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White sales abound at the beginning of the year, so it's the perfect time to stock up on new bedsheets. The annual sale has been a tradition across the country since 1878, when department store pioneer John Wanamaker sold linens at deep discount to make up for disappointing Christmas season sales. Today, many white sales include a range of bedding items, towels, and other household linens.
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Carpets and Rugs
It's not uncommon for people to update their home decor before the holidays so everything looks fresh for company. But if you didn't get around to redecorating before Christmas, you might be in luck. With the holiday rush now over, many carpet and rug stores offer sales to lure customers and move stock to make room for the next season's styles.
While it may be bittersweet to see stores marking down their holiday stock, smart shoppers can score big by loading up on holiday cards, wrapping paper, and decorations at a fraction of the original retail price. Just remember where you stash the stuff so you don't overbuy next year!
Calendars and Planners
If you can manage going a few days without a calendar or planner, then wait to buy these items until after New Year's Day. Once January 1 arrives, those perfectly good calendars will be considered outdated and hit the clearance section in stores.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, most retailers begin their jewelry promotions in January. This is a good time to shop around for a sparkly piece, from an engagement ring to a pearl bracelet, at an affordable price.
Winter weather isn’t exactly ideal for bike riding, which is precisely why most stores sell bikes at a discount in January. Once February arrives, retailers get a new stock of the latest in wheels, so buy yours at a low price while you can.
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The generally accepted wisdom is that Black Friday is the best time to buy electronics. If you missed your chance to pick up a cheap flat-screen in November, you have another chance in January. To make space for the latest models, stores put televisions on sale in the new year. The tempting prices are also a marketing ploy targeted at shoppers gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday.
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