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As You Buy Clothing 1045 Mead

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Issued in Illinois November. in cooperation with the U. 1914. by DOROTHY GOSS. Department of Agriculture. Cooperative Extension Service.S. . Acts of May 8 and June 30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. and Assistant Professor of Family Economics and Home Management. Associate Professor of Clothing. JOHN B. 1971 furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work. Director. CLAAR. Urbana.7 CONTENTS PLAN FAMILY CLOTHES SPENDING How Will Your Family Spend Its Money? ANALYZE FAMILY CLOTHING NEEDS Know What Is Already on Hand Plan 3 3 What to Buy 4 4 4 5 5 6 8 KNOW HOW TO BUY CLOTHING Fashion and Fad Quality in Clothing Shop and Compare What's on the Label? 9 1 KNOW WHERE TO BUY CLOTHING Kinds of Stores 18 UNDERSTAND ADVERTISING AND SALES PROMOTIONS Advertising Sales - — are they a savings — its purpose and uses to 20 20 21 your family KNOW ABOUT METHODS OF PAYING FOR CLOTHING Cash Credit 22 22 22 WORK TO Some BUILD GOOD RELATIONS WITH STORES 23 23 Ideas and Suggestions This publication was prepared by MARJORIE MEAD.

of developing Ways such a plan are discussed in Illinois Extension Cirthe one which cular 996. and the needs and desires of members. or to play a outlets for creative social role. But just as individuals place different importance on clothes. You may need to purchase major items. the clothing needs of family members. clothing. the methods they use in selling. . Each family limit for the sets the upper major areas of family spending (food. In most families. Buying clothes can be part of an overall spending plan or budget. How Your Family Can Live Within Its Income. 2&£ PLAN FAMILY CLOTHES SPENDING People often look for a family's set formula to determine how much of their money should be spent for clothing. Some people may use clothing to fit a mood. the number of people in the family who are amounts earning money. Different people give differits ent value to clothing. The budget is really a long-run spending plan to allow you freedom of choice and adjustment in the short run. and ways of paying for clothes. Meeting both the physical and the psychological clothing needs of each family member requires thought and planning. these expenses are different from season to season. In developing the part of the master plan that deals with clothing. etc. you will need to do more planning as you go along. only once every two or three years. It will also discuss stores that sell clothes. Choosing and making clothing are often expression. and things to consider when buying clothes. is The most useful kind of spending plan seems to be made up by the family that will use it. such as coats and suits. This booklet will consider plans for family clothing expenses. Others choose clothing to match the demands of a job.) Within these major areas. where the family different family lives. rent.. For some. Some things that influence how much of the family income will be spent on clothes are the amount of money the family has. AS YOU BUY CLOTHING Clothes protect are a basic need of all people. families will spend different of their incomes on clothes. most important function is to them from the weather or just to meet the needs of modesty. to build self-confidence. a record of the kind of clothes your family needs and buys will be helpful.

. Having everyone plan and agree together in advance will help prevent arguments later about conflicting desires of the various family members. clothes at home. items are needed for Then determine what additional each person. As garments are checked for fit and state of repair. To decide how the clothing dollars will be assigned. each family member's clothing should be into do this is at the changing of two seasons (such as summer into fall ) when some garments are being taken from storage and others are ready to store. it is necessary to determine the needs of the individual family members. The clothing budget can be and by making stretched by gifts of clothing. The second will be clothing that can be made wearable by cleaning. by hand-me-downs. they can be sorted into three stacks. Teenage children can try on and examine their own clothes. One stack will consist of clothing that is wearable as is. weddings and vacation It is a help if all family part in planning how to use the family's members who buy family clothing take money. In the third stack will be clothing that cannot be worn and should be thrown out or given away. * At spected. and think ways in which those things can be worn make different outfits. alteration.You may will wish to plan so that expensive items to like suits and coats be bought at the same time of year (or during the same year). ANALYZE FAMILY CLOTHING NEEDS IS KNOW WHAT least ALREADY ON HAND once a year. or repair. but may need to consult with parents in making final decisions as to what to keep and what to discard. A good time PLAN WHAT TO BUY Make a together to list of the wearable clothing belonging to each family of various member. Your plan needs to allow for emergencies (such as having a child outgrow his and for special events such as trips. You might plan to save ahead for purchases that are not all have very expensive and will require a large shoes before you thought he would) amount of money. Young children can have their clothing needs decided for them.

