Nordstrom rack in St. John’s Town Center
I know it’s probably fairly old news, but last night was my first visit to Nordstrom rack in the St. John’s Town Center. Let’s just say, I was slightly disappointed. Although it had a lot to offer, it was very over priced. To me the store felt like an overpriced Ross. The clothes were nice, I liked the styles they had to offer, but the material the clothes were made out of was not of good quality compared to what the price they were asking for.
Even on their “clearance” rack, things were overpriced. I’m sorry, but marking something down from $80.00 to $38 is still not a bargain for me. (Especially if said item is a dress shirt.) I could be spoiled because of my thrifting habits and being able to search for quality clothes and get the best deal possible. I personally feel like everything on a clearance rack should be $20 and under. I also think working in retail spoiled me as well. I’ve experienced having to put out merchandise and know it wasn’t worth the price tag. If I can find the same body-con skirt in Wet Seal, Forever 21 and Charlotte Rouse, I am not about to pay $20 for it in a department store because of the “name.” I also think that their shoes and accessories happen to be a little overpriced as well.
Nothing in their store struck me as exciting. I was hoping to find more quality and exclusive pieces. I can honestly say, I may have went into the store with the wrong impression of what Nordstrom rack was all about. The clothes aren’t overly expensive, but they aren’t cheap either. However in some cases, their prices are reasonable; it depends on the item. But if you’re a shopper like me who’s more concerned with quality than prices and likes having the best of both worlds, then you probably won’t be too impressed. I obviously wasn’t.
I think you have to go in there with a mission and know what you’re looking for and what your price limit is. As I mentioned earlier, some things I will admit probably are a bargain. A friend of mine bought a pair of tortoise shell rimmed, Ray Ban shades originally $130.00 for $70. In that case, I can’t deny that that’s a deal. But I also know, I could easily go to outlets in St. Augustine and probably find decent, if not better deals as well.I think part of it is that I’ve just made up in my mind that there’s a certain price I’m willing to pay for different things. This price can differ depending on the quality of how the piece is made.
I will say, I didn’t walk out the store empty handed. ( Of course not) I bought a shirt that came up to $20.30 with tax. But, you can believe I debated on it for at least 30-45 minutes. I actually saw the shirt, loved it and decided to take a visit to another store before I returned to Nordstorm rack to officially purchase it. I can be a hard shopper. There are times I have to be absolutely in love with a piece before I decide to buy it. I had tried on several other pieces in the fitting room before I even narrowed it down to the one shirt, and the shirt was the last item I happened to pick up.
originally $38.00, Nordstrom Racks Price: $18.97
Please don’t take my post to be bashing Nordstrom racks. The store is legit, however I’m coming from the perspective of an avid bargain and thrifting shopper. In many ways, my perspective could be skewed. Some people will visit Nordstrom and love it, others may not. At the end of it all, my post is still simply my opinion. If you haven’t been to the store, I would encourage you to check it out. It’s still worth the trip for any fashionista.