Shrinking Columbus Day Sales

Columbus Day weekend is coming up and that usually means lots of sales. But is it just me or are stores unusually quiet this year? I haven't seen the usual screaming announcements of major markdowns. I found these few:

Macy's furniture is marked down this weekend an extra 10% on already reduced items. They're advertising dining room sets for $1,500 and sectional sofas for $1,700 to $2,000. The store also has relatively cheap mattresses, like a Sealy queen-sized one for $449. The store is also promising that it won't be "undersold," so if you can prove that another store is selling the exact same piece of furniture or mattress for a cheaper price, Macy's will match the price. The rest of the store has also marked down items 25 to 50% off.

Bloomingdale's isn't calling it a Columbus Day sale but it has marked down cashmere sweaters for women by 20 to 30%, dress clothes for men by 25 to 40% and home stuff like bedding, cookware and luggage by 20 to 60%.

JCPenney is also not using Columbus Day to promote its sales but is advertising a doorbuster deal on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. where you'll see 75% off nearly every department of the store, including clothing, shoes and jewelry.

Filene's Basement is getting in on the Columbus Day action with 25-60% markdowns on its fall clothes, including 25% off all designer denim for women and men. Just look for the yellow stickers on price tags.

Jennifer Convertibles' sale on sofas this weekend seems almost too good to be true but I verified it and yes you can get a three-cushion sofa with a matching chair, along with a cocktail table and two lamp tables for about $600. The store is also selling a set of microfiber reclining chairs, a dual reclining sofa or a sofabed for $300 each.

If outlets are your thing then you'll want to swing by the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. Its stores are offering extra discounts on merchandise, which is already 25 to 65% lower than its regular stores. You'll find more than 100 stores there including Ann Taylor, Kenneth Cole, Williams-Sonoma and J.Crew.

So will you take advantage of Columbus Day sales this weekend? If so, what are you shopping for? Or are you holding on to your money these days even if it does mean missing out on some discounts?

By Tania Anderson |  October 9, 2008; 3:00 AM ET Holidays and Special Occasions
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I haven't heard the loud "FOOOOOORMAAAAAN MIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLS" commercials in a while. Nor have I seen a single insert/ad in a while. Are they in trouble?

Posted by: Advertizing | October 10, 2008 8:57 AM

The problem with a "guarantee" like Macy's' on the mattresses is that every store has a different name for the exact same mattress. So you can't prove they are the same.

Posted by: Glenn | October 10, 2008 10:39 AM

lol I'd forgotten about that commercial...

Posted by: roya | October 10, 2008 10:45 AM

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