Spring merchandise hits retailer shelves way before the sun comes out. I’m talking February! But that’s OK, because you can take advantage of winter clearance and winter clothes sales which can reach up to 75% off, since stores are under pressure to clear everything winter out.
So, while everyone else is pining for swimsuits and shorts, you can be saving huge on winter clearance — the stuff most people are sick of seeing: coats, boots, and mittens.
1. The best time to shop for winter clearance is in February.
Maximizing the winter clothes sales is key. While there is winter coat clearance starting as early as Black Friday, winter clothing clearance begins in January. You don’t want to buy them too early within the sale, because the discounts won’t be as high, but don’t wait too long: the selection will be weak.
I’ve done the digging for each store with the best deals to figure out the best time to shop for winter clearance.
2. Shop winter coat clearance during Dick’s Outerwear sales through March — but you may need to go in store.
DICK’S Sporting Goods offers winter clearance sales starting in January through March. Look for winter boots clearance, outerwear, snow pants, ski gear, and more.
Some of these clearance prices are available online, but in 2021, I found a wider selection with better discounts by going in store. Dick’s Sporting Goods will have racks in each department with clearance items on them. They will also put colored stickers on products to give you additional discounts. The longer the product sits on the rack, the higher the additional discount.
If you’re looking to snag new outfits for the whole family, plan to shop the middle to end of February to get the best discount but also still have a nice selection.
Dick’s Sporting Goods also has 21 warehouse locations throughout the United States. There they offer 70% off hundreds of styles. If you’re one of the lucky few to have one nearby, check it out. You could find a gem there!
TIP: Dick’s Sporting Goods will price match identical items at major retailers (like Target, Walmart, Nike, Macy’s, etc.). You can ask for a price match on a sale item, but they will not match a final-clearance-markdown price or a going-out-of-business-sale price.
3. Shop Macy’s women’s coats on clearance starting in January.
Macy’s Last Act clearance gets marked down approximately once per month, but the schedule depends on individual store inventory. Macy’s carries great brands of winter coats like The North Face, Ralph Lauren, Polo, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and Columbia.
During the winter clearance sale in January, grab fleece jackets, sweaters, long pants, and any other clothing items that you’ll need next year or through the rest of this winter. You can save up to 50% easily.
The Macy’s women’s coat clearance is such a steal! For February, plan to shop Macy’s Last Act clearance section for the deepest discounts. In February of 2021, you could get sherpa hoodies for $10, sweaters for under $15, and winter boots for under $20 — both in store and on Macys.com. But, you gotta hunt, because items are fairly picked over by this point. Keep in mind, shipping is free on orders of $75 or more, or choose a Macy’s for free store pickup if available.
PRO TIP: Take note that the return policy for Last Act merchandise is only 30 days.
4. Buy kids’ winter coats during Old Navy’s Black Friday sale or December – February.
Old Navy runs winter clothing sales about once a month from November through February.
During November, shop Old Navy’s Black Friday deals, because the entire store is 50% off. Stock up on everything cold weather — coats, gloves, scarves, hats, vests, and more. Don’t buy puffer vests and jackets, though, because during December these reach almost 75% off and that’s when you should pull the puffer trigger. In December 2021, puffer vests were only $10 for adults.
And then through January and February, you’ll find 50-60% off winter clearance on most outerwear as Old Navy makes way for spring.
5. Swing into Nordstrom Rack for their “Clear the Rack” event starting in January for an extra 25% off.
Nordstrom Rack “Clear the Rack” events happen about every other month. They’ll host the event right after Christmas leading into the new year for a week, then again in the middle of February, middle of April, end of May, end of July, early September, and early November for just three days.
During this event, you’ll get an extra 25% off red-tag clearance prices. But if you’re looking to capitalize on winter clothes clearance, keep your eye on sales starting in January through March. Try for 75% savings, but even 50% savings is awesome for brands Nordstrom Rack carries.
Here’s what we saw last winter clearance:
- January 2021: Men’s & women’s winter coats up to 60% off from brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and Lucky Brand.
- February 2021: Women’s boots for as low as $15
- March 2021: Women’s jackets up to 75% off on brands like Kenneth Cole and Rachel Roy.
6. Don’t miss the REI Winter Clearance Sale from January to March — you can save up to 60%.
You know REI — it’s rare to see any new items for half off! But during January – March REI is very generous. In March 2021, you could get Columbia outerwear for 60% off! REI members got an additional 20% off too. An REI lifetime membership only costs $20, but depending on your shopping habits, you could make that back (plus we have tons of REI shopping tricks too).
