Hello-Hello from a sublime and sunny day in the Great Midwest, so nice we can hardly believe it is November!
But we may want to fasten our seat belts, as it could be a bumpy ride this Fall, at least for retailers. However, storekeeper stress also means outstanding savings opportunities, so today we are simply discarding our usual neuroses about usage of the ‘M’ word, and offering what insight we have on hand.
For openers, K-Mart is starting their Black Friday offerings tomorrow. As in Sunday, November 2, 2008.
For anyone unfamiliar with Black Friday, a previous post has a tad more insight on the phenomenon, including a mention of this Ralph Lauren Factory Stores ad, offering something called Midnight Madness. The ad says, “Join us after your Thanksgiving Dinner. Most stores open at the stroke of midnight.” Indeed.
Back to today’s post: the Kmart ad does not refer, or apply, to all parts of the store. In fact, it really only offer savings in one area of the store, as explained in Friday’s Advertising Age story:
“The retailer … said it will offer the deals exclusively in the home-electronics category to help customers kick-start their holiday shopping. The category has become an area of particular concern for retailers, as consumers pull back on discretionary items.”
Should shoppers be looking for the special deals in their Sunday newspaper? Evidently not, at least as best The Princess can discern from yesterday’s story.
“Early Black Friday” sales on about 15 items will roll out in Sunday circulars between Nov. 2 and Nov. 23, as well as on Kmart.com. The deals are being worked into existing circular plans… “
And surprisingly, the discounts will be available for more than one day, different from ‘standard’ Black Friday sales:
“Kmart’s deals are also meant to make holiday shopping more convenient, Mr. Aiello said. Unlike typical Black Friday sales, which require an early wake-up call and heavily promoted limited quantities, the specials will be available for an entire week, with ample supplies in stock.”
Because we do heart your pocketbook (we have been told this is the proper way to use this verb) we went decided to be adventurous and go to the K-Mart website. These are the only two sale circulars we see that are applicable commencing tomorrow; the first seems to be primarily Disney and Hannah Montana related.
And the second is a Dollar Days theme:
Barney’s thinks their sale is groovy; we are not yet convinced, but are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
The Prada Ruched Pump is not destined for our shoe rack,
But the Mawi Enameled Bangle is fun and comes in several colors, including our favorite. And the pinstripe cashmere throw, as well as the eggshell with multi-color stripes both rank extremely well on the Snuggle Factor.
It seems that Brooks Brothers continues its aggressive marketing stance with their Preferred Customer Event.
This translates to a 25% discount if one uses their Brooks Brothers Platinum MasterCard Platinum, a mere 15% savings for those paying through other means.
J. Crew is pushing their ‘Fall Sale.’
And TP is simply ga-ga over the Clea Flats:
And speaking of J. Crew, a reminder on the next Men’s Shop:
Saks is also eager to assist one’s wardrobe enhancement efforts, offering multiple sales, like the Stuart Weitzman Patent Slide. And ladies, TP can personally vouch for these; they are divine. Dowdy? Maybe. Frumpish? Perhaps. But they are us, and we don’t have the only toes clad in these at JL meetings.
Then there is the Lord & Taylor ‘Just in Time’ sale which has so many different elements we can barely keep them straight.
But because we want to do our best to help locate fiscally friendly merchandise for all of our Princess readers, we’ll give it a go. L&T is offering:
- Additional 15% off Cashmere
- 33% off Gloves
- 25% off Handbags
- Free shipping on all orders more than $99
J. Press is always an excellent choice, and this fall it is no different, with multiple markdowns throughout the store. These snappy madras trousers for The Spousal Unit at a superb price; they will be ideal during this winter’s annual getaway.
Their Short-sleeve New York Polo is also fun.
And so we might close with an ‘appropriate’ Pretty in Pink, here is the Lilly Pulitzer Infant’s Cover-up; Saks is offering this at an attractive markdown.