As summer winds down, sales ramp up, especially this Labor Day weekend as retailers look to lure consumers away from summer send-offs with enticing inventory-reducing sales.
Stores are drastically discounting seasonal items like patio furniture, grills and lawn mowers to make way for cooler weather gear, said Mackenzie Shand, shopping expert with online savings site BlackFriday.com.
It’s no surprise to see stores trying to unload outdoor gear, patio seating and summer apparel, but the Labor Day offers extend beyond seasonal castoffs.
“As every savvy shopper knows, three-day weekends are the best times of the year for purchasing new appliances,” she said. “Labor Day is no exception.”
In addition to appliances, mattress sales and three-day weekends go together like burgers and buns. This year, plenty of retailers are offering sitewide discounts and price drops on specific mattresses and bedding essentials, Shand said.
Finally, the unofficial end of summer not only signals diminishing warm days and the dawn of a new school year, but it also means we are mere weeks away from the holiday shopping season. Labor Day weekend is the last major sales event before Black Friday, which will be here before we know it.
So, while you can go ahead and bury your toes — and head — in the sand, bid adieu to summer and ignore the retail racket, you could miss out on some great bargains. Here is BlackFriday.com’s roundup of some of the weekend’s best sales:
Beautyrest: Save up to $1,000 on select mattresses and adjustable foundations until Sept. 12.
Casper: During Casper’s Labor Day sale, you can save up to $600 on mattresses and up to 50 percent on other select items.
Mattress Firm: Nab a king bed for the price of a queen or a queen bed for the price of a twin. Select mattresses also come with a free adjustable base.
Purple: Take up to $300 off your mattress purchase and take up to $500 off an adjustable base.
Tempur-Pedic: Save 30 percent on best-selling Breeze 2.0 mattresses and get $300 in free accessories with select mattress purchases when you use the code 300FREE at checkout.
Home decor and furniture
Ashley Furniture: Save on almost everything when you use the code: LDSAVINGS at checkout, and a number of items are on sale for up to 50 percent off.
Crate and Barrel: All of these categories are on sale for up to 30 percent off, and some pieces of outdoor furniture are on sale for up to 50 percent off.
Dyson: Dyson is hosting a major sale for Labor Day that you won’t want to miss. You can save up to $200 on top models, including vacuums and air purifiers.
Overstock: Overstock’s Labor Day clearance sale includes savings of up to 70 percent off on patio furniture, coffee tables and rugs.
Pottery Barn: The Labor Day Warehouse sale includes deals on summer patio furniture, Halloween decor and bedding.
West Elm: Score free shipping on several items during the Warehouse Sale where you can save as much as 70 percent off select items.
Wayfair: Find lighting and living room seating on sale for up to 60 percent off and deals on appliances, mattresses and playroom essentials.
Amazon: Save more than 50 percent on Echo Show devices, 40 percent on Fire TV streaming devices and 25 percent on e-Readers.
Apple: Teachers, school faculty and college students can take advantage of special education pricing and a promo to receive 20 percent off AppleCare+, a gift card with a value of up to $150 and free access to Apple TV+ and Apple Music.
Best Buy: Find discounts of up to $300 on desktop computers, laptops and headphones from top brands like Apple, HP, Sony and Dell.
Apparel, accessories and beauty
Gap: Use the code: GOSHOP for an extra 50 percent off select sale styles and TREAT for 10 percent off regularly-priced items.
J. Crew: When you sign up for J.Crew’s free Passport membership, you can have early access to 30 percent off your purchase and take an extra 50 percent off sale styles. If you prefer not to sign up, use the code: SHOPNOW at checkout for 25 percent off.
Kohl’s: Save up to 80 percent on clothes for the whole family.
Patagonia: The Summer Sale includes items for men, women and children, marked down up to 40 percent off.
REI: In the latest deals section, you can find running shoes, fleece and backpacks — from brands like Patagonia, Columbia and Athleta — on sale for up to 30 percent off.
Samsonite: Save 25 percent during the Labor Day sale.
Target: During Target’s 21 Days of Beauty promo, take 50 percent off daily Beauty Steals.
Ulta: Ulta’s semiannual 21 Days of Beauty sale is running right through Labor Day. Take up to 50 percent of select products (available at Target, too).
Home Depot: Find top-rated Samsung refrigerators marked down to 32 percent off their original prices, LG washer dryer sets on sale for 15 percent off and GE dishwashers available for 25 percent off.
IKEA: When you sign up to become an IKEA Family Member (membership is free), you can save 20 percent on select appliances.
Lowe’s: Take up to 30 percent off select appliances.
Samsung: Take up to $1,200 off select appliances and $550 off select washers and dryers.