Monday, May 24, 2010

More markdowns,are they coming? (Playing the Sale Guessing Game)


After last week's impressive (but not quite as much as I was hoping) markdowns, word is that more markdowns are on the way this week for Memorial Day. Unfortunately I'm getting conflicting reports from my network on exactly what the deal is. So I'm going to share all the information I have and hopefully you can help me put it all together. My goal in sharing this is to help the community plan their sale stalking accordingly. I don't have high expectations for this markdown but my hope is that some of the full-price stragglers (ahem, Air Mail Skirt!) finally trot their way towards a price cut.

From what I've heard markdowns will be in-store on Thursday. While I hope that cuts happen online on Thursday morning I have no confirmation of this as of yet. Also, while some stores immediately confirmed cuts are coming on Thursday other stores I asked (i.e., all the NYC stores) are either playing dumb or not participating. I've never known stores to withhold information about upcoming sales so it's possible that only some stores are doing additional markdowns, and only on select items. We just had a sizable cut last week. Kim from Anthroholic will be scoping out the scene on Wednesday night, so be sure to stop by her blog to get a first peek at what's being marked down.

My guess (and hope) is that this will be a company-wide sale just like normal sale weeks are. Hopefully cuts show up online on Thursday morning or at the latest Friday morning. In the case that this does end up being a YMMV (your mileage may vary) sale where only select stores make cuts, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- if the cuts are not companywide, customer service will not honor price adjustments (PAs)
- if the cuts are not companywide, other stores will not honor PAs
- if the cuts are not companywide, stores that make cuts will only honor that price on in-store purchases for as long as they have that item in-stock

Have you heard about more cuts coming to your local Anthropologie on Thursday? What are you hoping to see on sale? My usual list below...

About due for a shuffle to sale.
Blushing Bouquet Cardigan ($88)
Clinging Blossoms Cardigan ($88)
Cooling Palette Dress ($188)
Field Game Cardigan ($118)
Snowmelt Cardi ($68)
Balcony Tee ($68)
Breeze Along Cami ($78)
Florid Facade Top ($88)
Free Flow Tank ($78)
Paisley Swoop Tank ($58)
Pratia Tank ($68)
Things & Joys Dress ($128)
Torsade Tee ($48)
Both Worlds Jumper ($248)
Daily Gathering Dress ($188)
Eyeleted Islands Dress ($158)
Hello, Good Day Dress ($118)
Rising Vapor Dress ($98)
Rushing Ruffles Dress ($188)
Traced Twirls Dress ($158)
Wind Catcher Dress ($168)
Aniseed Skirt ($128)

Anthropologie, are you taunting us?
Dwarf Quince Cardigan ($98)
Speckled Ink Dress ($158)

It ain't the holidays anymore.
Demi-Sec Cardigan ($128)

Doing the sale dance for these.
Air Mail Skirt ($98)
Banderole Tank ($98)
Beda Dress ($118)
Breezy Ride Cardigan ($98)
Chalk And Charcoal Skirt ($88)
Falling Strands Blouse ($228)
Hushed Season Shift ($98)
Knotted Poppies Dress ($158)
Kyoto Medallion Blouse ($188)
Molded & Melded Tee ($48)
Percussive Cardigan ($78)
Shibori Silk Dress ($298)
Two-Wheeler Shirtdress ($128)
Winding Road Tank ($48)

Dear Anthropologie, my budget requires that the following go on sale.
Shimmering Pin-Up Cardigan ($88)
Curated Tee ($48)
Dewbud Tee ($88)
Endless Chevrons Dress ($198)

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lleila said...

no clue on whether there will be a sale or 2nd cuts...my guess is they will throw in another random Friday sale.

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Kathleen said...

I don't care when they do it so long as it's before Saturday and I can still get my PA!

Super sale dancing for the Liquid Bouquet Tank and Caballo Falls Dress!

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spiffy said...

I haven't heard anything, but I'm still a little bit frazzled from last week- so much waiting, stalking, purchasing, I feel like I'm just starting to recover and now here we go again.

