Overview of Major Annual Furniture Sales and Events

When can you find the best deals?

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Can you find knockout deals at all furniture sales events? Not all furniture sales events merit equal attention, but if you're looking to buy furniture maybe you should pay attention to some of them.

Why Do We Have Sales?

You may have noticed that furniture sales events are centered around major holidays and 3-4 day weekends. This is to make it convenient for buyers so they have time to shop for something like furniture. It can be a time-consuming buying process as there are so many decisions and so many choices.

There are two main reasons for holding these sales events:

  • One is to cater to a demand for a certain type of furniture which is in demand at certain times of the year. For instance, you get better deals on dining rooms around Labor Day since there is a greater consumer demand for them getting close to the holiday season. No single time of the year or sales event is the best to buy all furniture, but different sales at different times of the year are better for getting deals on certain types of furniture.
  • The second reason for holding sales is that retailers want to move old inventory to make room for the new. From the furniture retailer's point of view, certain times of the year are important for moving old inventory to make room for new furniture introductions by manufacturers. This is usually at the end and the beginning of a year to coincide with furniture markets in High Point and Las Vegas when new collections are introduced.

The following are the most important furniture sale events that we can count on every year.

Presidents Day Sales

This furniture sale coincides with Presidents Day in February and is one of the two biggest furniture sales events of the year. The sheer number of sales being held at this time makes this a competitive event, making it easier to find good prices. Retailers invest in advertising and markdowns are taken to make prices competitive in order to bring in buyers.

What to Buy: While you can find different types of furniture and other home furnishings on sale too, this is a good time to look for living room furniture and upholstery deals. It is easy to find good prices on sofas, recliners, love seats and other seating options.

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day furniture sales events are held over the last weekend of May.

What to Buy: This sale is more of a general furniture sale. You may find good deals on recliners as Fathers Day approaches and retailers are catering to that demand. Also look at mattresses and bedroom sets. As summer starts, outdoor furniture is on sale.

Fourth of July Sales

Fourth of July furniture sales are also big as summer is a time for celebration, and also moving old furniture collections out of showrooms to make room for new furniture.

What to Buy: Everything is on sale. This one of those times of the year when you may find clearance prices on a lot of items as retailers make room for new furniture. Patio furniture sets are on sale because there is a high demand for them at this time of the year. However, for the best price on these wait till the end of summer for clearance prices. You may be able to find good prices on back to school items and children's furniture as demand heightens.

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September and Labor Day furniture sales take place over that weekend. This is one of the biggest sales events of the year.

What to Buy: This is when you will start seeing good prices on dining room sets and other case goods as we are getting close to the holiday season. People are thinking about upcoming family reunions where everyone gathers around the dining table. Food is such a big part of the celebration. Rugs, lighting, and accessories sell well. This is the time to look for clearance prices on outdoor furniture as the summer ends.

Miscellaneous End of Year and Holiday Sales

Starting right after Thanksgiving is the best time of the year to buy furniture at clearance prices. This time frame kicks off with Black Friday sales, and there is now Cyber Monday which is the Monday after Black Friday for online shopping.

Then there is the end-of-year clearance sales even at stores that normally don't hold sales throughout the year. The upside at these sales is that you may get one-of-a-kind pieces, floor samples and discontinued furniture at tremendous discounts. The downside is that you may not be able to find exactly what you were looking for if you have something specific in mind.