We went to a few stores on Friday and Saturday, and I noticed a couple of things. First, there seemed to be fewer people around than in years past. The parking lots weren’t completely packed, and there was plenty of room inside the stores and mall. There weren’t any checkout lines in the stores. Even the kids’ areas at the mall we went to was actually kind of empty. It was nice.
Second, the deals weren’t as great. Maybe the stores did a pretty good job of managing their inventories and getting people to buy with steep pre-Christmas discounts. I found the clearance sections to be surprisingly sparse. In fact, even though I said that I would wait for a 90% clearance to buy wrapping paper, the selection was so small compared to years past that I ended up picking up a couple of rolls at only 50% off. Their cute patterns aren’t holiday specific, and are colorful enough to use for kids’ birthday gifts, which is exactly what I needed – and I was afraid that if I waited a week for a bigger discount, these patterns would be gone.
What about you? Have you found any great post-Christmas bargains?