Shannon said...

I'm crossing my fingers that they start marking down some of the cooler weather cardis that are on my wishlist!

Stephanie said...

Totally agree with Spiffy, it feels like it came fast. I was very good last week, I only got the
Spilling Ruffles Cardigan and the Acting Out Skirt on sale day. I'm not sure there's anything in particular I need if there is a sale this week but I'll be up early tomorrow :)

Brittany B said...

Awww shucks. So nothing will go on sale tomorrow? I was hoping the Hidden Hue Blouse would get a second cut tomorrow. :(

Patti said...

I'll be returning the following items to the El Segundo, CA store tomorrow morning:

Side-by-Side flats, size 7.5, now $50
Solar Star blouse, size 12, now $20
Sweet and Sour blouse, size 12, now $20

Jen said...

Man, I'm really hoping that the Rising Vapor Dress goes on sale...it feels like I've been sale-stalking that thing forever!

Kim said...

Roxy - I heard the same thing you mentioned - that they're doing some additional markdowns on Thursday.
I will be checking my store Wednesday night before close since they always put markdowns out the night before. I'll be reporting in from the field to let everyone know what I find and what I don't! Hopefully this helps the community out :-)

roxy said...

Kim - awesome! I will update the post once I'm home tonight to reflect.

Lisa - Respect the Shoes said...

Is it bad that I am kind of hoping for NO sale? I'm all spent out but I have a hard time saying no to some new sale goodies.

Jesspgh said...

Thank you for this info, Roxy! BTW, The Rainforest Morning shirtdress was marked down last week, company wide I think cause the website reflects the cut.

elise said...

Amen sister on the Air Mail Skirt! That and the Aniseed Skirt are the two bottom (read: oldest) things on my wishlist. My wishlist is 183 items long, soooo... you can guess how long those things have been just sitting there.

I'm kinda ticked that the Beda Dress just went out of stock online in my size in the white, which means if it goes on sale any time soon, I'll have to be frantically calling CS and stores. Sigh. If I had the dough, I'd just have bought it early and hoped for a price adjustment. But I'm a graduate teaching assistant, and, well. They don't pay us Anthro money, lol.

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Naomi said...

Going to the opening night of the new Anthro in Austin on Thursday, so the date for the sale is just perfect. I hope they have a lot of stuff in their sales room, especially items that have been sold out everywhere else.

elise said...

Oh, BTW, is anybody else seeing some weird stuff going on on the wishlist? Several items on mine -- mostly stuff that has been out of stock a while, or is a popback -- is showing no picture anymore, just a broken image link, and instead of having my set color and size selected, it has blank dropdown boxes. This is happening even for stuff that still shows in-stock (popbacks). Anybody else seeing this going on? Is Anthro doing something else awful to the site (like when they fixed it to where out of stock items redirected you to the homepage? I thought that was nasty, given the incredible amount of popbacks they have, making popbacks harder to buy).

roxy said...

D'oh, thank you Jesspgh! I have updated the list.

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Lola said...

Didn't the Parted Petals Cardi already make to to sale last week? Or was that online only?

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roxy said...

Lola, it did...I missed a few items when I curated my list it looks like. If you see anything else let me know!

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Rooby said...

Patti- Is it possible to put the side by side flats in 7.5 on hold for Rooby. I would appreciate it. Please email me at roo@cnymail.com if it is a go. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

The Pratia tank was already on sale last week Roxy

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Anonymous said...

Patti - Is it possible to put the
Solar Star blouse and
Sweet and Sour blouse on hold for Monica.
Thank you!!!
Please email me at monikaik1976 at gmail.com
Thanks so much!!!
-monica

Molly Darling said...

I so hope the Oroya dress goes on sale- I broke down and bought it today for wedding season.

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Sara said...

Thanks for trying to confirm, Roxy! I guess I will be making a tour of the Anthro's I can reach. Hey, I can cover Long Island for us both if you'll cover Manhattan! =)

roxy said...

Sara - deal!

Fiona said...

