Monday, 10 October 2011

Make your mark, Primark

As promised, here is the concluding blog post to the Primark based one here.

Occasionally in my spare time I do market research to generate some extra cash. Every little helps right? I usually apply for the ones I like / am eligible for however this time a lady approached me: how would I like x amount of pounds and free clothes from a well known high street store? Er… yes please!

They swiftly sent me some vouchers asking me to go forth and spendeth. At a later date I would need to attend a focus group where we would need to do a show and tell on our purchases and talk about the brand.

So far so good.

I then learnt that the well known high street store was in fact Primark and had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I was happy as I knew the vouchers should go far there - but then on the other hand, I was a little disappointed. Primark isn’t one of my favourite stores. The crowds and queues just kill me.

Another kick in the proverbial balls was that I had been told to shop in the London Oxford Street store. The stuff of nightmares. The crowds, the queues… and not all that impressive stock wise considering it’s a flagship store.

So one Saturday morning, I got up at the crack of dawn, gritted my teeth and got my game face on. I was amazed at how expensive Primark seems to be getting. It’s not crazy expensive but it’s pricey for the quality you’re getting. I found it so hard to make my vouchers stretch. In the end I had to fork out a little bit of my own money just so I could afford my basket(!)

Here’s a sneak peek of my purchases:



I didn’t even stop to think about the bag. It was tan. It was fairisle. DONE.



The top I initially loved but am considering returning as I’m not sure about the keyhole neckline. Maybe I’ll do a bit of DIY and cut the neckline lower.



These stacked heels were an absolute bargain for a mere £18. 
Boohoo, Topshop and New Look sell similar ones but they are quite a bit more.

I got the royal blue ones but they also had some in burgundy. I tried them on and had quite the audience of women around me ooh-ing and ahh-ing. After being told numerous times that they looked incredible on me, I couldn’t ignore that voice in my head screaming “buy them!” any more. Those bad boys went back into my basket and that was that.

I must add that later after having paid at the tills, I did spot some of the aforementioned women clutching the very same pair of shoes and heading to the tills. It did make me laugh! I'm a terrible influence! ;)

The actual survey was fine. The last minute kick in the teeth was that they paid us in Primark vouchers rather than £££ :( I found that the heels and bag I purchased helped me get over this annoyance very quickly. Here they are in action:




Next time I’ll be heading to a far quieter branch me thinks!   

17 comments:

  1. lovely bag!!
    http://fashionandtrip.blogspot.com/

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  2. all great buys! especially the cute shoes
    francesca
    http://www.frankvinyl.com

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  3. Really love those heels.

    I normally totally avoid Primark unless I see something somewhere that I know I can go in and buy and leave right away (i.e. those shoes!)

    The whole rummaging around and people shoving you all over the place + the added queuing really doesn't do it for me!

    xx

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  4. Awesome buys :) think if i had seen you try those shoes on I probably would have bought them too lol!

    The Deer Head

    x

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  5. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I loved this post, I totally agree with you! Always search for bargains!


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  6. Love the pattern on that top and those are hot shoes!! Great purchases :)


    XOXO
    styleworthwhile.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the Primark! Most of the time for the shoes and the accessoires! <3 But if you don't like all the queues it isn't a shop for you haha ;)

    Like your purchases!

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  8. All of your purchases are AWESOME! And so cheap, I'l so jealous right now! Can't wait to see you rock those shoes! xxAnisa

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  9. Wow those heels are gorgeous !!

    Do you want to follow each other ?
    Just let me know..

    Love,

    S


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  10. loooove those shoes! out of curiosity how do you get into the market research thing? and have you been to westfield yet?? surprisingly the primark there isn't to packed! x

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  11. those are some good purchases! especially the bag x

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  12. OMg,i can't believe you got those shoes from Primark!! They're perfect!

    http://www.jazza17.blogspot.com/

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  13. Oh. That bag. That bag. That bag.

    I need it love it want it adore it want to cuddle with it need it.

    Yes.

    That is all. (I'm tired.)

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  14. Super lovely blog!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  15. Hi honey pie, hope you are well, thanks for your lovely comment. I love Primarni but I go at 8.30am especially to the marble arch one it is hell otherwise. You have picked some fab little bits xx

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  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE these shosies.

    What a bargain xxxx

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