Labor Day is almost here, falling on Monday, September 2 this year. While some students may not be excited at the prospect of another school year, many of us are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying that three-day weekend along with the many annual Labor Day sales that always spring up as the summer draws to a close. Big blowouts like Prime Day and Black Friday are great for scoring deals on pricey electronics, but Labor Day and back-to-school promotions are among the best opportunities of the year to buy clothing, accessories, and outdoor gear at big discounts.
Whether you’re a student who is suiting up for another year on campus or you’re just hunting for some fall essentials in anticipation of cooler autumn weather, there’s never a bad time to fill out your closet a bit more. To help you out, we’ve sniffed out the best Labor Day sales on men’s clothes, footwear, and more and have gathered them all right here along with a handy guide that lays out what to keep your eyes peeled for (and what pitfalls to avoid) while shopping.
Fall is fast approaching and Labor Day sales offer a fine chance to stock up on cool-weather staples like corduroys, jeans, chinos, and long-sleeve shirts (not to mention accessories such as leather belts that you might not wear as much during the summer). However, the changing of the seasons is also a good time to score deals on summer stuff that retailers will be trying to get rid of, using Labor Day sales as an excuse to clear out their remaining last-season stock.
Labor Day sales on clothing are also a good opportunity to smoke out deals on pricey items like shoes. This is particularly the case for heavier fall and winter footwear like leather boots, which tend to be a lot more expensive than those sneakers you’ve been rocking for the past six months.
Labor Day 2019 lands on Monday, September 2, and since it’s falling so early in the month this year, this means that the three-day holiday weekend actually starts in August (specifically on Saturday, August 31). Labor Day sales will almost certainly run for the entirety of this three-day weekend, so at the very latest, you’ll want to keep your eyes open for deals starting on Friday or Saturday at the end of this month.
Be aware that many of these Labor Day sales will typically begin about a week before the holiday itself, though, and quite a few are already live. Others will also run through the week after Labor Day, so look out for those as well. Finally, don’t make the mistake of limiting your deal-hunting to the internet – your local brick-and-mortar outlets will be offering their own promotions and could have some hidden gems on things that might already be out of stock online.
As with all online shopping, you need to keep your wits about you when combing through the Labor Day clothing sales if you want to find the best deals. The golden rule of deal hunting is making sure that a deal is actually worth it. If you’re shopping at a retailer you’re familiar with, you’ll probably know if something is a good score. If you’re perusing an unfamiliar retailer or one that sells many different brands (like Amazon or REI), be sure to check out other outlets to compare prices. You might even find a better offer elsewhere.
When shopping websites like Ebay, always exercise your due diligence to avoid shady sellers. Look at feedback and return policies (this is also true for Amazon, which hosts a ton of third-party sellers – something too many shoppers are still unaware of). And lastly, go in with a budget in mind and stick to it. It’s a good idea to even make a list of what exactly you’re looking for, and what you’re willing to spend per item, so you don’t let advertisements or over-excitement bait you into spending too much.
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