One of the recent keywords on my blog search was Ann Taylor Loft Goals! I don't know how all that happens but did take it seriously that I needed to set an Ann Taylor Loft Goal! I met two dear friends for lunch on Friday at Gateway. Its a super easy place that Cricket knows well - fun shopping for a few minutes before or after lunch and several good lunch choices. Plus, my friend Ann Taylor Loft is nearby. I went in there and said, my friend is having a birthday and I need to get her a fun necklace. They were, of course, super helpful and found me one that I am so excited to give her on Monday. I think she will have fun wearing it with a variety of outfits. My Ann Taylor Loft Goal was to just buy something if it was a super bargain - you know at least 50% off. So, I found it -- a fun new denim trench coat. Here's the math: regular $129, marked down to $79 then marked down again to $49 and then 30% off of that so then with delivery/taxes as they had to track it down from another store = $41.70. With our crazy weather this will be a nice jacket to have and glad that I could meet my Ann Taylor Loft Goal. My next Ann Taylor Loft Goal: to not enter that store until next month. I can do it.
A few of my Tips for Shopping Independently as a Woman who is Blind.
Have an idea of what you are shopping for - ie, a denim jacket, black pants, fun colorful top so that when the clerk asks how she can help, you have an idea of how she can help!
Invite their feedback. I am not afraid to ask for their opinion. How does this fit? What is the latest trend? Describe this to me, etc.
I have my few favorite stores that I tend to frequent often and feel comfortable going to alone. I can tell you where the new items are at Ann Taylor, where the bargains are, etc. I think Cricket knows, too!
If it is a new store, I try to go with a friend so that I can orient myself to the surroundings and layout of the store. If I am alone, I have found the clerks to generally be very helpful.
Cricket knowing find the door and find the counter is all we need to exit the store having a successful shopping experience and a great bargain gives us an extra bounce in our step!