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The state of sales is good this week, with lots of discounted, not-so-basic basics — from a leather scrunchie to an odor-fighting polo shirt, and set of cheery cherry-printed bowls. Adding to the fun is the fact that lots of merchants are launching their summer sales, with discounts up to 60 percent on thousands of items. Here, we’ve found some of the best.
There’s lots of pieces from Walmart’s surprisingly stylish private-label brand, MoDRN, on sale, including this mid-century-esque statement pillow for a mere $10.
Here’s a foldable dog bed, which we think looks charmingly akin to a picnic blanket and can fit inside a variety of dog crates and houses.
This Strategist-favorite moisturizer is infused with moisturizing glycerin and reparative niacinamide for a luminous finish and doubles as a makeup primer.
A rarely on sale leather notebook from our favorite luxury stationery-makers (that beats the Notes app any day).
For a barely there, summer-friendly bralette, here’s a mesh option from Commando that could, in a pinch, double as a swimsuit top.
For an in-season, WFH-friendly basic, we found this lightweight Alex Mill button-down in a subtle multi-stripe.
It’s very hard to tell based on this picture, but these white sneakers from Tretorn are made of “croc-embossed faux leather,” not canvas.
If you’ve wanted gorpcore-friendly sandals but found Tevas or Chacos a little too outdoorsy, here’s a pair from rarely-on-sale and quick-to-sell-out brand Arizona Love.
Anthropologie is taking an extra 25 percent off already-on-sale items, including this leather (!) scrunchie from their collaboration with cool-girl California brand Clare V.
In case you missed it: Lululemon is having a massive sale, and lots of Strategist-approved items are discounted — including these classic, all-black leggings.
This fabric has antibacterial silver threads woven into it, which keeps it from getting too smelly, whether you’re sweating from a workout or on a Zoom call.
Macy’s has launched a Black Friday in July sale today, with thousands of items in all categories up to 65 percent off, including this lightweight vacuum from Shark.
There’s a few picks from the cult-y beauty brand Sunday Riley on sale, but we’re most intrigued by this cleansing oil. It claims to be gentle enough to remove eye makeup but with enough exfoliating power to also get rid of excess oil and “micro-pollution.”
If you’re one of those people who went from lighting the occasional candle to keeping one burning all day, every day during self-isolation, now’s a good time to stock up on an orange blossom–scented candle from reliably good-smelling Nest Fragrances.
If you’ve ever thought, Man, I wish I could carry a tiny Kamala Harris around in my pocket … this pick is for you.
These slingback clogs have a strap around the ankle to keep them from slipping off as you walk. But they’re still easy to slip on and will match any outfit (since, as we’ve established, animal print is a neutral).
Though winter feels like it’s years away, it’ll be here soon enough, and you’ll need a coat — like this not-too-bulky but still very warm jacket from Arc’teryx. It’s part of a bigger sale on Arc’teryx gear at Backcountry, with nearly 400 items up to 40 percent off (though it is only applicable to past season’s styles).
Here’s a warmer weather-friendly jacket from Uniqlo’s collaboration with Japanese designer Hana Tajima, in a cheerful aqua.
With all this remote work, maybe you’ve realized that your laptop needs an upgrade. In that case, here’s a renewed MacBook Pro that’s got souped-up specs and is 25 percent off. But don’t dillydally: On-sale Apple products tend to sell out quickly on Amazon.
A slouchy, gray hoodie to go with that new laptop — or to just wear around the house.
An easy-to-clean, interior designer–recommended place mat that looks fancy and will protect your table or even your laptop from spills.
This tie-dyed long-sleeve shirt looks like something you might’ve done yourself — just better.
If you’ve been using an old plastic spatula to flip burgers or a piece of paper towel to drizzle marinade onto a big piece of pork, it might be time to get a proper barbecue set, like this stainless-steel option that comes in its own easy-to-carry case.
For the budding grill master, this set comes with everything they’ll need for whipping up a (plastic) meal, including toy food, utensils, pots and pans, and dishes.
The folks at Madewell love a sale-on-sale, because another one is happening right now: Take an extra 30 percent off select items with the code GIANT, including this easy-to-throw-on, striped T-shirt dress.
This backpack from Colorado-based Topo Designs would be nice to bring on a not-too-technical hike (and it’s bright enough that your fellow hikers would never lose sight of you on the trail).
A not-too-boxy denim jacket from Everlane that’d be nice to throw over your shoulders on a cool summer evening.
Finally, a trio of cheery cherry-printed bowls from Sur La Table, made of hard-to-shatter melamine, that will be the star of your next socially distanced picnic.
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