Falling for Summer Sales
Ahh, the end of summer. It certainly outstayed its welcome in Washington this year. How nice to finally cover up the grill and put away shorts and T-shirts that got smaller and smaller throughout the season (or did I just get bigger?). But one of the best things about this time of year is the sales, whether it be Columbus Day or stores trying to unload summer stock. Here are a few sales going on this week that caught my eye.
Patio furniture and other outdoor items: Fall is the best time to buy summer items if you can stand waiting a whole year to use your new goods. Offenbacher's has patio sets half off and floor models are marked down even further if you can get past knowing that several tushes tried out that "new" lounge chair. Home Depot has patio furniture featured on its Web site for half off and stainless steel grills for 30 percent off, including a snazzy four-burner grill for $200. The store also has a Cub Cadet mower for $229. Sears' appliance outlet in Potomac Mills recently marked down tractors, grills and patio furniture up to 50 percent.
Clothes: Nordstrom has marked down many items at least 50 percent. I found a pair of women's 7 For All Mankind jeans marked down 70 percent for around $50. Mind you, these are jeans that usually go for nearly $200 and are regularly seen on the bods of Cameron Diaz and Eva Mendes. If you can't make it to the store, the Web site ships all orders, no matter the price, for $5. And shipping is free on shoes as long as you buy at least one regularly-priced pair. As far as men's clothes, my husband doesn't usually stop dead in his tracks at the mention of a sale but he did do a double take at Jos. A. Bank's annual suit sale. They're selling simple, all-season suits for $199 until Oct. 21.
Appliances: Sears' appliance outlet, the same one having a sale on grills and patio furniture, marked down refrigerators 40 percent, clothes dryers 50 percent and mattresses are now 75 percent cheaper. Anything in the store with an orange tag is 80 percent off. Not bad if you're in the market for a big ticket item. Just do your homework on the different brands they sell.
Online sales: Any Web site that offers free shipping soon becomes my favorite of the week. L.L. Bean recently started offering free shipping on Internet orders until Dec. 21. And they actually have some good deals like kids' snow boots for under $20, book bags for less than $15 and women's barn coats for around $20.
Are you stockpiling summer goods for next year? Which items did you find that you couldn't pass up? Post your finds in the comments area below.
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