Store Closing Sales: Do You Really Need What’s on Sale?

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. The weather was beautiful – hot and sunny here in Pittsburgh, for the most part! My four grandchildren and oldest daughter also arrived on Sunday and will be staying with me and my husband for the summer. We are so excited to have a house full of little ones for the next few months – and I will be sharing our organizing challenges and solutions that we encounter along the way! (I’m not used to having so many toys everywhere!)

I wanted to talk today about store closings. There has been a lot of store closings recently – big names that we are all used to like Sears and Toys R Us. I was saddened to hear that Sears was closing at Ross Park Mall. It’s a staple store and a place that I can always find presents for birthdays and holidays, in addition to the Land End brand they carried that I loved. But as the world becomes more digital and shopping online increases, there are bound to be casualties of storefronts. Sears and Toys R Us have joined the casualties in our area.

I happened to be at Sears when it was closing for good – the last day the store would be open at Ross Park Mall. I saw many people with overflowing carts of clothing, shoes, and more. I wondered what they were going to do with all of these items. I mean, sure, there were some pretty decent sales. But I wondered if the person was planning on wearing all of the clothes in the cart. Or may they were for their family? Maybe they were planning to sell them online?

While I was thinking about this, a voice came over the loud speaker…”Sears will be closing in one hour.” More people seem to rush to fill their carts with more items. Most of them weren’t even looking at the items they were piling in their carts. Again, I’m sure these items were a good price, so why not buy everything you can! I heard a shopper say, “at 90% off, who cares if it doesn’t fit, it’s so cheap!” There was a sense of urgency and scarcity among the shoppers.

Yes, the items were very inexpensive and Sears wanted them gone. Why not fill your cart up?

The same thing happened at Toys R Us. I stopped by looking for some outside toys for my grandchildren since they would be at our house in the summer. I was looking for any good bargains on toys that they would be able to use in the summer. As I looked around, carts were overflowing with toys at discount prices. Were they the toys their kids wanted or were they just buying them because they were on clearance?

Many of the toys at the end of a store clearance are the toys or clothes no one wanted, that is why they are still there. Yes, you may find a bargain and love it; however, some people just pick these items up purely for the fact that it’s on clearance.

Ask yourself some hard questions before you purchase:

Where will I put this when I get home?

Do I already have one?

How many hours do I need to work to pay for this item?

Can I borrow this item from my neighbor or friend?

What if I wait 24 hours before I buy the item, will it still have pull for me to buy it?

Next time when you are in a store that is closing or having a major discounted sale, take a breath. Pause. Think about these questions before you decide to make a purchase.

-Vickie

Have you ever shopped a store closing sale? Did you only buy things you need or end up with some unwanted items or items that don’t fit?

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