The After-Christmas Sales Rush Is On

Big Sales Go Up as Stores Push for One Final Week of Year-End Sales

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Ready for the after-Christmas sales rush? Wondering which stores will have the best deals and extended hours? The week after Christmas is when bargain shoppers flood the stores looking for deep discounts on winter merchandise. Retailers quickly replace holiday decor with sale signs that advertise big end-of-season sales, in a final effort to entice shoppers to buy winter products.

What to Buy and Not to Buy Now

For retailers, how stores perform over the holiday season is based on sales up to the final day in December, so competition is almost equal to what shoppers see on Black Friday.

Sale merchandise flies off shelves as the prices drop.

While the atmosphere inside stores after Christmas is all about clearance sales, not all merchandise is at rock-bottom prices. Staple items, meaning products that are not seasonal, often remain at regular price or with discounts hovering around 10 percent off. Seasonal products quickly get slashed 50 to 70 percent off. 

Merchandise that will be at the lowest prices includes any item related to Christmas such as holiday decor, holiday gift baskets, holiday related apparel and sleepwear. Shoppers will also find deep discounts on some winter clothing, cold-weather accessories like hats and scarves, slow selling outerwear, and shoes and boots.

Storage and Home Organization Products

Ready to organize your home before next year? There are plastic tubs and totes on sale all over, including Target, Lowes and Home Depot. has one the best deals on the Sterilite 60-quart industrial utility tote, on sale for $7.99, plus shoppers will receive a $5 gift card if they spend $25.

Electronics and Computers

The after-Christmas sales war has begun. Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, hhgregg and Newegg.com are duking it out with additional discounts. A push to sell open-box TVs is going on at Walmart and Best Buy. 

Prices are being slashed on electronics from previous years, special buys, open-box merchandise, and refurbished items, while the 2016 models may not see the really big price drops until around February.

This also holds true for computers, laptops, and printers. Shoppers should be cautious when buying open-box merchandise. Much of this merchandise has been returned and items in the box may be missing.

Shoppers will find bedding, especially flannel sheets and heavy blankets and quilts, at some of the best prices of the year throughout January. As the month progresses, additional discounts will be taken on winter bedding.

Macys is running a One Day Sale on December 26,  Shoppers will find a nice collection of winter bedding on the one day sale, including lankets and Throws, Flannel Bedding, and Faux-Fur and Sherpa

Name-Brand Merchandise

Prices on desirable name-brand merchandise will be discounted, but not dirt cheap. Don't expect additional markdowns later because unless it is merchandise from two or three seasons ago.

Now is the Time to Buy Artificial Christmas Trees

Did you decide to wait until after Christmas to get an artificial Christmas tree? If so, it was a smart decision. Artificial Christmas trees, like other holiday decor, receive drastic price reductions as soon as Christmas is over. When prices jump to over 60-70 percent off, the products sell out quickly.

Top-of-the-Line Artificial Christmas Trees:

  • makes beautiful high-quality, realistic artificial Christmas trees. They are having a clearance event on trees, wreaths, and other holiday decor, up to 70 present off.
  • is a top manufacturer of beautiful artificial Christmas trees and it is currently running up 70 percent off on trees, lights, bulbs and holiday decor.

Top Picks: Mid-Range Artificial Christmas Trees on Sale

  • :  The Noble Fir Quick-Set Artificial Christmas 7-foot tree with 500 clear lights. Now $69.90, Was  $139. It received top ratings from verified customers.      
  • : The Winter Wonder Lane 7-foot Whistler Pre-Lit Cashmere Artificial Christmas tree w/ clear lights - Now $70, was $140. 
  • The Holiday Living 7.5-foot pre-lit Auburn artificial Christmas tree with color changing led lights - Now $140, was $298. 
  • : Along with the life-like Christmas trees, Target is selling the 7-foot pre-lit artificial Christmas tree with silver tinsel Alberta Spruce with multicolored lights for 50 percent off. Now $130, Was $260.

After Christmas Sales In-Store and Online

(Exclusions apply to the promotions listed below.)

  • Aldo is running 20 percent off all regular price merchandise, in-store and online, now through December 26, 2016, with coupon code GIFT16. Be sure to as well as the shoes.
  • Amazon.com will begin its year-end sales event on December 23 with it best prices of the year on current markdowns, clearance items, and more. 
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond is having the "Christmas Clearance" sale online and in stores and excludes Christmas storage products. If you are looking for gifts to pack away until next year, use the drop-down menu and change the page presentation to low to high prices. There is a great selection of items under $3 and sure sell outs.
  • Big Lots will be opening early at 7 a.m. on December 26, with 40 percent off select toys and 50 percent off the Christmas items. Get $10 off when you spend $50, $20 off $100 or $40 off $200, December 25 online and December 26 in stores, through December 31, 2016. You can check out the sale here and print the . Use coupon code TREATYOURSELF when shopping online.
  • Brook Brothers begins online December 25—27 and in-stores December 26—27. Shoppers receive an additional 15 percent off. Exclusions apply.The sale continues (without the addition discount) through January 2, 2017.
  • is running an after Christmas sale on December 26—31, with the "Home Decor 50 percent off sale". Categories include wood decor, candle holders, glass decor, metal decor and much more. The remaining Christmas items are 66 percent off. If you are planning on going to Hobby Lobby, be sure to print the "40 percent off one item" coupon.

  • IKEA kicks off its winter sale on December 26—January 10 with promotions running up to 50 percent off popular items including the Dagarn leather-look three seated sectional (regularly $699) which will be on sale for $349, and 24-inch countertop lighting that you can pick up for just $14.99 or 16-inch for $12.99. Shoppers can check out all of the products that will be on sale by visiting this .
  • FranklinCovey has several promotions planned including the after-Christmas sale on December 26—January 1, 2017. Shoppers can save an extra 10 percent on all clearance with promo code EXTRA10.   On January 2—8, the New Year's Sale begins with savings up to 30 percent off on select products. 
  • has taken additional reductions on some of the appliances. The Roper 3.5 cubic feet High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (white) is on sale for $299, with the matching Roper 6.5-cu ft Electric Dryer also for $299. The price ends on January 3, 2017.
  • has begun its post-Christmas sale with deals of over 50 percent off on men and women's apparel and accessories.
  • Walmart is having a massive sale with rollbacks and clearance on home products, electronics, toys, clothing and holiday merchandise. You can pick up the , (silver/black, BL450) for the rollback price of $59 plus free shipping. The price on the Brita 5-Cup Slim BPA Free Water Pitcher has been slashed to $8.84 (was $69.96).  is $133.75 (was $255)  plus free shipping. A personal favorite is the  2-Drawer Roller Seat now $68.73 (was $129), plus you get free shipping.

     

The sales announcements are beginning to pour in, so check back for updates.