How to Shop Semi-Annual Sales

Hit these end-of-season clearance sales early to see a bigger selection, or wait a bit if you want heftier discounts.
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When a retailer only throws two really big sales per year, you know you're going to see huge discounts. Check out our tips on shopping the semi-annual sales at Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren, Steam, and more.

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Tips for Shopping Semi-Annual Sales

Semi-annual sales are basically just end-of-season clearance sales. It's a chance for retailers to clear out older inventory and prepare for new items to come in. If you know the way these sales work, you'll be able to get the biggest bang for your buck.

If you shop semi-annual sales early, you'll be rewarded with a bigger selection of inventory and more available sizes.

Shopping the sales early gives you a couple of advantages. One, you can choose from a bigger selection of inventory, and two, more sizes should be available. So if you wear popular sizes, it's in your best interest to hit the sales early. But it's important to note that you'll also be shopping the bare minimum discount when you do.

If you want to go for bigger discounts, wait until later on in the sale. Items will typically become cheaper the longer a sale goes on.

11 Semi-Annual Sales to Check Out

Victoria's Secret

  • When Is the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale? The Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale starts in late December and runs for about a month. The lingerie retailer also has a semi-annual sale that starts in June and again runs for roughly a month.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Early in Victoria's Secret's sales, discounts range from 25% to 60% off, and free shipping usually applies to either $50 or $100 orders. Later in the sales, discounts can grow up to 70% off, with a coupon code cutting an extra 25% off clearance styles.

  • What Will Be on Sale? Discounts cover select items, including bras and underwear, as well as sportswear and sleepwear.

SEE ALSO: When Is the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale?

Armani Exchange

  • When Is the Armani Exchange Semi Annual Sale? Generally speaking, the retailer's semi-annual sale starts around the end of December and runs through February. Look for a second semi-annual sale lasting from late June to August. The retailer also has had midseason sales during March and April.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Last winter, the sale began by offering 50% off, but later on discounts fell between 50% and 60% off. Shoppers could bag free shipping on $100 throughout the whole event.

  • What Will Be on Sale? Armani Exchange discounts men's, women's, and kids' items during its semi-annual sales.


  • When Is the Athleta Semi-Annual Sale? Athleta's semi-annual sale typically starts anywhere from mid-December to early January. Another sale usually occurs in July.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Discounts should start at up to 50% off or 60% off early in the sale. As time goes on, look for an extra 20% discount. In most cases, shoppers can score free shipping on $50.

  • What Will Be on Sale? Expect women's and girls' clothing to be on sale.

Ralph Lauren

  • When Is the Ralph Lauren Sale? Ralph Lauren has several sales starting at the end of a season or around a holiday. The Ralph Lauren Winter Sale typically begins around Christmas and runs through mid-January. The summer sale normally takes place in July and August.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Recent winter sales have taken up to 60% or 65% off. Summer sales are more modest and take an extra 30% to 40% off. In both cases, shoppers can bag free shipping on orders of $125.

  • What Will Be on Sale? Discounted products include select men's, women's, and kids' styles and home items.

SEE ALSO: When Is the Ralph Lauren Winter Sale?

Bath & Body Works

  • When Is the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale? The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale starts in late December, around Christmas. There's a second semi-annual sale that starts in early June.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Bath & Body Works discounts items up to 75% off. And as the sale goes on, you can expect coupons to take an extra 20% off, or an extra $10 off select orders. Occasionally, the retailer offers free shipping on orders above a certain amount, as well (earlier this year, we saw free shipping on $30).

  • What Will Be on Sale? Early on, the sale could be sitewide, but as it continues it should apply to select body care products, candles, hand soaps, and fragrances. Look for special deals such as four 3-wick candles for $32.

Brooks Brothers

  • When Is the Brooks Brothers Semi-Annual Sale? The Brooks Brothers Semi-Annual Sale starts around December 26-29 and runs through early January, ending around January 2. Another semi-annual sale starts in early- to mid-June and runs for about two weeks, ending around June 23.

  • What Discounts Will You See? The last Brooks Brothers winter sale took up to 40% off initially, with an extra 15% off being tacked on during the last couple of days. The Brooks Brothers summer sale tends to discount items up to 50% off. Look for free shipping on orders of $250, or you may get lucky and snag no-minimum free standard shipping at the beginning of the sale.

  • What Will Be on Sale? Brooks Brothers discounts men's, women's, and kids' items during the winter sale, while men's, women's, and kids' clearance styles are discounted during the summer semi-annual sale.

Eddie Bauer

  • When Is the Eddie Bauer Semi-Annual Sale? The Eddie Bauer Semi-Annual Sale starts around Christmas and reaches into January. Another semi-annual sale occurs around late June into July; however, it might have a different name, such as a 4th of July sale or summer sale.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Eddie Bauer's semi-annual sales have started by taking up to 50% off sitewide, but as they've continued, the discount has shifted to up to 60% off sale items. Clearance items have also been discounted an extra 40% to 50% off via coupon codes. The sales often have free shipping on $49 or $99, and have even featured free shipping on all orders.

  • What Will Be on Sale? These events start with items discounted sitewide, including sale and clearance apparel, accessories, and gear. As they continue, the deals may only apply to sale and clearance items.


  • When Is the Steam sale? The Steam Winter Sale begins a few days before Christmas, with this year's start date being December 20. The Steam Summer Sale should start six months later, in June.

  • What Discounts Will You See? The winter sale knocks up to 90% off, while the summer sale takes up to 85% off.

  • What Will Be on Sale? In both sales, expect select game downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux to be discounted.

SEE ALSO: When Is the Steam Winter Sale?


  • When Is the Gymboree Semi-Annual Sale? Gymboree's semi-annual sale starts around Christmas and runs until about mid-January. Another semi-annual sale takes place in June and runs for roughly the whole month.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Gymboree takes up to 75% off sitewide during its semi-annual sales. Additionally, shoppers can earn free shipping on $50, although the retailer could also offer free shipping with no minimum.

  • What Will Be on Sale? The discount applies sitewide, so it's a great time to stock up on kids' clothes.


  • When Is the Oneida Semi-Annual Sale? The Oneida Semi-Annual Sale starts around mid-December. Last year we saw it pop up on December 15.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Expect Oneida to offer an extra 30% off sitewide via a coupon code. Plus, the code could bag free shipping with no minimum; otherwise, shoppers can earn free shipping on $49.

  • What Will Be on Sale? The discount applies sitewide, with savings available on cookware, cutlery, and storage items.


  • When Is the Samsonite Semi-Annual Clearance Sale? Look for Samsonite's semi-annual sale to start a couple of days after Christmas and run through the first several days of January.

  • What Discounts Will You See? Samsonite's semi-annual sale is a clearance event that takes an extra 30% to 50% off clearance items. You may able to get free shipping on orders of $99, too.

  • What Will Be on Sale? The discount applies to clearance items.

Readers, what semi-annual sales are you looking forward to? What are your favorite tips for shopping a clearance sale? Let us know in the comments below!

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

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