December 26: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the store...
U.S. News & World Report has an amazingly in-depth article, explaining where to find the best post-Christmas sales. USA Today also chimes in on where to get the best deals on the day after Christmas. And the AP has a piece on where to shop in the middle of the night on the last legs of the holiday season. But if you're too busy mapping out your December 26 Christmas shopping plan to read these, here are the highlights.
- Select Macy's locations will be open for extended marathons of over 100 hours leading up to Christmas Eve.
- L.L. Bean's store in South Barrington was open 24 hours a day for nearly two weeks leading up to Christmas.
- J.C. Penney's is opening at 5:30 a.m., December 26, and offering 100 door-buster specials. Private-label clothes will be 50-60 percent off, and Christmas decorations--always something good to buy after the holiday--will be on sale, up to 75% off. But wait, there's more. I've read at Diamonds.net that J.C. Penney's diamond's will be on sale -- fifty percent off. The entire stock.
- Sears will be having Black Friday-like doorbusters on Dec. 26 from 7am to noon. The store will also offer 75% off Craftsman tool storage chests
- Kmart is offering 40% off all clearance items, which were already marked down 30%.
- Target's offering deals up to 75% off on some items of clothes, furniture, electronics, holiday decorations and the like. Bath and bedding will up to 70 percent off.
- Wal-Mart doesn't want to be left out of the action, so it will be marking down items again, although there were few specifics on which items.
- Crate and Barrel is offering 70% off selected items.
- Toys "R" Us will be holding sales from December 26 to January 3, 2009.
- Home Depot -- 50 percent off holiday decorations.
- Barnes & Noble -- thousands of books, DVDs, toys, video games, calendars and the like from 50 to 90 percent off.
- IKEA has an after-Christmas sale of 20% to 60% off says the Dallas Morning News.
- Bath & Body Works will mark down merchandise by 75% starting on Monday.
Good luck to all those shoppers out there, and happy holidays.
Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist, an author and if you're reading this before December 25, he's still doing his Christmas shopping.