Notes of a shopaholic

Saturday, December 21, 2002:

On the busiest shopping day of the year, I hoped to avoid malls. Didn't entirely succeed, although I only went as an apres-contemporary art desert. Purchased a wool zip cardigan I'd been eyeing (how do you spell that?) at Banana for 30$ (official price 98$). Note to self: never purchase anything there that hasn't been marked down at least twice. My informant at a Federated department store tells me the season's been lousy.

Time to go take advantage of the open-til-11 hours at a local mall...

Steven Sherman // 5:33 PM


My beloved Bluefly has twice e-mailed me this week to tell me that the clothes I ordered are out of stock. Come on! Let's get it together people!
Steven Sherman // 7:03 AM


An article in the New York Times today says there are great bargains to be had this year, that "Women's wool dress pants at Banana Republic dropped to $98 from $116 for a similar pair last year". Anyone who pays $98 for a pair of pants at BR deserves to. I guarantee you, this year, just like last, you will be able to get those pants for no more than $50 in January. BTW, the argument is that suppliers are in intense price competition and dropping their prices--lord help the workers in the sweatshops...
Steven Sherman // 7:00 AM


Wednesday, December 18, 2002:

E-luxury has announced their 'pre-holiday' sale. Yet their inventory of male clothing is looking more pathetic than ever. Are they following Saks-online in phasing out mens-wear?
Steven Sherman // 9:39 AM


Reports today that Calvin Klein has sold his company to Philips Van Heusen. Calvin Klein has been something of a washout lately for the budget consumer. The underwear line has deteriorated in the wake of his bizarre legal battle with Warnaco, the jeans line is so-so at best, and the CK line, always overpriced, is no longer being produced (and forget the exorbitantly priced collection). Given the paucity of decent moderately priced lines for men, one can only welcome news that Philips Van Heusen "plans to introduce a new Calvin Klein men's sportswear line, to compete with the more moderately priced Lauren line by Ralph Lauren, and with the Jones New York labels", although hopefully they will make an effort to be a little more fashionable than those lines.

In response to a query as to why Bluefly doesn't send me their discount offers, they have sent me two (drumroll please) reminders of their christmas delivery policies!
Steven Sherman // 6:35 AM


Tuesday, December 17, 2002:

I'm an unemployed academic, currently working at home trying to build up my publications record.. However, the plain truth is that I spend a good deal of time shopping. So much so that my friends suggest I share my insights with the rest of the world.

Today I am debating whether to use a 30% off your purchase offer from The problem is that I have just used a 20% off coupon over the weekend. However, I haven't purchased any bedding in a while...

Ut-Oh. Some Etro pants have shown up in clearance on Bluefly for 63.99-- -30% with the discount. Not every day you see wavy striped pants....

Okay, so I've purchased the Etro pants--50.70 is the total order. These pants may well supercede the D & G pants I ordered a couple of days ago, which actually cost more. In which case I would save 20$.
Steven Sherman // 10:21 AM


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The day to day insights of a mildly obsessive shopper.

favorite links

Hint Magazine
Fashion Icon
Mens Trend
GQ (forum)
Japan today
New York Times Fashion discussion board

Vintage Sites
Ballyhoo Vintage
Deco 2 Moderne
Vintage Trends
Vintage Clothes on EBay
Chelsea Girl Women's only (not cheap!)
Decades vintage

Sites selling small designers
Urban Evolution
Go Clothing
HDs Clothing
Purple Skirt women's only
Planet lulu samples-women only
guyshopcheck out girlshop too
scoop only sells women's online

Good deals on designer stuff
Ebay Designer Boutique
Yoox is my favorite lately.
Awesome prices and great selection. Like Century 21 on the web
Jills consignment women's
Haburi European shoppers only

Steve Madden

Dutch by Design
Models Own

Tried and True (sites that sell stuff you might be familiar with)
Armani Exchange
Kenneth Cole
Urban Outfitters
Saks Online

Websites that are Kind of Ugly and/or Hard to Use
Universal Gear
Smart Bargains

Coupons and special offers
247 Mall Coupons
Current Codes
Computerland Central
Smart Buy

Store finders--nothing for sale
NY Sale sample sale finder
Outlet Bound
Premium Outlets
Mills Outlets
Discount Shoe Warehouse (DSW)
Century 21

nothing much for sale, but nice sites (store locators)
Club Monaco
Diesel (watches are available on line)
Louis Boston

New York Fashion Blog
Avenue of Style Lots of links
No good for me

If you know of more sites, bargains, or just want to say 'hi'...
contact me!