Tips for Fashion and Beauty Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Clothing and shoe stores have finally started reopening in Barbados but the COVID-19 shopping experience won’t be the one we’re used to. It will take a while to get used to temperature checks, new dressing room rules, and limits on the number of people in the store.
I went shopping for shoes and a bag for the first time since our first case of COVID-19 and I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of things we should all keep in mind for the foreseeable future.
1. Give yourself adequate time.
There may be a queue outside the store and each person may have to wait until someone comes out before they can go in. You’ll also have to get your hands sprayed with sanitizer and have your temperature checked. A worker may also be on hand to explain the new policies. All of this will take time so don’t assume you can rush in and out.
2. Ask questions if it’s your first time in a particular store in months.
Store policies will likely have changed so don’t take anything for granted. Where clothing stores are concerned, you may not be able to take as many items into the changing room as you could before. There may also be new rules about what you should do with the items if you don’t plan to purchase them. Ask the shop assistant if you’re not given instructions when you enter the store. Makeup stores will likely have rules regarding swatching and testing so make sure you’re clear.
3. Make sure the store you want to visit is open.
Check social media or give the store a call. While many stores have reopened, some are undergoing renovations or still waiting on new stock. Others are closed while the owners transition to an e-commerce platform or find other ways of doing business in the current environment.
4. Plan ahead as much as possible.
Since shopping will likely take longer and we’re still supposed to keeping our movements to a minimum, use social media to limit the number of stops you have to make. If the store has Instagram, Facebook or a website, check their social media pages to get an idea of the items that are available.
5. Try not to touch things if you don’t plan on buying them.
Ordinarily, we would touch up any and everything in the store. Haven’t you ever picked up something purely because it looked ridiculous and you wanted to have a laugh? We also tend to touch products a lot in hair and beauty stores since we need to read the labels. You may still need to do that sometimes but let’s try as hard as possible to limit contact with surfaces for now.
6. Be mindful that there are people waiting outside.
I like to take my time shopping. If you’ve read my post on trying on clothing properly, you know I think we should all make sure our clothes are flattering before we purchase them. However, now may not be the time to try on pieces “just because”. As much as possible, try to be efficient so others can get inside.
7. Maintain social distancing.
I’ve noticed that even though some establishments are limiting the number of people who can enter, shoppers end up crowding certain aisles. Based on what the experts say, being in close proximity to other people in an enclosed space is where the real danger lies. Try to keep six feet between you and other people in the store since you don’t know when someone will cough or sneeze.
8. Consider shopping alone.
I’m a loner so this comes naturally and I prefer it. However, I’ve found that shopping takes longer when you have company. I know sometimes you want someone else’s opinion but you’ll probably move faster if you’re alone. You’ll also limit exposure.
9. Show some grace.
We’re all social distancing, wearing masks that can be uncomfortable and trying to adjust to a new environment while managing our personal lives. It’s a lot! Try to be patient with fellow shoppers and store employees so we can all get through this together. A little kindness goes a long way!
10. Walk with your reusable shopping bags.
This isn’t really a coronavirus-related tip but it’s still not a habit for all of us. Some stores are no longer offering plastic bags and you don’t want to go through all this trouble and then realise you dont have any way of toting home your new purchases. In any case, we all need to mindful about how our shopping practices are affecting the environment.
If you opt to shop online instead of going to brick and mortar shops, check out these tips for staying safe and making smart purchases.
Is there something you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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