questionswhat stores actually have decent in-store…

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I wonder the same thing about a lot of retail clothing stores.

Kohl's has incredible instore clearance sales. So does Dillard's if you have one in your area.

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kohl's, target, macy's, sears, and jcpenney have good in store clearance racks.
i wondered how they do this too, but i figured the markup on clothing must be that high. and they sell plenty around regular price

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Nordstrom Rack: Usually 50% off long-in-stock items and out of season. Always a savings over Nordstrom and almost always a savings over other retailers sale prices if they carry the item.

If you don't mind used clothing and are a left-coaster, try, the Buffalo Exchange. I have 2 pairs of True Religion jeans that I paid less than $60 each. That sounds like a lot, considering it is used, but quality of both was fabulous and each was over $200 new.

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@rlapid2112: More than 50% of the items in Nordstrom's Rack are things purchased especially for there, and never EVER appeared in the store itself. Sure, it's a fun place, and I've certainly shopped there, but they long ago moved away from the "let's sell our leftover and out of season stuff here" and started filling in with knock-offs and lower quality items.

I love shopping. It's why I live where there isn't any. It saves me thousands of dollars to live far, far away from Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, and all their friends.

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@rlapid2112: I think the labels actually tell you whether it was from the store originally, or a "special purchase" but it's been a while since I looked at one. Nordstrom's has great sales, if you're a card holder, and they also used to have (probably still do) special events where the store would be closed to the public, and it would be a party, except shopping. Dangerous, for someone like me.

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@shrdlu: LOL! Shopping party actually does sound fun.

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kohls are my favorite, they usually have lots of racks of clearance. AND you can use the periodic $10 off $20 coupons and your 30% discounts together on those items.

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I always find great deals on the clearance rack at OfficeDepot. Often on office supplies. Target's clearance racks are hit-and-miss. Sometimes I find great deals and others I find only XXXL. I always check out the Clearance section in Target electronic department. I've found some great deals there on an cheap 'kids-room' DVD player, cd stereo player, headphones, cell phone accessories. Home Depot and Lowe's always have great deals back in their Clearance. This is another one that is hit-and-miss. But on a good day you can find greats deals. I've scored some cheap porcelain accent tile for a shower install, cabinetry for the sink in the laundry, batteries, flashlights, and there are always great deals on shower heads, faucets, kitchen faucet (I'm often shocked to find great quality merchandise). This section is often in the back of the store near the plastic laminate countertops.

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Definitely Kohls. If you get those $10 off cards in the mail, it's worth it for clearance stuff. Walked out of there paying $5 for a pair of Keds.

Target has great clearance deals too.

Old Navy is hit or miss. IMO, they're clearance is best when they combine it with taking an extra 50% off clearance items. I'm not sure how much they do this, maybe quarterly to rid of old season items...?

I think the stores stay open bc shoppers don't want to wait for the items to come in or worry about it getting lost. I've shopped off of Old Navy before and it takes a while to get the item. And some of their items can only be returned through mail, which is a hassle to the consumer bc its a waiting process.

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I like looking through clearance at kmart. Usually nothing good but sometimes theres stuff that you just think its a pricing error but its not. They have times of 30% to 50% off clearance too. This applies to all clearance in store including electronics. My wife picked up Guitar Hero World Tour band bundle for $40 on clearance once when all other stores still had it for $120. We also find a lot of the kids cloths on clearance for $1 - 2 an outfit.

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Kohls is my favorite. I have dressed myself well for very little. $3 shirts, $5 jeans, even $6 dress slacks. (70-80% off, then a $10 off coupon, then another 30% off...) Ok, they are last season's, but I can't tell. We have only one season in South Fl. - hot.
Target is hit or miss, gotta find the clearance racks by walking around the store, and the quality varies from store to store.
My wife loves Kohls and Macys.

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I always clearance shop. When I'm at a store for any reason, I check their clearance. Old Navy is by far the most consistent and the best depending on who you are looking for. We regularly find items for .50 to $9. Most of the jeans and other pants we have in our closets were bought for under $6 at Old Navy. Some for as little as $2.

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If you actually want clothes that don't fall apart after a few months of washing, try REI. They have the best sales I have ever seen on real clothes.

I'd take Mt Hardwear and Columbia clothes over cheap cotton stuff any day.

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Steinmart is another one with good quality clothes, always discounted, and their clearnance racks are great!

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Find the nearest Sears Outlet! We have a new one near us and its amazing! Everything is cheaper than any other discount place I have shopped. When I was in there the other day EVERYTHING was $7 or less! I bought 4 pairs of name brand jeans and 10 shirts for less than $50! They have electronis and kitchen stuff really cheap too!

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@enantiodromia: Add "Lands End" to that.
I like their clothes.
I can't afford them at MSRP / catalog.
But occasionally, I find some goodies at 50% to 75% off.