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Widely considered one of the last big weekends of the season, Labor Day is officially the end of the summer. As the leaves start to show the first blush of fall, we scramble to squeeze in last-minute barbecues, beach days, camping trips, and picnics. But savvy shoppers know that any holiday or seasonal shift means serious savings, too, and Labor Day is both. More than just summer’s last hurrah, Labor Day is also a great time to score major discounts on everything—from patio furniture and push mowers to gas ranges and robes.
What is Labor Day?
Traditionally, Labor Day is a holiday that honors American workers. According to ThoughtCo., it stemmed from the labor movement of the 1800s and has been an official federal holiday since 1894. “Labor Day is our last real sale opportunity before the holidays,” says Matt Breuer, CMO of sustainable home goods brand Buffy. “We find it's the time when people stock up on items for their own home before turning their attention to holiday gifts.”
When is Labor Day 2021?
Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September every year. For 2021, that means Labor Day falls on September 6.
When Do Labor Day Sales Start?
It depends on the retailer. During summer, it feels like there’s a sale event every other weekend—Memorial Day Sales, Fourth of July Sales, and Labor Day Sales come one after the other. But after Labor Day, there aren’t many discounts until the winter holidays.
Some Labor Day sales start weeks before the day of, while others may occur only during the holiday weekend. However, the majority of sales tend to start at the end of August or the beginning of September and wrap up on or right after Labor Day.
Pro tip: It’s not a bad idea to get your shopping in before Labor Day itself, as you don’t want to miss out.
What Kind of Deals Should I Be on the Lookout for?
With winter right around the corner, many retailers also shift their focus from outdoor living to indoor living come fall. As such, this is a fantastic time to upgrade your dining room, living room, bedroom, and more. During Labor Day weekend, many shoppers are on the hunt for dining tables, rugs, mattresses, bedding, and lighting. Home improvement tools are also popular, as procrastinating DIYers scramble to fix gutters and rehab roofs before the rain and snow begin in earnest.
The steepest sales are generally on items that are no longer in season. With many retailers focusing on indoor essentials around Labor Day, patio furniture and other outdoor essentials can be found at bargain-bin prices. We’ve found patio furniture on sale for over 50 percent off at both Wayfair and Overstock on previous Labor Day sales. Still, that doesn’t mean the party is reserved for the patio only. Both Overstock and Wayfair, as well as brands like West Elm, Burrow, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn have been known to offer double-digit sales on furniture ranging from sofas and recliners to dining sets.
As for electronics, Best Buy offers big discounts on TVs and entertainment essentials. It is also our go-to for large kitchen appliances like stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators.
Right now, you can shop Overstock's Labor Day Weekend clearance sale with up to 70 percent off, plus free shipping on everything. Think rugs, patio sets, bedroom furniture, and of course, dorm room essentials.
You'll also find an extra 25 percent off Safavieh, 15 percent off select patio furniture by Christopher King, and flash deals daily.
The Company Store
When it comes to quality bedding basics, The Company Store is one of the first places you should look. Take 20 percent off the entire site, including new arrivals, plus free shipping with code H21LDW through September 6. Excuse us while we eye this color-blocked Diamond quilt in the most fall-appropriate hues.
People love Buffy's breathable comforter. Take $50 off orders over $300 with code SHORETHING through September 7, including the brand's new line of soft hemp linen sheets and iconic Cloud Comforter.
Update your floors with up to 75 percent off Rugs USA branded rugs. With countless rug styles to choose from, check out the Morrocan Trellis style t—it's a fan favorite.
Take up to 30 percent off Amazon eero 6 mesh wifi systems and Ring Spotlight cameras during Amazon's current sales. Plus, find everything you need for back to school and dorm living.
Looking for a new washer and dryer? Take up to 25 percent off of LG laundry appliances during Best Buy's Labor Day Sale. You'll also find big savings of up to $500 off Samsung and Whirlpool appliances, plus discounts on small electronics like smart TVs starting at $99.