Welcome to 2016. If empty shelves are any indication, drenching weather did not prevent shoppers from finding year-end bargains this week.
Retailers have marked holiday items at least half off and (dare I use the word?) a flood of merchandise was swept out in shopping carts to be carried home and put away until next Christmas.
What I saw Tuesday was well picked over, which is what business owners yearn for as we enter a new year. They’re ready to move on to the next occasion that will draw us and our wallets into their stores.
Yeesh, I was in AtHome (the former Garden Ridge) in O’Fallon and saw Easter merchandise. St. Patrick’s Day goodies were probably lurking nearby. It was just too much for me to take in this soon after Christmas so I veered into another aisle. My tree is still up, for heaven’s sake!
If you think you’ll need a new wreath in December, AtHome still has a pretty good selection in several sizes, colors and decorations. Take half off the $24.99 to $29.99 prices.
Get it together
So, traditionally, January is a time to get your act together, organize, clean out stuff — except those bargains you bought the other day.
At World Market in Shiloh, I spied a collection of vintage-looking wood and distressed metal organizers that would look great on a desk or even a kitchen counter. A six-slot wood box with a spot under each for a label is $39.99 while a gray metal mail holder is $14.99. Prices range from $12.99 to $59.99.
Check Old Time Pottery in Fairview Heights for the best deals on decorated cannisters and tins to hold cookies and candy for next Christmas. Usually $1, but everything holiday-oriented is currently half off.
And here’s a deal: Cut and paste http://oldtimepottery.com/coupon and get a coupon worth 40 percent off one item in the store through Jan. 1 only.
Really, you should take a breath and delve into the collection of plastic food containers you own. Set them on the kitchen counter and play match-up with the lids. Recycle all the ones you can’t use anymore. Dont’t even think about keeping them. Then, head to someplace like Deals or Dollar Tree and pick up a new supply. Deals in Fairview Heights has Betty Crocker food storage sets in a variety of sizes for $2.
Kmart has those tall plastic containers with lids that hold rolls of gift wrap on sale for $12.99. The retailer also has clear Hefty holiday totes that can be used year-round on sale for $3.99 (15-quart) to $7.99 (66-quart). Supplies may be limited.
Sale into 2016
With temperatures dropping, it’s time to bundle up. Target has faux fur neck warmers for $24.99. Perfect for under a coat or jacket, but possibly too warm to wear indoors. I found four furry versions at the store in Shiloh.
At always pricy Abercrombie & Fitch at St. Clair Square, all jeans are $39 through Wednesday.
At Finish Line at the mall, save up to half off select footwear for the family through Jan. 19.
Go Calendars at the mall wants to get rid of its merchandise, so take half off 2016 calendars through Jan. 15, when the seasonal shop likely will close.
Lane Bryant at the mall has up to 75 percent off clearance goods. It’s always a toss-up as to what you might find, you’ve got until Sunday to check it out.
Maurice at the mall has 40 percent off its most expensive jeans, Vigoss & Silver, typically almost $100. The deal is good through Jan. 1 only. Check online, too, if you can’t find your size in the store. This includes plus sizes as well.