May 29, 2024

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Best Memorial Day Sales on Tech, Furniture, and Appliances Actually Worth Shopping in 2023

Burrow: While Burrow typically runs a tiered savings sale for the holidays, this go-around, it's offering you up to 60% off some well-made, good-looking mid-century furniture for every room of the house (including outside).

CB2: CB2's got a bunch of great deals going on this Memorial Day, including up to 30% off outdoor seating and accessories and up to 40% off indoor furniture.

Flexispot: Don't break your back hunching over your laptop. Take advantage of Flexispot's daily flash sale to save big bucks on a brand new sit-to-stand desk.

Floyd: Everything, and we mean everything, is on sale at Floyd. Sectional sofas are 30% off, and everything else—like shelving, beds, and outdoor furniture—is up to 30% off.

Hay: If you see something on sale at Hay, order right now. Everything ships for free and you can save up to 40% off select products.

Home Depot: As usual, the Home Depot sale covers a lot of ground, including patio sets, plants, and power tools.

Joybird: Save 35% sitewide on vintage-esque couches and furniture at Joybird.

Lumens: For a limited time, you can save up to 50% on the retailer’s selection of lighting, fans, furniture, and more.

Neighbor: Your bare backyard can use this Memorial Day sale: Neighbor is offering 15% off sitewide with code MEMORIAL15.

Sabai: The brand behind our fave sectional sofa wants you to get one of its eco-friendly couches into your home for 10% less.

Target: If you're sprucing up the yard or the pool area, there are plenty of outdoor furniture pieces on sale at Target this weekend, and next weekend, and every day until Memorial Day.

Wayfair: Wayfair's Memorial Day sale is actually a Memorial Day clearance. Semantics aside, this offer finds savings up to 70%, with furniture deals for every room in the house—and the great outdoors.

Sabai essential sectional

Blu Dot bank modern lounge chair

Darby Home Co. Isidore 6-person outdoor dining set

Buylateral Noble 5-drawer dresser

The Best Memorial Day Personal Care Sales

Dermstore: Everything you need to tackle your summer grooming routine is on sale at Dermstore, which is offering up to 20% products like sunscreen and serums with code SUN.

Geologie: Geologie, makers of some of our favorite skincare essentials, is offering 30% off your initial order and 15% off everything else.

Nordstrom: No, it's not technically a Memorial Day sale, but the clearance section at Nordstrom has some real gems in the skincare and grooming department.

Soko Glam: Korean beauty brand Soko Glam is offering up to 30% off a selection of skincare products ranging from cleansers to sheet masks. Plus, if you spend $75 or more, you'll get a free gift with your purchase. 

Ulta: Download the Ulta mobile app because if you make your next purchase from there, you can save 10% your entire order with code MOBILE10.

Ursa Major: Spend over $85 on Ursa Major's clean skincare products, and you'll get 15% off.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel (30 Pack)

Kiehl's Since 1851 Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Mantl Face + Scalp Cleanser

Braun Series 9-9330s foil shaver

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 electric toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (1.7 oz.)

The Best Memorial Day Kitchen Sales

Bloomingdales: We've said it before, but don't sleep on the kitchen deals going on at Bloomingdales, encompassing appliances and kitchen tools. 

Builder-grade Helotes kitchen gets a $50K renovation with new quartz-topped island, new black stainless steel appliances and more color

When Penny and Don Wuebben’s builder-grade home in Helotes was under construction back in the early 2000s, they were able to pick only from a limited selection of colors and finishes to customize the kitchen.

“It was nothing spectacular, pretty bare bones,” said Don, who works in cybersecurity and risk management at USAA.

Twenty years later, the kitchen, with its black Formica countertops, nondescript flat panel drawers and cabinets and blah beige floor tiles was showing its age. “We raised three kids and a couple of dogs here, and the time had just taken its toll,” said Penny, who works in the athletic business department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “We needed a change.”

And of course, one small change led to another and another ...

“The black countertops had looked good when picked them, but it was time for them to go,” Don said. “We wanted to replace them with granite and we thought, If we’re going to do that, let’s paint the cabinets. And then we thought, But why? Let’s just replace them, too.”

Before they knew it, they were in the middle of a complete, two-month kitchen renovation at a cost of about $50,000.

Don is something of a handyman and had previously tackled several projects around the house, including building a deck and doing some light electrical and plumbing work. But he quickly realized the kitchen job was too complex for his abilities, so they called in Monica Beyer, a designer with New Generation Kitchen & Bath on Loop 1604 near Ingram Road.

The first thing she did was address the elephant in the room: the three-sided, bi-level island at the center of the kitchen.

“It was a very dated look,” Beyer said. “And because the space between the island and the rest of the kitchen was so narrow, it made getting around difficult.”

Initially, Penny balked at getting rid of the bi-level island because it hid dirty dishes when they entertained. “But then Monica explained how a flat center island would open up the kitchen,” Penny said. “She made me really think about what I wanted.”

Beyer replaced the old island with one measuring 5 feet by 8 feet and topped with cream-colored quartz shot through with thick caramel veins and tiny, sparkly flakes. The countertops were replaced by the same quartz.

The island’s inset wood panels on the sides and a pair of decorative legs that support the 12-inch overhang give it the look of fine furniture. “I love that there’s so much leg room under the overhang,” Don said. “It makes sitting so much more comfortable.”

The couple say the new island also makes entertaining family and friends easier.

“I’ll move the chairs off to the side and use the island as a buffet table,” Penny said. “There’s plenty of room, and the electrical plugs on either end make it convenient to use crock pots.”

The builder-grade Helotes kitchen of Penny and Don Wuebben was upgraded to a two-tone room with higher-end appliances, fixtures and surfaces.

The builder-grade Helotes kitchen of Penny and Don Wuebben was upgraded to a two-tone room with higher-end appliances, fixtures and surfaces.

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The new shape also gave them the opportunity to move the sink from its old spot where it sat at an odd angle to a place across from the refrigerator. “They had to chip out the foundation to install the drain,” Beyer said. “But it was worth it.”

The kitchen is surprisingly colorful, with a teal wall surrounding the pantry door and turquoise accents in the wallpaper of the adjacent breakfast nook, in the glass tile backsplash and in the island’s pendant lights, which resemble handkerchiefs delicately draped over the light. They were made by a glass blower in College Station that Penny found on the e-commerce site Etsy.

“You just had to tell him what colors you wanted and he makes them for you,” she said. “It took six weeks to get them.”

While most of the cabinets are white, they are bookended by taller cabinets stained a slate color. One cabinet houses the refrigerator, the other the oven and microwave, all in matching black stainless steel.

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There are several subtle custom touches throughout the kitchen. The gray outlet covers blend in with the rest of the room, for example, while the cabinet above the stove cleverly hides the exhaust fan and duct.

“We didn’t want to see the exhaust hood, so it was worth it to give up some usable cabinet space,” Don said.

In the end the couple say they’re happy with the new kitchen.

“I could probably have done it myself, but it would have taken me six to nine months,” Don said. “And I knew I probably wouldn’t have been happy with the results.”

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