Winter Deals

Is it just me or is my dream of having major sales after the holidays coming true? Seems like everywhere I turn these days there are double-digit discounts and clearances. Not only are retailers trying to make room for spring items but they're also trying to make up for a ho-hum holiday season. Here are some of the sales I've seen lately:

The Lord & Taylor store in Alexandria looked like a rummage sale the other day. Racks were almost empty and things were going quickly. That's probably because you can get 70 to 80 percent off nearly everything in the store. Plus if you go to the store's Web site you'll find a printable coupon good for an extra 20 percent off clearance items. The Web site also has a printable coupon for 15 percent off its regularly priced items, as well as stuff that's on sale. Both are good until Feb. 1.

The only Filene's Basement in Virginia, located in Tysons Corner, is closing its doors. Their demise is the shopper's delight as several sale items are being marked down an extra 20 percent. I haven't been there lately but a Shop To It reader told me this week that she found 7 For All Mankind jeans for under $100.

Circuit City is finally throwing in the towel. The company tried to work out its problems through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but it didn't quite work out, so the stores will be closing as soon as items are liquidated, according to its Web site. Liquidation sales started last weekend and will continue until everything is gone, which the company thinks will be by the end of March. The company has not revealed how high the discounts will be, giving the liquidators who were hired to organize the sale full power to figure that out. You won't be able to negotiate on those prices either. Circuit City gift cards can still be used at the store but you'd better use them before the store closes for good. The company's Web site has more information about its liquidation.

Nordstrom has also marked down a bunch of stuff by 60 percent, including women's, men's and children's clothing. Some handbags and shoes are marked down 50 percent. I saw a long $228 Classiques Entier cardigan marked down to $89.90, a Diane von Furstenberg camisole top for $65.90, down from its original price of $165 and a pair of True Religion skinny jeans for $77.90, a major drop from its $196 price tag.

Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft are both trying to unload their winter clothes. The Loft has marked down items by 80 percent and Ann Taylor has gone down 70 percent. You can get Ann Taylor sweaters for around $20 and pants for around $30. The Loft, the more casual of the two stores and my preferred shopping destination, has a short sleeve yoke front pullover for $4.88, a light weight cardigan for $6.88 and an embroidered peasant top for $9.88. If it's too cold for you out there, both stores' Web sites offer $6 standard shipping.

So what sales have you seen lately? What are you shopping for these days? Will you take advantage of any of these sales? Share your report from the field.

By Tania Anderson |  January 22, 2009; 12:00 AM ET General Interest
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Excuse me, you consider jeans under $100 a bargain? I still have never paid more than $30 for jeans in my life, and I just bought 2 pair in December. No one should be taking value lessons from you.

Posted by: ctnickel | January 22, 2009 7:53 AM

Compare prices before you buy anything at Circuit City. The liquidators usually take the marked prices, triple them, then mark everything 50% off. So that "50% off" price is usually more than the price was before the liquidators took over, and higher than prices at Costco, Best Buy, etc.

Posted by: goaway41 | January 22, 2009 4:52 PM

The jeans she was referring to as being priced under $100 are considered designer jeans and are usually priced at over $150. So to get them under $100 is considered a value, the same way it would be a value if your $30 jeans were on sale for $15...it's all relative.

Posted by: aanderso13 | January 26, 2009 4:44 PM

The jeans she was referring to as being priced under $100 are considered designer jeans and are usually priced at over $150. So to get them under $100 is considered a value, the same way it would be a value if your $30 jeans were on sale for $15...it's all relative.

Posted by: aanderso13 | January 26, 2009 4:44 PM

$100 is $100.

Posted by: jezebel3 | January 27, 2009 6:41 AM

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