Feb. 18, 2013 -- intro:
While most Americans don't line up for Presidents' Day sales, much less camp outside as some do for Black Friday, shoppers may find deeper discounts on Monday than they do during the holiday season.
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Charlie Graham, founder and CEO of personalized apparel and accessories shopping site Shop It To Me, said past Presidents' Day online sales have higher average discounts than both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
"In the case of Presidents' Day, you have a smaller percentage of items on sale, but those items on sale have a much higher discount," Graham said.
The reason is that most retailers are hoping to sell their winter inventory to make room for the spring items, Graham said.
That's good for "opportunistic" shoppers, he said.
"It's a good opportunity to grab some good deals for the end of season and next year," he said.
For the serious bargain hunters who are willing to wait for the perfect price with the risk of missing out on sales on Monday, Shop It To Me offers a free service that updates shoppers on the price of an item of their choice. Called Threads, Shop It To Me also curates lists of suggested items, such as dresses for the spring.
For those eager to take advantage of Presidents' Day Sales today, here's a list of some of the best deals:
quicklist: title: Ann Taylor text: Ann Taylor is offering a 30 percent discount on select full-price items online with the code SHOPCHIC plus 40 percent off all sale styles.
quicklist: title: Banana Republic text: Banana Republic offers 30 percent off online with the code BRSHOP30 through Monday, free shipping for online orders over $50 and free returns by mail or in-store.
quicklist: title: Best Buy text: Best Buy's Presidents' Day sales began on Friday and will continue through Monday, offering 10 to 25 percent off major appliances. Examples include a Toshiba Satellite 15.6" laptop with 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive for $349.99 with free shipping.
The company is also advertising an Insignia 55" Class LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $579.99, for a savings of $220 plus free delivery.
quicklist: title: Bloomingdale's text: High-end department store Bloomingdales is hosting a "Big Brown Bag Sale" through Monday for 20 to 40 percent off. The company also regularly offers free returns for online orders.
quicklist: title: Express text: Through Monday, Express is offering 30 percent off all items and up to 50 percent off already-reduced clearance.
quicklist: title: Gap text:
Gap is offering up to 40 percent off select styles in-store and 30 percent off your purchase online with the code GAPBRIGHT.
quicklist: title: J.Crew text: The retailer is offering an extra 40 percent off online final sale items with the code STYLE40 plus free shipping.
quicklist: title: Macy's text: Since Tuesday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Macy's has promoted a number of sales, including 30 to 50 percent off sterling silver, 14k gold, cultured pearls, diamonds and precious stones; buy two bras and get one free from Calvin Klein, Warners, Bali and more; 60 percent off designer outerwear for him from Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and more; and 50 to 75 percent off clearance shoes and boots, among other items.
quicklist: title: Old Navy text:
Through Monday, Old Navy is offering in-stores and online 15 percent off your purchase or 20 percent off with your Old Navy, Gap or Banana credit card. The company is also hosting a "Kidtacular" kid, baby and maternity sale through Wednesday with up to 40 percent discounts.
quicklist: title: Sears text: With promo codes like EXTRAPOINTS (for members) and ABELINCOLN, customers can get 10 to 25 percent off online orders. Through Wednesday, the company is also offering $35 off orders of $300 and more with the code SNOW35; and $20 off orders of $200 and more with the code FEBRUARY20.
quicklist: title: Toys "R" Us text: Since Friday and through Monday, Toys "R" Us is offering 40 deals on toys, such as buy-one-get-one-40-percent-off on all video games priced up to $19.99; and buy-one-get-one-50-percent-off on all Play-Doh.
quicklist: title: Walmart text: Walmart has offered Presidents' Day online specials since Friday and through Monday, including a Vizio 60" Class LED 1080 p 120Hz Smart HDTV for $998, normally $1,299.99.