I wanted to share some of my AT sale shopping tips and "lessons learned," Finding quality pieces at low prices can be a tedious process, but sometimes it's worth it (especially for those on a budget).
- Using StyleFinder. If you have been eying something and your store doesn't have it, jot down the 6 digit Style # from their website. Go to or call any store, and ask them to look for it at other stores using the StyleFinder system. Ann Taylor's outlet/factory stores also use the StyleFinder system. Note: final sale items cannot be located using StyleFinder. The best time to call is right when stores open, for two reasons: 1. Inventory systems update from the prior night, so if you call later in the day, the system might show that something's in stock when it has already been sold. 2. It's less busy, and the store is neatly organized, so SA's are more likely to help search.
- Shipping. If you have an AT or LOFT credit card, shipping of full-priced items via StyleFinder is free (even if it's on "promo," ie. 40% off full-priced items). Shipping of marked-down items (ie. there is a sale sticker on the tag) is $7.50.
- Beware of price differences. Ann Taylor now has different sale prices for different store locations (boo!). I learned this the hard way when trying to buy this lovely white textured linen pencil skirt as seen on Kelly. Before the extra 50% off, it is currently $99 in Boston, $105 in another store, $55 in a third store, and $90 online. Thus, even with the $7.50 shipping fee it can be cheaper to order from another store.
Unfortunately, StyleFinder won't tell you the prices at other stores, and it defaults to the closest store that has the item. You can give the SA alternative zip codes (I tried one from the Midwest, with success), then one of you have to call to ask what the price is there.
A few petite favorites from Spring are currently on sale for very fair prices, if you can manage to locate them. From my old post, the Luxe Chambray shirt (Style #257237) is now $30, the Golden Texture Pencil Skirt (Style #256383, 00P is tiny bit big on me) is $25, and the Exotic Belt in limelight (Style# 184720) is $15.
Readers - Any good finds or shopping tips to share?