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

Monday, May 24, 2010


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)