The 23 Best Sales to Shop for Labor Day 2021

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Fall is all about fresh starts, whether it's heading back to school, trading hot temps for crisp, cool weather, or swapping swimsuits for sweaters. But just before fall arrives, Labor Day weekend comes along to help us close out the end of summer properly—and it comes with big savings.

From outdoor gear and luggage to accessories and apparel, there's something for everyone to score at a fraction of the cost. Plus, the upcoming autumnal season will usher in an uptick in travel after many months of staying hyper-local. Been a while since you got your passport stamped or changed time zones? Now is an excellent time to stock up on travel essentials and figure out what you might need to upgrade in preparation for any upcoming trips.

When is Labor Day 2021?

Labor Day lands on the first Monday of September annually. This year, Labor Day is September 6, 2021. 

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day’s significance and history go far beyond an occasion for a final beach getaway or epic backyard barbecue. A federal holiday since 1894, Labor Day honors American workers. Its origins trace back to the labor movement that took place in the U.S. during the Industrial Revolution in the late-1800s.

What is on Sale for Labor Day?

A pretty wide array of products tend to get marked down around Labor Day. Meghan Young, travel and outdoors blogger and co-founder of @PNWoutdoorwomen, suggests subscribing to newsletters from your favorite brands and retailers in advance of the holiday. “Often, brands will share early access to their sales to subscribers or send out teasers of what will go on sale so you can prioritize shopping for the things you really need,” Young says. 

If your travels often involve the great outdoors, Young advises folks to check out sales for two key types of purchases. Big-ticket winter items like Gore-tex shells and pants, 0-degree sleeping bags, snowshoes, and skis—and replacement items, to name a few.

If you’re looking for luggage, Daniel Burnham, senior member operations specialist at Scott's Cheap Flights, says you can score deals on luggage around Labor Day by "following well-known travel bloggers and podcasts, on social media and elsewhere.," Since they often will offer discounts of 20 percent or more on travel accessory brands that they personally trust.

Here are the best Labor Day sales to shop before you hit the road this fall.

Nordstrom

Small Landon Carryall Duffle Bag

Dagne Dover

Take up to 60 percent off through September 12 at Nordstrom. Shop lounge pants and leggings, luggage, and backpacks—including this Dagne Dover duffle bag (now 25 percent off).

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective High Rise Legging

Courtesy of Verishop

Right now, save up to 30 percent off on Girlfriend Collective. From cozy socks and biker shorts to loungewear staples, there's something for everyone.

The North Face

North Face Osito Flow Fleece Jacket

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Get a headstart on stockpiling gear for the winter. Take up to 30 percent off on jackets, hoodies, puffers, tights, and boots as well as accessories like beanies that will help you weather icy temperatures.

Backcountry

Patagonia Insulated Jacket

Courtesy of Backcountry

Save up to 50 percent off outdoor gear and accessories from brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Columbia, Arc’teryx, and more.

REI

REI Co-op Cool Trail Split Pack Cooler

Courtesy of REI

Perhaps the motherlode of Labor Day sales for outdoor enthusiasts, REI is holding a slew of sales from now until September 7. Shoppers can take up to 25 percent off camping, hiking, snow gear, and apparel. Plus, 15 percent off tents, 20 percent off footwear, and 30 percent off on REI-branded jackets, shorts, and pants.

Caara

REMUS BLACK (Caraa)

Courtesy of Caraa

Take an extra 20 percent off many of these sleek backpacks and duffles from now through September 6 with code ARCHIVE.

Eyeglasses.com

Burberry BE2205 Eyeglasses

Courtesy of Eyeglasses.com

If you wear prescription specs, you'll definitely want to have a backup pair (or two) on hand when traveling just in case your go-to frames break mid-vacation. Use code LABORDAY21 to take 20 percent off all orders through September 6.

Merrell

Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Waterproof Wide Width

Courtesy of Merrell

Looking for a pair of hiking sandals or trail shoes? Now's the time to update your hiking shoes as Merrell is offering up to 20 percent off on their best-sellers for a limited time. Plus, get free shipping on orders over $49.

STATE Bags

State Bags Logan Suitcase

Courtesy of The Tot

Whether you're sending the kids back to school or embarking on a socially distanced trip, be sure to do it in style. Until September 6, you can save 25 percent on select styles, including luggage, with the code LDW25.

