The week in shopping
The great part about January is that it's the end of the financial year for retailers, so they're not only trying to clear out all the merchandise that didn't sell for the holidays (which, depending on which source you believe, didn't exactly go so well for everyone), but they're trying to get rid of as much winter stuff as possible to make room for spring merchandise as well. What that means for you is cashmere sweaters, wool coats, and other cold-weather-friendly items at deep, deep discounts (currently, up to 70% off at most department stores and many boutiques). Of course, considering the warm weather we've been having, it's not like you're going to be able to get much wear out of your winter stuff anyway, but, hey, you can always stock up for next year. On that note...

Men's and women's clothes and accessories at are only 30%-50% off at A.P.C., but those prices are especially affordable considering how chic and well-made everything is. Through 1/16; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 131 Mercer St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Schlepping out to Brooklyn is not so bad when you can score Cynthia Rowley, Delman, and other fancy designers for 25%-75% off at Dear Fieldbinder. Through 2/11; 11:30-7:30, noon-6 Sun.; 198 Smith St. (Baltic & Warren Sts.), Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Nicole Miller's fall collection is up to 70% off. Through 1/15; 780 Madison Ave. (at 67th St.), 77 Greene St. (at Spring St.). (212-288-9779), and 77 Greene St., nr. Spring St.

Ted Baker's Brit-inflected men's and women's shoes and accessories are $60 and up. Through 1/26; 11:30-7, noon-6 Sun.; 107 Grand St. (at Mercer St.).

If you don't mind high dry cleaning bills, everything winter white is 60%-90% off at Joseph's kind-of-bizarre sale. Through 1/31; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 106 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

A special shout-out to my cousin JS, who was supposed to be pregnant for another two months but is now the proud mother of twins! Er, for those of you still with child, Belly Dance Maternity has tops, dresses, and pants from Chaiken, Liz Lange, and more for $10 and up. 1/6; 9-3; 548 Hudson St. (Perry & Charles Sts.).

There's also Veronique Maternity, which has Chaiken, Velvet, and Generra for $25 to $150. Through 1/14; 10-7 Mon.-Thurs., 10-6 Fri. & Sat.; noon-5 Sun.; 1321 Madison Ave. (at 93rd St.).

Sale items are now up to 70% off at Cheryl Shops fave Active Endeavors.

And for the Victoria's Secret lovers out there (yes, even you, Britney!), the Semi-Annual Sale starts tomorrow in stores (or right now online).

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