Often some clothes come into the family from outside. This type of buying may be the result of a need you didn't foresee or can't explain. and be able to recognize the apparel that falls into each of these groups. and this is another way to meet both clothing needs and clothing wants beyond the basic level of need. an occasional quick decision to change your plan can be made. They will probably appreciate some help with their gift shopping. To . or substitute another kind of purchase for the one in your plan? Sometimes spur-of-the-moment buys may meet a need that can't really be defined. such as work attractive and will wear the clothes she makes. As long as the purchase is used later. This clothing reduces the need to purchase new items. and how to plan for clothing purchases. We have been talking about how to decide what the clothing needs for each family member are. can be bought if for about as much as it costs to make them. but you know it would make you feel happy or selfconfident to have that particular item of clothing. Does this mean that you can never buy something you happen to see when you are shopping. time is short these Suggest to relatives and friends that certain items be given as gifts on the occasions when they might be giving presents to a member of the family. but the kind or amount can't be counted on ahead of time. pleated skirts. be sure to remember articles of clothing that will be handed down from one child to another within the family. and when a style purchased. every consumer should be familiar with the terms fashion and fad. so garments may as well be purchased. When planning what must be purchased. and no one is deprived of a more basic need because of it. A seamstress should be skillful enough so that family members will find her Some items. or gathered skirts ) New styles are introduced constantly by fashion designers. * KNOW HOW TO BUY CLOTHING made as to FASHION AND FAD After the decisions are what articles of clothing will be be an effective shopper. pajamas and children's play wear. A-line skirts. . it is time to begin shopping.Consider the possibility of making some clothing as a way of cutting costs. Fashion consists of the prevailing styles or designs at any given time ( for example.

Check to see if it is woven or knitted without flaws. Most people would prefer to invest more money in a dress or suit that will be fashionable for several years than in a faddish item that will be outdated after one arouses interest or surprise.) may also influence the performance of the fabric. Individuals in your family will want to wear as coats or suits) as long as possible. and design lines that are becoming to the individual who will wear it. etc. the best quality available at points some garments (such For such items. texture. QUALITY IN CLOTHING The quality that you will need in a particular garment is deter- mined by how many times it will be worn. Some specific : which indicate quality in apparel are the design of the garment. then may be replaced by a new one. Design Look for a garment which fits your needs and is attractive. the construction of the garment. for the use to should be durable knitted fabric for be given it (firmly woven or . and the suitability of the garment to the wearer. The enough fabric should be compatible to the design lines of the It garment (such as a soft texture for gathering or folds). the occasions for which it will be worn. it A fashion usually three years. A fad is a "mini-fashion. The length of time you expect to wear a garment is an important factor in deciding how much to spend for it. you need to buy the price you can afford. Newness of design is not a sure guide to excellence. The kind of finish (durable press. A garment should be chosen with regard to color." It may last begin as some novelty which only a few months and are adopted by only a small group of people. Fads short season. but which is also in a style that will stay in fashion for the life of the article. the fabric used. and how durable the garment must be to take the use it will get.is widely accepted and followed lasts for at least it becomes the current fashion. Fab ncs from Evaluate fabric quality in terms of the wear that can be expected it. shrinkage controlled.

buttonholes. fabrics. Buttonholes should be stitched with close. but the stitches will pull out very easily if the thread is broken. in which it is to be worn. Buttons. the edges of the pinked. refer to Today's Fabrics. like a different color than the rest. If the stitching is too loose. sew them on again yourself before they come off" and the fabric used is one that ravels. way the garment is cut. Chain stitching is used by some manufacturers to cut costs. for example). Seam allowances should be wide enough not to pull out or ravel when there is strain. and should be reasonably easy to care for. If the fabric is not cut this way the light reflected by any one part will make it look hill. ( If they aren't. Learn to recognize good workis The cut of the garment important. or the ribs of a knitted one. If seams should be away. and accurate construction of pockets. for the The fabric should be comfortable weather cost. deep stitches so that they won't pull out. . darts are sewn. and so that the fabric around the buttonhole won't ravel or fray with use. Upkeep costs should be low as compared with the should be standard for that type of purchase fabric. or sewn some way so that they won't ravel get lost. hang straight on the wearer rather than running "up- Wherever possible patterns (like plaids or stripes) should match The nap or pile of a fabric like corduroy or velveteen should run in the same direction on all parts of the garment." at seams. and hems. and snaps should be sewn on securely. Cir- Construction Carefulness in making clothes includes the how seams and manship. collars. The sewing machine stitches that hold the garment together should be short and firm enough to hold without puckering. hooks and eyes. A good seam allowance is 5/8 inch. All pieces of an article of clothing should be cut so that the yarns of a woven fabric. and the initial cost For further information on cular 917. It is faster than straight stitching. Wide seam allowances make it possible to let out a garment that is too tight.) children's clothing. bound. spaces will show between the pieces of the garment if you gently pull the fabric on each side of the seam. sleeves.