Elise, the blank pictures and dropdown boxes thing is happening to me too. Hopefully Anthro isn't phasing out the popbacks on the site. Half the fun of shopping at Anthro is stalking my wishlist to see what popped back!

BTW does anybody have links to the January and February 2010 catalogs? My old links are redirecting me to the newer catalogs.

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Dorothy said...

So just to clarify, no sale tomorrow but a possible sale on Thursday or Friday?

I'm hoping for PAs on the Beda dress and torsade tee. I also want the white torsade tee if it goes on sale!

roxy said...

Correct, no markdowns tomorrow. Possible markdowns Thu/Fri.

Dorothy said...

Thanks, Roxy!

jadan said...

I left a comment on the weekend post about the Thursday markdowns and the SA said it wasn't necessarily going to be 2nd cuts but more on regular price items going on sale. I really hope that some of those super old items go on sale too!

Megan said...

so....is there no sale tomorrow? no staying up until midnight?! wow...i think i will still automatically wake up ;)

so i guess wednesday night is the night we are all staying up late? just wondering as i'm obviously confused ;)

what are the chances the cartography cardi is going on sale for real this time?!

thanks ladies...have a great evening :0)
♥Meg

Lola said...

Ok this is probably old news to anyone who regularly watches The Office...

I was just catching up on the past few weeks' worth of episodes and in the episode "The Chump," Ryan was asking Kelly why she was in the anthropology section of the Barnes and Noble and Kelly replies: "I thought it was about Anthropologie the store!"

I was excited that our favorite store was referenced :)

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jcrewlover said...

OT but I was in the Wayne PA store this morning and they had a TON of Plaza cardigans, mostly cream colored. Also S and M Parted Petals cardis, at least four total. Also a Baily 44 rayony type of open cardi with smocking on the chest in black and gray for 49.95. LOTS in their sale dept. Hope this helps someone!

Lauren said...

Ugh, I wish I worked or lived near an Anthro to spy (relatively speaking, I work near one - 10 miles away, but with traffic it takes me at least 30 minutes)!

It would totally suck if only select stores did markdowns, but I really think they are going to do a company-wide sale (at least in-store, and then online at a later time). Anthro is really trying to make bigger moves to connecting their in-store business with their online/catalog business, so even if they want to do in-store first, online probably won't follow too far behind. I mean, can you imagine the logistical nightmare of having only select stores have markdowns?

Now, one thing I have known Anthro to do in select stores is have an extra 40% of sale special...

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Lauren said...

jcrewlover - thanks for the info. I was planning on going to the Wayne store tomorrow to scope out what's out in the sale section since it's generally well stocked and to see what else they have gotten recently, but do you remember if they had the Ambrosial Cardigan or the Stripes and Light Tee in yet? I saw the catalog they keep at the register with the dates of in-store arrivals but I forget if it was the May 24 or May 26 for those two items.

Katie said...

Lola - I caught that too re: the Office and the Anthro reference! Between that and all of the sightings of clothes on How I Met Your Mother and Glee, I think our secret is out!

Dorothy said...

Question about returns. I bought the Friendly Competition Top in the creme color and while I like it, I'm really not wearing it enough. I'd like to return it but I already took off the tag. I do have the original receipt and it should be on my anthro card. I probably can't return it, right?

If not, I'm going to offer it on the trade market. It's a size 0.

Anonymous said...

i saw a high seas dress on the sale racks at the 16/5th ave store, it was a S or an M i don't remember, but anyway, i raced back to my comp to find that it's not on sale online :__ (

Anonymous said...

I wish I could just drive around to different anthros and check out all the sale sections. FYI ladies Greenvale NY already cut the air mail skirt.

hs said...

Wondering if they will do any regular Tuesday sales, if they are also planning to mark down on Thursday? - Heidi -

hs said...

Reason I mention the Tues/ Thurs issue - is that I seem to recall our local store doing this once before, where they at least marked down home items on Tuesday and then clothing on Thursday. Could that repeat? -Heidi-

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Naomi said...

