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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Buffy to Squishmallow

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Though we’re in a heatwave across most of the country, the sales are getting autumnal: J.Crew has a lot of fall styles for up to half-off, and is having a sale on some adorable home office décor. There are even the last of the Labor Day leftovers at Buffy and Tushy, which end both this weekend. I also noticed that there are hundreds of Strategist-beloved skin-care staples on sale this weekend, too. If you want even more of where this came from, make sure to sign up for our newsletter for five more deals every Friday (including subscriber-only discounts).

Anker Nano Power Bank
From $23
From $23

If your phone has been dying quicker than usual, thanks to your commute, consider picking up this mini iPhone charger with a built-in lightning cable. It comes in five colors, all of which are $24 when you apply the on-site coupon; the only exception is black, which is a little bit cheaper at $23.

A cute gift for the Squishmallow devotee.

Waterpik’s two-in-one electric toothbrush and water-flosser device can reach debris “deep between teeth and below the gumline that traditional brushing and dental floss can’t,” one dentist told us.


Though the listing price varies from $150 to $200 depending on the retailer, you’re still saving at least $50 on this very handsome-looking burr grinder.


Cooler weather is on the horizon, so I’d suggest purchasing Buffy’s down-alternative comforter that one former Strategist writer called “tremendously soft, light, and cool to the touch, and sleeping beneath it, you feel nestled in an airy but cozy canopy.”

And if you’re a hot sleeper — or like me, live in a climate that won’t be under 80° until October — you may prefer the brand’s cooling comforter, which made the Strategist Sleep 100.

Most of the stuff on sale at Target is back-to-school gear, but I did see some cute home décor deals too — like these stamped coasters.

Here’s a half-off faux-fur throw with an intriguing stripey texture. It’s on sale in cream, gray, and pink.

And a woven fleece option for going full Halloween mode.

Select products to revamp your beauty routine are 25 percent off at SkinStore with the code REFRESH. This is one of our best all-around scalp scrubs, as it works on all hair types to cleanse your hair while exfoliating your scalp with sweet almond oil and sea salt.

$40 at Skinstore
with code: REFRESH

Elle Macpherson told us she can’t live without this Neostrata cleanser, which uses glycolic acid to gently exfoliate without irritating the skin.

$30 at Skinstore
with code: REFRESH

If you were inspired to get out there and play by our roundup of tennis dresses, consider picking up an on-sale exercise dress that’s still 20 percent off until the end of the month. It comes in black, navy blue, forest green, and white.

I found the Exercise Dress for even cheaper at Shopbop in this light blue shade (though it has a more limited size range).

J.Crew Rugby Shirt in Stripe

Autumn styles are up to 50 percent off at J.Crew right now. Here’s a striped rugby shirt for an office-to-cocktails moment …

… and a solid choice for playing it casual. (Or layering graphic tees over.)

The kids’ sale section is small but has some very cute things, as well as more practical options like sock multipacks.

This Eberjey–like pajama set is available in classic hues like navy blue and black, but there’s also a vibrant green and a light purple if you’d like to branch out.

One final Labor Day sale you should check out it over at Tushy, where everything is 40 percent off with the code LABORSPRAY. That means our best overall bidet is just $77.

For $18 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.

Desk accessories, planners, and office décor is 25 percent off at with the code SWEET25. This iridescent desk organizer will corral pens, sticky notes, and keep your phone within view.

$16 at
with code: SWEET25
Humdrum Bookmark

To end today’s sales roundup on a high note, here’s a $5 bookmark shaped like a fish. (And if that doesn’t appeal, the other designs include a hot dog, banana, rubber chicken, mushroom, spaghetti, sock, and rainbow.

$5 at
with code: SWEET25

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21 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Buffy to Squishmallow