Go try and find a pair of gloves or a scarf today at retail, forget buying it on sale, just look for a cold weather item. The cold weather business is up and down year after year. Most people dont buy new gloves each year, they buy gloves every other year. So a good year typically follows a bad one. This year is a strong year for cold weather product. Check for yourself. And regarding online sales, check size breakdowns, not all sizes are available on sale items. They may have an odd size they want to move. When I try and buy a sale item online they never have my size, its a tease.