I should also state one of the reasons everyone loves to show up early is so they can get a cart. Carts are really limited, so the first people in tend to get carts. And trust me, the last thing you want to do is lug your coats around as you shop. However, I suggest bringing a big bag. I love my trusty Ikea bag, which lets me throw my coats in and I still have both hands free to shop with. If you really want a cart, but arrive too late, hang out around the checkout area and ask someone if you can have their cart once they’re done.
The warehouse can get a bit cold, so the sweater will keep you warm, but there’s another reason you should wear a sweater. When trying on coats, you want to know how it will fit over any bulky layers. There’s nothing worse than having an amazing coat, but not being able to wear it with anything too heavy.
Only Buy What You Don’t Have & Will Wear
This may sound so frickin’ obvious, but trust me, when you’re in a warehouse full of anything, you feel the need to buy everything. Don’t succumb to this. I actually address this need to buy stuff just because it’s “cheap” in my book, Looking Fly on a Dime: How to Find Fabulous Fashion at Any Thrift Shop & Make the Cheap Look Chic. You should grab a ton of items and then narrow your picks down, but seriously take the time to deliberate before dropping cash. If you already have three camel coats, you probably don’t need another one. If you love the glam look of fur, but can’t really see yourself wearing it, leave it behind. Who cares how affordable a garment is if you never end up wearing it? That’s money down the drain!