As I’ve said before, I’m not someone you’ll see casually buying a designer item while I’m out shopping. It’s not that I don’t love designer pieces or believe in “Treat Yo Self,” but I never seem to find the purse/sunglasses/shoes that I really believe will be timeless and worth the investment. (I mean, back when I started blogging it was all about the Celine Luggage tote for a cool $2000, and I haven’t seen one of those in years.) However, a pair of flats that are chic yet feature the face of a cat? You have successfully hooked this cat lady.
I admittedly don’t know much about the Charlotte Olympia brand except that it’s British, quirky, and pricey. You can imagine my dismay upon learning these kitty flats retail for $495 which is not a realistic price for me. I searched around your standard Ebay, Amazon, and Poshmark, but I was hesitant to buy an item that would still be $100+ even pre-owned. Through my online sleuthing, I saw that Nordstrom actually carried the Charlotte Olympia brand (sadly, it looks like they no longer do) so I did my favorite trick- I added them to my online cart just to keep an eye on them.
I think what happened next was just pure coincidence, but I opened my online cart one day and saw that the flats had gone on sale for 25% off. It didn’t mean they were cheap, but it made a significant dent in the price tag. The other thing that put a dent in the price? I had saved up my Nordstrom notes for a year, and it took another chunk off the price. Do I normally spend $200 on shoes? No, but I decided to “Treat Yo Self” and buy myself a Christmas present.
I think the decision to invest in any big purchase is totally personal, and everyone’s price point is going to be different. My attitude is basically 1.) Can you make this purchase without worrying about paying for something you actually need? 2.) Can you find a way to get it a little cheaper? I know a lot of big ticket items never go on sale, but between major retailers like Nordstrom offering price matching and big sales like the Shopbop sale there’s a chance!
Like I mentioned above, my favorite trick is to add it to my cart and check back periodically. It doesn’t always work, but I’ve gotten lucky a few times! I also recommend finding your favorite department store/website, signing up for their loyalty or rewards program, and making that your go-to store for purchases. My favorite is Nordstrom, and I get pretty strategic about timing my purchases and using my triple points days to earn the most reward certificates. I’m able to get everything from my hair products to friends’ baby gifts there. Plus, it’s nice to get the bulk of your Christmas shopping done in one day and earn rewards in the process.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, this cat lady has places to be. (Except not too far because, even though they’re comfortable, my old woman back requires significantly more cushioning for long distances.)