It might be hard to think about the summer season coming to a close since Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but there are still some incredible deals to shop. Not only was it the time to squeeze in one last summer barbecue or beach weekend, it was also a time for significant savings.
Thankfully, some deals are still available so if you're in the market to refresh your bath towels or upgrade your Apple AirPods, we found all the post-Labor Day deals that will save you a pretty penny. But hurry! It's your last chance to grab these amazing deals.
When do Labor Day sales start?
In the past, we've seen retailers offer major deals across categories, from mattresses to home appliances. And last year we saw many popular retailers get in on the action, including Amazon, Home Depot and Walmart. But when can we start to see deals rolling in? We asked Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst with DealNews.com, what to expect this Labor Day weekend.
"Typically, Labor Day sales will start showing up as early as two weeks before the holiday itself; last year, we saw the first sale around Aug. 18 ... As for those closer to the holiday itself, they'll likely start no later than the Friday of the holiday weekend, though some will start a couple of days earlier," says Ramhold.
While Labor Day flew by, some sales have stuck around, and you can still score major discounts from big retailers on home items, back-to-school essentials and more — we found up to 57% off. Keep scrolling to check out all of our favorite deals, or you can shop this article by category and click on the links below.
Amazon Labor Day deals
This serum has more than 4,600 five-star ratings from shoppers — and it's currently marked down by 35%. It combines vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, so the brand says it can help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots.
If you're looking to refresh your towel supply, this towel set has over 19,000 five-star ratings. Select colors of this set are up to 57% off!
Coming in eight different colors, you can wear this dress well into the new season when paired with a cardigan or denim jacket. Select colors are currently under $25!
These small-heeled sandals have less than a three-inch lift, so you can feel comfortable wearing them for long periods of time. In fact, one reviewer said they're perfect for all-day wear and wore them for four weddings.
Keep an eye on areas of your home with this indoor security camera, especially if you want to monitor adventurous pets. Right now, you can score it for under $25.
Whether you're in need of an earbud upgrade or are looking to get way ahead of holiday shopping, you can find the second generation of Apple AirPods for under $100! You can expect up to five hours of nonstop listening time on a single charge, says the brand.
The best part of any morning is a strong cup of coffee or espresso, and this machine can make both! Not only is it 16% off right now, there is a $20 coupon for even more savings — talk about a pick-me-up.
It's no secret that the holiday is a good time to score big on a mattress and this memory foam option is currently 38% off. The brand says it's made of hypoallergenic fabric.
Home Depot Labor Day deals
You'll be ready for cozy fall backyard nights with a new fire pit. According to the brand, it's made of weather- and rust-proof material and includes a mesh covering for safety.
If your fall weekend plans include doing a little renovation around the house, this matte black ceiling fan (that can be controlled with a remote!) could be the perfect new addition to any indoor or outdoor space.
According to the brand, this sleek microwave features a number of autocook settings so you can easily heat up your favorite meals and the brand says it's designed to make cleanups easy.
Save over $600 on this LG stainless steel refrigerator. It features French refrigerator doors and a bottom freezer compartment, so you can expect ample food storage.
Walmart Labor Day deals
Back-to-school shopping is in full force and you can grab this pack of colored pencils for upcoming school projects and arts and crafts — there are 172 colors!
There are still plenty of barbecues to be had, especially since we're on the brink of football season. This find features two grilling sections so you can cook up more food without wasting time.
Save $70 off this gas-powered lawn mower, which the brand says is ideal for small lawns. It also has an adjustable handle to suit different heights.
Target Labor Day deals
These markers are a household staple for toddlers, kids and teachers. If you're looking to stock up for back-to-school essentials, you can grab these for only 99 cents!
This household kitchen essential is currently only $8. According to the brand, it has extra wide slots so you can evenly toast bagels!
Whether you're shopping for dorm room essentials or in need of extra fridge space, this stainless steel mini-fridge offers great shelving and has a freezer compartment. You'll save 20% off during Target's Summer Send-off sale.
Macy's Labor Day deals
For business meetings or date nights, this shirt will have him looking sleek and stylish. It comes in multiple colors — we suggest grabbing a couple while it's marked down to just $16.
Add a pop of color to your outfit with these vibrant ballet flats. According to the brand, they feature a memory foam insole and reviewers rave about how comfortable they are. One reviewer said she loved them so much, she bought the same pair after she had worn out her first.
QVC Labor Day deals
While these slip-on sneakers are normally $70, you can get them now for under $30. The brand says that they have Goga Mat technology, a cushioned midsole and a stretchy knit upper for comfort. Plus, they're designed to be washable!
