Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack—all the more poignant.
Still, I think we can all agree that one one of the best things about fall is that the shopping gets better—it is the September issue of Vogue that matters, after all. But it’s not just the fashion that gets better.
Thanks to the time-honored tradition of Labor Day sales, almost everything gets better. From smaller housewares to big appliances and plenty in between, the retail world abounds with things that are worth snapping up before the cool weather kicks in.
Below, are some of the best Labor Day sales of the year (many of which have already kicked off!), with deals that will let you indulge in a little retail therapy—without burning a hole in your wallet.
If there were a status symbol in the world of vacuum cleaners, it would probably be a Dyson. Blame it on the brand’s extremely convincing spokesman (he’s the founder, James Dyson), but man, do they know how to make you want to get your hands on some of that “cyclone technology.”
Whether you are ready to finally take the plunge for yourself or have a newlywed couple in mind that you love enough to spoil, you’re guaranteed to make someone say the phrase: “I can’t believe I’m getting this excited over a vacuum.”
One the one hand, KitchenAid’s timeless stand mixer probably won’t be responsible for turning you into a culinary genius. On the other, you can use it to make everything from ravioli to ice cream (with attachments, which are extra), so maybe it will. Either way, you’ll be glad to have it around when the mood strikes. The best part: It comes in more than 30 colors at this point, so there’s no way you won’t find one to match your tastes.
Buying a new mattress is a seriously daunting task, but chances are that if you think you need a new mattress, you’re probably right. In case you’re ready now, Tempur-Pedic’s Labor Day sale takes a little bit of the sting out of this investment buy. Then you’ll be set for at least 10 years!
Okay, maybe you’re not really in the mood to spend a full four figures on a new mattress, and I can’t say I blame you. You can still upgrade your sleep situation and save at the same time with deals like this one from Lull, which brings the company’s luxurious queen-sized mattress (with an aggregate rating of 4.7 stars out of 5) to a more affordable $800. And no matter what happens, you have 100 days to test the Lull at home to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Speaking of a good night’s sleep, now’s a good time to treat yourself to some extra nice sheets and loungewear. From August 28 through September 3, Brooklinen is offering 10 percent off all orders under $200 and 15 percent off anything over $200. Use that extra savings to treat yourself to your soon-to-be favorite comforter or the best-selling “Super-Plush” Robe.
Although Target’s Labor Day deals aren’t live yet, there are currently a ton of things on sale for up to 25 percent off, including home decor, furniture (everything from living room to patio), window treatments, and lighting options. Plus, here’s your chance to get a nice discount on appliances like the ever-popular Instant Pot ($99.95 from $129.95).
Amazon’s full Labor Day deals have also yet to be revealed, but several of Amazon’s tech tools, from the Fire TV Stick to the Echo Dot, are deeply discounted to start. Get an Echo Input, which adds Alexa capabilities to an external speaker of your choosing, for $19.99 (from $34.99) or a Fire HD 10 Tablet for $99.99 (from $149.99).
If you’re more of a Google loyalist than an Amazon devotee, grab a hold of the Google Home deals going on right now at Walmart, where the standard Google Home device is currently available $79.99 (from $129.99) and the Google Smart TV Kit, which includes the Home Mini and the Chromecast, for $60 (from $74).
Walmart’s Labor Day landing page isn’t up yet, but there’s plenty of stock that’s conspicuously discounted ahead of the holiday. Get the best-selling Greenworks Electric Lawn Mower for a budget-friednly $109 (from $199) or the small-but-impressive SunJoe Electric Pressure Washer for $59 (from $79.99), which cleans everything from your deck and siding to your boat. I don’t even live in a house but I honestly might get one just so I can power-wash something.
From August 29 to September 2 you’ll get a full 25 percent off your entire shopping cart at Pier 1, which you can use to do something crazy, like put together an (already discounted) entire dining room set or design your own sectional sofa. Plus, students with a valid student ID will get an additional 15 percent off so they can design the dorm room or starter apartment of their dreams.