Oh, how I miss Target and all things bargain-priced.
Saldi (sales) happen twice a year in Italy and they are a HUGE deal. There are very strict laws governing the timing and labeling requirements for sales so you always know what to expect and when.
Italian winter sales usually start about 6 January, right after all the Christmas shopping is done. Italian summer sales start on or around 1 July and each runs for about a month.
Italian retailers are required to put the starting price + the percent discount + the sale price on the tags. It’s a way of ensuring they don’t claim something is marked down when it’s really still originally priced.
I love the saldi and usually come home with shirts, jeans and shoes that are marked down 70%.
Made in Italy at a major discount? It’s one of the great things about living La Dolce Vita.