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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From J.Crew to Patagonia

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Our annual Two-Day Sale may have ended last night, but scouring the internet’s clearance bins for the best deals on products that are actually worth your money is a year-round affair for me, your trusty deals editor. Amazon Pet Day, which the retailer is touting as Prime Day for pet stuff, starts on Tuesday, but a few early deals have already dropped. (Check back next week for an in-depth guide on what to buy during the two-day event.) Plus Brooklinen is having a sitewide sale at the deepest discount we’ve ever seen. Scroll on to see everything, and as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.

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Several makeup artists we’ve spoken to over the years recommend Weleda Skin Food as a primer: “It’s incredible for creating the ultimate dewy look,” says Holly Gowers. And it’s on sale at both Amazon and Lookfantastic.

The millennial-pink detangling brush that gives Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst “ultra-juicy curls that dry nicely too.”

Amazon Pet Day starts on Tuesday, which the retailer is claiming will be like Prime Day but for pet supplies, and just like on Prime Day, there are a few early deals to be found on the landing page — including this AmazonBasics pet carrier that looks very similar to our best-in-class pick.

This flower-shaped slow feeder is a great intermediate-difficulty option if your pup tends to inhale its kibble.

A motorized drinking fountain will encourage your cat to up their water intake, as many cats prefer “fresh, running water and will drink more when water stays fresh,” according to veterinarian Angie Krause.

This dog shampoo’s nonirritating formula consists of beeswax, honey, and colloidal-oat flour, which calm skin while gently cleansing it and leave behind a pleasant oatmeal scent.

Happy Place by Emily Henry

Emily Henry — the best-selling author behind Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation — has a new book out, and it’s on sale at both Amazon and Target. In classic rom-com fashion, the book centers on a recently broken-up couple who pretend to be together during vacation with their friends (while still secretly harboring feelings for each other).

Get your full eight hours fast with Olly’s melatonin gummies, which makeup artist Daniel Martin told us he’s “obsessed” with. The low-sugar sleep aid is formulated with relaxation-inducing ingredients like melatonin, chamomile, and lemon balm.


Garmin’s Vivoactive 4 smartwatch is almost 40 percent off. Former Strategist writer (and long-distance runner) Karen Iorio Adelson uses it every day for tracking everything from stairs climbed and sleep stats to heart rate and pulse oximetry.

The Braava is “basically a glorified Swiffer,” says photographer Winnie Au, who loves that you can put both dry and wet pads in it to dust or mop your floors. Her basset hound is scared of loud noises, but Au says the robot mop is noiseless and unobtrusive.

Our pick for the best less-expensive air fryer is $30 off. “I don’t think I’ve come across something you can’t fit in the basket,” says cookbook author Katie Hale and “the directions are very clear and easy.”

If you missed our Two-Day Sale on these jeans from Universal Standard, the good news is that the brand has a sample sale happening this weekend. The Seine skinny jeans, which are available from sizes 00 to 40, “just make me feel good,” said former Strategist writer Maggie Fremont.

Everything is 25 percent off at Brooklinen until May 8 — the steepest savings we’ve ever seen. The Luxe cotton sheet set is a favorite of former Strategist writer David Notis and Michelin-starred chef Missy Robbins, who appreciate the bedding for its softness, crisp look, and temperate feel.

This 100 percent cotton quilt is a perfect lightweight topper to sleep under in the summer. It comes in four simple yet timeless colors — including a caramel brown, which is an extra $38 off.

Brooklinen’s extra-thick bath mats come in two sizes and six colors. (I’m very into this limited-edition eucalyptus green.)

We spotted some very sweet kids’ pajamas in J.Crew’s sale section, like this space-themed set.

Select items are an extra 60 percent off with the code SALEONSALE, making these pointelle pajamas — which are available in butter yellow, lavender, and light pink — just $14.

Wedding season is upon us, so it’s high time to get some dancing shoes — like these braided-strap heels, which come in brown, white, ice blue, and bright pink.

Here’s a commuter-friendly roll-top backpack that can fit a 15-inch laptop and has a teeny exterior pocket to stash your keys and phone. It looks very similar to the Patagonia pack the art world loves.

Over at Tushy, all bidets are 20 percent off with the code SPRINGSPRAY through April 30. The brand’s Classic model is our best overall manual bidet, mainly because of how easy it is to install: It attaches to your toilet bowl (you place your existing seat on top of it), requires no electricity, and comes with a hose to connect to your clean water supply, making it “very much plug-and-play,” according to production accountant Ian Mesa-Jonassen.

One caveat about the Classic is that it will provide only room-temperature water. For $30 more, you can get the equally nice (and equally easy to install, though you will need access to a sink) Spa bidet, which sprays both cool and warm water.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

21 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From J.Crew to Patagonia