It is a new year, and with the change of calendar we have come to expect winter sales. And of course, they are about, with the caveat that the offerings are more uneven this year than most. For the majority of retailers were very cautious with their inventories in the soft economic climate, and since they bought less they have less to clear out. That contrasts with a year ago, when great bargains abounded.
That said, we thought readers might enjoy a survey of a few of our favorite shopping sites, to see what might be seen. The following survey is highly arbitrary, and probably not representative of the sites' offerings.
In no particular order:
Scotland's excellent A. Hume Country Clothing has William Lockie cashmere knitwear on sale, but with rather underwhelming discounts of £10 and £20 ($16 and $32) per item.
At Michigan's J. L. Powell, an Irish Navy Alpaca/Linen Blazer Sweater is $548 (£339), marked down from $698.
In the midst of an exceptionally poor selection, Ben Silver has a selection of Brisbane Moss corduroy trousers for $62 (38 pounds), marked down from $155.
Last but by no means least, New York's Paul Stuart has a broader selection than most, though most of the items I liked were available only in Small and XXL. Still, the good looking velvet collared covert coat in the photo is available in a variety of sizes for $1199 (£743), marked down from $1984.
Hopefully we will see more variety and better pricing in a couple of weeks.
Photo: Paul Stuart