“Would you pay RM50 for a all-you-can-fit-in-tote shopping buffet?” We posed this question yesterday on our Facebook timeline, and if we’re to summarize the collective viral response – the comments, the likes and the shares – in two words, it would be a really loud and enthusiastic, “F*ck yeah!!!”
Now throw in these stipulations – each shopper pays RM50 to enter and receives, not a tote, but a ziploc bag that measures 9 X 14 inches (said to be able to fit in 4 dresses). Shoppers will be pooled into groups of 30 people and each group will have 30 minutes to shop. Groups will be based on a first come, first served basis and most of all, you will be going in blind, with only the slightest of inklings about what to expect at this buffet. Do you then still answer the seductive call of the Clothes Buffet?
While you ponder on that note, we answer the most common questions posted on our wall with help from Soh Yien Yee, the organizer of this event.
1. What sort of clothes are available?
“Clothes and accessories are sourced from blogshops, i.e. Tasty Cherry Chapstick, Effortlessly Beautiful etc. These are blogshops that are closing down and all products are in brand new condition. There are no pre-owned/pre-loved/vintage as all products are checked prior to display,” says Yien Yee.
2. Any plus sizes available?
The terms and condition state that all clothing come in free size. Unfortunately that sizing has not been always too kind for curvier body shapes, so it’s a case of shop at your own risk. To get an idea of what to expect, click the Clothes Buffet sneak peek album here.
3. Will there be menswear?
Sorry boys, but this is strictly a ladies apparel and accessory shindig.
4. What if the bag breaks?
As stated in the terms and condition, the bag will have to be in good condition and the ziploc bag must be able to close at the check out. Otherwise, you stand to forfeit your entrance fee.
5. What happens if you don’t find anything that you like? Can a shopper get a refund on their entrance fee?
As Yien Yee puts it decisively, “For this event, we are not going to offer a refund policy, unfortunately.”
So now that more light has been cast on this seemingly dream come true shopping experience, will you be one of those in line waiting to fill your palate? Not only do you get to live this unique shopping experience but given this sample picture shown by the organiser, one bag does seem to go a long way.
If you are thinking about checking it out, do leave your handbag and boyfriend at home as no bags or non-paying personnel will be allowed in the shopping area. We bid you the best of luck as you chase the shopping thrill and share this fail-proof packing tip that always helps in the case of an overstuffed bag – make like a rock and roll your clothes; it’s a lifesaver. This is one buffet where you just might be able to have your cake and eat it too.