(See page 18 for a description of stores and the services they offer.) Trims should either be removable or have the same care requirements and durability as does the rest of the article. shop and compare the prices merchandise in several kinds of stores. On a flared narrower (about IV2 inches) so that hem look lumpy. you will learn to recognize the sales personnel who give you reliable information about the merchandise selling. ) From your personal experience in shopping and that of your friends. For more information on construction and fit of garments see Circular 95 1 Your IQ in Clothing. still others may be machine washable. and so that make the the skirt longer. It would be frustrating to discover that you had lined a washable dress with a fabric which should be dry cleaned only. read the labels of the fabrics you buy and the trims you use. you become familiar with the quality that can be expected from that brand. If you are doing your own sewing at home. Interfacing ( A inches deep so down if you need to or A-line skirt. others may require dry cleaning. If you shop in a store frequently. SHOP AND COMPARE money. etc. (The same is true for linings as well. in cuffs . With experience in using a particular brand. and makes it stronger where buttons and buttonholes are placed or around the armholes of sleeveless garments. fabrics . . the hem can be fullness in the fabric won't make l can be let is extra fabric used between two layers of a garment and collars.The hem on that it a straight skirt should be about 2 it will be attractive. You will learn the policy of various stores in handling complaints and in accepting returned merchandise. It should have the same care requirements as the rest of the fabric used in the garment. characteristics of fibers. they are knowing brand names. for instance ) It keeps the garment from stretching. you will learn which stores carry the quality you want in various articles such as men's get the best quality for your of similar shirts. A knowledge of brand names can help save time spent shopping for clothing. and being familiar with the and finishes can help you to judge quality. Reading labels. To women's better dresses. Some things may need to be preshrunk.

The specific trade name given a fiber by the manufacturer may not appear on a label without the generic name. in product would be a dress made in the United States of Italian In such case the origin of the fabric doesn't have to be given.: . of the total fiber weight. the many synthetic fibers and blends of fibers we have today were not available. : WHAT'S ON THE LABEL? law did not require garment manufacturers garment on its label or hangtag. The back is 60 per- cent of the fabric Articles. Today. 100% must be labeled separately. An example of this is Dacron (trade name) Polyester If ( generic is name ) the item imported. The best guides are the tags and labels which give information about the articles to which they are attached. An example of change silk. which are made in sections of different fabrics. stated. the country of origin must appear on the is label unless the product changed. and it may not be in larger print than the generic name. . Also. For example. Some of the facts that should be listed on a label are years. The consumer learned through experience to select readyto-wear clothes by the feel and appearance of the fabric used in the garment. and the pile is 40 percent. The Act clothing • If also includes the following provisions about labeling a garment has two or more parts. the tag cotton back. or generic. the For many to state the fiber content of a fiber content finishes shrinkage control colorfastness size used care requirements manufacturer's name and address Fiber Content The that Textile Fiber Products Act makes it mandatory for all major apparel textiles to have a label stating the percentage of each fiber makes up 5 percent or more general. information showing the fiber content of each part can appear on only one of pile fabrics to label. • The face and back and the proportion of face back must be may • say: "100% acrylic pile. is A name given to all members of a fiber family. may have one label identifying the fiber content of all sections. A label must tell the generic name of each fiber present." such as girdles. because of the variety of fabrics available. those guides are not enough.

if not followed may impair its utility or appearance. Each manufacturer gives a special name to the finish used on his fabric. and how to care for the garment in order to protect the finish and get full benefit from it. generic limited an and generic names do appear in ads. Penn-Prest. and Sta-Prest. Durable Press. If must be listed in order of weight at least once. Information about care is complete and well presented on some labels. but remnants do not have to be labeled as to fiber content. its need not be identified. as well as any other instruction about the product. which is why there are so many names for the same kind of to be expected finish. 10 . but consumers should be aware of this legislation and request such labeling. the performance from that finish. Perma-Prest. • Piece goods must be labeled on the end of the bolt or on the hangtag. but consumers do not always keep labels.• fibers If the trim is 1 5 percent or less of the surface of the garment. which. how permanent it is. This rule would require proper instructions for the laundering and cleaning of such a product. It has been proposed that the Federal Trade Commission pass a rule on permanent (sewn in) care labels for textile products. Machine Wash 'N Wear. • Generic names of fibers used in advertising of textile products if do not need to be listed no reference to fiber content is is made. the appropriate method to use) or whether it should be dry cleaned only. Finishes and Shrinkage Control has been used. Dan-Press. Permanent which make fabrics wrinkle-free are Koratron. A label should tell if a special finish Some of the finishes Press. • tising Deceptive use of fur names or symbols used in labeling or advernon-fur textile products is prohibited. whether it can be laundered (and if so. If assortment of items are advertised together and space doesn't permit a complete listing. they names need not be given. Care Requirements Directions should be given about how to care for the garment. At this time the FTC has not issued the final rule.

