April 20, 2010

$1 Brian Atwood Platforms - The Story of a Shopaholic

Die-hard fashionistas are fully aware of the 1-year Anniversary Sale that ocurred at TheOutnet.com on April 16th. Every item included in the sale was priced at $1!!

A little background...

To participate in the sale, one had to RSVP by April 11th. No one was aware of what time the sale would start nor what items would be included. The only information disclosed was that an email would be sent as soon as the sale started and buyers had to be ready to login and make a purchase (only 1 item, of course) as quickly as possible to avoid missing out on the deal.

The story of a shopaholic...

I arrived home in the early morning of April 16th after attending a late night concert. I logged on to the computer to see if there was any news about the sale and learned that it had already started in the UK at 7am GMT. Some of the issues encountered by the UK consumers were lack of understanding on how to access the specific page for the $1 sale items, inability to logon to The Outnet's website for up to 3 hours and items being sold out by the time users were able to login.

I must say that this little bit of knowledge helped me out in the long run since I learned that one could only access the $1 sale items by using the link provided in the email and not by visiting the site directly.

Being that the UK sale started at 7am GMT, I set my alarm for 5:45am CST to give me enough time to wake up and be prepared with my finger on the trigger (or keyboard, if you will). As soon as the alarm went off, I received the email stating that the sale had started. This was MAJOR!! If I hadn't set my alarm for 5:45am, I know with 100% certainty I would've slept through the sale.

Half sleep and in a dark bedroom (I didn't want to waste time turning on the light), I grabbed my netbook (which was on the side of my bed already switched on) and accessed the sale. My original plan was to head straight to handbags but when I was unimpressed with the selection, I went to shoes and searched my size. Talk about pressing my luck. Lo and behold, there was a lovely pair of Brian Atwood Leopard Platforms staring at me. I clicked buy, grabbed my credit card and made the purchase all within a matter of 5 minutes!

Many US consumers experienced the same issues as the UK ones. Therefore, I know I am one of the lucky few...especially since none of it would've happened had I not coincidentally set my alarm clock for the exact time of the start of the sale.

I received the shoes yesterday and must say that they are simply gorgeous! I know that when I finally wear them, I will have an extra kick in my step knowing that I only spent $6 (including shipping) for a $665 pair of shoes.

I must say, my shopaholic tendencies really paid off this time. I still need some intervention though. :-)

So tell me, did anyone else score some great items from The Outnet's $1 sale? Did you stay up all night? Did you take shifts with your fellow shopaholic pals? Please share details and pictures, if you have them. I would love to hear YOUR shopaholic story!

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Blogger NikStar said...

can we say, SUPER JEALOUS!? Girllllllll those are freakin gorgeous!

April 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Sheena said...

Congratulations! Those shoes are just beautiful! And yes, I do have to admit I'm a little jealous, but you were on your grind for those shoes! Good job!

April 22, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Andrea (@LuvSunflower) said...

You are TRULY a shopaholic. Love the fact that you set your alarm clock for 5:45a wake call. Love the shoes too. So worth it!!

April 22, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Swa-Rai' Fashion & Beauty Blog said...

Well you know my story...we did it together..love the shoes....

April 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Chandra @ShiftC said...

Niiiiice! You know my story! I got my shoes yesterday, and they are super nice and the $1 price tag didn't hurt!

April 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
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April 24, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Redseouls said...

I too prepared for the sale! Firstly, I took Friday off. Next I made sure I had my email open (I have Windows 7 so I have really quick wake up from sleep). I turned down the volume of my alerts on my BB except the one for my email. I had my cc handy, and I waited. I did sleep on an off, and when I got the email @ 6:45 AM, I was all set to go! I got the lovely DVF shirt dress that I will get tons of wear out of, plus I really had a great time! Since I'm not in a major city, this is as close as I'll probably get to standing in line for a blowout sample sale (like they do in NY)! Congrats to all who scored!!

April 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Redseouls said...

By the way, congrats on scoring your Brian Atwood shoes! They are spectacular!!

April 24, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger ChiTown Fashionista said...

It's so good to know that I'm not the only shopaholic determined to take advantage of the sale by any means possible. LOL!

@NikStar and Sheena: Hey, you're both in Chicago. You can come borrow them if you like. :-)

April 25, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

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