About two weeks ago I popped into Footlocker to try a pair on and maybe buy them, but juggling three kids and feeling harassed meant I was unsure if I wanted to get them or not. They were £35 which I thought was really good, especially since I'd seen them in other sport shops for £42 plus. There were loads of pairs and the shop assistant assured me they were really popular so they'd always be available. I should have seen the signs.
Fast forward two weeks and the OH and I decided to get a pair each, same colour and everything (he's a Converse veteran). I was super excited. I love the idea of wearing the same trainers as my man. Don't judge me *snort*. So sods law they are now £40. I know it's only £5 extra, but man, if only I'd got my act together two weeks earlier.
The shop assistants explained the increase as being down to the incredible popularity of them. Wow, that's a good gig, and I guess they've got a point because I STILL BOUGHT THEM!! I'm not proud of myself but hey a girls got to treat herself every now and then, plus with all this dodgy weather I need some trainers in my life. And yes I know they're white and they'll get dirty and yes I did turn down the rubber, sponge, cleaner thingy they tried to up sell to me for £6. Having to pay an extra £5 was quite bad enough thank you very much.
On a separate note but in a similar vein, the Clarks first shoes I bought for my little boy and paid £25 are now in the sale for £12. Natch.
I tell you being a stay at home mum has a lot to answer for. I never got the chance to notice things like this when I was a working mum. Now I am out more with the kids, price differences and offers are something I'm noticing like never before. Great when the savings work in my favour. Sadly this hasn't been the case today. But at least I'm keeping up with the kids in my shiny new kicks.
Note to self: Must polish up on my bargain hunting skills.