The best time to buy a winter coat and clothes is in December or the new year, if your goal is getting the best price. Stores are anxious to get rid of sweaters, coats, pajamas and other cold weather clothing once they start stocking spring clothing, typically around February. Better bargains can generally be found later in the season, and big savings aren’t uncommon.
Buying winter clothing just before the yearly inventory is carried out by stores is another smart shopping approach. The first quarter of the year is often inventory season for retailers, to make sure their current stock is adequate and to note any losses.
You’ll know a store inventory is happening if you spot those bright tags hanging on all the shelves when you walk in a clothing store. Most stores focus on liquidating much of their unwanted inventory every year, as it doesn’t have to be counted if it isn’t actually in the store.
Clearance racks become full of unwanted seasonal clothing during this time, and savvy bargain shoppers make for these racks. The back store room may have been the home of clothing bargains just sitting around for months, sometimes years, and these are moved to the sales floor too during inventory.