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If shopping is one of my favourite
Now Anthropologie is definitely my favourite store and more importantly, my favourite shopping experience. But I have often left deflated in the past because things are always priced so far out of reach. Let's face it, it's hard to justify buying a day dress (albeit beautiful and swoon-worthy) for $300. So I usually would leave with just one or two more reasonably priced items, and dream of all the rest that were left behind.
Then more recently, I discovered the power of the Anthropologie blogging community. These Anthropologie lovers (like Roxy) report on when the markdowns happen and what items. Given the fact that I had this uber-generous gift card from DH, I have been watching the weekly sales post religiously. So when several items on my wish list were marked down last week, I braved the traffic (1 hour each way) to make my pilgrimage to the Don Mills Anthropologie. It would be the first time I'd had the opportunity to step into an Anthropologie in well over 3 1/2 years.
As I entered, the familiar fragrance of Anthropologie brought me right back to my love of that store. (Must figure out how to make my home smell like that!) I skipped about the racks of floaty blouses, soft knits and silky dresses. Then I came across the sales section and joyfully discovered that all but one item on my wish list was waiting for me. (And ahem, that last item is on store send from the Yorkville Anthro at this very moment. Yay!) I'm a little embarassed to admit that I brought 22 items into the change room with me! Must be a personal record.
After I returned home, I explained to DH what its like for me to shop at Anthro. Imagine my normal method of shopping. I walk into a store, look around and find only a relatively small set of the items appeal to me enough to consider. From there, I try them on, and based on fit, quality, etc. that number gets reduced to a few I would consider. Maybe even none. In Anthro, at least half the store appeals to my aesthetic. Weeding out my favourites might reduce that to about 15% of the store. Once I narrow down what works based on try ons, I am now choosing from a group of items that I love, fit me, flatter me and work for my lifestyle. Basically, I am choosing from the best of the best.
The trip left me more satisfied than my Gap online orders (not that I'll give it up with their EPIC sales this season), my jaunts to Winners or my mallrat runs. I think I need to make it a priority to set aside a portion of my budget for Anthropologie outings.
It's an experience that feels as decadent as a dark, rich chocolate souffle, as indulgent as a day at the spa, and as transporting as a stroll through a European market.