I am betting on the latter with a few items. However, some stores have started offering great deals already. Ann Taylor LOFT has 50 percent off of sale items. Just days ago it was only 30 percent off so this is a great deal.
I was able to grab the skirts above for a TOTAL of $80, plus I snagged a $25 savings card off a future LOFT purchase. I suspect that the store will still offer the same extra 50 off of sale this weekend, but in addition will offer a generous discount off of "regular" priced merchandise. I think I did pretty good.
I also made these purchases at J. Crew. At $49.99, the Leopard Abstract skirt was too good a price to pass on. The Herringbone Schoolboy Blazer is something I always wanted. I might be able to get a better deal than the $100 I paid for it if I am patient and persistent, but I think this neon pink color will not last on a sales rack for long. Since it was the last one left in my size, I didn't want to chance missing out.