Same thing at my store. Very frustrating! When there is a special sale like that I don't think they should hold the special sale item. Its like being first in line at Best Buy waiting for a for a door buster and then being told. "Sorry we're all out they were all on hold"
My store did not allow coats to be put on hold - ALL the stores were supposed to follow that guideline. I'm sorry that your stores weren't following the rules.