Everything You Need to Know to Find the Best Labor Day Sales — Plus Deals You Can Shop Right Now!

published Aug 21, 2023
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With August slowly slipping away, that means summer is coming to a close. This also means that we have one more big summer sale weekend heading our way: Labor Day weekend! Known as the closeout sales event of the summer, Labor Day deals are a great time to save big on everything from those big-ticket kitchen items you’ve been eyeing to that outdoor furniture you’ve had sitting in your cart all season long and so much more. So, when is Labor Day weekend, when do the sales start, and what kind of deals can you expect to find? We answer all of your biggest questions below.

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When is Labor Day 2023?

This year, Labor Day lands on September 4, 2023. While the specific date does change each year, the holiday always falls on the first Monday of September.

What to Buy During Labor Day Sales

When it comes to Labor Day sales, it’s important to be strategic about what you buy and to go after products in certain categories that are historically marked down for the holiday. This includes big home spends like mattresses, furniture, and appliances, as well as small kitchen appliances and electronics. With this being the peak time for summer clearance sales, it’s also a great time to save big on all things summer like travel gear, outdoor furniture, grills, and more seasonal essentials for next year.

When Do Labor Day Sales Start?

Like most big sales nowadays, Labor Day sales start well before the actual holiday. In fact, even though Labor Day is still a few weeks away, the sales are already starting to roll in and show no signs of stopping. It is important to note, however, that the three-day holiday weekend (September 2–4) is when you can expect to find the best deals as well as special deals from your favorite retailers.

Early Labor Day Sales

Ready to start saving? Below, we rounded up some of the best early Labor Day deals you can shop right now.

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Williams Sonoma
$99.95
was $175.00

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you — you can get your hands on a piece of Le Creuset cookware this Labor Day for under $100 when you shop Williams Sonoma's sale. Our piece of choice? The Enameled Cast Iron Skillet. With a large surface area, great heat retention, and a black enamel interior that doesn’t need any additional seasoning, it's sure to become one of your new go-to pans. Save big on your next kitchen must-have during Williams Sonoma's massive Summer Sale!

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Dyson
$399.99
was $649.99

For years, Dyson has been developing the latest and greatest in cleaning technology, something you'll see firsthand in the Dyson V12 Detect Slim Absolute. Dyson’s lightest cordless vacuum, this powerful pick adapts suction based on dust volume while also revealing invisible dust thanks to its laser-equipped head. Best of all, it's made to be compact, ergonomic, and easy to use — meaning no fuss, just the cleanest floors around. Complete with five attachment heads, this Dyson-exclusive is one you won't want to miss out on. You can nab one of your own for $200 off now through 9/4.

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Kilne
$150.00

A staff favorite, if you've had your eye on Kline's Everything Pan, now's the time to pick one up. This slick and sleek nonstick skillet will handle all your stir-frys, sautés, omelets, and everyday pan-frying with ease. It uses a non-toxic, ceramic coating that Kilne guarantees won't chip or wear away (they include a 10-year warranty to show how serious they are about its quality), and it comes with a lid that evenly distributes moisture during cooking. This Labor Day, you'll get a free gift of choice (a cutting board, Tawashi brush, utensil set, or knife sharpener) when you pick up an Everything Pan or one of Kline's gorgeous knife sets.

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Lo & Sons
$102.50
was $205.00

While I've waxed poetic about this bag numerous times, allow me to give you a quick refresher as to why the Catalina Tote (which is currently 40 percent off) is one of my favorite travel bags. Available in three different sizes, this bag is as spacious as it is stylish. The Catalina features deep side pockets, multiple interior pockets (including a bottom compartment to keep shoes or dirty clothes separate from the rest of your belongings), a key leash, and a luggage sleeve that'll easily slip over most suitcase handles. It also comes in 11 color options (including a gorgeous new brown hue!) and two different fabric styles, making this the ultimate travel companion. Lo & Sons' End of Summer sale runs now through 9/11, with savings of up to 50 percent off favorites across the site.

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Away
$275.00

A favorite of many AT staffers, the Original Carry-On from Away boasts a hard, polycarbonate shell that helps the suitcase slide easily into the plane's overhead compartment. With 360-degree spinning wheels, it's a breeze to wheel through airports, down the street, or wherever else you need to go. For a limited time, you can save up to 35 percent off The Original Suitcase collection.

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Nectar
$699.00
was $1099.00

Nectar's memory foam mattress is an extremely popular pick online, thanks, in part, to its extremely reasonable price tag, which only gets better this Labor Day weekend. Gel-infused memory foam makes this mattress cozy and cushiony while still providing adequate support, a big part of why The Sleep Foundation ranked Nectar’s memory foam mattress the best in its class. Save 33 percent off everything sitewide during Nectar's Labor Day Sale, including this mattress.

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Albany Park
$1389.00
was $1498.00

Looking for a new sofa this Labor Day? Designed to be used as either a sofa or two comfy chairs, the Kova Sofa is the ultimate modular, small-space-friendly find — just pull the seats apart if you're looking to lounge separately or keep them together for the coziest space imaginable. Available in seven bold color (and fabric!) varieties, it's sure to become a treasured piece. We should know — it's an AT favorite! Save up to 35 percent on your order now through Labor Day!