The rush purchases were made starting Labor Day weekend immediately after Palin was named as a running mate for John McCain. If the purchases had not been made in such a short period of time, stylists could have saved between 20 to 50 percent off the retail costs through industry discounts. These kinds of shopping excursions are not unusual for high profile figures where, for example, stylists will typically buy three sizes and three different styles of a sweater and later return excess clothes.
However, CBS News has learned the $150,000 includes deductions for clothes that were returned, meaning the total cost of the shopping excursions exceeded $150,000. The accessories and clothing did not include jewelry or watches.
It was previously reported by the other news organizations that $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier supposedly for Todd Palin but that bill was in fact expenditures for Sarah Palin.