So after receiving my boss' approval, I hopped on the MRT and went to Megamall, where most of my errands lay. However, I had finished earlier than expected so off I went to Shangri-la Plaza for some much-needed shopping therapy.
|Rustan's Fire Sale|
I had heard of Rustan's Fire Sale last May 5, 2010, when it first started. Browsing through various blogs didn't really give a lot of information regarding the sale items themselves. All I knew was that apparently a portion of Shangri-la Plaza's grocery area suffered from a fire, of which resulted in a smokey scent clinging to a lot of items, particularly the merchandise being sold in the department store.
I was a little apprehensive of going at first, especially when the morning after the second sale day, I heard stories from numerous disgruntled buyers who, after queuing in line for a while to enter the store, left with zero purchases. The stench was also enough to have made you do a double take.
But curiosity got the better of me, that plus the fact that my mom wanted to check it later in the evening as well, motivated me enough to undertake this quest. So off I went in my office clothes and a pair of comfy flipflops. I was bracing myself for a really long line, but lo and behold! No mad thong at the entrance. No lines of impatient buyers waiting for their chance to enter. There were, however, ropes waiting by the side. I guess in preparation of tomorrow's (May 8, 2010) crowds.
|Blue Arrow blouse|
|Brown Sugar wedges|
|Such a pair of cuties!|
The blue Arrow blouse had a "damaged" tag attached to it but upon closer inspection, the only thing wrong with it was the smell. It reeked of smoke.
The wedges has a funny story that comes with it. An officemate and I were contemplating how Rustan's could sustain this sale til May 9 when, based from blogs we've been reading of the event, stuff were literally flying off the shelves. She thought that it sounded fishy and guessed that personnel were keeping stock inside, only displaying a specific number of items for a day and reserving the rest for another time.
I also tried looking for items at the children's and home sections. No luck there. Most looked tatty and used. Items looked like they came from ukay-ukays than from Rustan's. This I bet are really old unsold stock as well.
On my way to Lush, I also stopped by Gap first. There's this room at the back of the store where they were selling their fire damaged goods (btw, I noticed that each floor had a SALE and a FIRE SALE area. Those in the FIRE SALE really reeked. The other one, I guess piled with old stock). Unfortunately, there were only around 5 to 8 pieces of clothing left. And this was only around 6 p.m.! Cashier line was really long and I spotted this one girl who had a full box of clothing! Parang takot maubusan. Hahaha! Anyway, she wasn't the only one. I even saw people with 3 to 5 Le Sportsac bags (although on sale, there were still selling at P4,+++ a bag!) Parang candy lang kung bumili a! =D
So off to Lush I went, and a good thing too, since I was able to buy soaps for a steal! The Spicy Curls exfoliant soap was selling for P50 per 100 grams, the Dark Angels facial scrub for P75.