Deals & Steals: Conquering the Year-End Sales

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When it comes to shopping the pre and after-Christmas sales, there are a few things you ought to know before you go… Here’s the smart girls guide to shopping the year-end sales:

  1. Know this. The purpose of year-end clearance sales is to get rid of the old and make room for the new. Many of the items are either overstock, returns or display pieces. The best value is overstock since returns and display items might not be in the best condition. However, if something is overstock, keep in mind that the store is most likely clearing it out to make way for its newer counterpart.
  2. What’s trending? Since stores are making room for the next season’s goodies, be aware of what trends will carry over into the next season. If something is particularly trendy, you may want to think twice before buying it. The more classic, the better!
  3. Check it. And test it. Since a majority of clearance items are overstock or returned products that have been sitting out for a long time, be sure to give things a thorough once-over before purchasing. If you find something you love and notice a snag or a missing belt, negotiate a lower price if it’s the only item of that kind left. More often than not, stores are happy to get rid of the merchandise even if it means selling it for an even greater discounted rate.

What are your favorite year-end sales to shop?

XO Lauren

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  • Julie Abbott

    Also, a good tip to live by: “”Never buy anything on sale that you would not purchase at it’s regular price.””

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    I can’t wait to go shopping after Christmas! I need some new classic pieces since I just went through a wardrobe overhaul!

    Check out some cool textured manicures here (the last is my FAVE!): http://eyeblinkfashion.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/textured-nails/

    - Cher

  • Sarah Thaman

    Shopping AFTER Christmas=the best deals ever!

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  • Melissa Panici

    Thanks for the tips Lauren! I love shopping at clothing stores because they have great deals after Christmas! I get a lot of gift cards for Kohls and they have sales all the time! Can’t wait to shop after Christmas:)

  • Kellie Norton

    These are such good tips! I’m definitely saving this page :) thanks lauren!

  • Alba Cuci

    These are great tips Lauren! During my time in retail I got to learn some trick of the trade as well. The very best time to find deals is at the end of Jan. At that point most retailers are placing spring clothes out on the floor and severely marking down all winter items. I get a lot of pieces for work (I work in an office) as well as sweaters (which is perfect timing for me since I live in OH and it snows here till April). This year I’m keeping an eye out of faux fur items.

  • Bev

    LOVEEEE the fact that you made our PINNING so much more accessible on your site under the pics! After all, I DO pin most if not all of your posts

  • johnny randolph

    great piece! wish there were more pictures, though. you’re the best!

    j.r.

  • Lauren Hoffman

    Great tips Lauren, I always check the seams and stitching on clearance/sale clothes, esp if they’re final sale. I plan on hitting NYC and the outlets next week when I’m off, hoping to snag a mega deal on a great new bag!

    Do you ever fantasize about shopping budget-less? This is what I would wear this Holiday weekend given that option: http://eyeblinkfashion.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/all-i-want-for-christmas-a-luxe-look/

    Happy Holidays!
    Lauren

  • Ila Red

    I’ve just spent my morning in H&M: I bought carryover items which I was looking forward to buy, but i was waiting for the sale period.

    I spent the double of te budget that I was keeping in mind, but it worths! :)

  • Tabitha McKinney

    On a shopping trip a friend and I found this gorgeous scarf, the only one. It had a snag in it. so my friend showed the casheir (upon my recommendation) and asked if there was another one. There wasn’t, so the casheir gave her 15% off. #3 works.

  • Stacie Grissom

    Thanks for the shopping tips! :)

    How to take better photos < -- blog post I wrote yesterday. ;)

  • alex jones

    Really trending….

    Thanks for the post ..

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