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Earlier this week, Amazon officially announced the dates of Prime Day and dropped some extra-early savings. The bad news is there isn’t much on sale and most of it is from Amazon’s in-house brands, including batteries and space-saving velvet hangers. You can keep tabs on our coverage here, and I’ve also added some savings I spotted below, so keep scrolling. But some of the best deals this week are elsewhere — including a Dyson hair-dryer dupe, sale-on-sale steals at J.Crew and Spanx, and a rare sitewide sale at True Botanicals. (If you want even more, sign up for our newsletter for even more sales coverage from me. I send out five subscriber-only deals each Friday, including a few discount codes just for Strategist readers.)
As I mentioned above, Amazon’s early Prime Day deals are mainly on Amazon Basics, but I was delighted to find that that includes products for pets. Your cat can get a bit of fresh air — without getting farther than your back patio — with this zippered playpen.
Here’s a fast-drying blow-dryer from Shark that’s a near dupe for the Dyson. It comes in three colors — gray, rose, and matcha — and is $70 off with the code SPACE70. (You can get it for the same price at Amazon but only in matcha, pictured here.)
Perennial mosquito victim (and Great Jones co-founder) Sierra Tishgart told us that she uses a handheld and “completely odor-free” bug-repeller from Thermacell during the summer. This larger model offers a 15-foot zone of protection and a six-and-a-half-hour battery life (that can be charged while you’re using it).
Sandals are 40 percent off at Merrell for a limited time, and Amazon is price-matching a few of them — like these grippy-bottomed, orthopedic-looking slides.
These sporty sandals, which come in four colors, remind me of a cross between Chacos and Salomons. (I spotted that Moosejaw is price-matching this pair, too.)
It’s not really the season for the Moc 3’s, but they do make incredibly comfy walking shoes. Fashion designer Sandy Liang wore hers on a weeklong Normal People–inspired trip from Dublin to the Atlantic Coast, saying that they “make her feet look like small but hefty loaves of bread.”
A cache of acne-targeting Clinique products are on sale at Target and Ulta. This liquid exfoliator is formulated with salicylic acid to sweep away dead skin cells and reduce excess oil.
Select sale items at J.Crew are an extra 60 percent off with the code SHOPSALE through June 28. The brand is clearing out inventory from its collaboration with Dauphinette, so you can nab the summer-y wicker bag for just $30.
This fitted polo tee comes in six colors, but this micro-stripe option is only $11.
The women’s section of American Eagle has a lot of cute sleepwear, like this fluttery pair of shorts that comes in green, purple, and coral.
If you’re looking for denim or swim trunks, you’re in luck, as the men’s section has ample options to choose from. We like these slightly-stretchy, slightly-stretchy jorts.
One of our favorite under-$50 one-piece swimsuit is even cheaper than usual. Content creator Kelsey Kotzur loves how “size inclusive and stretchy and soft” it is, and reaches for it when she’ll be moving around a lot or if she’s around family members and wants a suit that’s “a bit more modest.”
Though they’re designed to be period underwear, stylist Julia Gudova told us this pair is a great option when it comes to hiding sweat, too — and it comes in sizes extra-small through 4XL.
For even more wire-free options, head on over to at Spanx, where already-on-sale items are an extra 30 percent off with the code SALE. This unlined bralette has a smoothing back and sides, and comes in four colors.
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