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2016 Labor Day Sales Are Here, and Summer Clearance Is HOT

You can shop end-of-season clothing sales and find items that will work for fall, or stock up on grills and more for next year.
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Labor Day weekend sales and deals are here!

The sales are finally here, and there's a lot to choose from. We're rounding up all the best Labor Day sales here, and we've included a few of our favorites below. (Hint: This is an excellent time to buy summer clearance stuff!)

Not finding what you want? Click here for the full list, or check out our guide below for info on what's still to come.


It's less than two weeks until Labor Day, and stores are set to close out the summer with some of their hottest deals on apparel, electronics, and shoes. Since our crystal ball is out of commission (fingers crossed for some Labor Day sales on mystical soothsaying items!), we're looking to last year's sales to see what we can expect to save this year.

Check out our predictions below, and consider signing up for the DealNews Select Newsletter to get the best sales delivered to your inbox.

More Like Labor Month

While not quite as severe as Black Friday sales, which seem to start months prior to the day itself, Labor Day sales do start showing up quite early. Last year's first appearance was on July 29, a startling 38 days before Labor Day itself. Stores weren't quite as eager this year — August 9 brought us our first two Labor Day sales of the year — but you can expect a steady stream of sales over the coming weeks.

Hot Summer Clothing Clearance Sales

Take advantage of the huge range of apparel sales on offer during the holiday weekend, as stores clear their stock for the season. Last year, clothing sales made up nearly a third (or 28%) of all Labor Day discounts. That's down slightly from 35% in 2014, but you can still expect strong clothing sales again this year.

Last year, clothing sales made up nearly a third of all Labor Day discounts.

The cream of last year's crop came from Sperry, which offered its best discount to date (which has only been matched since, never beaten). Nike also had a great showing, with its discount being second only to its Cyber Monday sale. Lord & Taylor had its best-ever clearance sale, taking up to 85% off, with a stacking coupon that took another 25% off. You can also expect strong sales from stores like Uniqlo, Dick's Sporting Goods, and REI.

Swimwear Prices Take a Dive

If your swimwear took a beating this summer, then Labor Day will be the ideal time to upgrade for the coming year. Keep an eye on Speedo, as the brand's Labor Day sale last year was their best of the year. (A coupon took an extra 25% off sitewide, including sale items which were already up to half off.) More generally, stores like JCPenney and Kohl's are likely to cut up to an extra 25% off their clearance swimwear selection with coupons throughout the next month.

Also, if you you can't wait for cheap women's swimwear, Victoria's Secret is already offering up to 70% off its soon-to-be-discontinued swim line. Those price cuts will likely become stronger during the holiday weekend.

SEE ALSO: Victoria's Secret Is Ditching Swimwear: Here's How to Stock Up on Discounted Suits

Shoes Run the Game

Our data shows that shoe deals had an uptick over the Labor Day period, accounting for about a fourth of all our apparel deals. You can expect strong discounts on running shoes from the likes of Nike, Reebok, and PUMA, as well as sales from Sperry. But it was 6pm that led the field last year, offering shoes from brands like ASICS and Fila from $14.99.

For those of a dressier persuasion, we saw stores like Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, and Men's Wearhouse take as much as 70% off, while department stores like Target dropped prices on shoes to as low as $1.98.


Labor Day TVs

Big-Screen TVs See the Deepest Price Cuts

Prices on smaller sets seemed to have mostly bottomed out (it's hard to get much cheaper!), leaving the more impressive discounts to the more impressive TVs. Of all our TV deals during the peak Labor Day season, a full quarter were all-time lows for models measuring 55" or larger. We'd expect that trend to continue this year, and savvy shoppers should pay close attention to Dell's offerings; last year, the brand bundled their TVs with gift cards worth up to $300.

If you're looking for something smaller, look for Best Buy and Walmart to drop prices on 1080p sets in the range of 40" to well under $200, while 4K TVs of that size will no doubt beat last year's best of $250.

MacBook Savings are Strongest Outside the Apple Store

Just like previous years, anyone looking for a great deal on an Apple laptop is well-advised to look beyond Apple's own store; last year, Apple didn't offer any significant Labor Day savings. (Too busy getting ready to unveil their new iPhone and iPad lines the Wednesday after Labor Day, we suppose.)

SEE ALSO: Don't Pay More Than This for a College Laptop

Instead in 2015, stores like MegaMacs cut prices on several refurbs to record lows, while eBay offered new MacBooks Pro and Air at their best ever prices, as well as cutting up to 88% off a wider range of systems. Students should watch Best Buy's prices, as they can bag extra discounts via the store's Student Hub.

Get Your Patio Set to Grill, But Hold Off on BBQs

Stores like Home Depot and Target will steeply discount patio and outdoor items, and while you might just find your perfect BBQ within those sales, you're more likely to find the ideal furniture to go along with it. (In fact, 38% of our Labor Day patio furniture deals came from Target last year.)

For some perspective, the lowest price we found for a 3-piece patio set last Labor Day came from Home Depot, which dropped the price to $70 — exactly half what it cost in June, and a low by $327. And as we noted in our monthly buying guide, last August saw six times as many Editors' Choice patio furniture deals than June or July.

SEE ALSO: When is the Best Time to Buy a Grill?

Charcoal-happy chefs might see Sears repeat last year's grill sale, which took at least 25% off brands like Kenmore and Char-Broil. But in general, shoppers are better off waiting. While Amazon dropped a Char-Broil 2-burner grill to as low as $79 last year, the average price on a BBQ fell even further later in September.

As always, your best bet for saving the most money over the next few weeks is to keep a close eye on DealNews. In fact, maybe you should set up an email alert for some items to make sure you don't miss out!

Readers, what are you looking out for this Labor Day? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll do our best to make you happy!


Staff Writer

Alan Byrne will have to do for now. He cries a lot. Reassure him at his skillfully neglected blog, or on Twitter at @RidiculousHuman.
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