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Columbus Day Sales Are This Weekend! Here's What to Expect

It's your last chance to save before the mad rush of Black Friday, but steer clear of clothing deals.
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Columbus Day Sales 2017

Before the Black Friday hype train arrives, Columbus Day sails in with sales of its own —, in fact, many sales have already started. Read on to discover everything you'll need to know about these discounts.

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Columbus Day Sales Start Early and End Fast

Last year, the first Columbus Day deal dropped on October 3, giving us about a week's worth of holiday savings. In 2017, we expect to see this trend repeat itself with discounts that ramp up as we get closer to the actual holiday.

But don't expect these offers to hang around. The day after Columbus Day, the number of sales will drop off sharply as vendors start heavily prepping for Black Friday.

Shop More Than the Sales

In 2016, less than 3% of the offers we posted on Columbus Day were full-fledged sales. There's no shortage of worthy deals, but you may have to do a bit more digging — 2016's best Columbus Day finds were stand-alone deals on single items.

There's no shortage of worthy deals, but you may have to do a bit more digging — 2016's best Columbus Day finds were stand-alone deals on single items.

Those Editors' Choice-worthy, single-item picks will likely be found from the usual heavy hitters. Last year, Amazon and eBay came out ahead, but Dell Home held its own with several deals on TVs. Following those big three, Best Buy and Sam's Club were worth checking out as well.

Clothing Can Wait (Until Black Friday)

Clothing deals will likely account for around 20% of the deals we see on Columbus Day. That's a significant chunk, and there's bound to be noteworthy bargains among them. That said, it's better to wait for Black Friday with this category. Unless you're shopping for a particular event, Columbus Day apparel deals can't compete with November's sales.

But It's a Great Time for Shoes

Last year we only saw a handful of shoe deals, but they were almost all noteworthy. For instance, Sperry took up to 70% off its final clearance items, and Sorel offered free shipping sitewide, with no minimum purchase required. This was the first free shipping offer we'd seen from Sorel, and it also stacked with sale items that were already almost 50% off.

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Naturalizer had another excellent discount: It took an extra 30% off via a coupon, which also qualified orders for free shipping. Of course, Shoes.com had a hefty discount of 75% off, plus a coupon code to take an extra 30% off, and all orders bagged free shipping. While that sounds great, Shoes.com is a vendor that often has several brand exclusions — and last year was no exception.

Time to Remodel

If you've been planning to do light remodeling, Columbus Day is a treasure trove. Last year, 10% of the Editors' Choice deals we listed were for home and garden items.

Sears had an amazing deal for rewards members, who could earn 100% back on select Craftsman accessories.

For instance, Home Depot cut up to 35% off vanities. Meanwhile, Flor hosted its best sale of the year, offering an extra 25% off sitewide. Sears had an amazing deal for Shop Your Way Rewards members, who could earn 100% back on select Craftsman Bolt-On accessories. This made many items essentially free for members who would use those points on future purchases. The store also took up to 60% off mattresses, making it an ideal time to freshen up your bedroom.

Sears had appliance sales as well, but they fell after Columbus Day (on October 12), and offered nothing like the exceptional savings from the year before. In 2015, Sears offered up to 80% off kitchen appliances. In 2016, it only took up to 40% off.

Keep an Eye on Electronics

One last category to keep an eye on is electronics. But while there will likely be noteworthy deals over Columbus Day — and even during the week after — Black Friday still reigns as king of the electronics discounts. Still, Columbus Day will almost definitely have more reliable stock. And if you do your research, you can definitely spot great savings.

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Shutterbugs should look no further than Canon, which will discount select refurbished cameras and lenses. (Last year it took up to $100 off select models.) And if you're looking for a TV, expect to see a ton of 4K deals. A variety of sizes will be available at 43" and up. Look to Dell Home for bundles including gift cards that could go as high as $400.

Readers, will you be hunting for deals on Columbus Day? Or do you prefer to wait for Black Friday? Let us know in the comments below!


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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