particufor the larly for cotton fabric. and Dylanized finishes. There are two types of shrinkage: fiber shrinkage occurs in the fiber itself (wool fibers. Without finishes fabrics would look very drab. Bancora. "Soil release" finishes are used to make stains wash out easily once they are formed. fabrics and Rigmel is used on cotton. Pak-nit. Look for these names on the labels of durable press clothes. scrubbing or rubbing. you can wipe off spills when they happen and prevent spots from forming. : each type. With such finishes. and to ocean salt water. u . Clothes would be much harder to take care of. Rayon fabrics can be made shrinkage resistant by Avcoset. Stable-Knit. Soil-Out. 1 percent. to chlorine used in are swimming Look pools. Two 1 other finishes that prevent fabric from shrinking more than is percent are Sanforized and Rigmel. and Everglaze finishes. and Visa. are protected by London shrink. and sea water. They are also available on upholstery material. Shrinkage in in excess of this amount will affect the fit of a garment. and Redmanized shrink more than finishes. Wurlan. These names show that the garment will not and that it will continue to fit if laundered according to the instructions. Some of these finishes are called Come Clean.) Vat dyes now considered the most satisfactory for washable fabrics. Colorfastness The original color of a fabric should last for the life of the garment. fabrics The Sanforized finish used on cotton and linen Wool Zeset. and Syl-mer.There are finishes which will prevent fabrics from spotting or stainsome of which are Scotchgard. for example). (Thus. Dyes are generally considered fast when they resist fading in the use for which the fabric is intended. Cotton knit fabrics are protected by Penn-Set. Soil-Release. the dye used in swimwear should be resistant to sunlight. Zepel. Shrinkage-control finishes have been developed to combat ing. A washable fabric should not shrink more than 2 percent. term vat dyed on labels. Some things that might cause fading are sunlight. Look at labels to see whether the finishes you want have been used on the clothes you buy for yourself and for your family. atmospheric fumes. washing and dry cleaning. and is related to the way in which the fabric has been constructed. Sanforset. Dual Action Scotchgard. fabric shrinkage happens after the material is made.

boy who is For example 50 inches tall. This sizing is based on studies of body measurements considered to be average for particular ages.) 26!/2-inch chest and a 23 /2-inch CHILDREN'S SIZES been done for through 20. lb. Waist in. in. you may wish to write a letter or return the article directly Textile Fiber Products Act of 1 The to the manufacturer. Weight lb. in. in. years Toddlers' Children's Height yr. If you have a complaint about an article and the store from which you bought it does not respond satisfactorily. in. The following charts give some standard measurements used by garment manufacturers for children's clothes. 24 26 /2 1 13 17 6 12 18 18 19 29 1 22 31 18 31% 26 25 20 20 21 20 20^2 2 34 3 29 3 37 37 34 34 39 22 22 21 21 21Y2 22V2 4 5 40 43 23 23% 24% 25% 26% 44 49 54 24 25 25^2 22 6 46 48 22% 23 6x 12 . as can be seen in the chart on page 13. in. Hip in. far the sizing children's clothing has infants. 3 yr. lb. The standards for girls are not as complete as those for boys. in. has a ( : A boy's size 8 regular is 1 designed for a waist. Sizes The National Bureau of Standards has made available to clothing manufacturers standards for sizing children's clothing. in. mo. boys' sizes 8 So work on Clothing sizes Infants Size — 3 months through 6 Chest in. in. toddlers. and for girls' sizes 7 through 14. in.The Manufacturer's Name and Address the manufacturer or a registered identification 960 requires that the name of number or trademark be on the label of every garment.

