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Best time to buy patio furniture: late-August
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Retailers are constantly faced with the same challenge: maximizing their floor and shelf space. Some items get a permanent spot because people buy them all year round, while seasonal items have to share the same space and rotate throughout the year.
Stores would love to sell out of their seasonal items by the time the next season's display rolls along, but that generally doesn't happen without a sale to promote them. And the closer the stores gets to that inventory changeover, the greater the discounts. That's why you can count on end-of-season clearance sales for just about every seasonal item.
Savvy shoppers know to time their purchases with these clearance sales to get the same great items for less. It pays to watch the calendar, and the progression of sale discounts, to get the best possible discount.
It's no surprise then that items like outdoor patio furniture go on sale at the end of the summer, since retailers have to get ready for Fall merchandise. Furniture is big and bulky and therefore takes up a lot of space in the store, so they are particularly eager to move it out. Unlike some other seasonal items which might slowly progress through different discounts (25%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 75% off) you will often see furniture move very quickly to the best deals.
Some experts say that August is the best time to buy patio furniture and others say September. To be honest--they're both right! It depends on a few factors that will change from year to year:
Be sure to consider online stores for discounts as well, even on bulky items like furniture. While sale prices online at a site like Walmart.com or Target.com might not match your specific local store, it's a good indicator of what is being discounted. Plus you can find surprising discounts at places like Amazon.com and Costco.com which may include free shipping as well.
And now that you've got you're great new patio furniture, grab your grocery coupons, pick up some food and have yourselves an "End of Summer" shin dig!