Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland (some dispute giving him credit) declared we needed an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. This was during the height of the Industrial Revolution, so employees were really making an impact on the economy. It was not uncommon for workers to endure 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. No one was immune, not even children. Since weekends did not exist for these workers, Labor Day was a welcome and extremely brief reprieve for our ancestors who brought us into a new millennium. Though must of us do not have the work ethic of our forefathers, and thank goodness for that because there is more to life than earning money, Labor Day is still an important part of our society.
While I cannot give official credit to the person who originally thought why not sell things to these workers on their day off, I think this mystery person was a genius. What a perfect day to market items to people who spend most of their time working! With there stresses of life, shopping is probably the last thing on many minds after a long day of work. When people have the day off, why not give them something to buy with all that hard-earned money. Labor Day sales were probably the original “treat yourself” campaign long before it was even a thing. For those who are here for the deals, I will not keep you any longer with my fascination on the history of Labor Day and how sales became synonymous with the day off.
There are way too many sales for me to cover all of them. As usual, I suggest signing up for emails and joining rewards programs of the companies that interest you. That way, you can know about most of the sales (other than affiliate exclusives) long before I write an article to tell you about them. I am mentioning the ones that interested me the most as I read over them. More will get released as the weekend progresses, and I am not going to come back and edit this article. These are my favorite offers when I published this.
Baublebar – Get up to 80% off in the Labor Day Sale through 09/03/18.
Carol’s Daughter – $10 for all Hair Faves through 09/03/18.
Dillard’s – Get 30-40% off permanently reduced merchandise starting 09/01/18.
e.l.f. Cosmetics – 50% off most products with a $30 purchase. Ends 08/31/18. All new products, the Beautifully Precise Brush Collection, Beauty Shield Collection, and Active Collection are excluded. Limit one-time use.
Fabletics – 40% off everything through 09/03/18 *In-Store only!
Jurlique – Use code LABORDAY18 for a tote and four deluxe samples with a $75 purchase. Ends 09/03/18.
Kate Somerville – Get a free anti-aging Power Trio with a $65 purchase through 09/03/18.
Lancome – Use code LABORDAY for 3 samples with a $49 purchase or 4 samples with a $75 purchase through 09/04/18. Use code SCHOOL for 4 samples with a $49 purchase through 09/05/18. Use code SEPTEMBER for a 4-piece gift with a $49 purchase through 09/30/18.
Laura Geller – 30-50% off items in the Summer Close Out Sale. Ends 09/04/18.
Neiman Marcus – Use code NM100 for $100 off a $400 purchase. Sale and reduced-priced merchandise does not qualify. Qualifying items are designated on the site with colored type on their product page. Does not apply to Beauty or Fragrance purchases, previous purchases, or wedding registry items. Ends 09/02/18.
Nordstrom – Save up to 40% in the Summer Sale through 09/09/18.
Paula’s Choice – Get 20% off site wide through 09/04/18. Excludes kits, sets, Last Chance, and new items as noted on applicable product pages.
Sephora – The Beauty Insider Appreciation Event (which gives a discount based on your Beauty Insider Status) ends 09/03/18. Get Up to 60% off items in the Sale Section for the Labor Day Sale through 09/05/18.
These round-up style articles are rare for my site. Whenever there is a big sales day coming, I will occasionally create one, as I did here. It is more likely that I will post deals that interest me on my retailer pages (in the side column on the right) instead of mentioning each one in an article. I generally prefer to write more specific, detailed articles. Those who want breakdowns and details on specific deals, events, or products might want to subscribe to me. My heart is in writing even though I love sharing deals, so this monotonous style does not suit me for everyday. If this is a style you want on a regular basis, I highly suggest subscribing to gwpaddict. She and I have never met and are not friends, so it benefits me in no way to send people over to her. Before I learned how to track all the deals myself, I just really enjoyed her site. For years, I’ve been referring people there, before and after I started blogging. There are others like hers, but I have never really viewed them. See all Deal articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.