Everywhere I look I see SALDI (sales) signs.
In the States stores can have sales whenever they want. I read the law had changed, but here the big sales are still twice a year. In July the stores clear out their inventory to make way for the fall/winter season and in January it's the reverse.
These are some serious sales. We're talking 20 - 70%.
I had to meet a friend Saturday night by Piazza del Popolo. It was nice out so I decided to walk. Via del Corso and Via del Babuino were packed with shoppers. Stores from H&M to Prada had lines out the door. Stores like the latter however, do not have big signs advertising the sales, just little note cards.
I don't have a lot of winter clothes and I really need another pair of winter shoes. I drove all the time in L.A. and 90% of my shoes are not practical for winter, walking long distances or cobble stone streets. I saw a pair of boots that were 50% off. I was tempted to try them on but a voice yelled RENT in my head. I kept on walking.
Some of my Christmas money must go to doctor/dentist appointments but I would like to buy myself at least one gift. Then again until I know I'm getting a paycheck, I should probably save that money for bills.