7 Insider Tips for Shopping World Market
We’re always finding something to love at this global bazaar slash retail store, and we appreciate the low prices and wide selection. However, we’ve missed out on great sales and limited-edition pieces before, so we have learned the hard way how to get what we want out of World Market. Follow our lead with these tips.
Find Out When New Merch Arrives
A luxe velvet pillow with removable insert for $17 isn’t going to stay in stock very long, so you’ll want to know the days the new shipments are stocked so that you can, ya know, just happen to visit that day. Ask staff what their regular re-stocking days are.
Before a Big Purchase, Join the Explorer Rewards Program
You’ll save 15 percent on your next purchase after you complete your profile online. (That dove-gray sofa is a bargain at $600, but with an additional $90 off? That’s ace shopping.) Plus, you’ll get discount coupons and alerts sent right to your phone.
Browse the Ads
Click on the “Our Latest Ad” tab on the web site’s homepage to see what’s on sale at your local store. We found $200 off a farmhouse table and 30 percent off mix-and-match cases of wine, for starters.
Don’t Snub the Food
The best thing about the World Market food selection is the way it makes international foods accessible for our modest home chef skills and schedule. Take microwavable Indian fare, 12-minute risotto and an irresistible apricot-and-cilantro tagine sauce, for example.
Go with a Goal
Choose a reason for a visit, otherwise the place is too overwhelming for mortal being.Maybe it’s to outfit your next party with its plentiful soft goods, glassware and entertaining supplies. (Designer Kelly Wearstler outfits her beach picnics there.) Or to organize your bathroom with its baskets and storage trinkets. Or for ideas for next week’s dinners.
Browse the Clothes
The bohemian vibe of the clothes fits right in with the sunny SoCal lifestyle. Peasant dresses are very on-trend btw.
But Keep an Open Mind
Based on the souks the company founder visited on his world travels, World Market is best enjoyed as a cornucopia of surprises and delights you weren’t expecting (but definitely want, now that you see them). For instance, we weren’t even shopping for a shower curtain, but now we’re hanging a giant Hermès scarf-looking installation in the loo. Well played, World Market.