Experts: Best after-Christmas sales include winter gear, video games and more

Sumter stores offer tons to choose from

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 12/28/18

Christmas may be over, but with gift cards ever growing in popularity as a gift item across the U.S., many consumers say the week between Christmas and New Year's is "the time to shop for me."

What products have the best buys this week that …

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Experts: Best after-Christmas sales include winter gear, video games and more

Sumter stores offer tons to choose from

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Christmas may be over, but with gift cards ever growing in popularity as a gift item across the U.S., many consumers say the week between Christmas and New Year's is "the time to shop for me."

What products have the best buys this week that consumers should be looking for?

Retail industry experts from a television network and a leading comparison-shopping website weighed in recently on what products shoppers can get the most bang for their buck for this week.

Winter clothing/accessories

Retailers are generally trying to clear out their winter gear this week to get in their spring apparel with the start of the new year, according to Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky.

"You are going to get really, really good deals now on coats, hats, gloves and scarfs," Chatzky said Wednesday.

She said department stores may be offering sales of up to 50 percent off.

Julie Ramhold with shopping website DealNews, agreed.

Locally, Amy Ohl of Simpson Hardware & Sports, 40 W. Wesmark Blvd., said the retailer has a large group of winter wear at 25 to 40 percent off this week. Certain camouflage items at Simpson - such as jackets, pullovers and overalls - are 40 percent off this week.

Ohl said Simpson runs many items at clearance prices now to try to clean out the store and get ready for spring and summer clothing that will be coming in soon.

Holiday decorations

Most people know that right after Christmas has always been considered the best time of year to stock up on wrapping paper and other holiday items.

Chatzky of the Today Show said shoppers can find decorations this week for 70 to 80 percent off.

"If you want one of those big inflatable things to put on your lawn, today is the day to buy it," Chatzky said.

Simpsons was selling its holiday decorations on Thursday for 60 percent off.

Video games and electronics

If you have any video gamers in the family, deals should also be ripe this week, according to Chatzky and Ramhold from DealNews. Shoppers can expect some video games to be up to 75 percent off.

"Even games that were published in October, November and December are going to be on sale," Chatzky said.