Do Your Research: Yesterday, I stopped by a particularly in-demand sample sale with a co-worker who had one specific pair of shoes in mind. When she actually found them, her victory felt all the more satisfying.
Keep Your Expectations Realistic: If you see a rack of current-season skirts in the corner, know you haven't struck gold. Those pieces are most likely offered at full retail price as a convenience for shoppers. The clothing is nonreturnable, and haggling over imperfections is generally not an option.