Apparel The spring lines are just starting to drift into stores, but much of the country is still bundling up. Instead of getting mad at retailers and shaking your fist at racks of bright colors and lightweight knits, why not hit the clearance rack and start stocking up on sale items? Retail analysis site ShopItToMe told Time back in October that the price of winter coats only collapses in February as stores struggle to get rid of their seasonal stock. As Dealnews notes, the relatively mild winter also made this a great year for winter apparel deals. Winter-weary New England residents who just got slugged with more than 2 feet of snow may disagree with the "mild" portion, but they're also the prime example of why it may pay to stock up now.