I rarely, if ever, buy something full-price. Life’s too short—and sales too frequent—to approach shopping with any other mentality. Wait just a little while, and that dress you think you can’t live without can be yours for 25-percent off.
While I’ve always loved hunting the racks for treasures at places like Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack, four years in a teeny college town with limited shopping options led me to explore the big, wide world of online shopping. I now have quite the arsenal of sites I scroll through regularly to find cute pieces at good prices: J. Crew Factory seems to have a major sale every other day, and Gilt is my go-to spot for scoring a designer dress marked 70-percent off.
But when I really feel like a good T.J. Maxx-quality dig, where it takes some serious sifting and scrolling to get to the good stuff, I head to 6pm.com. My college roommate introduced me to the wonders of the discount site years ago, and I swore from the first time I made a purchase there that I’d never share the site with anyone else, but here I am sharing it with y’all. (Sorry, Margaret.)
It’s not the prettiest website, nor is it the most user friendly. They don’t even offer free returns! But what can I say? Nobody is perfect. And when it comes to deals, 6pm has the best. They have a wide selection of brands and sell everything from wallets to outerwear, so it’s a one-stop closet-update shop. You can find everything from a new pair of heavily discounted Brooks running shoes to a Kate Spade cocktail dress for a fraction of the original price.
I hate dropping a lot of money on dresses for black tie events and bathing suits, as I can’t incorporate either into my daily wardrobe (unless, of course, my editors suddenly decide to let me work remotely from a South Beach cabana—I won’t hold my breath), but at the same time, I don’t want to sacrifice quality on those pieces either. Poorly made gowns and saggy, loose-elastic bikini bottoms ain’t pretty. That’s what I love about 6pm: I can buy solid brands (think Mara Hoffman, Nike, Trina Turk) for way less than what I’d pay anywhere else. Now, granted, the styles are probably a season or two old, but who cares about new-new-new when you’re saving money-money-money? Not this sale-obsessed shopper.
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