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When Are White Sales in 2018?

January is prime time for white sales! If you need new sheets, towels, or other home goods, now's the time to buy.
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When Are White Sales

When Are White Sales Happening?

White sales are mostly held in January. Once in a while, you'll see one during the summer or another time of year, so keep an eye out.

What Is a White Sale, Anyway?

White sales offer discounts on household linens, especially bed and bath items. They date back to January 1878, when department store pioneer John Wanamaker held the first one as a way to sell excess bedding stock during a normally slow time of year.

Why did Wanamaker call his event a "White Sale?" All the linens were only sold in a basic shade of white!

The first white sale was held in 1878, and offered only white bed linens.

That's not to say white sales are never called anything else. You may also see them referred to as "bedding and bath sales," or the linens deals could be part of a larger home sale. Whatever their name, here are the types of items you'll likely see at white sales:

  • Sheets
  • Bedspreads
  • Duvets
  • Towels
  • Home decor
  • Furniture

Those last two items may sound like they don't fit, but various home items do pop up at white sales, including lighting and kitchen supplies.

What Stores Have White Sales?

If a store offers home items, check to see if it has a white sale. Both brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers host white sales, and department stores are prime candidates. Here are some retailers that hold white sales:

What Discounts Can You Expect?

White sales encompass a wide range of discounts. On the lower end, retailers may feature a selection of items at 20% or 30% off; on the higher end, you'll see discounts of up to 82% off, for example. That's what Nordstrom Rack offered during its July 2017 white sale. Stores can often offer from up to 50% off to up to 75% off select bedding, bath, and other items during a white sale.

SEE ALSO: 8 Things to Buy in January (and 3 Things to Wait On)

Look out for additional savings opportunities, too. Use available coupon codes, and you may get an extra 15% to 25% off certain items, or your order as a whole. And with some coupons, you can get dollars or some percentage off if you spend a minimum amount.

Readers, which stores do you think have the best white sales? What are the best deals you've snagged during these events? Let us know in the comments below!


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Katie is an unabashed word nerd and detail hound with nearly a decade of editorial experience. Her work has appeared in publications such as Dogster Magazine, DOG FANCY, and Milwaukee Magazine. A graduate of Indiana University, she enjoys trivia, playing soccer, and cheering on the Hoosiers.
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