Memorial Day sales are here, deal-seekers! With pandemic restrictions lifted in many areas, the long holiday weekend holds a lot of promise for consumers wanting to shop in person this year. However, we recommend checking with local stores if you're planning to do so — be sure to ask about capacity as well as mask guidelines, for instance. And if you have any doubts, there's always shopping online!
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Check out our guide on what to expect from Memorial Day sales in 2021, including products, probable discounts, and participating stores. And if you're ready to shop, head to our page with all the best Memorial Day deals!
When Do Memorial Day Sales Start in 2021?
Stores often kick off Memorial Day sales about two weeks before the holiday itself. So if you think you have to wait for the long weekend to take advantage of these events, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that isn't the case. Last year Memorial Day fell on May 25, but the first official sale we saw arrived on May 11, from Columbia.
In 2021, the holiday falls on May 31, and many Memorial Day sales are already here! The first one we saw was from mattress brand Tempur-Pedic and showed up on May 10. However, note that most sales tend to begin closer to the holiday itself. In fact, the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend last year had 41% of all the deals we saw during this time, while the 4-day holiday weekend itself had 43% of the Memorial Day offers.
How Long Do Memorial Day Sales Last?
The sales won't stop on the holiday itself or the day after. Memorial Day sales often carry on through the rest of the week, and even a little past that. While the number of events will taper off, we saw Memorial Day-branded offers showing up as late as June 3 last year, which was well over a week past the holiday itself.
However, though the sales may keep going, the selection will be limited. If you're planning to shop Memorial Day sales, be sure to check them out during the long weekend to get the best discounts and inventory.
What to Expect From Memorial Day Sales
Overhaul Your Outdoor Space
If you're getting ready to spend summer at home, Memorial Day will be a good time to hunt for deals to upgrade your space. Look for home and garden deals from stores like Home Depot and Lowe's, whether you're wanting DIY items or furniture. Last year, Home Depot discounted over 6,000 items for its Memorial Day event, including patio furniture, power tools, lawn care products, and more. Lowe's, meanwhile, offered up to 50% off on items like patio furniture, grills, and tools. We expect both stores to have similar sales this year.
If you're focusing on the furniture selection, be sure to look to Target, as well. The bull's-eye retailer typically offers modest savings on home items for Memorial Day, and 2021 should be no different. Keep an eye out for discounts of at least 25% off on products, including patio furniture. Watch for stores like Macy's to discount home products by up to 60% off, and for Wayfair to take up to 65% off patio furniture.
Refresh Your Wardrobe
Clothing is a huge category for Memorial Day sales, so if you want to freshen up your closet, late May is a great time to do so. In fact, 42% of the Memorial Day sales we saw last year were for clothing of some kind. We're expecting modest discounts — think 30% to 40% off — but some retailers will likely offer much larger savings. For instance, Olympia Sports offered up to 80% off select apparel and sporting goods last year. Banana Republic, meanwhile, offered up to 75% off sitewide during its Memorial Day event.
Another common discount we see is 70% off — stores like Nautica, Coach Outlet, Orvis, and Aeropostale should have savings as high as this. Other notable deals in 2020 came from retailers like Shoes.com, Hanes, and Uniqlo, which all took up to 60% off.
Sleep Easier With Mattress Savings
In need of a new bed? Holidays like Memorial Day are a prime time to upgrade your mattress. If you don't mind shopping Memorial Day online sales, retailers like Nest Bedding are almost guaranteed to offer savings when you bundle other bedding items with a new mattress purchase — last year, it knocked 25% off these bundles. Additionally, Saatva knocked $200 off purchases of $1,000, and Tempur-Pedic cut up to $500 off.
Look to other stores for mattress savings, as well. Chances are, retailers like Ashley Furniture and Macy's will take up to 50% or 60% off a variety of home furniture items. These could include mattresses and even bed frames, if you want to really upgrade your setup.
Expect Diverse Memorial Day Sales
While clothing and home items are popular offerings in Memorial Day sales, those aren't the only discounts we'll see.
Need to upgrade your appliances? Watch for Memorial Day sales from stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy to have general offers on large appliances. Typically, these retailers take up to 40% off. They're not the only ones with appliance discounts, though — Samsung could feature its own Memorial Day savings. Last year it took up to 45% off refrigerators and ranges, up to 40% off washers and dryers, and up to 35% off dishwashers. Be sure to check out warehouse clubs, too. In 2020 Sam's Club included appliances in its Memorial Day event, and Costco knocked up to $1,200 off select appliances for its members.
Also watch for computer sales. If their offer from last year repeats, Lenovo could once again discount a variety of items by up to 66%, including compact PCs, PCs, and laptops. And HP could once again take up to 55% off desktops, laptops, printers, monitors, and more. Newegg will likely host its own event and could knock up to 50% off a wide selection — last year's sale included computers and accessories, but also small appliances, home security cameras, and office furniture.
If you want to stock up on outdoor gear for the summer, watch for The House to offer at least 20% off and up to 70% off items like camping products and cycling accessories, while Backcountry could cut up to 50% off its gear.
Check Out These Memorial Day Offers
In addition to all the typical Memorial Day sales, be sure to check out these offers if you're thinking outside the box.
Winky Lux: Shop this cosmetics brand for Memorial Day, and save more when you buy more! Spend $30 and receive a free Uni-Brow Precision pencil; spend $50 and receive the same pencil, as well as Watermelon Jelly balm; or spend $70 and receive the pencil, balm, and Cheeky Rose Blush. This sale runs May 28-31.
Sky Zone: This indoor trampoline park is offering a Summer Punch Card promotion during the holiday weekend. From May 28-31, you can buy one of these cards for $39.99. Each card offers 12 items, like free jumps, treats at the Fuel Zone, and exclusive program offers. The card is valid June 1-September 6 (Labor Day), so you can have a fun and active summer.
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