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The best Columbus Day sales of 2018

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Where to shop to score killer deals on mattresses, appliances, electronics and more.

If you’re not a seasoned Columbus Day bargain shopper, you might be surprised to learn that it’s one of the best days of the year to score great deals. Everyone knows about Black Friday, but only the best discount shoppers know about how great Columbus Day sales can be. You can count yourself among those who are in the know: We’re here to share our insider tips on the best Columbus Day sales so you can maximize your savings.

When is Columbus Day 2018?

This year, Columbus Day will fall on Monday, October 8. Americans were celebrating Columbus Day as early as 1792, and since 1971 it’s been celebrated on the second Monday of October. Some Columbus Day sales will start earlier on Friday, October 5 or even before, so keep your eyes peeled.

Where to shop Columbus Day sales 2018

Mattresses

Ready to sleep easy again? Columbus Day is a great time to find a killer deal on a new mattress. Do your research before you shop by checking out our complete guide to buying mattresses online. Historically, we’ve seen Sears offer up to 60% off of top name-brand mattresses. Sleepy’s has also been known to offer 50% off its mattresses for Columbus Day. More adventurous shoppers may be interested in buying a mattress from startup Leesa: In the past, it’s offered Columbus Day deals that take $100 off mattresses.

Top mattress deals

Appliances

Ready for a new washer or dryer? You could snag a great price this Columbus Day. Some years, department stores like Sears have slashed appliance prices up to 80%, but in recent years, discounts have been lower. Best Buy and Home Depot have also offered 20% to 30% off appliances in the past.

Top appliance deals

Electronics

Deals on electronics will definitely be available Columbus Day weekend, but for maximum savings, we suggest waiting for Black Friday, if you can wait that long. In past years, the top sales included Canon’s discounts on refurbished cameras and lenses. You can also expect to see deals on 4K TVs from retailers like Best Buy. Historically, Amazon has offered savings on its own brand-name electronics like the Fire Stick or HD Fire Tablet.

Top electronics deals

Clothing and shoes

Get your wardrobe ready for colder weather with Columbus Day sales: Some brands offer discounts that are almost as competitive as Black Friday. We’d keep an eye out for the Banana Republic Hello Fall sale, which typically ends on Columbus Day, as well as Bloomingdale's Friends and Family Sale, that falls around the same time. Calvin Klein, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor are also known for their early October sales that offer between 25% and 40% off certain items. Finally, don’t forget Macy's: The department store usually gives shoppers 15% to 25% off for Columbus Day, depending on the item.

Top fashion deals