Speaking of Go-to stores, I cannot stand places where they organize everything by brand. That eliminates a lot of dept stores for me. I want to go to a store where there are racks of pants, dresses, etc. Then I go to each section and look for the particular petite size for me. It's either there or it's not. Then I can get outta there in 15 minutes (in a thrift store, it's 30-45 minutes, depending on how organized the store is). Ross used to be my #1 favorite because it's organized just the way I would organize it myself.
I still manage to gather an acceptable collection of decent looking clothes over time, thanks to my being lucky enough to not have drastic size changes.
Anyway, my mom has more time and energy than I do to organize her shopping so her purchases would come out cheaper than mine, (though I did't agree with the quality of a handful of her purchases). I have less time to shop so I bargain shop less than she does. Again, it's really a matter of how much time I want to devote on this. Just a week ago, I missed the sales tax free weekend and bought an 80-dollar pair of orthopedic shoes a week earlier. I would have gotten an earful from my mom, but then that eight, nine dollars of tax wasn't worth it for me to wait, but it would be worth it for someone who is willing to devote more time to plan their shopping. (That's why I don't do coupon shopping, too much time)