DARLINGTON COLUMN: Find great deals after Christmas
Christmas may have come and gone, but the big shopping season isn't over yet. Retailers are doing all they can to shed their winter merchandise with end-of-season sales, so there are still plenty of deals to take advantage of.
Items that are routinely discounted after Christmas include small appliances, holiday-themed merchandise, electronics and winter clothing. Here's an idea of where to go to find them for the lowest prices:
Shopping online can be a cost-effective way to spend gift cards to big-name retailers. When you spend $50 or more at Target.com, items ship for free. With the purchase of some big-ticket items such as a 32 gigabyte iPod, you'll also get a $50 Target gift card.
Amazon.com is offering 40 percent to 70 percent off items, including toys, pet supplies, electronics and clothing. Some of the deals featured include a capsule speaker for $17.68, Eureka handheld vacuum for $36.99 and nine-piece car-care kit from Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast for $55.99.
Some after-Christmas deals are offered in-store only. Kristi Tolley, marketing manager of Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, says the outdoor shopping experience is half the fun of bargain shopping after the holidays.
“Last year, we didn't have super long lines or anything. People just like to come out and enjoy the mild weather and browse the sales.”
At Old Navy, customers can save the most on men's and women's coats, which are priced as low as $20. Kids' jeans are on clearance and can be found in-store for as low as $10.
Ashley Lydon, manager of Palmetto Moon in Towne Centre, says the store's best deals include holiday items and outerwear. Holiday-themed cups and ornaments are marked down to 50 percent off, and Columbia fleece jackets are priced at around $20.
“We expect to be busy throughout the weekend,” Lydon says.
Shoppers who were eager to browse the year-end sale at Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant were lining up outside the door Wednesday morning, according to owner Marshall Simon.
The sale that shoppers were eager to browse includes holiday home decor, candles, clothing and boots.
Simon also said designer labels such as Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch can be found amid the marked-down items.
Plenty of deals can be found at stores at Tanger Outlet this week. Just make sure to print coupons and see which stores are having sales on the mall's website at Tangeroutlet.com/Charleston/coupons.
It may be tempting to spend all your Christmas cash frivolously, but remember to do a little homework for the items on your wish list and make sure to compare prices.
Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5581.