Boys' clothing sizes Slim —8 years through 20 years Regular Chest Husky Waist Slim in. Size Height in. There are special sizes for boys called "slim" or "husky" and for girls called "chubby" or another similar name. ticular age. Inseam in. Regular Husky in. For this reason. and hip measurements and height and weight. in. in. 8 50 21 J/2 25V4 4 26 3/ 26V2 27V* 21 1/2 23V4 2 24l/ 25V* 26V* 2714 10 12 54 58 61 24 26^2 28 291/2 29 31 22VS 23i/2 28 /2 ! 25V* 14 16 28 29 30 3P/2 31V* 33 24V& 26V* 27>/ 2 29 64 66 68 33 35 36V* 25 /2 J 30 31 18 30 33 34VS 34V 2 36 26V2 27V2 28V* 29V* 20 3VA 38 36 13 . Regular Husky in. Slim in. waist. Remember. the standards are for average-size children at a par- Many children are smaller or larger than average.Girls' clothing sizes —7 50 52 years through 14 years Size 7 Height (inches) Weight (pounds) 60 67 75 8 9 54 56 58V6 61 10 12 83 95 107 14 After age fourteen most girls will fit into one of the figure types and sizes designed for women. children's clothing should be purchased according to chest.

and her overall height and weight. Misses Junior Petite Half-size Womens 14 . your approximate size. Another complicating factor is the fact that items of clothing are not based on the same measurement standards. Figure types are based on a woman's back waist measurement (from the base of her neck. Clothes manufacturers do not use the same measurement standards. A woman must first determine her figure type.WOMEN'S SIZES Sizing is not standardized in women's wear. or a sweater. a slip. down her spine to her waist ) the width of her shoulders compared with the width of her hips. and which brands fit you best. . It will help you to get a better fit in clothing if you know your figure type. so a woman may wear a different size in different brands of clothing. This means that a woman cannot use her dress size as a guide for buying a coat. then try on that type of garment in sizes that closely correspond to her bust measurement.

Check the following points for a good • fit. well proporthis is and well developed. Fabric and design will influence the way in which a garment fits. MEN'S SIZES dards. with no wrinkles. A short. The The The jacket should cover the seat of his trousers. Jackets for suits or sports coats are sized according to chest mea- surement. height. She is of medium height (5'4" short (5' to 5'1"). A woman A A of average height (5'5" to 5'6"). and a higher bust than the Misses to5'5"). but larger mature. and he should know his own measurements. About and more fully same height as the Misses figure. Womens. fully developed figure with a in short waist length and shoulders narrow the proportion to hips. Always try on a garment before buying it. small figure. and moving. 15 . well proportioned. exposing about • inch of the shirt collar. jacket should cover the wearer's chest and back smoothly. suit. Junior. (5'2" to 5'3"). Check for fit and comfort while you are standing. all the well proportioned figure with a shorter waist length figure. length of the jacket will differ slightly with the type of Usually the bottom of the jacket should end at a point about even with the center of the wearer's hand when his arms are hanging at his sides. Vi • Jacket sleeves should allow inch of shirt cuff to show. tioned. Petite. but not be so tight that the buttons pull • when the jacket is closed. and arm length. Half -size. • waist of the jacket should be slightly fitted. The The collar should Vi fit snugly and comfortably around the neck. are Most manufacturers of menswear develop their own sizing stanThe consumer should know what general body measurements used as a basis for sizing the different kinds of apparel. an average figure type. and well developed. sitting.: A description of basic figure types used by clothing manufacturers follows Misses. and they will be a factor in selecting one size in preference to another. Since others are compared with it.

Woven sports shirts are sized according to neck measurement. and the larger size should be bought if the measurement falls between two sizes. and double. Dress shirts come both in white and in a variety of colors. medium (33V6 inches). the pants leg can be and the hem may taper from front to back. Sleeve measurements are usually marked short (32 inches). fit The seat of trousers should sit snugly. reinforced elbows. Sleeve cuffs and and the taper in the — lengths come only to the nearest inch." slightly longer On casual trousers with full or bell-bottom legs. Dress shirts are sized according to the measurement taken from the center around the neck and the sleeve measurement back of the neck. and long (35 inches). They may have either long or short sleeves. Collars are softer than those on dress shirts and sleeves are often short. but allow enough fullness so that the wearer can comfortably. The crease in the trouser leg should run straight down the center of the leg. high up under the arms.: : Trousers and slacks are sized according to waist and inseam meaFor example. Sport shirts are made in fabrics of many colors and patterns. and over the shoulder blades. Neck sizes should be decided to the nearest Vi inch. style of collar points The body of the shirt vary with fashion. from crotch to hem edge. They are sized according to neck measurement and sleeve length. across the shoulder and bent elbow to the wrist.or triple-stitched seams. and come in four basic Small (S) sizes 14 to WA inches Medium (M) Large (L) Extra Large (XL) 15 to XbVi inches 16 to 16 V6 inches 17 to \1Vi inches made Knit sports shirts are sized according to the chest measurement over a shirt. 16 . The hem or cuff should touch the shoe tops without causing the crease in the leg to "break. The four sizes are Small (S) Medium M) ( Large (L) Extra Large (XL) 34 to 36 inches 38 to 40 inches 42 to 44 inches 46 to 48 inches in the sleeve to allow Work shirts are fuller in the body and longer greater freedom of motion. both knitted and woven. size 32-34 means that the man's waist measures 32 inches and the inseam of his pants leg measures 34 inches surements.

