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 1998, 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
You can say that Winners is my second home. Over the years of shopping at Winners I have learned that going there once a month is not going to land you one of those #winnersfabfinds.You need to keep checking and make multiple trips. Go there once a week and keep checking back. Winners receives new items every single day of the week. The key to shopping at Winners is to never give up.
2. Shoes and Handbags First
Ideally you want to go through these sections first so you can save your energy for the larger sections of clothing. Shoes, you will directly go to your shoe size and handbags are all nicely displayed on the racks, so you can quickly browse through them. What I also love about Winners when it comes to handbags is that they separate them by colour. So if yellow is not your favourite colour you can skip that section of handbags and move on to the next hue. This is a key concept to what makes shopping at Winners easy.
3. Shop with your Eyes, not Hands
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
The newest things that come in to Winners in terms of clothing are usually placed at the front of the racks. If you visit Winners a couple of times a month, you want to check the front racks first. When you have gone around the perimeter move into the middle racks. There you shop with your hands and your eyes.
5. Electronic Accessories Section
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. I feel this is a good location to start your Winners hunt because you will find something regardless of your style.