Zara's semi-annual sale will start Friday, December 20. The markdown will range from 10% to 50% off and also be available online. Children's clothing and slow selling women's items are usually found at the deeper discounts, while popular shoe and bag styles are reduced less.
Right now you can find some sale racks in stores and a limited sale section online. For example a women's color block top is $40 from $70, a houndstooth coat is $100 from $179 and a leather bowling-style bag is $70 from $160.
Zara isn't keen on price adjustments but if you want to get the top picks you might be able to buy sale merchandise a day or two before the sale officially starts. As the New Year edges on, Zara will likely take the top markdown to 70%. By this time, however, much of the leftover merchandise is either damaged or undesirable.