You'll see plenty of ads for "semi-annual" sales over the next few weeks, which is of course a gimmicky name for sales that large stores routinely have during the post-holiday season and summer. Still, it is one of the best times of year to shop for seasonal goods.

Keep in mind local retailers don't have as much inventory to worry about selling by fall's arrival, so don't expect them to have huge sales right now. Check back for good deals at your favorite boutiques around back-to-school shopping time in August.


In case you missed the massive signs in their windows, Victoria's Secret is hosting its semi-annual sale until Monday. Highlights include swimsuits for as low as $12 per piece and up to 50 percent off clothing and undergarments.

Upscale sales

The high-end chain C. Wonder at 285 King St. also is having a big sale with 30 percent off bags, 50 percent off summer goods and 60 percent off sale items.

While designer labels are a splurge no matter which way you slice it, Coach just announced its "semi-annual" sale. It's unclear how long it will last, but online there are bags marked from $400 to $250.

Outlet deals

Several stores at Tanger Outlet Center are slashing prices. Brooks Brothers has 60 percent off the entire store's merchandise until July 1. Through Sunday, all merchandise at Chico's Outlet is 40 percent off. The Gap and Eddie Bauer Outlets are both having storewide sales with markdowns of up to 70 percent off.

For future outlet shopping deals, sign up for Tanger Outlet's newsletters online at and you'll get a free coupon book packed with deals to its stores. They won't flood your inbox with promotions every day, but even if they did, it would be worth the savings.

Specialty shops

Bath & Body Works is having its annual summer sale with up to 75 percent off fragrances, bath gels, aromatherapy products and other beauty goods. Yankee Candle is having a variety of promotions, including a deal for six large jar candles for $60. Some of its collection of seasonal scents also is marked down.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.