As with all holidays, retailers take the opportunity for the down time of workers to lure them into their stores for spectacular savings. This weekend, Jan. 14-16, has a variety of sales including local mall sidewalk sale days. These sales include the last dregs of Christmas items and exciting winter apparel sales. Target [in store]. MDM found an up to 75% off on selected winter coats including target’s fake furs and merona brand career shoes. Hand bags, belts, winter gloves and scarves markdowns ranged from 30%-50% off. Be careful about buying ahead of time due to target’s new return policy (more on policy in future articles). Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble is having a book sale blowout in which you can save up to 40% on bestseller books, such as Cell by Stephen King and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Furthermore, B&N is offering up to a 50% reduction on calendars for the New Year. Orders that amount to $25 or more will include free standard shipping if all items are shipped together. Sam’s Club [ in store]. For Sam’s Club members, check out the Siena button lamb blazer and/or zip jacket for $54.81 each. Jackets have soft texture and are high in quality. Also, look for the Anne Klein cashmere tee and crewneck sweaters, sizes range S-XL, reg. $99, sale price: $24.81. Don’t forget to check Sam’s “low-on-hand” in store section for discontinued items and clearance. JCPenny. JCPenny is having its white sale event, which advertises savings of 20-50% off regular price. Items featured in the white sale are housewares, bed and bath, window decorations, and home furnishings. Be sure to check out the set of 3 microplane ® graters featured in the housewares/ kitchen gadgets sections for $29.99. Sears. Sears is having a three day weekend sale (fri-mon) on electronics. Be sure to click on three day specials on the sears’ homepage to find the greatest savings. The women apparel section boasts savings up to 75%. Other items on sale include: shoes, men and kids’ apparel, tools and tires. For further savings, check out the clearance section located on the homepage. The best buys are found in the holiday gifts/top picks link. Check the notch collar flannel pajama sizes: S-3X for $6.99, reg. $14.98 (53% savings).