3 Tips for Surviving Parisian Sale Season

Sales season in Paris is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you ever get the chance to be here in either January or July, the two official sale months, do take advantage of it! I saw footage of women running into Les Galeries Lafayette last week, as though they had never seen a sale before! Have you ever lined up for a sale?

Here are my Top 3 things to know in order to survive the sale season in the Capital of Fashion:

1. Know the Dates

For winter 2010, the sales started on January 6th and go until February 9th, 2010. That gives you a whole month to find what you are looking for. And do not forget, there are second and third markdowns, so the longer you wait, the more you save!

2. Strategize

If you fall into a popular size category (women 34 to 40; men M and L), consider going earlier rather than later. If, however, you prefer waiting until the second markdown where you will save about 40-50%, or the third markdown where you will save over 50%, know there is a chance that your size may no longer be available. It is a risk, and one you have to be willing to take!

3. Know When to Shop

I know a lot of people who just do not enjoy shopping. If you want to avoid the crowds, then try going at off-hours, such as first thing in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon. And avoid Saturdays!! Also know that the bigger department stores, Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayette, are both open until 10pm on Thursdays.

Happy shopping!

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