Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rome, why must you tempt me with your sales?

Everywhere I look I see SALDI (sales) signs.

In the States stores can have sales whenever they want. I read the law had changed, but here the big sales are still twice a year. In July the stores clear out their inventory to make way for the fall/winter season and in January it's the reverse.

These are some serious sales. We're talking 20 - 70%.

I had to meet a friend Saturday night by Piazza del Popolo. It was nice out so I decided to walk. Via del Corso and Via del Babuino were packed with shoppers. Stores from H&M to Prada had lines out the door. Stores like the latter however, do not have big signs advertising the sales, just little note cards.

I don't have a lot of winter clothes and I really need another pair of winter shoes. I drove all the time in L.A. and 90% of my shoes are not practical for winter, walking long distances or cobble stone streets. I saw a pair of boots that were 50% off. I was tempted to try them on but a voice yelled RENT in my head. I kept on walking.

Some of my Christmas money must go to doctor/dentist appointments but I would like to buy myself at least one gift. Then again until I know I'm getting a paycheck, I should probably save that money for bills.

11 comments:

Lilacspecs said...

It's the same here. Sales twice a year. Sadly, the shoes here usually have very narrow soles or else they're high boots.
I'd give one of my kidneys for some Sketchers.

J.Doe said...

If those boots were 50% off now in a week or 2 they'll be discounted even more. You can pay rent and wear boots too. No need to have cold feet!

SDG said...

I agree w/J. Doe. You shouldn't choose between rent and something that you need to deal with winter.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

lilacspecs - do they have a Puma store near you? You can find some Sketcher like sneakers there.

j.doe - good idea. I'll see what happens next week, maybe I'll have some good new on the job front so I won't feel guilty about buying the shoes.

sdg - I must add that the boots were Prada (but at an excellent price, really) so I think I better cover my rent before I give Miuccia any of my money. :)

glamah16 said...

From a former fashionista, I have curbed my shoping imopulse over the past few years to start focusing on allevaiting the debt and bills> Be strong. You will survive. Thank goodness I invested in the classics that age well.

ActsofFaithBlog said...

Shoes vs.rent. This sounds familiar. Oh the Carrie character on SATC. She was lucky she lived in a rent controlled apartment that was dirt cheap.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

glamah16 - I'm one of those shoppers who would rather wait and buy a well made classic when it comes to shoes/bags/basic wardrobe items than spend money on cheaper/trendy things. Now I limit my shopping now to food and window shopping. However, this will change in '09. I feel it.

actsoffaith - oh I remember the episode when she realized she had spent 40k on shoes (not 4k) and couldn't afford to buy her apartment back from Aidan. That kind of fiscal irresponsibility is bananas. Then again I'm not sure how Carrie (in the series) afforded all those clothes anyway on a freelance writer's salary even if her apt. was only $800 a month. ha

WineGrrl said...

Just breathe...and count to ten!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

winegrrl - yes that does help. I slowly walk away from the shoes, slowly.

Tracie B. said...

get the boots! warm comfy shoes make all the difference.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

tracie b - comfy shoes are very important. The cold snap has ended, thank god. Now the temps are back to normal.