends together but you really would like this personal service? Well, make that appointment and go in during this pre-business hours time, and have the store all to yourself with 100% attention from your personal shopper. You will be amazed at how much you accomplish. Who cares that you won’t get the 20% off that the group gets? You WILL be getting a ton of value added service for FREE. For goodness sakes, you could leave your purse in the middle of the store as there is no one in the store but YOU! Who knows, they might make a deal if you spend over $500, which is the total commit $$ for a group of four…..I have no idea. Probably not. But it might be worth the ask, right? Either way, take advantage of this service as shopping may prove fun, once again!
Oh, Wait! Let’s not forget to use this service for the men in our lives….again, they may not want a group of four, but wouldn’t we love them to have a little one on one personal shopper assistance? That suggestion just may get your fingers dialing.
J Crew: (615) 298-5722
Thanks to Britt for setting up our girls morning of shopping fun. Thanks also to Jeannie, Mary, Ashley, Robyn, and Libby and our personal shopper Andrea for including me!
Have fun! Shop away at J.Crew and smile brightly when you get to leave the mall at 10:00 a.m. …..just when everyone else is entering in.
Let your friends know about this great deal and about us, Style Blueprint! Thanks, -Liza