Columbus Day is fast approaching. Unless you're planning on staying true to the spirit of the holiday by investing in hundreds of globes, you might need a map to the World of Savings, lest you get lost in a sea of inflated prices.
Last year, Columbus Day sales started on October 4, giving us just over a week of Columbus-branded savings. We can expect things to kick off this year over the first weekend of October. Naturally, sales will ramp up significantly as we get closer to the day itself, but things should end immediately after Columbus Day, as stores start the all-important build to Black Friday.
Shop Single-Item Deals for Big Savings
While you can certainly look forward to a wide range of sales over the week, expect the best discounts to come in the form of single-item offers. To take last year's offerings as context: Less than 8% of the deals we saw over Columbus Day were sales.
Of those Editor's Choice single-item deals, the leaders are the usual suspects. Amazon led the pack, closely followed by Walmart and eBay. You can also keep an eye out for plenty of offers from Newegg, Target, and Macy's.
Hold Off on Clothing
Just like last year, we advise you to steer clear of clothing deals for the most part. They've always been a staple of the Black Friday season, and we anticipate the exact same thing this year. That said, look for apparel to make up around a fifth of all the best deals this Columbus Day, so there will obviously be some gems.
But Snap Up Shoes
Last year, we saw a handful of outstanding shoe deals. For the outdoorsy types, Sierra Trading Post beat its Black Friday sale, offering 35% off sitewide with no-minimum free shipping. Meanwhile, Shoemall also beat its BF offerings, taking 30% off on both occasions, but requiring a $25 spend on Black Friday. Also, G.H. Bass & Co. had its best sale of the year.
Sears Shoppers Will Be Right at Home
Another huge category in every sale season is home and garden items. It made up 20% of our Editor's Choice deals last year, so if you're looking for kitchen appliances and accessories, it's definitely worth keeping an eye out.
Restoration Hardware offered its best coupon of the year, taking 20% off sitewide. But more significantly, Sears took up to 80% off kitchen appliances. We've documented Sears' troubles here before, but suffice it to say, with rumors circulating that the company is looking to sell off the Kenmore brand, we could certainly expect to see some very significant lows on Kenmore fridges, ovens, and more.
Get Electronics to Beat the Holiday Rush
Our last category to watch is electronics, but with an important caveat: While there will certainly be some notable deals over Columbus Day week, we're also expecting big things from Black Friday season. So make sure to check out our guide, as you might prefer to wait. That said, Columbus Day is likely to offer more reliable stock, and if you're savvy, you'll spot some great savings.
For the snap-happy shopper, you can look to Canon to discount a wide range of its refurbished cameras and accessories (this site made up half of our camera offerings last year). Those refurbs will each carry a 1-year Canon warranty, too! If you're shopping for a TV, look for the best deals to be on 1080p and 4K TVs in sizes 43" and up. Especially watch out for Dell Home's gift cards, which went as high as $400 last year.
Readers, will you be shopping enthusiastically on Columbus Day, or waiting for Black Friday? What items are you particularly excited to pick up? Let us know in the comments!