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Though we’re still a solid month away from Labor Day, the end-of-season sales have started at Backcountry, Anthropologie, Macy’s, and more. But that also means now is the right time to pick up a new pair of shorts, a hike-friendly backpack, or a broken-in, tie-dyed tee and make the most of what’s left of summer. (And if you’d like to receive more sales straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
This bagless vacuum is our pick for the best option with an extra-long cord, but Amazon reviewers also appreciate that it’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
If you’ve found yourself with some extra time on your hands, and a desire to dig deeper into your family tree, this AncestryDNA kit will help pinpoint your family’s geographic origins.
Take an extra 25 percent off already-on-sale clothes and shoes at Anthropologie this weekend — including these high-waisted shorts. (The additional discount is applied automatically at checkout.)
Anthropologie’s home décor section is excluded from the sale-on-sale, but there’s still lots of deals to be found, like this duvet cover with woven detailing.
Freshen up your couch with this fruity throw pillow.
The only thing greater than our affection for a pair of high-waisted, wide-legged pants is a half-off pair of high-waisted, wide-legged pants, in sand, light sage, or black.
A Louis Poulsen-esque pendant light that no one will believe you bought at Walmart.
Backcountry’s semi-annual sale is in full-swing, with discounts on lots of clothes, shoes, and gear to help you make the most of what’s left of summer, like this hike-friendly backpack that’ll also make a good commuter bag, once the time comes to return to the office.
Totokaelo is having a flash sale on kids clothing, but don’t dillydally: Several versions of this Comme des Garçons shirt, with the heart patch, have already sold out.
Some Common Project slip-ons for the hypebeast-in-training.
These over-ear, noise-cancelling headphones are the cheapest we’ve ever seen, and with a battery life of 35 hours, you’ll be able to listen to lots of podcasts, uninterrupted.
If you’re finally ready to take a break from your sweatpants, here are some already-worn-in, high-waisted, wide-legged jeans.
Or, if you’re leaning into your loungewear-forward reality, here’s a pair of leopard-print pants that look to be just as comfortable as pajamas.
Shopbop’s sibling site East Dane also has a robust sales section this week, with deals up to half-off on end-of-season picks — like this not-too-loud printed button-up.
We have a feeling Good Night Elmo, and the lullaby it plays when you press the moon on his belly, will be more pleasant to hear day-after-day than Tickle Me Elmo.
And finally, a shiny desk lamp with an extra-bright light to upgrade your WFH setup.
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