Monday, January 26, 2009

Store Reivew: Jeremy's (San Francisco)

Jeremy's has two stores: one in San Francisco and one in Berkeley. This review is for the SF one, because I haven't been to the one in Berkely.

Jeremy's sells clothes worn on the runway by models, samples, damaged items, returns, and probably a bit of overstock. I asked them and they said the first three. I guessed the last two from my observations in the store. The first floor is your higher-end expensive designer goods (like Stella McCartney, Catherine Malandrino, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabanna, Manolos, etc). You will find some damaged goods at great discounts from normal markup. And, you will find lots of high-end designer goods that are not damaged, but are about half the price of Neiman's or Saks (i.e. not amazing deals, but still very good compared to retail).

The second floor is more mid-range brands and designers and denim. Think J. Crew, Anthropologie, Marc by Marc Jacobs. These are mostly samples, but I didn't notice any damaged goods at all on the second floor. A somewhat random mix, like you'd find at TJ Maxx and Marshall's, but not damaged.

Because many items are samples or come from models, you'll find mainly those sizes. Which means, some designer shoes will have been worn before and also be in sizes 8, 9, 10, and 11. Designer clothes will be in the smaller sizes, size 2 and 4. J Crew and others make samples in larger sizes--Medium and size 6 and 8. If you are plus size, you will not love this store. I wear a size 10 in pants and I could find some great shirts, sweaters, dresses, skirts, and pants, but not jeans. Not a lot in that category for the larger ladies.

The second floor is where you will save the most money. If you happen to go there on a 50% off already-reduced merchandise sale day, you can score some amazing deals. The designer jeans ranged around $30-50 for a normally $150 pair, especially the reduced ones on sale. I found J Crew cashmere sweaters ranging from $19 (which had the word "SAMPLE" written on it, but should come out with a good dry cleaning) to $49 for a long-sleeved one with no apparent damage or writing. I found J Crew dresses for around $15, current season Cynthia Rowley dresses for $50, some tank tops, dresses, and other items for soooo cheap: $2 to $20 (all after the extra 50% off discount). But, the best score of all were some pants I found for $3.50. I didn't recognize the brand name, but I later got home and looked it up. Guess what? They are Anthropologie pants that normally cost $118. And I got two pairs for $3.50 EACH! That's HUGE!

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, do yourself a favor and check out this store. Be prepared to hunt a bit and be sure to go during a sale. If you do all that, enjoy the thrill of the hunt, don't mind fixing a few missing buttons or a hole, or buying a mid-range designer brand, then you will love it.

This store gets 5/5 stars! Some of the best deals and best variety I've ever seen! Better than a thrift store and much nicer stuff.