Holly & Tanager

Pro Nylon Backpack Tote

Courtesy of Holly & Tanager

In need of a lightweight, durable handbag for your next adventure that’s vegan and eco-friendly? Shop Holly & Taenger’s Labor Day sale, where you'll save 15 percent off when you spend $150 or more, and 20 percent off when you spend $300 or more.

Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley Torq 33-Inch Extra Large Wheeled Trunk

Courtesy of Nordstrom

If form and function are equally important to your packing game, don’t miss this posh luggage brand’s end-of-summer sale. Take up to 50 percent off select items, like its popular garment bags and hard-sided suitcases. 

Calpak

Calpak Kaya Backpack

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If you're looking for more stylish luggage options, don’t miss this luggage brand’s current sale. Save up to 55 percent off select items like its popular Kaya backpack. Right now, shoppers can take 10 percent off orders over $100, 15 percent off orders over $250, and 20 percent off orders over $350.

Moosejaw

Moosejaw outdoor blanket

Moosejaw

Refresh your travel essentials during Moosejaw's fall sale, where you'll find up to 30 percent off all sorts of fall and winter gear from brands like The North Face, Barbour, Mountain Hardware, and more. Plus, shoppers can save 20 percent off one full-priced item with the code APPLECIDER.

Herschel

Herschel Novelty

Save up to 50 percent off select Herschel travel accessories, like these convenient Chapter kits (aka Dopp kits), a handy Dry Bag (for keeping water-averse stuff like tech gear dry), or a luggage belt for wrangling that overstuffed post-vacation bag securely shut.

Aerosoles

Aerosoles Lamirca Sandal

If miles-long walks sightseeing around cool cities is more your style than camping in the woods, consider a fresh pair of supportive kicks. Save up to 50 percent off the comfy shoe brand’s essential and everyday styles from August 31 through September 7.

Columbia

Columbia Jacket

Goodbye summer and hello fall. Step into the transition between seasons prepared with Columbia. Right now, take 25 percent off jackets, parkas, joggers, shoes, activewear, and other everyday basics.

Samsonite

Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Courtesy of Amazon

Overdue for a total baggage overhaul? Click on over to Samsonite’s site for 20 percent off before the sale ends on September 7. Be sure to use the code EXTRA20 at checkout. 

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher Pajamas

Courtesy of Eileen Fisher

On the hunt for stylish yet comfortable travel outfits? Think: breathable, machine-washable, wrinkle-free separates you'll want to wear from takeoff to touring new places to landing home post-vacation. If so, don't miss Eileen Fisher's end of season sale, offering an additional 50 percent off all sale items from Wednesday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 7.

LifeStride

Esme 2 Slip On Sneaker

Courtesy of Lifestride

Looking to upgrade your collection of comfortable kicks before your upcoming travels? Take 25 percent off sitewide, plus free shipping on LifeStride shoes (including various TSA-friendly slip-on sneakers), until September 7. Use code LABORDAY.

Ryka

Water Shoe

Another great option for supportive footwear perfect for pounding the pavement for miles and miles while sightseeing, Ryka is offering 20 percent off sitewide, along with free shipping, through September 7.

Best Buy

Apple Watch Series 3

Courtesy of Best Buy

While this year's sale is mostly focused on appliances and TVs, you can still find travel-worthy tech accessories at a discount. For example, Best Buy is knocking up to $100 off on select earbuds and headphones and $30 on select cameras. Or there's $100 off on select Samsung Galaxy Watch3s. Plus, it never hurts to check what's on clearance.

Richer Poorer

Richer Poorer Tie Dye

Courtesy of Richer Poorer

Between comfy sweatpant sets, cozy tees, and intimates, Richer Poorer is the ultimate spot to find your next travel uniform. Right now, save up to 35 percent off both men's and women's clothing items.

Bloomingdale's

The Men's Store at Bloomingdale's Rfid Smooth Slimfold Wallet - 100% Exclusive

Kick your travel plans into gear during Bloomingdales' Labor Day sale. You'll find discounts of up to 65 percent on luggage from brands like Brics and Samsonite, plus markdowns of up to 50 percent off apparel and travel accessories. On top of that, take an extra 50 percent of items marked clearance.

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