mail-order is the answer when shopping areas are sizes. and the overall length. restaurants. another for mens wear. and this cost may be reflected in the price of its merchandise. Check the fit and shoulders. Other services a store may offer for your comfort and pleasure are parking facilities. and a good selection of colors. and A store that too far You away or transportation is difficult. Topcoats around the neck and overcoats are usually worn at knee length or a little longer.Overcoats. can be depended on to offer good merchandise for the prices asked is always good to know about. In comparing stores you will want to look for one that offers a wide range of qualities at different prices. They should be tried on and fitted over the kind of garments with which they will be worn. will help you decide where to shop. Casual worn in above-the-knee lengths. This is done by advertising. The following ser- guides. Check for a store that offers the services you want. You might feel that extra cost in time and travel is worthwhile for a coat. and vices offered another for dresses. and casual coats are sized according to chest measurements. and good policies for the return or exchange of goods. but not for a pair of socks. charge accounts and payment plans to suit your needs. know where to find clothing in You probably won't find one store that sells all the items of cloth- ing needed for your family. and attractive clean rest rooms. One of the greatest services a store accurate. complete information about the apparel or fabrics they labeling. a delivery service. topcoats. the coats are usually sleeve length. 17 . and providing well-trained sales personnel. sell. styles. along with a description of several kinds of stores and the by each. 7[v KNOW yourself WHERE TO BUY CLOTHING to After you have decided what clothing items you wish to buy for the quality you and your family. Length will vary with fashion changes. Services do cost the store money. You may want help from a sales person rather than self-service. you need want to buy. Consider a store that is conveniently located. will want to find a store that is honest and can offer is reliable. For some. You may have still to shop one place for shoes.

Penney began as a chain and has added mail-order catalog service. houseall hold linens and dry goods. They usually depend on buyers from the main store to purchase their stock of merchandise. These stores range from very small stores to large chain stores. C. Most consumers do not live where they have ready access to every kind of store mentioned below.) KINDS OF STORES Clothing can be purchased in department. People living in city neighborhoods may have a few small neighborhood stores. and mail-order stores. Their stock comes from a central headquarters and therefore each store handles very similar goods. regional. Roebuck & Co. The customer cannot see the goods. Those in the suburbs usually have a shopping center with branches of inner-city department vary in quality and type of clothing carried in stock and in services offered to customers. or try on apparel. accessories. many different kinds of merchandise The Bureau of Census defines a departat least store as one that employs 25 people and of merchandise in three categories — home sells a general furnishings. clothing. and apparel and accessories for bers of a family. ( For example maternity wear. jewelry. or home : furnishings. or local. mem- A department store is concerned with maintaining good will in the community and with establishing an image of reliability. small ties communi- clothing may have may only a small department store and a variety store where be purchased. J. sales per- sonnel can telephone the there main store to see if the article is available and to arrange its delivery to the customer. 18 . If a branch does not have the item a customer wants. furniture. They offer specialized tall goods for girls' specific needs. Chains may be national. and Montgomery Ward began as mail-order firms and are now national chains handling general merchandise. Department ment line stores present in separate areas of one store. Branch stores are small versions of a larger store. Major mail-order houses have built a reputation for offering quality merchandise. carry only limited lines of apparel. or shoes. Different kinds of stores stores nearby. For example. One advantage of chains is that merchandise can be returned or exchanged at any store that is a member. Sears. as defined by the Bureau of Census. Chain stores are groups of centrally owned stores. specialty. Specialty stores. These stores are for the person who wants to shop from home.

