9 Tips for Shopping at Last Chance in Phoenix

Last Chance in Phoenix -- the one and only.
Last Chance in Phoenix -- the one and only.
Lauren Saria

For bargain hunters, Phoenix is Mecca. And if you don't know why, then you've probably never been to Last Chance, the bargain basement where are beautiful things go when they don't get sold at (or are returned to) Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. It's a magical place where Stuart Weitzman pumps overflow from shelves, begging you to take them home for $40 a pop, and designer denim and leather jackets cost as much as you were planning to spend on lunch.

But all that comes with a price, and that price is stiff competition. You can bet a deeply discounted quilted leather Marc Jacobs bag that you won't be the only one on the hunt when you go. So whether you think you're a seasoned pro or a total amateur, here are a few tips for your next Last Chance excursion.

Seeing items like this stained Marc Jacobs purse will make you want to cry.
Seeing items like this stained Marc Jacobs purse will make you want to cry.
Lauren Saria

Go in with an open mind — and plenty of time
If you're looking for a single, specific item, you're probably going to want to pull your hair out in this basement full of over-stuffed racks and general chaos. Take your time and be patient knowing that the only thing you're sure to find at Last Chance is good deals.

Choose quality over quantity
And don't be afraid to be picky. With most items, you're limited to a certain number of purchases a day (for example, you can only buy three pairs of boots a day and ten dresses), so it pays to choose wisely. Additionally, many of the items you find will be damaged. Take some time to think about whether that scratch or stain is worth the discount. One great find is better than a bunch of cheap crap.

Don't expect everything to be dirt-cheap
Because it won't be. A designer dress is still going to cost you either $50 or $100, and you won't find a pair of Tory Burch flats for less than $60 — no matter what condition they're in. Because of this, the best and most plentiful bargains tend to be for middle-tier designer brands including Michael Kors (shoes can be marked down to $30 or lower) and Calvin Klein (dresses can be as cheap as $12).

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