I am also really big on shopping AFTER the holiday, and my best ever was in Feb. 3 years ago when a Target stock boy discovered leftover Christmas items that had never been put on the floor. Brand spanking new in box items, NINETY percent off. NINETY percent, I said!
Can you say heart palpitations? The red items were great for Valentine's, and I got so much decor and gave so many gifts next year that I was the complete opposite of Scrooge!
I tend to pack a box or bag of theme items for a person, instead of one big xyz item.
For example, today I gave my co-teacher an overloaded stocking. I could have put in one thing, but I just kept on putting in little things--and the overall effect made me look like Santa. But honestly, with the sales and my gift closet, she prolly spent more on me with 2 items she ordered on-line.
At the teacher ornament exchange, we had a 5 dollar cost limit. My dilemna--if a cute snowman with gangly limbs sold for $7.99 originally, and I bought it for $1.99, does that make the range?
To the OP--congrats on being a good shopper. Just keep saying that you found a good deal. I have learned that not everyone wants to know about my going-out-of-business store excursions or lucky finds on sale, let alone yard saling adventures!
(but I once did buy a REAL gold chain, perfect condition, at a yard sale, mixed in with costume jewelry--not by the hubby, the wife! )
And so I must continue my shopping adventures, all in the name of gifts for others, of course!