We are going to help distinguish the difference between department stores, inexpensive/trendy stores, fashion boutiques and the internet.
Shopping 101: Department Stores Department stores often carry a vast selection of merchandise.
Shoppers can usually find apparel for the entire family in one department store.
Most department stores do not specialize in anything, but carry a little bit of everything.
Some department stores offer wonderful sales.
Usually, department stores offer quality merchandise that carries a pretty stiff price tag.
However, when department stores run their awesome sales, it is possible to catch some great deals.
A department store is a great place to shop when shopping for gifts, evening wear and shoes.
Some common department stores are Macy's, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor and JC Penney.
Shopping 101: Inexpensive or Trendy Stores Inexpensive fashion and trendy fashion shows will grab your attention.
They usually have colorful eye catching displays in their windows.
The line is usually a mile long because they always carry what "current trend".
MOST trendy stores are inexpensive as well, but some are very pricey.
These stores are great for purchasing trendy pieces that will be worn for one season only.
Think about the MC Hammer pants era.
This would have been a perfect purchase for a trendy or inexpensive store.
The items in these stores are rarely quality pieces.
While they are not "quality" they are still very appealing for the eye.
These stores are perfect for shoppers looking to stretch a dollar for pieces that they do not necessarily expect to carry over into the next season.
These store/chains often vary by location/city.
Some common names of inexpensive or trendy stores are Rue21, Forever21, Dots, Strawberry and Rainbow.
Shopping 101: Fashion Boutiques If you are not looking to spend a pretty penny, do not stop in a fashion boutique.
Fashion boutiques specialize in either woman's, men or children apparel.
Rarely will you find a boutique that caters to all three.
In addition, fashion boutiques often cater to one style of clothing.
For instance, an upscale women's boutique will likely have pieces that are more suitable for after five affairs or special occasions.
While these boutiques can be quite pricey, there are sales.
If planned accordingly, and coupons are saved (yes some boutiques have coupons) it is possible to score a major deal in a boutique as well! It is hard to name boutiques because it truly depends on the area.
Shopping 101: The Internet A few years ago, online shopping was not too common.
Many consumers failed being scammed and victims of identity theft.
My have times changed.
Shopping on the internet is now just as common if not more than walking into a mall or department store! Many of the stores we visit daily also have websites that offer online shopping.
This is quite convenient for shoppers that desire to shop at stores not located in the vicinity of their homes.
Cyber Monday is a testimony to how successful and prominent online shopping has become.
Some popular online shopping sites are: Zara Forever21 Pink Ice Amazon (GREAT deals) French Connection Lulus Nordstrom Bakers Barney's As you can see, there are MANY options for shoppers today! Do not be afraid to get out there and find your next deal! Sit down, make a list and get out there and catch those sales!