Shopping Savings: What to Expect From Labor Day Sales This Year

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Labor Day typically is the time for summer clearance events. Many retailers offer end-of-the-season deals on more-expensive items like cars, flights, hotels, mattresses, major appliances, grills and outdoor furniture. You’ll also see markdowns on summer clothing, including swimsuits, shorts and sandals, as well as outdoor toys and camping and hiking gear. So whether you’re gearing up for fall or stocking up for summer next year, Labor Day is a good time to snap up products at a low price.

Now, the impact that Prime Day’s absence this summer will have on Labor Day sales this year remains to be seen. We’re curious if there will be a change in the types of merchandise discounted this Labor Day due to retailers needing to make up for the lack of Prime Day and Black Friday in July shopping activity and revenue.

When Do Labor Day Sales Start?

We typically see Labor Day messaging and deals launching now prior to the actual holiday. Again, 2021 is full of surprises. So sales calendars and cycles might change this year. This year, we started noting Labor Day sales starting the week of August 23.

What Not to Buy During Labor Day Sales

This is always a fun topic to discuss. Yes, Labor Day serves as an opportunity to save on summer buys, but it’s typically not a time to find deals on fall apparel, holiday toys and Halloween decorations and lots more. Those items get markdowns after October.

And though you will see deals on appliances, TVs and other electronics, the sales won’t be as good as they will in late October and November closer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Best Labor Day Sales in 2021

Multi-Category: Outdoor, Pets, Kids, Travel + More

Car and Driver: Car and Driver’s premium and reliable automotive accessories are ALL on sale for 20% off Labor Day weekend – including the Intellidash+. From August 30 to September 6 you can save on a variety of cool automotive accessories that upgrade your car with the latest tech. This sale applies to all products sold on Amazon and Best Buy.