9 Tips for Shopping at Last Chance in Phoenix

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

See also: 10 Best Places to Shop and Thrift in Scottsdale

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

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.

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Lauren Saria
$50 for a designer dress.
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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Last Chance Bargain Shoes & Apparel

1919 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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8 comments
Carole Magary
Carole Magary

Love Last Chance. Let's face it Phoenix is not N.Y.C. and this is where you can get some great fashion!

Marisol Canchola
Marisol Canchola

Nadia Cerini Goldstein- lets go while the boys go to their favorite store...

Elizabeth Baker
Elizabeth Baker

Well written article, too bad the proofreader dropped the ball.

Chris Rafter
Chris Rafter

Prices have risen lately, old stock is not removed quickly enough and there are far too many Ebay flippers staking out every section. Go to My Sisters Closet right down the street for great steals and a higher quality experience.

Cameron Brownlow
Cameron Brownlow

I stopped going there years ago! In the mid-late 90's is was a great place to go, but now it is a nightmare!

Amber Platt
Amber Platt

Yeah the best tip is to just not shop at that nightmare of a store

Amanda Collins
Amanda Collins

That place is a nightmare. You DEFINITELY need a plan.

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