I'm with those of you who are praying there's no sale any time soon, whether it be tomorrow or Thu/Fri. My wallet can't take it anymore!

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Katie said...

@ Dorothy (again!) I just reread your post and you said you aren't wearing it enough. I assume you haven't worn it; you should not return it if you have.

Kim said...

Roxy- awesome! Thanks for updating your post to let everyknow I'll be stalking my store for sale updates! I'll keep you guys posted!

elise said...

omg, if the stores are already cutting the Air Mail skirt, maybe FINALLY I can pick it up.

@Katie, Yay, I love the green Friendly Competition Top. I'm glad to hear it goes with a lot. Do you think it fits TTS, or should I size down?

@Fiona - Good to know it isn't just my wishlist going cuckoo. However, I have way less items doing it now than I did earlier this afternoon. Some of the pictures and size selections and stuff have come back. So maybe it was just a glitch?

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Patti said...

Rooby and Monica - yes, i'll put the items on hold for you, if I can.

Those of you that have put things on hold for other community members, is it really ok? Do the SAs give you a hard time about it?

It'll be around 11:30am, PST.

Donna said...

@ Monica-

If Patti's solar star blouse doesnt work for you please let me know! I"ve desperately been looking for it in a 12 or 14

dthoffman27 at gmail dot com :)

Thanks!!

Fiona said...

DEAR WIND CATCHER DRESS, PLEASE GO ON SALE ALREADY. Capslocked because I REALLY REALLY want it to go on sale.

Also, PSA: a size S Rain Pools Cardigan in wine popped up on my wishlist. Item number is #913674. Someone snag it so I don't have to!

Katie said...

@ elise re: friendly competition top - def. size down. I am a 4 (or sometimes even a 6 if it is fitted due to my ribcage) and I have more than enough room in the 2. It is a very versatile piece, the green seems to be just the right shade to go with a lot.

Dorothy said...

@Katie, I have worn the friendly competition top but just not enough. I take it out of the closet to wear and end up changing into something else, so to me that means it's time to go back. I almost never take the tags off either but thought this one was a keeper.

I'll try to return today and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

dorothy,

if you've been wearing it, you should keep it. Its unfair to return an item that didn't have quality issues that you HAVE WORN. That is no better than wearing a gown to an event and taking it back. Don't abuse Anthro's liberal return policy or it will screw us all.

Don't you agree Roxy?

Diana Draw said...

Okay, this is slightly OT, but I was reading a completely unrelated article with this picture in it

where Edith Wharton is wearing what looks like a floor length Aniseed Skirt. (Click on that, I kid you not!)

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Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Anon @ 6:57)-if you've worn it and there is nothing WRONG with it... it's not fair to return it. Anthro is going to stop being so liberal with their return policies if we start to abuse them.

Angie Too said...

Please don't return things ANYWHERE that you have worn. Buyer's remorse is not a retail establishment's fault.

Dorothy said...

I'm sorry, just to clarify, I wore it once, and then every time I pull it out to put on, I end up putting it back into my closet. It just doesn't work with my wardrobe.

But I agree with you, it isn't fair to return if I've worn it once. If I don't end up wearing it any more, I will try to sell on the trade market.

Thanks for the feedback!

Katie said...

Diana Draw, good eye!

Also slightly OT . . . is it just me or did the website go back in time? It has the India homepage from earlier this month and a lot of new arrivals are missing. Something is up.

Alexandra said...

Katie, you're right! I just thinking the exact same thing. It's like we all woke up 3 weeks ago! I wonder what's going on....

roxy said...

Diana Draw - that is such a cool picture! She had great style. ;)

Katie - not that I know for sure, but I think Anthro might have done a code rollback. I have noticed some wonky things going on with product pages recently (and from some of the comments yesterday you have too!).

Gemma said...

Katie, I was just wondering the same thing! I kept reloading the page! What does it mean? I'm getting anxious just wondering about an upcoming sale during my shopping ban.

delipickle said...

