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The Dillard's New Year's Sale is Canceled

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Dillard’s let us down in 2022 when they canceled the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale, especially in the wake of industry-shattering profits.

Unfortunately, they are also canceling the sale for 2023, too, which is disappointing for one of the few department stores that has managed to do well since the pandemic began.

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1. The Dillard’s New Year’s Sale happens every year on Jan. 1.

The Dillard’s New Year’s Sale has become so predictable that for a lot of people, shopping the sale is a holiday tradition. When Dillard’s runs this sale, it’s always on Jan. 1, or New Year’s Day.


2. There was no New Year’s Sale in 2022.

A Dillard's store front

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In 2022 shoppers were shocked when the company low-key canceled the sale.

Concerns first arose when shoppers noticed Dillard’s wasn’t advertising the sale during the holidays. Then on Dec. 29, 2021, the company tweeted out confirmation that the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale would not take place on Jan. 1, 2022. That same day, they put signage out in stores across the country confirming the rumors: Dillard’s would not hold their annual sale.

Outrage ensued, with some particularly invested shoppers accusing the department store of ruining the entire year of 2022.

For Dillard’s part, they said they simply couldn’t offer steeper discounts on clearance items that had already been marked down.

It was kind of a hollow argument, though, as Dillard’s had reported industry-defying sales and profitability in the third quarter of 2021, causing their stock prices to take off. While other department stores and retailers have struggled and even filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the pandemic, Dillard’s had found a way to come out stronger, despite some store closures.

They made this announcement in the wake of the stock rally, so it didn’t really make sense that they were canceling the 2022 New Year’s Sale.


3. Will the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale be back for 2023?

When KCL contacted Dillard’s about their New Year’s Sale for 2023, we were informed that the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale would be back in action in 2023. Which would have meant that on Jan. 1, 2023, you could have scored deep savings on clearance items.

But when KCL readers reached out with the same question, they were told the exact opposite.

At the last minute, the company finally confirmed once and for all on Twitter that the sale will not be happening in 2023, either.

Which is a terrible shame, because this sale used to bring flocks of people into their stores. Here’s what it looked like in years past.

Related: Christmas Clearance Sales


4. The Dillard’s New Year’s Sale is typically 50% off clearance items.

If this is your first rodeo, you should know that the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale typically features clearance items that are marked down further than usual.

Then on top of that, all clearance items receive an additional 50% off. Let’s take a look at what that could potentially look like.

These Gianni Bini Western dress boots originally sold for $229. Now they are permanently marked down to $137.40 — or 40% off. For the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale, they may get marked down even further.

But even if they aren’t, during the sale you’d still get that additional 50% off. Fifty percent of $137.40 is $68.70, which means that’s all you’d pay for this dazzling set of footwear. Overall, that’s 70% off the original list price.

Pretty amazing!


5. Prepare for madness on the day of the New Year’s Sale.

This sale is pretty incredible. But it’s also sheer madness. If you’re shopping this sale in person, you’ll want to get there way early, as the line to get in tends to wrap around the store.

Once you’re inside, expect Black Friday-esque, Tickle-Me-Elmo-like chaos in all the clearance sections as shoppers vie for the best deals and brand names.

In years past, the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale has also been offered online. So you could potentially stay up until the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 1, hitting refresh until the 50% off prices get applied.


6. You can’t make returns on certain clearance items at Dillard’s.

Dillard's Customer Service desk

One thing you absolutely need to know before shopping the Dillard’s New Year’s Day Sale: you cannot return clearance items when they’re marked down below 65%, according to the Dillard’s return policy.

So those Gianni Bini dress boots? If you did get them for 70% off, your purchase would be absolutely final. No returns if they don’t fit right.

Are you shopping the Dillard’s New Year’s Sale in 2023? If so, we wanna hear ALL about your brags! Leave them in the comments or tag The Krazy Coupon Lady on social media.

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