While I discourage buying sale items SOLELY based on low or discounted prices, I encourage savvy bargain shopping. And I’ve learned to monitor the price fluctuations of certain seasonal items. None of these will be shocking revelations, as the main pattern is that bargains emerge at the end of a season … but I thought I’d share my observations and see if you have any to add!
Coats: Late January
This is one of the few seasonal items that can typically be purchased relatively early in the season on sale. Coats often get marked down right after Christmas, so if you can bear to wear older outerwear until January, you’ll be able to nab a new coat for a song.
There are still many good deals to be had this late in the season – in fact, you will get some fabulous boot bargains if you shop in May – but sizes will be picked over. I purchased the Frye boots shown above in February of 2009 for $99. They later went back up to their full price of $300 and only a small selection of sizes were left. Tall boots, snow boots, and closed-toe booties will be your most likely targets since rain boots and anything open/airy is considered springy.
Tights: February and March
I stock up on tights during these months, which constitute the dead of winter here in MN. Black and charcoal are unlikely to be bargainous until much later – if at all, since tights are worn year-round in some climes and those two colors are classic and constant – but colors and patterns will be half-price or less by March, guaranteed.
Sundresses: Late August
So late in the season, we’re often sick of summery sundresses and it’s often the trendy styles that end up on the clearance racks. But if you keep your eyes peeled for basics and simple, classic styles, a few are bound to come your way.
In many places, it’s still warm in September … but everyone is dying for wool sweaters, tall boots, and scarves. So sandals get slashed, and there’s a chance you might still be able to wear them immediately on buying.
Mall stores follow these patterns, as do online stores. My main source of amazing seasonal bargains is Amazon – you’ll be AMAZED by some of the deals if you monitor your favorite items over the course of a few weeks.
Image courtesy Nordstrom
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Originally posted 2011-05-20 06:20:21.