Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shopping the clearance racks of J.C. Penney

The last remnants of the failed makeover of J.C. Penney are beginning to hit the clearance racks, as this correspondent found several noteworthy offerings reduced to new low prices on a recent visit.

PHOTO courtesy of J.C. Penney.

One of the items was the Barbour-style Redford jacket, which was reduced to $37 at the J.C. Penney at Twelve Oaks Mall in suburban Detroit. If you can't afford the real thing, this is a perfect jacket — or perhaps coatee is a better word? — for spring and autumn.

There were even Stafford Prep 100% cotton sport jackets — featuring everything you wanted: hook vent, patch pockets and unstructured soft shoulders — marked down to an unbelievable low price of $16. The jackets, available in navy, khaki and dark khaki, came in sizes small, medium and large.

Unfortunately, the sleeves seemed to run a big long, which is especially a problem because the faux surgeon's cuffs make it difficult to shorten the sleeves.

Harris Tweed sport jackets from Stafford were also still on the shelves.

In fact, it looked like only a couple sold since Black Friday, when they sold for $69. As of now, J.C. Penney hasn't put these on clearance but there's a good chance the price will eventually drop to below $60.

With J.C. Penney closing stores and struggling to turn itself around, there's a good chance that this might be the last genuinely nice merchandise to be had at the department store.

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