I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim Workman the manager of my local Maurices recently. She sat down with me and shared her insights on how to best take advantage of sales and the clearance department. Maurices is one of my favorite places to shop, but being on a limited budget means that I really have to shop smart. Kim’s tips are definitely going to help me (and you) do just that!
Me: Let me start off by saying how much I love your store! Whenever I need new clothes this is one of our first stops. Thank you for taking this time with me today.
Kim: I’m so glad that you shop here! I grew up in Iowa and shopped at a Maurices myself when I was your age. Maurices has been in business over 80 years but we are new to Florida. Dress Barn is our sister company as well as Justice and Lane Bryant.
Me: What are the some ways to find the best prices at Maurices?
Kim: My recommendation for someone on a budget is to shop the clearance department because there are some really good deals. We have our biggest clearance sales in January and in July/August. Of course, you want to take advantage of our sale prices as well. Additionally, we do our mark-downs on Mondays, so Tuesdays are a good day to come in and see if anything has been put on sale.
Me: Can you tell me about the ‘Take Ten’ program and how it works?
Kim: This is available to every customer. It used to be a punch card system but it is now automated. For every $10 that you spend you get a point on your card. Once you have 25 points, you get a $10 coupon that prints out right here in the store. Another perk is that if you are a Maurices Card holder then you get double points on the last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of every month. This will really increase the number of times that you get a $10 coupon! Another benefit of the ‘Take Ten’ program being automated means that we can track your purchases. If you have a return that you need to make and do not have the receipt we will be able to pull up your purchase to ensure that you get the full price that you paid for an item.
Me: It seems like I have seen something about a ‘party plan’ for shopping here? Do you still have that and can you give me all the details?
Kim: We do! It’s called a Splurge Party. The host gets a 30% discount and each guest gets 15% off. We ask that you have at least four friends join you for the party. Generally, a Splurge happens before or after regular hours so that we can focus on your group. We close at 6pm on Sundays and so many of our parties are on Sunday evenings. You could also come in before we open on a Sunday or stay later in the evening on a weekday. We need about a weeks notice so that we can schedule plenty of ‘personal shoppers’ to help you and your guests find exactly what you are looking for! It can be a fun, party atmosphere and you can even bring in sodas and some party food. We also make up goody bags for everyone. You could do it for a birthday party…
Me: I know what I want to do for my birthday this year!
Kim: We will pull sizes and have fun outfits waiting for everyone to try on in their own fitting room. It’s a fun time where you get one on one help for choosing clothes that look great and be affordable for you.
Me: What is the fee for doing a Splurge Party?
Kim: Absolutely free.
Me: I am definitely doing this for my birthday this year!
Me: What is your best insider tip for teenagers and college students who want to shop at Maurice’s but have a really limited budget?
Kim: Well, take advantage of all of the sales, the clearance department, and the ‘Take Ten’ program that we have already talked about. I also highly recommend that you find your trendier pieces from the markdown section and clearance department and spend your good money on staple pieces like blazers, dress slacks and jeans.
Me: Is there anything else that teen shoppers should know about Maurices?
Kim: Based even on what you are wearing (I was wearing one of my favorite Maurices outfits), Maurices is a great place for young women to buy their work clothes. Sometimes young people don’t have a good understanding of what it looks like to dress appropriately for a job. Our associates can help you with making the transition from casual to workplace appropriate attire. We are always willing to help in any way that we can.
Me: Thank you so much for your time!
Kim: Before you go I have a packet of coupons to give to you so that you can share with your friends.
Me: Amazing! Thank you Kim!
Kim was so kind to me during the interview and has given us all some really helpful information on getting the best deals at Maurices. I hope that these tips will help you. Anyone want to join me for a Splurge Party on my birthday?