Going out of business

Back in my Pier 1 days, I scooped up just as many hours as possible. When the Connecticut Ave store near UDC asked my Gaithersburg store for some backup man-power, I jumped at the chance to help out for the extra hours. I ended up really loving that location, so when they went out of business I was not only thrilled to help them out, but also sad that they were going to be gone.

Apparently, that’s about how customers felt as well. A lot of regulars came in, of course to take advantage of amazing savings, but to express their sadness over the sweet store closing. Yes, Pier 1 is a huge national brand, but each location definitely has its own personality.

Then you had your people who clearly didn’t think before they spoke- “It’ll be so nice when this block is torn down for new condos blah blah blah.” Although Pier 1 was relocating the employees if they had interest in doing that, I’m not sure if it was considered that this store was someone’s livelihood and work family being upended. Not to mention, we were working 12 hours days. It was SO hard to run around (with furniture) while being told “I can’t wait for something new to go in here but can I have an extra $100 off this dining table that’s already 75% off?”

I guess what I’m saying is that when you’re shopping a going out of business sale, it’s totally fine if you’re excited for deals, but remember to be kind to the overworked, exhausted, and probably a little freaked out about their future employees. But by all means, take advantage of those sales. I did…

I’m sure many of you know that The Limited had to file Chapter 11th bankruptcy around Christmas.  My mom and I wandered in to the Montgomery Mall location when we saw the sale signs, just to peek. I’d never really shopped their before, but within 5 mins I had a stack to try on in the dressing room. Thing fring-y white sweater was one of those pieces, and honestly, I was not expecting it to work as well as it does. I also ended up with a belt, two velvet dresses, and a couple of Christmas goodies for Mama D. #noragrets

Obviously, I couldn’t link the actual sweater, so I have sever white fringe sweaters linked below.

If you are going to shop a going out of business sale, please remember these things:

  • Try on everything (or, in Pier 1’s case) make sure you want it- sales will be final. Don’t pretend to ignore this.
  • The employees are likely working OT and really, really tired.
  • “The back” is not a magical haven where they have everything you want. “The back” is where employees might grab a snack or check their phone when you insist they look for something they know is not in stock.
  • The employees probably do not know much beyond what the public knows. We took to making up answers when asked if/ where the new location of DC Pier 1 would be.
  • This goes for every time you interact with someone at a st0re- just be nice! Remember that while employees are there to help you, they don’t special powers that make things cheaper, returns easier, or stock more plentiful.

A couple more items of note about this outfit: my quilted leggins are from Denmark! My mom brought them back and, for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the store! But they’re the thickest, warmest leggings ever! And the shoes are kid-sized.

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Outfit details:

White fringe sweater: The Limited||Vest: How to Live LBI||The Sari Necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Alice bag c/0 Urban Expressions {use code CLOVE25 for 25% off your Urban Expressions purchase}||Mixed Plaid Scarf: Urban Outfitters||Girls’ Betseyville Pam Western Boots: Target

White fringe sweaters:


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One Response to Going out of business

  1. Liv says:

    Thanks for sharing! Great look!

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net