|image from Effortless Anthropologie|
I first had the opportunity to visit Final Cut, an Anthropologie/Free People/BHLDN/Urban Outfitters discount store, on July 5th of this year. My parents were along for the ride and needless to say they were shocked at the high prices when compared to other thrift stores like Goodwill. Why pay $20 for what looks to be a used dress or sweater when you could get one for $5 a couple stores over? (Yes, there is a Goodwill two shops away.) Needless to say, Justin and I did not have quite the same impression. Our impression was $100 sweater discounted to $20? Heck yeah! :) And so we returned a second time…
Between phone my phone breaking and Justin erasing everything on our shared Nexus 5, I don't have any pictures of our trips to Final Cut… :( Nevertheless, here's what to expect:
1. Boxes and boxes of clothes. They are sorted by store received from (for the most part) and year that the item was available. Aside from that, you will have to get down on your hands and knees and just search. Most clothing does not have a size listed on it, and occasionally you will find pieces that are snagged or twisted together (i.e. lace and zippers). Check your clothing carefully before purchasing.
2. Wedding dresses from BHLDN! So many! The majority of these cannot be bought for $20. However, if you want one for $100, you are in luck! :)
3. There is clothing sorted and hung on hangers. It, obviously, is the easiest to go through and often the least damaged. It is priced the same as the boxed clothing.
4. Tons of furniture! Granted this is not a furniture store, but there is a lot of furniture. Some of the furniture is damaged. The discounted prices may not make that furniture worthwhile. But other furniture? OMG! YES! $100 for a gorgeous front and back bed post? Or what about a chandelier? If Justin and I were in a better position for furniture buying, I would be all over it! :)
5. Jewelry, shoes, and accessories hung on bulletin boards throughout the store. I haven't ever seen any of these items that I actually want, so I couldn't tell you if they are occasionally tangled or broken, but I did want to mention that they exist in this store. Now you know.
6. Books. Every time I've gone to this store I've only had from 30 minutes to an hour to look which is simply not enough time to go through boxes of clothes and glance through books. I have definitely seen a few of the books at Urban Outfitters before (You know the crazy ones? Like Rear Ends and the Star Wars Cookbook?) and also some pretty ones like what you'd find at Anthropologie. You just can never tell which store they came from or how much the price has been discounted.
7. Sheets, table clothes, duvets, etc are all thrown into a few bins and ready for your sorting. If you are looking for something specific, good luck! In my opinion, these bins are hardly worth looking through. I'd much rather spend my time going through the boxes of clothes.
8. Don't expect to find many home accessories and knick knacks. There was only really one aisle of these on about 4 or 5 shelves.
9. The dressing rooms close early. I arrived at the store at 6PM and had to race to the dressing room to try on clothes before the 6:30PM, the dressing room closing time. I understand they are trying to close the store in a timely manner, but it was frustrating. Lesson learned? Get there early.
10. If you buy items that do have a tag on them (very few do), the cashier will rip the tag off at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges … to Anthropologie or Final Cut.
Now! For the finds!
• Petaluma Fit N Flare Slip by Intimately Free People (also worn by Taylor Swift in 2014) $20 (originally $88)
• H&M slip underneath $10 (bought at H&M, not Final Cut)
• Free People Everlasting Pullover $20 (originally $128)
• Tracy Reese Beaded Hibiscus Dress $175 (originally $598 at Anthropologie)
• necklace was free: made for me by a sweet 9 year old
As you can see, you can do a lot of damage in 2 hours (2 visits) to Final Cut. We spent over $200 on two visits! But … we "saved" (assuming you can call spending saving) almost $600 (which is also assuming I was going to buy these items outright at their full prices)!
So is it worth it to take a detour on your next vacation to Final Cut? Really it depends on how much you like thrift shopping and scoring a deal. If you are looking for an old Anthropologie/Free People/BHLDN/Urban Outfitters item, you might be able to make a score. If you are looking for a new one, the same is true (see Tracy Reese dress above). But no matter what, you will likely have the best luck (and most fun) if you go into the store with an open mind not expecting to find anything in particular and with a full wallet just in case you find everything. The prices here are not necessarily thrift store prices and the items sold here aren't all in the best shape, but what you will find are huge discounts on branded items typically sold from the Urban Outfitters branded stores.
So … thoughts? Will you be making the trek out to Final Cut? Were you aware that an Anthropologie discount store existed? Share! I'd love to here.
And in the meantime, check out these other reviews for Final Cut:
• Peacefully Chic – She has a lot of pictures and more price details than I do.
• Effortless Anthropologie – Where I first learned about this store.
• Asia Cajuns – She explored Augusta afterwards.
* This is not a paid endorsement. Just thought I'd share one of my most recent travel-related discoveries. :)