workmanship. a special purchase deal get the made with a manufacturer and the discount it is house offers a real bargain to the consumer.but store return policies are generous. and surplus which is left over at the end of a season. Telephone ordering has cut down on the waiting time which was a disadvantage when ordering by mail. sizing. particularly in tions of a large store. seconds which have flaws that can usually be seen. Some The articles handled are classified in several ways: samples which are used by manufacturers to show and sell their merchandise. or stores. end-of -season fashions. Boutiques have great appeal for young people who want unique items of clothing and accessories. standard items of apparel that are limited in quantity and quality — underwear and blouses. 19 . etc. Some manufacturers label than that used sell items to discount stores under a different to on goods sold is another type of store. She is on her own in making a selection and it may find dise difficult to return items of clothing. large volume. They may be small stores or secTheir main function is to carry up-to-the-minute. etc. and "distressed" imum merchandise. but which may not affect wearability. and irregulars. and mincustomer service. They stock lingerie. Outlet stores exist close to the factories that which they stock. it An outlet store may specialize in only produce the merchanone type outlets are chain of merchandise. with no place to They may also operate on a cash-only basis. odd sizes. same brands and quality for lower prices from discount Variety stores carry some apparel along with numerous other kinds of merchandise (examples are Woolworth and Kresge). Boutiques are becoming more and more popular usual clothing. Outlets are often self-service stores operated on a cash basis. Discount stores emphasize bargain prices. as sources for uncities. The store may offer self-service only. although they will not affect wear or appearance of the item. some children's clothing. women's try on clothes. samples. lots. Postage charges must be considered when ordering by mail since they add to the purchase cost. men's shirts. The shopper may be able to get the quality she wants if she is well informed and knows what to look for in fabric. Occasionally possible to stores. Prices and the merchandise may include odd are usually moderate to low. At times. may carry a variety. seconds. irregulars which have some flaws. The discount stores usually carry fast-moving items. faddy items.

or economic. or should use advertising as a not be led by plan.* cies UNDERSTAND ADVERTISING AND SALES PROMOTIONS and sales promotion methods. • • Attract attention Show that its items of apparel are different from those of preferable. service. season. and the calendar. its competitors. The may be making room for new merchandise. be The purpose can of advertising to trigger a purchase — either rait tionally or emotionally. but should making purchases that do not fit into the clothing The shopper SALES The sale is a retail store's effort to increase selling volume. — clearance. the retailer's habits and judgment. seasonal. Often the reduction ranges from 25 to 50 percent. or getting rid of surplus or shop-worn items. Store poliby consumer demand. is clothing need. climate. Therefore. special purchase. Stores vary in advertising are influenced ADVERTISING Advertising has an important influence on his how the consumer spends money. • and that they are it Stimulate the belief that a specific purchase will satisfy a basic psychological. Some of the things a store hopes to do with advertising are: and stimulate interest in fashion. Clearance sales are sometimes called end- 20 . social. Sales are of various types nual. It may be trying to get you into the store so that you will shop there in the future. and develop a favorable image of both the item and its seller. an- and stimulative. providing information about old and new clothing items and where to buy them. • Appeal to the senses and emotions. physical. Clearance sales are usually held to get rid of excess merchandise. advertising raise the desire to can be a to buy. Styles and size ranges are generally limited. or introducing a new product store or service. it into buy above the means way of becoming informed.

provide a wider selection. and any alterations that might be needed to make the sale item usable. and two-for-the-price-of-one sales are held to encourage buying during slack periods. will the when the article can be worn? Am have money invested in an item that will not be worn for be good next year several months?" A special purchase sale usually has items especially purchased by the store for the sale. Some examples of these are white sales in January. the cleaning. These sales may provide an opportunity to meet the family's clothing needs at less cost. but they are more and are often more timely for the Annual riod of time. family's needs. penny sales. sales. dollar days. styles that have been discontinued. It must be of a quality and type that meets your family's needs. regular stock. Careful shopping is necessary since the goods may or may not be the quality the store usually carries. or department manager's sales reductions usually average 10 or 15 percent. 21 . Seasonal sales are repeated each year. you should ask yourself: "Will this be worn enough right style I and fit still willing to away to justify its cost? If not. end-of-the-season. or close-out sales. and shoe sales in January and July. Many times these special purchase items are not regularly stocked by the store.: of-the-month. Stimulation sales such as anniversary. Since these sales tend to occur at approximately the ing a record of when the sales item that you are likely to use in same time of year. its generally feature regular merchandise at a reduced cost for a short pe- The When the sale is over. repairing. That lower cost must include. and seasonal merchandise that didn't sell during the height of the season. so you may not be familiar with the brand names. These sales do not usually offer as great price reductions as frequent. On sale may be fad and fashion merchandise. winter coats and furs on sale in August and January. Before buying such an item. keephappen and the amount of the sale one year will help you buy wisely and take advantage of the reduced prices. pre-inventory. For a sale item to be a savings to your family it must be something your family will use ( and be more satisfied with than some other item the same money could have purchased). and it must be available at a lower cost than usual. do clearance sales. the merchandise returns to regular price. Usually these are a combination of regular stock at a reduced price and special purchase items.

