Recently I've had no luck whatsoever when it comes to finding clothes in charity shops so I turned to the sale rails when I needed something new for my wardrobe. Dorothy Perkins, ASOS and Monsoon have afforded me some of my favourite sales buys so far this year.
I picked up this dress in Dorothy Perkins last week. It was marked down to under £10 (from £35) on the sale rail but I noticed it had a pretty big slash in the side so I asked the manager for a discount and she was happy to oblige with a further 15% off. Ace of base.
Asking for a discount isn't hard or difficult. No one is going to think badly of you, in fact when I worked in retail (for a long, long time) I didn't so much as raise an eyebrow when someone asked, I was too busy with the real problem of catching out the phantom changing room poo-er (yeah).
Let's face it, most people aren't savvy with a needle and thread and even if they are, most just can't be bothered so do a small spot of mending - so if the item is sitting on the shop floor ripped it probably won't get sold. I've found most managers happy to offer a reasonable discount in order to just sell the dress, if you point out an obvious problem with a garment. Don't be nervous, just politely ask if they'd be willing to reduce the bill considering you'd need to repair the item.
If there happens to be an exact same item in the same size left in the shop without a fault, then they probably have a good idea and will suggest you buy that one instead. Don't go hiding the 'good' item, they can spot these bluffs a mile off.
The slash in the fabric was on the seam, so I was able to so sew it up neatly as soon as I got home and you'd never know. I think a similar dress in a charity shop would cost around the same price, so I'm pretty pleased with my bargain.
Do you ask for discounts when you spot a rip, stain or missing button?
P.S. Ever had an impressive discount for a fixable fault?