On a completely unrelated-food note, this evening I checked out The Great Reebonz Sale (“GRS”)! Held on the 7th floor of Clifford Centre, I read about a special VIP Preview for Citibank Rewards Credit Card holders in the papers. Upon reading the advertisment, I wondered if my credit card served any purpose other than a swiping function. Since Clifford Centre was very near my work place, I thought, why not?! It didn’t hurt to check out the sale. But boy did I put my card to good use!
My initial plan to check out the sale for “half an hour” and “look look, see see” failed miserably. My shopping excursion turned into a full 1 hour 50 minutes affair. The entire time I was ogling, trying on shoes, texting my friends “I am dying” from the sheer amount of beautiful products around me, and trying on my arm every single damn handbag. You see, there were some pretty good offers! However there were some damaged goods (especially w.r.t. bags) that took a while for me to notice. Good thing I wandered around for a while.
I also took a colossal amount of photos I took of the event. Having spent close to two hours, I came home to quickly blog about it. Just in case any ladies need some information before the sale opens to the public from today until Saturday.
After flashing my credit card to the Bouncer and two receptionists, I was promptly handed a $50 voucher. As I walked into the huge room, an overwhelming number of bags of all colours imaginable greeted me. Further in, shoes as far as my eyes could see.
The markdowns were impressive. There was a wide variety of collection from different seasons including present ones. Please note bags and shoes were marked down differently. Shoes were more aggressively marked down; most at 70% off. Bags were mostly 30% off with the obviously bad-quality ones at 70%. How good were the markdowns? My girl friend just returned from London and for the same products, GRS items were cheaper.
I took tons of pictures and noted down most of the prices. Service-wise, they were mostly efficient and informative. But two sales assistants actually remarked in front of me, “all she does is take pictures! Haha!” Aside from the two naive ones, the experience was good. Some will direct you to other areas where the bags were displayed (although some surprisingly not very experienced with bag brands like Valentino and Christian Dior – please note for those two brands, bag designs were limited and close to zero). I also lucked out this evening by making friends with two kind fellow customers. One of them helped two of my friends in to the venue without Citibank cards. The other gave me a few tips on the sale which I will definitely share. They will be important for the bags.
First we start with the shoes section. The shoes were of very good condition. There were a lot of sizes 38 to 40. All available sizes were clearly marked on the sole of each shoe. Last pieces were marked “LP”. They were usually sized between 40 or 41. If that’s your size, lucky you! They were mostly going at 70% off.
Seeing such a wide variety of shoes and touching them was great because I could clearly see the quality and future internet purchases would be much easier. There were popular brands such as Gucci, Ferragamos, Dior, Ferragamos, Tory Burch to lesser seen-in-Singapore brands in Singapore such as Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, United Nude, and Sergio Rossi.
By the way Charlotte Olympia shoes were inferior in quality. I saw a pair of the famous Cat flats in satin material. It was thin and flimsy. Gucci shoes were surprisingly gorgeous. But the heels with too high with no supporting platform under the soles. A wide variety of Tory Burch flats. Prior to this sale, I did not realised their range could be so pretty with many textures (I saw eyelet designs – great for the humid weather!). Dior shoes were stunning! But those available had very high vampy heels. There was a good variety of Ferragamos from all seasons. The flats made my wide feet look broader. Unflattering so I was relieved I could “save” some money. Sergio Rossi shoes were the most stunning and sexiest shoes I have ever come across! The bold colours and heel height caused me to salivate.
Do be careful of the bags at 60%-70% off, they are usually due to visible scratches or in the case of the SAINT LAURENT tassel detail clutch, the gold tassels were tarnished.
Public Event on Day 2
The next day, I went back to the public event. There were so many new stocks not displayed the evening before. New brands such as Lamb shoes and Jimmy Choo bags. It was incredible! I could not peel myself away and spent another two hours lusting after them. But I was good to my wallet. Only my Mum got a pair of shoes. 🙂
I am definitely saving up for next year!