D'Aira Evans, 23, sales associate Strategy: "I'm not an online shopper. I need to touch it. I need to see it." Tip: "I'm a very picky shopper. I see something in a store and I give it two weeks. I want to make sure it's exactly what I want, to see if it goes on sale, comparing prices at other stores." Best bargain ever? "A pair of sterling silver Marilyn Monroe cuff links that I was going to turn into earrings. Full price they were $250. A month passes and I decided to pop back when Nordstrom had a super sale so they were half off and then the salesman recognized me and gave me an additional coupon so they were under $100. I call it 'retail fate.' It was just meant to happen. It was amazing ... like a rush!"
Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune
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