Baby its cold outside...Well despite a mild start it seems we are finally having a 'proper' Winter - I am really pleased. I love wrapping up in scarves and gloves with boots on and I don't want to be having cold drinks instead of a gorgeous hot chocolate because it's too warm outside!
The shoes and boots always look lovely in the shop but it’s nice to have images of them on feet and in different locations too, this helps people imagine how they will fit into their wardrobes and lifestyles. So every season we do a photo shoot, this is one of these things that sounds very glamorous but is actually something we spend ages planning and is pretty hard work but very worth it when you get the shots at the end!
Wow, this weather really has been glorious these last few weeks in Northumberland and I have enjoyed seeing everyone making the most of the great outdoors and welcoming lots of new visitors to Corbridge.
It's summer sale time now for us. We only have two sales a year so they are always pretty spectacular and our customers love them nearly as much as we love making space for all the new stock as everything gets sold!
Can you imagine working in Finale and being surrounded by shoes and handbags all day long then having to watch people try them on and look fabulous in them! It is always one of the questions we are asked most often - how do you choose what to have for yourselves each season and what to wear to work?
It's that time of year again, the save the dates and invites are pouring through the door - it must be wedding season!
I wanted to write this blog as we get lots of ladies in the shop looking for shoes, handbags and accessories to match the lovely outfits they have purchased or are about to purchase. We have a wealth of experience in helping our customers find that perfect ‘finale’ to their outfits.
Who do we buy our shoes from?
No, this is not a trick question - obviously mum and I and everyone who works for us get their shoes from Finale! But where does Finale get its shoes from?
We buy from a variety of different brands, this is important to us because it means we have a wide range and lots of choice for you; our customers.
Hello and Happy New Year.
Welcome to the first blog of 2018, where did 2017 go? It seems to have gone especially quickly (does this mean I am getting old!!)
January is here and its time for another year of fabulous footwear in Finale.
The festive period is always a bit crazy and hectic for us as anyone who works in retail (or hospitality or healthcare for that matter) will know. We love it but it is very busy! However we survived the festive madness, Corbridge was looking wonderful with all the lights and Christmas windows, the Christmas Tree festival was even better and we had more visitors to Corbridge on our late night shopping event on December 4th than ever before!
And then comes the JANUARY SALE!
We have always stuck to the traditional sale times of Winter and Summer, having two sales a year means our customers get a genuine bargain and enjoy sale shopping the way it’s meant to be. Hunting out good selections for customers at sale time is harder as we always have very limited sizes but that makes it challenging and keeps us working hard (especially good after the Christmas food overindulgence)!
I have a few sale tips that may help you can enjoy your sale shopping this month and avoid those never worn buys that lurk in the back of your wardrobe making you feel guilty!
Remember that we still have a few months of cold weather to go so if you spot a good winter boot in the sales snap it up, you will get to wear it now and then it can be packed away ready for next winter.
Only buy things that fit - leather will ‘soften’ around your feet and shape to fit you if it is snug around your foot but a shoe will never grow any longer so it is not a bargain if your toes are hitting the end!
Buy classic styles such as shoe boots, Chelsea boots, tan ankle boots, black shoes as these will be fine for next season too rather than very trend led styles that may not be in ‘fashion’ next Autumn/Winter season.
Take advantage of reductions on accessories such as handbags, jewellery and scarves - these are often not as ‘seasonal’ as other items and will be suitable for any season.
If you go into a store and they have lots of sale items in almost every size that you have not seen before - be wary! Unfortunately ‘fake’ sales are not uncommon now and items being produced specifically for sales is also happening more and more. These are often not real bargains and you will probably find their quality not as great as it should be!
Only buy things you love … this is my real sale mantra - do you love it should come first closely followed by will you wear it and does it fit! Sometimes going away and having a coffee and a cake can give you clarity but don’t blame me if someone else snaps it up!
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Happy Sale Shopping everyone,
Finale Faye x