If you want to know what a ghost town looks like, just go to the big boxes today and stroll down an aisle or two. You won’t encounter another living soul, and you’ll see what was once a cornucopia of sale material reduced to empty shelves and what’s soon to be last year’s tools. But don’t let this get you down — there’s still some interesting action.
In the lull between the end of the holiday season and next year, you can find some great odds and ends. For instance, an entire shopping cart of bathroom lighting fixtures was rolled out into the middle of an open area with $20 stickers slapped on them. These same fixtures ran $180 earlier this summer.
Perhaps they’re not the world’s greatest sales, and they won’t be advertised, but they’re there. Take advantage of the markdowns if you have need.