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USA the place for shopping spree

Johanna Guerin enjoyed her trip to America and will be taking advantage of the great exchange rate to return with her mother, Marianne Guerin in February.
Johanna Guerin enjoyed her trip to America and will be taking advantage of the great exchange rate to return with her mother, Marianne Guerin in February. Supplied

JOHANNA Guerin is returning to the United States to buy more clothes and accessories, and she is looking forward to the near-parity exchange rate.

Miss Guerin, who grew up in Toowoomba, is currently living in Brisbane where she works as a milliner.

She went to America in August for two weeks with her mother Marianne Guerin, who runs Teiki Costumes in Toowoomba.

“I have my hats in a shop in New York City, The Hat Shop in Soho, so I decided that was a good excuse to go,” she said.

“Prior to sending my work, I never particularly wanted to go to America.

“At the time, the US dollar was in a healthy state of around 92 cents Australian, so that was a bonus.”

Miss Guerin said she bought some fashion investment pieces in San Francisco and New York City.

“Fifth Avenue is a killer, but clothing is cheaper in the States than here,” she said.

“The only catch is that each state has a tax, similar to GST, that is added onto the ticket price at the counter and California and New York had a different tax percentage applied.

“But taking into account the conversion rate and the lower cost of purchases, what I bought still worked out cheaper than what I could buy them for here.”

Miss Guerin said the shops having end-of-season sales made her smile just a little bit more.

Within days of returning home, the milliner started planning another trip to America.

The exchange rate for the Australian dollar is looking so strong Miss Guerin is planning to take her daughter on the next shopping spree.

“I was toying with the idea of going to Los Angeles as I’m also stocking my hats there, and my daughter Lily will also be coming,” she said.

“The Australia dollar was looking so strong that I thought it was now or never to also afford to take Lily.”


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