Advantages Very cheap, but good quality too.
Disadvantages Some clothing stops at a certain size, length of the jeans
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When I saw how many reviews for Primark there was on here, I thought does Ciao really need another?
Well the answer is- Yes, I don't think there can be enough praise for the bargain store that is Primark!
The windows are usually display free- but in certain shops some of the windows house simple displays, of usually two or three mannequins dressed in their latest merchandise.Depending on whether the store is in a town or a city the size can vary, from really big to just big- on the whole though once inside- the stores are all quite big and seem like a mini department store. In the cities the stores are usually on two or three levels wheras in towns they work from one floor.
Upon entering, its hard not to look around and think it slightly resembles a jumble sale! However its simply down to the amount of customers that are in Primark constantly. They have stands with folded t-shirts on them, and after a few customers have unfolded them to look at the size- then put them down again, you quickly begin to realise why the store looks messy.Sale time in Primark is one not to be missed, gone are the days of 25%, 30% or 50% off- Primark hits straight off at 70% or even better like over this last weekend where most clothing was down to a pound!
Unfortuantly Primark doesn't have a website which you can purchase things from- which would be good, as it would be less stressful than shopping in store! They do have a website though, if you just want to browse whats on offer if you have never been to a Primark store before.
Their Denim collection is the most unbeatable for value- their jeans start at the bargain price of 6pounds- the only downside is they don't do different lengths- so for a tall person, like me, I am limited at the cropped jeans as the full length one's are just too short! I'm 5'10 so the Jeans are aimed at people 5'8 and under.
Tip for the Primark bosses- do a tall section!!
In the womenswear its possible to find an outfit for every occasion, the casual wear will kit you out for the gym, the smart wear is perfect for work and interviews and its easy to find clothes for a night out.The ladies shoes go upto a size 9- they don't do half size's. The shoes are quite a generous fit.
Their underwear section for women is quite disappointing, they seem to stop at a size 38E in bras, and don't go any bigger. The styles are really nice though, they do a range of coloured and patterned but do the basic plain one's too. They have underwired, non-underwired and sports bra's. The knickers are extremely good value- thongs are available in abundance at a pound each for the one's with characters or patterns on them.Onto the sleepwear and the cheap prices are continued here- The nightwear, like the clothing, stops at a size 18- They do night-dresses, pjamma's and dressing gowns- this section, I find, is especially good for presents at christmas or birthdays- many years now have gone by where a grandparent has been given a dressing gown from me!
The bags are astounding! they all look as though they could have fallen off the back of a designer wagon! They do a range of big bags and small handbags- usually a matching purse can be spotted too, the bags are very well-made- and i've had some over 3 years old now and they are still as good as the day I got them!They even stock vanity bags and cases, for make-up. While we are on the subject of make-up it is stocked in a small selection of stores- the make-up starts at a pound.
Onto the jewellery- and i'll never know how they manage to make it to sell this jewellery at such low prices, I bought 6 pairs of hoop ear-rings today for 1 pound! They have a vast selection of long, short neckalaces, bracelets, bangles- basically everything you'd ever need in every colour! They have branded alot of jewellery as 'Opia' since this brand was introduced, they have managed to maintain the cheap price, but the quality and look has definately improved.Over at the Menswear, which is just as big as the womens section- the clothes go upto a xxl, the fittings are on the small size- but because they go to a xxl theres usually something for whatever size man shops there, just be prepared if you are usually a medium and you find the large would fit you better.
Theres a small selection of mens shoes- no way is it as big as the womens though- and the pjammas are similar to the womens, where they do dressing gowns too.
I've noticed some mens accesories such as toiletry bags and cufflinks, although I have only seen these very occasionally, I wonder if its a range they bring in near to christmas only?
Going from aged 2, the clothing then goes upto size 11-12 years, the girls clothes are very modern and sometimes mirror the womenswear- good if you like your child in the latest fashions- not so good if you prefer the traditional look and are a firm believer that a child should just dress like a child, and not look older. There is some pieces though that are more suited to the age-range, just not as many as there is of the fashion lines.There is a full range of hair accesories and jewellery for girls, and little bags for them too.
The boyswear is the opposite and seems slighty young looking- even when the size's get to 11-12 years, the clothes are the same as the 3-4 years for example.
Boys being boys mean dirt and worn away knee's, Primarks prices mean its not the end of the word to replace clothing.
Primark also has a house section, where they have bedding, picture frames, ornaments and other things along those lines- again this section is reasonably priced. Don't expect this section to be massive, its very small in most stores but there can be some very nice and sometimes unusual things.
At the till-point the assistants are always pleasant- although they don't make any chit-chat- as theres always big queues with alot of customers to serve.
Be prepared to queue to get served- but don't be put off, as usually the service on the till's is well-managed and efficient.
As with everything theres always down points- but Primarks has more good than bad and for good quality at a low price, it would be silly not to get down to Primark!If you are a family with children- the fact that every age is catered for, makes it even better. Everything can be bought under one roof and it won't break the bank.
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