Every time I enter a Savers store I am shocked by the size. I know what to expect, but it still manages to take my breath away. These stores are like giant warehouses stretching on into infinite.
I didn’t know which way to turn when I first entered this store. I finally decided the safest route was to stick with what I usually make a beeline for – hand bags and shoes! The bags have a whole big wall to themselves, and the shoes have several aisles, arranged in sizes. (They can get mixed up though, so it’s worth browsing a few aisles just in case.) While there was a lot on offer, the selection didn’t really tempt me.
I was also seriously impressed by a lot of their pricing at this store. Unfortunately it’s very easy to spend a lot of money! I found a lot of really good stuff at cheap prices though – pure cotton skirts for $5 for example. I bought a brand new Tommy Hilfiger cotton jumper for $15, and a brand new Alannah Hill silk dress for $30. They were the most expensive items, which I thought were worth it for both the brands and materials.
And now I would like to share an important tip. Keep an eye on the change rooms, because the queues can become huge. I would advise waiting for a quiet moment before trying to use one. The store is large enough to keep you entertained for a long time before you need to try something on.
Which leads me to my next point: this is not a store you can spend half an hour in. I was in there for over two hours and I only went through the clothes and accessories. The book section itself is like a mini-library.
Some top tips for a successful Savers expedition:
- Allow enough time to explore the whole store.
- Bring your own bags, because you have to buy them at Savers.
- If you have a car, drive. I ended up carrying a Santa-sack home on the train because I got so much stuff.
I’ve also come to realise that Savers have huge themed costume sections. At the moment the Footscray one has a big Halloween section. Could be a cheaper costume option?
The only downside to the store is the area. I had never visited Footscray before, and was a little shocked. Just be careful and keep an eye on your bag.
If you love the sound of this store and are busting to see it for yourself, check it out at:
33 Albert Street