Learn English – the difference between “clearance” and “sale”


I want to understand the difference between clearance and sale. So are these words synonyms or not? E.g.

  • Receive 60–90% off CookiesKids Clearance from Cookie's Kids.
  • Receive 50–85% off After Holiday Sale Items from Woodwind & Brasswind.

Best Answer

Clearance is most often used (but not exclusively) when a shop wants to clear a particular stock line. In your example this would be CookiesKids. The reasons vary, but most often because they're not stocking that line any more or they simply want to clear old remaining stock before the new season stock arrives.

Sale is most often used when referring to multiple branded stock items or more than one type of item from the same brand. In your example this applies to multiple brands or items from the shop or brand Woodwind & Brasswind.