you are not limited to shopping in stores where you have credit privileges. quently used for clothing shopping. Thirty-day charge accounts usually have no interest charge. he may lose the money already invested. The size of the unpaid balance determines how much must be paid each month. stores usually charge for the layhe will not If the customer away service. As you shop with cash. when he has saved the The item selected will be availmoney to pay for it. have the use of the article during the time he is paying for fails to complete the payments for the merchandise. it. revolving or budget accounts. The use of cash may help you stay within your budget. In the past the interest charge was frequently quoted as being IV2 percent a month. credit cards must also be carried with care since can result in extra costs. Revolving or budget accounts permit charging of items. When CREDIT The types of credit generally used for buying clothing are 30-day charge accounts.* CASH Cash KNOW ABOUT METHODS OF PAYING FOR CLOTHING (either in the form of coins and bills or as checks) is fre- you use cash. The customer makes a small deposit to hold the merchandise. The Federal Truth in Lending Law now requires that the interest be stated in on a yearly basis. Generally there is a limit on the amount that can be charged. However. Using their loss credit when shopping for clothing eliminates the need to carry cash. and lay-away plans. 22 . The interest charge for this type of account is frequently a high 1 8 percent simple interest per year. Count your change carefully and keep receipts of payment for use later in making adjustments with the store and in keeping your own records. However. but if a payment is overdue. but payments are made over a period of time longer than 30 days. carry it in a secure way. there may be a charge. since you cannot spend more money than you have with you. Since this plan requires both bookkeeping and storage of the item. Lay-away plans are available able to the buyer some stores.

If you have all the information available but cannot decide about a purchase.: Credit charges provide a readily available record of expenditures. It might be someone in the service department. The use of credit can give you the chance to take advantage of a sale when you do not have cash on hand. the proper person For your benefit (and the store's). To keep store costs down (and. The proper person to receive complaints will vary store. subtract the cost of the interest on credit from the amount you saved by buying on sale. To determine how much money you have saved. with the 15M— 11-71— 18897 . tell and have as complete information about your com- plaint as possible. Keep children under control as you shop. ultimately. or the sales clerk. it may take two months for the correction to appear on your statement. You should make payments and necessary returns or exchanges promptly. With computer billing there have been some problems and consumer The volume and the methods used in billing charge accounts often mean that it may take some time to correct even the most simple of errors. WORK TO <!> Stores fectively. the costs of your clothing) handle items carefully as you examine or try them on. You can do much patiently. • Don't expect the same kind of service at different types of stores. After you have notified the company of the error. to assist you purchase the cloththem in doing this ef- For good relations with sales personnel Wait your turn State clearly • • what you want. • BUILD GOOD RELATIONS WITH STORES and store personnel are there to help ing items you desire. if you have a complaint. frustration with incorrectly billed or credited accounts. do not take the clerk's time while you think about the item. and return articles to their proper place after handling them. the department manager. • Make necessary exchanges and returns or complaints politely.

sizing standards. Use it to become an informed shopper. . and from store to store on a variety of items. shrinkage control methods. Knowing the kinds of stores that can best meet your needs. and how durable it must be for that use. This gives you service an opportunity to compare prices. Remember that advertising done by stores either can be a service to you or can raise your desires above your means to pay. the use the garment will get. quality. Time spent shopping will help you get the best values with your clothing dollars. Take an occasional nonbuying tour of the stores that sell the type of clothing you purchase. look for both the quality and the type of items which will meet your family's needs at the least cost. that offer services important to you. The quality needed can be determined by considering the length of time a garment will be worn. As you shop. A knowledge of fabrics. and that you have found to be honest and reliable is extremely important in meeting the clothing needs and desires of your family. and how to determine colorfastness will be of great benefit to the shopper in se- lecting clothing items.You can help your family get more for the dollars it spends on clothing if family members to decide their needs you plan with and then make purchases in relation to those needs.


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