I'm a bit of a sales stalker. There just seems to be so much around come sale time that was on my wish list. I don't recall this being the case some years back. The downside of sales for me is that it makes the pinch of paying full retail so much harder to bare at other times of the year. I have to admit, come towards the end of the seasonal drops that hit the stores, I start to refrain from purchasing, holding off instead for the mega sales which thankfully these days quite often hit the 50-70% range. Suddenly the un-affordable can or does become affordable which in turn automatically makes a new buy justifiable. I have personally succumbed to the delusion that a highly reduced price makes an item necessary.
But sales can bring about opportunities. For instance, it's the perfect time to pick up those big ticket items (think in terms of coats, bags or shoes that were originally above your budget but you desperately wanted). The little finds are great, but it's the designer sales that will reap you the largest savings by far.
You can find savings at every turn at the moment and since they are nearing the end, the reductions are massive. You just have to be one of the lucky few that finds your ideal item, in your size. This does require some luck. Case in point, my touch of fortune with the sales afforded me the Walter Steiger heels (below) from Miss Louise, Melbourne. At full retail they would never have been a consideration.
Here are some links to my favourite online sites nearing the end of their sales that have eye catching pieces still for offer:
If you are in Melbourne, I recommend checking out the in-store sales that these boutiques currently have on:
Green with Envy
(stores in Melbourne City, South Yarra and Richmond) - see website for details
181 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Westin, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 - see website for more details