The amazing thing about shopping in Sydney is the incredible mark-downs by departmental stores after every season. The recent sale, aptly named the Stocktake sale, took place between June-July as this marks the end of the financial year for most stores. This is perhaps the best time to comb through departmental stores such as David Jones and Myers.

At David Jones, you can get designer shoes and bags – think Celine, Christian Louboutins, Charlotte Olympia etc. at up to 50%-70% off. Myers stocks Aussie brands such as Basque, Cue, Review, Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill.

Now, on top of the original mark-down, it is common for retailers to slash a further say 30% or 40% off reduced items, so if you’re lucky, you could get that dress you’ve been eyeing for a long time at just 10% or 20% of the original retail price.

Take me for example. I have been eyeing these delectable platform heels from Basque at Myers for some time. Originally priced at A$169, it dropped to just A$17 during the sale. See what I mean when I say you can actually find items at 10-20% of the original retail price?

The kind sales assistant brought out the same design in another colour for me to try on. Needless to say, I bought both pairs! These are quality shoes (leather-upper too) with great workmanship after all!

Besides the departmental stores,I can’t do without Forever New (you can find this in Singapore at Wisma Atria and Raffles City) and Alannah Hill, two of my favourite Aussie brands. If you love frills, flowers, lace, and basically just all things girly, you’ll love these brands.

What I also love about these brands here is that you can find off-season items at discounted prices at Birkenhead Point, an outlet mall in Sydney.

Karen and I had a field day at Birkenhead Point when she came over recently. 🙂 Here are some of my buys:

Forever New Dress – Marked down from A$130 to A$47.

Alannah Hill camisoles – Marked down from A$129 to A$29!
Alannah Hill hairclips – Marked down from A$49 to A$10!

Hope you enjoyed this shopping post! Now, who said cheap stuff have to look cheap? 😉