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Should you buy new furniture in the Memorial Day sales?

These stores will have big savings this Memorial Day

Scandinavian-styled dining room in open-plan kitchen with patio
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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and it’s also a great time to shop for furniture because of the major sales in stores and online! Depending on the store, you can find deals on furniture for every room of your home for up to 80% off, so it just makes sense to shop if you’re in the market for new outdoor or indoor furniture.

If you’ve had your eye on a new sectional, recliner, dining room table, or outdoor patio set, you only need to wait a couple of more weeks to start shopping, but check out specific stores now because some are already offering deals (can you say velvet rocking chair ). Many retailers start their sales a week or so before Memorial Day weekend, so make a list, check it twice, and get ready to shop. Also, most stores will offer free shipping, which can be a lifesaver if you’re having large or heavy items delivered.

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Where to find deals this Memorial Day

There are tons of retailers that will begin putting on sales this year. Whether you have tax refunds burning a hole in your pocket or you’ve been saving for a new bedroom set, stores like Wayfair, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon will have you covered. if the previous year’s sales are any prediction. Sites like Joss & Main also boast big furniture sales over the holiday weekend, as will Big Lots, Lowe’s, and Home Depot, if outdoor furniture is what you’re looking for.

But don’t just look at major retailers, often local businesses and small shops will also offer sales to get customers in the door, so if you have a small business near you that you’d like to support, make sure to check them out as well.

Evening outdoor backyard patio setup
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What furniture was on sale last Memorial weekend?

Last year, Birch Lane offered up to 70% off living room, bedroom, dining, and decor, as well as free shipping on orders over $35, which doesn’t take long if you’re buying furniture. Crate & Barrel had similar savings on outdoor furniture, which is perfect because you can actually enjoy the warmer weather soon enough. Ashley Furniture, Overstock, and Walmart also had similar savings on a host of furniture options, and Ashley already has of up to 50% off right now.

Screened-in porch with wicker furniture

What are the best items to buy?

Memorial Day sales typically cover a large number of furniture options for every room in the home, especially outdoor furniture. While appliances don’t necessarily count as furniture, it’s one big category where you can find major savings, and since new appliances can remake the look of a kitchen, it makes sense to mention.

Specifically, deals on desks, chairs and recliners, patio furniture, rugs, and other home decor will make their rounds with bigger pieces of furniture. Stores like Anthropologie, Target, Birch Lane, and Wayfair will offer additional savings on already -reduced furniture, making it an ideal time to stock up.

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What to watch out for in Memorial Day sales

It probably goes without saying, but planning ahead is crucial when taking advantage of sales. Great deals will go really fast, so keep your eye on the sites and products you’re interested in and be prepared to buy as soon as the sale hits.

Make sure to input any coupon codes the store gives you into the “Promo code” section during checkout if you’re buying online. Sites like Honey and can also provide multiple codes to stack savings. If a store is offering a rebate, make sure you read the fine print, so you don’t miss when that paper has to be mailed in. Finally, some stores will match or beat competitors’ pricing, so if you see a better deal on an item, ask if they will match it.

This year, Memorial Day falls on May 29, so the sales this year will likely be everywhere that weekend before, though we’re already seeing deals popping up on 4K TVs, large appliances, Apple products, and grills. Stores like Wayfair are already advertising on outdoor patio sets, and Target has on sale for $223 (regularly priced at $419). If last year and previous years holds any clues, Arhaus had big sales of up to 40% off items including sofas, chairs, and tables.

As long as you are diligent, know what you’re looking for, and have a little patience while you’re shopping, you can score the perfect new piece of furniture for your home.

Julie Scagell
Former Digital Trends Contributor
I am a freelance writer based in Minneapolis, MN. My passions include my dogs, talking about my dogs, and taking pictures of…
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