Clearance sales come since stores want to keep their racks filled with clothing and accessories, but they get new merchandise so frequently that eventually, so items that aren’t selling must be put on clearance in order to move it out the door. You may love it when you go shopping and find that your favorite store is having a huge sale. However, if you know exactly when an item will be on sale, you can decide whether you want to wait to buy it on the cheap, or you think it’s worth the extra money to buy it beforehand. So, keep on reading for the 6 tips for clothes shopping during store clearance sales.
- Understand the sale cycle in your favorite store.
Though stores want you to pay top dollar for the goods on the shelves by putting higher-priced items right at the front of the store, and clearance items way in the back, you can be still be a savvy shopper by keeping your eyes on the sale items and understanding the sale cycle. Between seasonal sales and the regular sale cycle, there’s really no reason you should have to pay full price for any article of clothing or accessory. A jacket that’s 30% off doesn’t make it any less fashionable, so you don’t have to go full priced all the time unless it sells out and you don’t get a chance to make your move.
- Ask around.
If you’ve found a dress, coat, jacket, or boots on sale that you loved, but your local store didn’t have your size, you may ask one of the retail associates if he could check around to see if any of their other store locations had the same dress in stock that can be reserved for you or have it shipped to your house.
- Wait six to eight weeks.
Merchandise in retail stores is ever-changing, so shop owners can’t afford to have old items languishing on the racks and taking up space. The typical retail store lets a new item hang out on the shelves for six to eight weeks before it’s marked down. So, be smart and wait for your favorite items to go on sale or else it will be snapped up by other savvy shoppers. Also, try shopping on a Thursday as stores know that most people shop on the weekend, so they begin preparations on Thursday to mark down old merchandise. This way, you can have the best selection paired with the best prices to snag the item that you like.
- Know the return policy.
Always read or ask about the clearance return policy. Stores do not want to see out-of-season merchandise boomeranging back to the store since they need space for new wares. In most cases, all clearance sales are final, but still some stores offer store credit in a refund for clearance clothes. That’s why most clearance return policies are pretty short, usually around 14 days.
- Shop at the end of season.
One of the best times to get more savings is to shop around the end of a season. Retail stores are a couple of months ahead of the weather, so you could still pick up a cheap sweater you can wear in the winter and get a month’s worth of wear before it’s time to bring out your spring wardrobe.
- Know when not to buy.
Remember, you’re going to pay a premium price if you shop during the wrong month, especially if holidays are coming. However, some items never go on sale like high-end designer shoes and accessories, as well as items that don’t technically have a “season.” By heeding our tricks, you’ll have the chance to be the savviest shopper possible. Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton to look great. When you’re smart about buying during sales and clearances, you stay in the loop without completely busting your budget.