It is no secret that my absolute favorite shop is Anthropologie. This is my dream shop, the place I can go and peruse the carefully crafted decor and des Vêtements.
It is whimsy and hippy and gastronomically awesome.
There is only one teeny, tiny, infinitely small problem with Anthropologie: I can't really afford to shop there. Small detail, small detail.
I like to do what is called online dream shopping from time to time. What is that you might ask? Dream shopping is what people like me do when we have too much time on our hands and not enough mulah. Should I tell you how many items are in my dream shopping cart at Anthroplogie? I think I'll show you instead.
It is a gluttonous 28 items!
Should I tell you how much said items total? No, no, I don't think I can bear to type it out. Here is a picture of my online cart:
So how do I get around this? How do I make it so I can actually shop at my favorite shop without forcing my family to eat rahman noodles on a daily basis?
Well firstly, I can only shop there occasionally. This is not a store that I turn to for all my clothing and kitchen needs. I reserve Anthropogogie for special pieces in my wardrobe and home as well as for gifts for my family and friends.
Secondly, I shop their clearance. I have only very rarely bought something full price at Anthropologie, one being my wedding dress in 2009.
Almost everything I buy is on the clearance rack. Here are two examples of the awesome deals you can find in the sale section online.
I have to say that most Anthropologie's that I have been to have pretty great clearance sections in the store but the best one, by far has to be the Anthroplogoie located on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. It has a huge clearance room, not just a closet sized one.
I bought these cute lime green Lucky Penny flats and top from the Santa Monica Anthroplogie last year. Both pieces were under $40 each, a huge discount from what they originally cost. (I bought the Ann Pratchett book online at Amazon.)
Lastly, I have signed up for the Anthropologie card. It is free and it is not a credit or charge card. It doesn't even give you a discount the way a grocery store card does. So what are the benefits of having an Anthropologie card?
1. You get updates about their sales and promotions straight to your email.
2. You find out about their latest items-some things sale out very quickly so this is a perk if you are willing to pay full price for something.
3. Every year in your birthday month, you get an awesome discount gift card to use on any day in your birth month. How cool is that?
On July 2 I will be turning 33. Every year I look forward to receiving my Anthropologie birthday card because 1) they are so cute! and 2) I always go to Anthroplogie and buy myself something.
What a great birthday treat! Birthday's are not always the brightest, happiest times. I admit that I can be a little...dare I say...maudlin on my birthday. The Anthropologie discount birthday card is a nice little treat to do something completely selfish for yourself on your day. (And the little plastic clock on the card doubles as a cute little bracelet.)
Do you dream shop online? What are some of the stores you like to dream shop?