The best fashion bargains from catalogers aren't on paper. They're in pixels, as catalog merchants discover that the World Wide Web is the easiest way to sell their overstocks.
http://www.eddiebauer.com was one of the first Web sites with its "Great Buys" and "Weekly Specials" sections. Typical deals include a $40 pair of women's leather huaraches for $19.99 or women's houndstooth linen shorts for $24.99, discounted 40% from their regular $42 price. For $5, Bauer will even gift wrap and include a personalized message.
Perhaps the biggest bargains are at Lands' End's http://www.landsend.com, where 75% off is common in the retailer's "First Quality Overstocks" section, which features men's, women's and kids' clothes. Be sure to sign up for Lands' End's free "Overstocks E-Mail Newsletter," which automatically alerts you to the newest best buys.
The Ultimate Outlet, http://www.ultimate-outlet.com, lives up to its name. Actually it's the online close-out site for Spiegel, which, because of its size, has the best selection of discounted apparel. The only frustration is that the original retail prices aren't listed, so it's a bit tough to quantify the savings, even though the prices are great.
One Hanes Place
You'll always know exactly how much you're saving at One Hanes Place--http://www.onehanesplace.com--where the company proudly displays retail prices to show off its 40% discount on Hanes and L'eggs hosiery as well as on Bali, Playtex and Wonderbra intimate apparel. In fact, you can find savings up to 70% on selected items in the close-outs area. These items are slightly imperfect, but perfectly priced nonetheless.
So, the next time you see a Web address on your favorite catalog, visit the site to see whether that's where the best sale items are.