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My day shopping with a J. Crew employee

Title pretty much sums it up. My friend came up to visit so we met up in SF at the mall (I just made myself giggle- thanks a lot HIMYM). She’s currently working at a J. Crew Factory while looking for a non-retail job and today, I got to experience some of her employee perks.

Our first stop was Madewell. Because they’re sister companies, my friend’s 30% employee discount applied to almost everything in the store. When we walked in, she had to announce herself to the management of the store and they gave her a list (three pages long!) of the items that employees had special/additional discounts on (e.g. items that are 60% off list price) but I don’t think these discounted items can get an additional 30% employee discount, but no one’s complaining. There was also a list of exclusions (fairly short compared to the special discount one) where even her 30% off discount didn’t apply (e.g. leather leggings). And anything not on the special price or exclusion list was eligible for 30% off (including sale items, stackable with any sale promotions).

Needless to say, I went a little crazy. I didn’t get too crazy, but I did end up buying more stuff than my friend (lol). I ended up with a skirt that I’m not sure where I’ll wear, but it’s emerald green and fit amazingly so I couldn’t resist. I also managed to pick up a denim shirt I’ve been eying for months. Together, they make a new outfit so yay? Also, I really want this Penfield shirt (to go with my beloved kasson).

I also got a pair of Happy Socks (for boots). Altogether, I spent (aka friend bought, I paid her back) about $60 including tax (skirt- $30, shirt- $20, socks- $5). And wow, I never want to shop at Madewell without my friend ever ever again.

At J. Crew, instead of a paper list, she was handed an iPad with a case that had a handle with the list on it. I don’t even know. I didn’t look at this list because I didn’t really want to buy anymore stuff, but I found a flannel button up that I wanted and it was on the list! However, it was still a bit pricey (since J. Crew tends to be marked up more than Madewell, the discounted items weren’t as “cheap”) so I decided to wait until it hits the sale rack. Crazy stuff… almost makes me want to work at J. Crew or Madewell, but my friend’s working Black Friday and she has to do night shifts and fold clothes until the wee hours of the night when there’re new clothes, so I’ll pass for now. But it was super cool and nice of her to let me get to use her discount(s)!

On another note, holy crap there are so many things I want from Old Navy right now. Tammy got a peacoat last time we went to SF and I liked it so much that I later also bought one online (we both got it in S). I went to try some of items I’ve been wanting and my goodness, I need to get a job. The pretty things: infinity scarf (Tammy got one of these too and it’s oh so soft), honeycomb-knit sweater (I want all the colors; S for normal fit or M for an oversized fit), blanket coat (XS was the way to go with this one) and flannel shirt. I also need a new pair of flannel pajama pants (mine are 2+ years old and have holes in awkward places). I want all the things in all the colors.

-amy

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First post: Coach bag and Madewell jeans

I’ve been cutting back on spending and my back account is very happy. Since I’ll be entering the real world soon, my parents have also cut back on support money, which I both like and dislike. Why can’t we stay underage forever?! But I recently got a few things that I really did need.

eBay had a Coach factory sale a few weeks ago and my mom decided it was time for her to finally get a new purse for herself (first one she’s gotten in ~5-7 years. (About time too. Her current Nine West bag is literally falling apart. She’s been using a small binder clip to secure one of the ends of the handle to the bag… which I think is pretty clever but sad.) And since I actually don’t have a single black bag, and the one I liked was $98, and for graduation, she paid for my bag too! Thanks, mom 😀

I ended up picking the Coach Kristin Leather East-West Crossbody (below) which is the perfect size for me–I typically only carry my wallet, cellphone, hand sanitizer and a bobby pin. I kind of wished the short handle was removable so it was a little less bulky, but it’s a minor complaint. The leather is buttery soft and I want sheets that soft. It also has the perfect number of pockets (front flap pocket) and three pockets on the inside, one of them with a zipper.

Most recently, because of their 40%off sale items with free shipping on $50+, I finally got another pair of Madewell jeans. I got the Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans in Canister Wash (here). I get ankle jeans because I’m short with a 28-29″ inseam so these are perfect “normal” length for me. The total ended up being around $55 for the pair so I decided to buy the “Spend $60, Get $100” Refinery29 Madewell Coupon (two days left before the deal ends). I figured I’d still have ~$45 to spend, which would mostly be “free.” Unfortunately, I got a call that my size ran out and the order was going to be cancelled. However, I decided to call Madewell (and I hate talking to strangers on the phone but decided it was worth he anxiety) and see if they had any pairs in stores and sweet baby Jesus, they did. It would be a whole new order, but with the price I originally paid. But at the time of my call, my original order hadn’t officially been cancelled yet, so the money hadn’t been refunded to my giftcard. The sales associate was super nice, and said that this was a special case and she ended up placing the order, only charging me the remaining amount of my giftcard! So instead of paying $55, I ended up only paying $45 for my jeans! Bottom line, wonderful customer service and it totally made my week (I have a midterm coming up). YAY MADEWELL.


So yeah. Those are my recent crazy shopping adventures. Maybe I’ll post real life pictures later. Also, first post!

-amy