Hi, could someone help me find the name of a yoanna baraschi skirt, it was a blue/purple/green floral pencil skirt with a blue/purple plaid kind of pattern at the bottom.

thanks!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Anthro will do a price adjustment on second cuts?

I bought the dotted greetings dress and I am thinking it is a perfect dress for second cut and given the holiday weekend.

roxy said...

Anon @ 11:04 - if you bought the item on sale, yes they will PA to 2nd cut price. But if you bought the item at full price you will not be able to get a PA to 2nd cut. Hopefully that makes sense.

Audrey said...

I've been eyeing the Pony Express bag for a couple weeks. Anyone know what the markdown schedule is (if there is one) for bags?

It's also an online-only product; I've called CS to ask if it's available in the stores so I can see it.

LH said...

I hope the Aniseed Skirt goes on sale - I would love a PA!

on the other hand, my wallet needs a rest, and I don't have a good track record of resisting Anthro sales...

Anonymous said...

There is a size 10 bouquet of roses shoes available as a popback in the catalog currently!

Brittany B said...

So so sad today... Still can't find my precious Tesserae Dress in a 6, 8 or 10. I know you're out there somewhere dear friend.

It seems every time Anthro's inventory system updates on Sundays, the same stores are showing that they have the dress, but it's some sort of glitch. Any idea as to why that happens?

Diana Draw said...

@Katie & @Roxy: I thought some of you would get a kick out of that E.W. pic, glad you liked it. ;)

Part of me is hoping that there is no sale this week since I just spent another $$$ there today, but just in case...

If there is a sale on Thu, does that mean it'd go live on the website on Wed night or Thu night? Anyone know?

Lauren said...

Just stopped by the Philly Anthro and picked up a couple things... when I was getting rung up, I asked the SA if there were going to be more markdowns tonight/tomorrow and she said no and that they are done Tues (first cuts) / Weds (second cuts). Hopefully she just didn't know though.

I was also at the Wayne, PA store yesterday and they definitely seemed like they were getting stuff ready for some markdowns, so who knows.

Both stores were brimming with full priced clothes on the floor so hopefully some of it starts to get moved back to sale, especially with all the June catalog pretties that will start to be appearing.

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elise said...

if this sale is in-store (and certain stores only) instead of online or company-wide, it's going to be suuuuuch a pain. :\ Already the stock of the Beda Dress is erratic online, who knows what'll happen. I can't afford to buy it full price and hope for a PA. Plus, if no PA happened, I'd probably not be able to return it anyway, I like it too much.

I also think it's pretty incredible that here we are, going into June, still waiting markdowns on stuff from the January catalog era. (Or like the Twined Ribbons Cloche, which I'm pretty sure came before Christmas). Give us a break!

Dorothy said...

Just was in the 5th Ave, NYC store. Their sale section was pretty full and when I asked about the sale rumor, the SA seemed really surprised and said, we just had a big sale last week. So not sure what's going on!

I did see one Wright dress in a size 12 or 14, I think, if anyone is still looking!

Lauren said...

Thanks for the report Dorothy. Any other rumors regarding markdowns tomorrow?

Also, I was hesitant to say anything before because I've been sent the wrong item before via charge send (sorry, not very community-like of me, please don't hate me), but the draped pumps were marked down last week to $79.95, and as of last week the Wayne, PA had several, and one of the NYC locations (I believe it was Rockefeller Center) supposedly did as well.

Last thing, if there are any sightings of the reed shirt dress, solid green, in a 12, please let me know - my friend really wants one!

arietta [at] gmail [dawt] com

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Carmen said...

Naomi do you think the Domain will have sale stuff out? I didn't get an invite to opening and I have tomorrow off work. Oh well I will vuisit fter the madness dies down.

roxy said...

Consensus seems to be nothing doing in the NYC stores tomorrow...we'll see. I will be waking up overnight to check the site. :)

Anonymous said...

I was at the Philadelphia store and stuff was some stuff was marked down.
Here's what I remember seeing:

Salty Seas Dress
Anchors Aweigh Dress
Slow Melt Tank
Fissured Shell
Sea's Epitome Shirt
Beaded Cosmos Tee
Dewbud Tee

I am sure there's more. Also, I over an SA talking about waiting til after closing to mark down jewelry.

