I have been asked many times. Am I an ambassador for Winners? Do I have Winners shares? Do I get paid to wear clothing from Winners? No, no and no. Sidenote* Winners is the Canadian version of T.J Maxx in the States. I have been shopping at Winners since 2003, and as you can imagine I have developed some serious mad skills when it comes to shopping there. My friends always ask me “Where did you get that?” and when I say “Winners” almost 90% of the time I will get the response “I never find anything there”. Well ladies, that is because shopping at Winners requires a skill. Keeping up with fashion can get quite pricey, but Winners is an affordable place where you can get amazing deals. So here are some of my tips for a success shopping story at Winners.
1. Keep Checking
2. Shoes and Handbags First
Going through every single rack at Winners will get you nowhere. I consider myself the ideal shopper, because I do not go through the racks at any store. I scout with my eyes around the store as soon as I enter and automatically know which items have a good quality material which do not, and which ones I would love to try on. This is not a skill that happens over night. It takes time. Shopping with your eyes is a quick way to shop, especially when you want to go in and out. Winners can be overwhelming when you are sorting through every single rack. Browse with your eyes through the racks and if no print or design catch your eye, move on. Don’t waste your time going through every single rack. the picture above displays the middle racks. Especially through these racks you want to browse with your eyes and not hands.
4. Go Around the Perimeter of the Store
This is a forgotten section that most people do not go to, but it is perfect if you are looking for a cell phone case. I have found many Kate Spade and Juicy Couture cases for just $14.99 Look for them near the cash register shelves as well. Sometimes they place them there depending on the location of the Winners store you are shopping at.
6. Pick which Winners Locations you Shop At
My last tip is, shop at multiple Winners locations, but also evaluate Winners based on location and demographics of the location you are visiting. If you live in Toronto and visit the Yonge & Dundas location you may have noticed that this location caters to the masses. It is a location that attracts all kinds of demographics, hence the items they receive are usually ones that will appeal to everyone and are basic pieces. Winners for example in the city of Oakville, caters to more up scale, if you will, consumers. So they will always have brands that are a little bit more expensive, but still attainable.
What are your tips for shopping at Winners?