Barefoot Dreams is known for its ultra-soft blankets and loungewear, and right now you can grab this bestselling cardigan from the brand for 39% off. The brand says that the machine-washable knit cardigan is perfect for year-round use, bring it with you to the movie theater, office or anywhere else you want to be cozy.
Wayfair Labor Day deals
If you're looking to upgrade your bedding, this sheet set comes in over 20 colorways and even size twin XL for college dorm beds. You'll want to grab it while prices start at under $15.
This subtle but huge organizational hack will feel like a massive home upgrade. It hangs behind the door and is perfect for bathrooms, laundry rooms, pantries and more.
This Sealy mattress comes delivered in an easy-setup box. According to the brand, it's made with cooling technology and moisture-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable all night.
Bed Bath & Beyond Labor Day deals
Spruce up your living space with a decorative rug. This wool option comes in a variety of colors to suit different decor tastes and sizes start at $22.
If you're hoping to update your bedding for the new season, this three-piece bedding set comes with a microfiber quilt and two pillow shams. Don't miss out on these savings!
More Labor Day deals to shop
This rib tee is made of a cotton- and elastane-blend material, so you can expect it to be super comfy. The sleeves hit just above the elbow making it perfect for transitional weather.
Right now, you can save on select Shapermint essentials including these bestselling shaper shorts for 50% off (or 61% off if you buy two!). According to the brand, this shapewear will provide a smoothing effect for the midsection and thighs — and you can even wear them without underwear.
Bedgear is offering 20% off this performance pillow, which comes in two different designs based on whether you're a back or side sleeper.
The popular swim brand Summersalt rarely has sales, but ahead of the holiday weekend, the company is marking down select suits and cover-ups by up to 60%. This style is one of Summersalt's bestsellers and is said to offer compression, boob support and butt coverage. Use the code SPF30 to save.
Fall is coming, which means it's time to upgrade your sweater collection. This 50% recycled sweater features full, flowy sleeves and cable stitching. You can score an extra 30% off this sweater and more items in Madewell's sale section with the code COOLDOWN.
During Cozy Earth's sitewide sale, you can save big on bedding and loungewear. According to the brand, this breathable knit top can be worn to bed or as everyday wear. Select colors and sizes are on sale starting at $77.
Caraway is offering a 20% discount on this shopper-loved nonstick cookware set. This set comes with six pots and pans and four lids.
- Bath and Body Works: You can score 50% off on select candles and body essentials right now, including items from the Halloween collection.
- Lowe's: During Lowe's Labor Day sales event, you can save up to thousands on kitchen appliances and other home essentials.
- Luna: You can save 20% off all orders with code LABORDAY20, which includes the bestselling weighted cooling blanket.
- Ashley: Through Sept. 11, you can save up to 50% off during the home store's Labor Day sale.
- Ulta: During Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty sale, you can score up to 50% off beauty must-haves. The epic sale lasts through Sept. 16.
- Sheertex: Sheertex is offering select tights for $45 or less, we found options that are as low as $35.
- Petco: Don't forget about pets! You can still score 25% off at Petco. Shop pet food, grooming essentials, pet clothing and more.
- NYDJ: With code LDJEANS, you can save 25% off all denim through Sept. 5. However, exclusions do apply.
- American Eagle: American Eagle is offering epic deals. You'll save between 25% to 70% off everything, including new arrivals. However, the brand notes exclusions apply.
What items go on sale for Labor Day?
Labor Day is a great time to grab major home essentials, especially summer items, she explains. She wasn't wrong, we saw big discounts on outdoor grills and other home appliances, patio furniture and mattresses (that are still available to shop). Ramhold says another thing to look out for during the Labor Day sales is summer clothing since retailers will be wanting to get rid of excess stock — she says you might see discounts up to 70% off!
"Watch for the lowest prices to be on things like shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, sandals, summery dresses and other similar items," she tells Shop TODAY.
Are Black Friday sales better than Labor Day?
It's no secret that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the probably the biggest shopping events of the year, and according to Ramhold, you will typically see bigger sales on those days — but not on everything. She tells us that Labor Day is most likely the best time to grab patio furniture, mattresses and major appliances since they can be a hit or miss on Black Friday. "Retailers have a lot of stock of these kinds of items right now, so they'll likely offer better discounts during Labor Day as they try to sell off inventory," she says.
With so many items marked down during the holiday weekend, Ramhold says there are a few products you might want to hold out on until November sales as you will have better luck scoring deals; this includes electronics such as TVs, toys and fall clothing.