Brittany B said...

Just got the Salty Seas Dress for the sale price! Thanks to the fellow follower who informed me! I asked my local SA staff what they saw going into the sale and they told me no on the Field Game Cardi and no on the Two-Wheeler. But the Salty Seas will definitely be in it, cause I already got it at the $69 to prove it ;) THey told me this sale will mostly be first mark downs, in fact they didn't know of any 2nd markdowns as of 8:30pm. So it should just be new stuff. Hope this helps y'all! Happy hunting!

Naomi said...

Carmen - I am hoping that they will have lots of sale stuff, especially what will go on sale tomorrow, at the new Domain store, since I won't be able to go downtown tomorrow (school field trip). I will do a post on this blog when I come back from the opening tomorrow night and let you know.

elise said...

I'm going to post this over in the trade market, too, but here's a rundown of some interesting stuff I saw in the Woodlands, TX Anthro sale room about an hour ago:

The short olive-ish boots with all the bows down the back, size 8 $99!!
Stamp ink, stamp art whatever it was called Dress (the one that looks like the bold boutonniere dress, only black with the aqua flower - Size 4
Many of the hidden hue blouse
Many plaza cardi, both colors
4-5 Lime Juice Dress
Fairycake dress sz. 12
Blazing Rays Dress sz. 12
On-the-fold dress sz. 12

Hope this helps somebody! If those booties were my size, I'd have picked them up. :( There were a pair of Stunt Double Booties too, but a lady bought them as I was taking notes.

kornrose said...

Has anyone seen the Great Crossings Sandal in person? I'm wondering if it's a brand I can find elsewhere. My local Anthros don't carry shoes and I just hate the idea of spending $$ on shipping.

I'll be going to my store right around opening tomorrow to scope out the sale section & report back.

APen said...

I was at the Durham, NC, store around 6pm, and they had done markdowns. Here's what I remember:

Shimmering Pin-Up Cardigan $50 (I only saw purple--they had lots)
Daywalk Blouse ($40)
Floating Fronds Blouse ($50)
Poetess Blouse ($40, I think)
Fissured Shell ($50, I think)
Rising Falling Blouse ($40)

Hope that helps!

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Naomi said...

Kim just posted her sales report :-) Hooray for Cloudfish skirt.

Diana Draw said...

@kornrose, Kim just posted that there will probably be free shipping through Labor Day, and then flat rate shipping thereafter. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Elise,
How much are the Hidden Hue Blouses now? Thanks!

kornrose said...

Diana Draw, thanks! I saw Kim's post & let out a little yelp of glee!

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Anonymous said...

sale updates are online!

roxy said...

Working on the post now!

Anonymous said...

I thought shipping is free? My order is still showing a shipping charge?

Anonymous said...

My order is still showing shipping charges as well. :(

roxy said...

Sale post is up (in progress).

Brittany B said...

Ahhhh!!! So please excuse this second bragging moment, just nabbed the Ice Capped Blouse on popback for $9.95!!! Eeep! That combined with the Snowscape Blouse for $9.95 makes for a pretty amazing sale week! :)

kornrose said...

BrittanyB, what a fun score...congrats! What is the best way to catch popbacks? Do you just need to leave out of stock stuff on your wish list?

Anonymous said...

For popbacks, are you just leafing through the magazine online and checking it by clicking on the item, or is there another way too? Thanks :)

Brittany B said...

HI kornrose!

I do that, but most of my popbacks come out of old catalogs. I use this link by Anthropologie Addict to access all the old catalogs, http://anthropologieaddict.blogspot.com/2009/10/first-look-anthropologie-november-2009.html. I then scroll through the pages and click on the items. If it's in stock, the price shows up. Add it to your bag, and call customer service to see what the price is in stores. If there is enough in stock in stores, they will give it to you for that price and you just pay by phone. In my case, there were enough in stores to give it to me for $9.95. I hope that helps!!!