Do you want to learn how to become a successful shopper? Then read on, darling!
Last night my Ultimate Concierge and I, along with friends, had dinner at an outdoor Italian neighborhood restaurant. I would say there were approximately forty other people dining. A stranger, a woman, stopped at our table and commented on my style. “I love your hair,” she said, and then went on to tell me she was from L.A. and in the city because her mother was ill. She then asked, “Would you mind sharing the name of the shop and your hairstylist?” My reply, “I would be glad to help you.” I told her to call Salon Duo, ask for Collette, and use my name. Before she left we exchanged cell phone numbers.
Shopping Successfully Is Not Easy
If you think about it you shop all day! You shop the news channels and shop articles to read that interest you online and in print. You shop for a travel agent and trips, gifts for your children, grandchildren, and friends. You shop for the ‘best’ doctors, beauty products, food, flowers, and gardening supplies! And, you ‘shop’ Netflix movies, documentaries, and TV show choices. You are like Amazon! It carries a million products and you carry a million thoughts of your needs.
Therefore, knowing the secrets of a successful shopper saves you time and mistakes and makes your shopping far more enjoyable.
The Secrets of a Successful Shopper
There are several secrets to successful shopping. The most important secret is to use your wisdom to make well-thought-out choices.
The woman at the restaurant knew one of the most important secrets of the successful shopper. She would not let fear stand in the way of walking up to a stranger of her choice and ask her for advice. She had a mission and felt by choosing me she would benefit.
This woman was savvy. She did not burst onto the scene and she did her homework. The woman looked around the group of diners. She settled on me because she admired my look. She began the conversation with a compliment…she loved my hair. Then there was the usual small talk. After a short time, her instincts told her I would share information. She was right. By the time we parted, we had formed a casual relationship and were happy with the outcome. Remember people are flattered when you ask them for advice and most enjoy sharing their resources and tips.
Asking Friends For Advice
I ask friends for advice. In the past few weeks, I asked one friend with problem feet if she knew of a great shoemaker. Then, I made the decision to ask her because I admire the way she thinks.
I asked another friend who had cataract surgery who she chose as the surgeon. Darling, I choose her because I know she does her homework. She is a researcher.
I asked another friend if she had any new recipes. She is a wonderful cook. This was in one week. And, if I had kept a list I am sure I asked other questions from other people, including strangers!
My goal is to try and seek out the best resource for guidance whether I am in the produce department in the market or in a new boutique.
The Secrets of a Successful Shopper Begins In Her Closet
The first item on a woman’s list before she goes shopping is to edit her wardrobe. This is a major project because it is a combination of emotional and practical decisions. If you have a stylist, and nowadays this is common practice and no longer considered a luxury but a need, she or he will help you combine separates. They will help you toss items and in the long run save you money and stress. These people are trained and if you chose the right person, they will give you confidence.
I have never used a stylist to help me edit my wardrobe because I have not met the right person. Recently, I met someone I would consider but she has been ill. It is in the back of my mind to discuss this project with her because she ‘gets me.’ She is my go-to person in a large store and she has a beautiful inner and outer style.
Enter the Salesperson, Your Most Important Find
Remember the movie The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep (Miranda) offers up a fabulous performance playing an impeccably dressed but not overly kind fashion editor and the cute Anne Hathaway (Andy) plays a just out of college journalist who ends up working as her assistant?
One of the best tell-all scenes in the film is how to be a successful shopper. It goes like this:
Miranda: “You have no style or sense of style?”
Andy: “I think that depends on–”
Miranda: “That was not a question.”
As the movie progresses, Andy comes to respect not only the importance of great style and finding your own, but she also comes to appreciate the value of getting guidance from those in the know.
Expert Experience Is Needed
No man is an island, and no stylish woman can maintain a budget and impeccable taste without expert experience.
Trust me, you don’t need a fashion editor in your back pocket to stay current and on-trend. A great salesperson holds the key to style nirvana and oftentimes to special offers, discounts, a phone call that a 40% off sale started and she put aside a jacket you were dying for but the price was too high on hold for you. It could mean a call that a new shipment of 40 boxes just came in and a, “Take that off. It looks horrible!”
I consider myself an astute shopper and one of the reasons why is that I began my shopping by being a ‘good picker’ of the right salesperson to guide me. And that my darling, is your most important secret find.
Have The Secret Tools To Think Smart
Here is my advice to women of all ages:
1. Consider a professional salesperson an investment.
2. Converse with her and shop with her before you solicit her advice to make sure you are on the same page.
3. Notice if she is enthusiastic, loves her line of work, is precise, and has a good eye for detail.
4. She should engage you in conversation about your favorite colors, fabrics, lifestyle, and more.
5. You must feel she is honest with her advice and considers your look over her pocketbook.
6. She is a good finisher. Accessories are just as important as your new clothing and accessories are the frosting on the cake.
7. Don’t forget to notice her style!
The shop you choose to shop in does not matter. There is that perfect salesperson in every type of shop from a Walgreens to the finest boutique that will know the brand(s) that are right for you.
Your job and the real secret of a successful shopper is to have the wisdom and skill in finding the right person for you.
Are you a successful shopper? Please let me know all of your tips, tricks, and questions in the comments at the bottom of this page. I would love to hear your thoughts!
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