Lowes Clearance Secrets Scratch And Dent Deals

Looking for clearance deals at Lowes and Home Depot? The strategy is the same, my friends! Find Clearance Items at your local Lowes and Home Depot whether its Christmas, End of Summer, End of Winter, Memorial Day, Labor Day or Fourth of July. 

You will find bargains and a variety of clearance items and items available online or in store.

With items varying by location, Lowe’s Clearance Center takes up to 75% off select items as part of its ongoing Clearance Sale. These items are generally end of season, one of a kind or discontinued products that you will find through out the store.

One of the popular clearance departments at Lowes is the patio and garden section.  Clearance racks for plants will be loaded from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Best chance for clearance plants is late Sunday or early Monday morning.

View the latest Lowes clearance items at:

 Lowes Clearance Center

As customers shop the garden center on the weekend, employees will be moving distressed and one of a kind plants to the clearance racks for quicker sale. Mark downs are usually done by Mondays at noon.

Timing will vary by store, but you can find out by simply asking the garden manager when they will be marking down any plants.

They will have up to 90% off plants and shrubs. This is one of the best discounts you will find from Lowes. Most items are not usually advertised so you will have to visit the store for these deals.  If you do find some clearance items online, shipping usually starts at around $10 for even small items, so it’s best to go for in-store pickup.

The Secret On Where to Find the Clearance Deals at Lowes and Home Depot

Every store is going to have clearance items. Finding the deals isn’t always easy.  Here are a few clearance secrets you can use. Clearance items will vary.  Some can be brand new, still in the box items that just didn’t sell very well. However, don’t overlook the floor models and scratch and dent sections.  Lots of things get scratched, dented or otherwise damaged before they’re sold.

Figure out where your store puts those items, and you could get a very deep discount. Each store places the clearance items in different parts of the store.  At some Lowes stores this area is in the back of the store.  At others it is near lawn and garden.  Most Lowes and Home Depot stores will have some clearance items right in the department.  Search it out and you will be rewarded.

Things to Look for:

  • Mistinted paint.  Usually marked down to $5.00 gallon
  • Christmas and storage items after Christmas.
  • Broken bags of mulch, gravel, sand, soil or concrete
  • Scratched or dented appliances up to 25% off
  • Last one of an item
  • Floor model power equipment, tools, windows, doors, plumbing and electrical fixtures
  • End of season prices.  For example: Patio furniture in August or snow blowers in February.

patio furnitureInside Lowes Clearance Center

and how to get an even better deal.  There are many types of discounts that you can get above and beyond the normal clearance price at Lowes. Clearance items are products that the store is no longer going to carry or are no longer available from the manufacturer. These items are usually identified by yellow price tags and can be found throughout the store and especially on clearance end caps.

How much the items have been discounted depends greatly on the store, region and how long they have been on clearance.  The price is reduced over time. Initially, new clearance items may have only a 10%-15% price reduction.  This is a good time to get that item that you really wanted but didn’t want to pay full price.

If you don’t buy now, it could be gone the next time you come in the store.  And that’s the risk you take.  Wait a little bit longer for more savings or lose out on the item because someone else buys it before you.

For example, never buy patio furniture until later in the season.  There’s no patio furniture better than clearance patio furniture! Big sales won’t happen until mid to late summer. Don’t be tempted by the displays at the front of the store in April and May. Of course, the selection may not be as good in August as in May, but the savings will.

Remember, most patio sets will be available for 3-5 years in stores. Buy a few pieces each year at the end of the season and save hundreds on a complete set.

Here’s my advice on buying clearance patio furniture here.

Another great way to get clearance pricing is on returned items.  These are items the store has returned, typically a special order, and is something the store will negotiate with you very easily to get it out of the store. You can easily negotiate the price on a returned special order item and save 75%.

Be aware though that buying a returned special order comes with the risk that it may be a special size, color, style that looked good in the store, but not so great when you got it home.

Store management may also be motivated to reduce clearance inventory when there is a lot or when its the last few. The older the clearance item, the deeper the discount you can negotiate. No harm ever in asking.  You should always be able to get another 10% off simply by saying something like you are ready to buy but the price isn’t quite there yet.  Offer 10% less than what it is marked.

Watch for Sidewalk Sales and End of Season Clearance at Lowes

A few times a year most Lowes and Home Depot stores will bring clearance items outside near the entrance and exits to the store.  Just like a good old fashioned sidewalk sale to clear out all of it’s closeouts, discontinued items and returns.  This will usually happen around the end of the season, especially summer clearance items in August and winter clearance in February. The selections may not be as great, but the deals are there.

Visit your local store often and start a conversation with one of the salespeople in the department.  The Lowe’s department employees are your best source of getting information.  Let them know you are interested in saving some money and getting a good deal and give them your contact phone number.  Tell them to call you when they find out clearance information for the item you are looking at buying.

This usually works best for big ticket items such as appliances, lawn mowers and tractors.  Not too many salespeople are going to call you back if you are looking for a clearance price on a paint brush. They will definitely call you back if you are purchasing a $1000 refrigerator.

What you’ll find: Unbelievable deals on appliances, tools, lumber, plumbing, lighting and more.  And if you think the price is still just a little too high, ask to speak to a manager.  These are items they dont want to drag back into the store at night.

Clearance time means bargain time.  So make a reasonable offer and you will probable get an even better deal just for asking.

Visit the Lowes near you or click on the latest online clearance items at  Lowes Clearance Center

By Victoria Stone

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