REI’s Winter Clearance Sale is the best time to buy outdoor gear for both winter and spring. Watch for deals on tents, sleeping pads, hiking boots, and more. Heck, in January 2021, REI offered 59% off ski lift tickets to Whitefish and Big Bear! Spring skiing anyone?!
We also saw men’s winter boot clearance on brands like Keen.
TIP: For expensive winter sports gear like skis, snowboards, and more, shop the REI Garage Sale. It typically happens in February or March, depending on your local store. Items are lightly used or damaged, but savings are deep — up to 70% in some cases.
7. Shop Kohl’s winter boots clearance and save up to 80%.
During January – February, Kohl’s offers a boot and winter clearance you cannot miss.
Look for sale prices that reach up to 60% off along with a promo code to get an additional 20% off (like SAVE20).
In March 2021, there were a pair of SO Boots on clearance for $15.99 (reg. $39.99-89.99). Once I used my 20% off promo code, they were just $12.79!
This sale doesn’t last very long, so download the KCL app and we’ll tell you when it’s happening next.
8. Look for red and yellow clearance tags on winter gear at T.J.Maxx in January – February.
T.J.Maxx doesn’t really do promotional sales, but they do offer a “Winter Clearance Event” twice a year, once in January and again in August. In 2021, this started happening in mid-January and continued to trickle through February. While you won’t see any percent-off sale signs, you will see an ocean of yellow-tag and red-tag merchandise across the store.
Plan to swing into the store around this time and paw through loads of newly marked down winter clearance items to find a treasure. T.J.Maxx has five different tag colors:
- White Tags (no sticker): Regular price
- Purple Tag: Items from The Runway collection
- Red Tag: Clearance price
- Blue Tag: Items with coordinating piece
- Yellow Tag: Final clearance price
The Winter Clearance Event also happened online at tjmaxx.com. Shipping is free on orders of $89 or more, or wait for a pop-up to sign up for emails and get free shipping on your first order with no minimum purchase required.
9. Buy women’s clearance boots at JCPenney and save up to 85%.
While JCPenney does offer boots for $19.99 during Black Friday, if you’re patient, you can get boots for as low as $9 starting in January. Every January – February, JCPenney throws down a women’s clearance boots and a winter clearance event to end them all. This is the time of year and the place you need to be buying ankle booties, riding boots, and whatever else you think you’ll want to wear when next fall shows up.
In the beginning of February 2021, I scored Pop booties for $8.99 (reg. $60), a.n.a riding boots for $15.99 (reg. $80), and Unisa booties for $17.49 (reg. $70). These boots were on clearance at the beginning of January but quickly lowered after just two weeks.
10. Grab kids’ hats, gloves, and coats at The Children’s Place in February.
The Children’s Place offers a winter clearance sale during February, which in 2021 was up to 80% off the entire site. Since selection dwindles the longer you wait, plan to buy right when the sale goes live. This winter clearance blowout is available in store, online, and at the outlets.
You’ll see winter accessories along with long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts for up to 75% off.
Sign up for the free My Place Rewards program to not only get exclusive coupons but get email notifications when these clearance sales go live! You can learn more savings hacks at The Children’s Place here.
11. Get up to 60% off jeans, joggers, and sweatshirts at American Eagle.
Plan to shop American Eagle in February when you can find loads of winter clothes on clearance. This clearance event happened in store and online. American Eagle offers free curbside pickup too, or you can get free shipping on orders $50+.
In February 2021, they had 30% off jeans, joggers, and sweatshirts. The clearance sale begins with 30% off and within a week will ramp up to 50% off clearance PLUS an extra 10% off! The extra 10% off won’t apply to jeans, but it still makes for amazing deals. Shop early for the best selection, and when you see $19.99 jeans clearance, stock up!
12. Score with Gap winter clothes sales starting in January for an extra 40 – 50% off.
Generally, you want to shop Gap or Gap Factory during extra 50% off clearance sales, but if you see that winter gear is sparse on the racks and you really want something, go ahead and buy at 40% off.
Gap and Gap Factory begin their extra 50% off sale in January with deals on kids’ puffer coats, sweatshirts, sherpa jackets, and more. Each store offers its own selection of items, so always check both stores.
You can also snag clearance goodies online. The selection online is pretty wide, but I find things sell out quickly. In February 2021, I was able to grab a fleece hoodie for $9.99 (reg. $49.99) after the clearance price and an additional discount Gap Factory was offering. Shop all Gap Factory clearance here.
If you still need anything for next winter — long sleeve shirts, sweaters, jackets, vests, hats, etc. — grab it while it’s on clearance or sale.