Thursday, 27 August 2015

FJ Benjamin Warehouse Clearance @ Atria Shopping Gallery (4-6 September 2015)

'Tis the season for warehouse sales!  FJ Benjamin will be holding its much anticipated warehouse clearance next week at Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya.  

You can stalk their dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fjbwarehouseclearance) for updates.  

Image credit:  FJ Benjamin Warehouse Clearance Facebook page
The details of the sale are given in the flyer so I won't repost it.  

FJ Benjamin distributes several fashion brands in Malaysia (Guess, Gap, Banana Republic, Superdry, La Senza, Raoul).  They usually hold a warehouse clearance once a year.  I haven't been to one of these in a few years because the recent venues have been quite out of the way for me (Klang, Cheras etc.).  FJ Benjamin used to hold their warehouse clearances in venues like Parkroyal Hotel or Bangsar Village II.  Since this year's sale venue is not too out of the way for me, I will definitely be going!  

Based on my past experience, this will be one popular sale with plenty of people (and strollers and babies).  Crowd control was very good when I last attended and shoppers were let into the venue in batches.  Of course, it was mayhem inside but shoppers tended to be in a good mood, even friendly due to the generous discounts.  

Some tips for potential shoppers:
  • Go early to avoid queues and messy merchandise.
  • There are usually a lot of La Senza things but it's near impossible to try any bras on so it's best to know your size beforehand.
  • Same goes for other brands.  It would be good to have at least a rough idea of your size before going there.
  • Small accessories tend to run out fairly fast (belts, wallets, bags).
  • Don't expect your purchases to come with Guess shopping bags or boxes or dust bags or whatever.  I see so many people asking the sales staff for these things but sometimes you can't be too fussy when you're paying rock-bottom prices.  
  • Guess usually has a great selection of jeans.  
  • Prices tend to be quite good, especially for La Senza.  I don't have any complaints about prices.
  • Beware of small children and babies!  
I will edit this post for completeness after I have gone to the sale.  I'm excited!  It's been too long, FJ Benjamin!  

Updated 5/9/2015

So I went to the sale today!  Before 10 a.m., there were about 100 people in line.  However, there were hardly any lines after that.  The venue was quite dusty, especially the shoe section.

Prices seem to have been reduced already from minimum MYR80 to MYR50 today.  Discounts on a certain minimum number of items appeared to have increased too.  Sales staff said that there would be more reductions tomorrow.  There were some mirrors here and there but it wasn't a terribly crowded sale.  The air-conditioning was functioning well!  And yeah, there were babies and strollers.

Please note that cashier counters are split by brands.

Banana Republic (prices MYR20 - MYR120)
Located right at the corner of the room were a few racks of men's and women's clothes.  Not much choice but prices were reasonable enough.  I spotted a purple silk dress with ruffles that I had purchased in the year 2011(!) for about USD50.  It was MYR120 at the sale.

Mostly flimsy t-shirts in here and hardly any were MYR20
white blouses MYR90
BR Monogram white dress MYR120
Another BR Monogram dress MYR120

Gap
I didn't find anything interesting here.


Guess
There were a lot of Guess clothes. Jeans were sorted by size, the most common being 24-25.  All dresses were MYR70, all jeans MYR100, all tops MYR50.  Handbags and wallets were more expensive - MYR250 for a handbag, MYR150 for 2 men's wallets.  I saw some pretty black lace strapless dresses for MYR70.

While there were plenty of clothes, I spotted some kimono tops from around 2009 at the sale...........


Marciano silk dress MYR70
Guess tops
Raoul
There were a lot of racks of clothes for men and women by Raoul.  I forgot to take pictures.  Lots of office wear, dress pants, shirts, dresses.  Prices were quite good and started from MYR50.  All ladies shoes were MYR50 but there were mostly sizes 39-40 left.

There were further discounts of 10% for 3 items and above and 20% for 5 items and above.
Raoul leather sandals MYR50
Superdry
I didn't really look at Superdry but all the clothes were 50% off.  That's not enough for me but Superdry seemed pretty popular with a lot of the other shoppers.  There were some espadrilles.

La Senza
I didn't venture into the La Senza area but I saw plenty of people inside.

All in all, a bit of a disappointment but I wasn't planning to buy big this time.  There were hardly any shoes, small accessories or bags.  For those who are wondering if they should visit the sale, I'd say go tomorrow to try your luck for more discounts.  It looks like office attire and party attire aren't popular among the shoppers so if you're looking for those, you can definitely take your chances tomorrow.

Happy shopping!

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