As we head into the long weekend, it’s important to reflect on our collective history and take time to rest, relax, and recharge. Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn’t typically considered a huge shopping event like Memorial Day or President’s Day, but because it falls in the month of January, it can be a good opportunity for budget-minded shoppers to stock up on cold-weather essentials, including warmer winter clothing and home goods. This is because many major retailers offer markdowns during the extended three-day break and use it as a way to clear out their inventories, to make room for upcoming new releases.
Below, we’ve outlined 10 of the best sales you can shop over the long weekend to help make your dollars stretch even further this winter season.
1. Appliances Connection
Whether you’re searching for a new water heater because your hot water keeps running out too fast in the morning or you want to grab a new washer and dryer, this retailer is a good place to shop for leading brands like LG, Samsung, and others. During the New Year, More Savings event, you can get up to 50 percent off a variety of household appliances that could serve you well through the winter months. Additionally, if you purchase more than one machine, you could qualify for greater savings and get double reward points when you shop select brands.
2. Briogeo Hair
This Black-owned beauty brand was founded in 2013 and has since become well known for its deep-conditioning hair masks and texture-specific products, which are intended to work with all hair types, from wavy to coily, dry, or thin strands. Right now, you can save up to 40 percent on jumbo sizes of many of their bestselling items (including the aforementioned deep-conditioning mask), plus get 15 percent off select hair kits and enjoy free shipping on all orders of $60 or more.
3. Brooklyn Bedding
If you keep waking up with aches and pains all over, the problem could be your mattress. If you’ve been waiting for the right time—and discount—to finally take the plunge and grab a new one, this sale happening over at Brooklyn Bedding is definitely worth checking out. Now through Monday, January 16, you can take 25 percent off literally everything the retailer offers when you use the promo code “MLK25” at checkout. From top-rated mattresses infused with cooling technology to sheets, bed protectors, and other accessories, these products can help you level up your bedroom in better ways for the new year.
Have your winter boots seen better days? Rather than trudging through the snow in a pair that is looking—and feeling—worse for wear, consider treating yourself to a new set at DSW, where you’ll not only find kicks for the whole family, but save a bit extra, too. Through Sunday, January 15, you can get $10, $20, or $60 off qualifying purchases between $49 to $199 when you use the promo code “HELLO2023” at checkout. You can also find boots over in the clearance section, and if you sign up to be a VIP, get 20 percent off your order, free shipping on orders of $75 or more, and rewards points.
Another great place to shop if you’re trying to add more warmer clothing to your closet is Madewell, and the fashion brand—which has been offering deals since Black Friday season—still has one going on that's perfect for budget-conscious shoppers. Through Thursday, January 19, you can take an extra 50 percent off sale items (and an extra 70 percent off select products on sale) when you use the promo code “GOODMOOD” at checkout. You can grab pairs of the brand’s popular denim jeans starting at just $30 (a steal in itself considering most pairs go for well over $100), which is a good opportunity to treat yourself.
6. Nordstrom & Nordstrom Rack
From sweaters to coats, winter essentials are on sale right now for big discounts at Nordstrom, thanks to the retailer’s Half-Yearly Sale. You can save as much as 60 percent on top brands like The North Face, UGG, and Zella (just to name a few). Even if you feel like Nordstrom is usually out of your budget, this event offers a chance to get more for less. Plus, you can always head over to Nordstrom Rack, where savings are up to 70 percent off on many of the retailer’s designer labels.
As one of the most popular online photo printing services, Shutterfly wants to help you start the new year off right with tons of amazing deals. From now until Monday, January 16, you can save 40 percent on orders of $19 or more, or 50 percent on orders of $39 or more, when you use the promo code “REFRESH” at checkout (although exclusions do apply). Additionally, orders of $79 or more qualify for free shipping when you use “SHIP79” at checkout, or expedited shipping with the code “UPGRADE.” You can also use this sales event to get a jumpstart on your Valentine’s Day gift shopping.
8. Sur la Table
For folks who love spending these colder months indoors preparing comfort foods for the whole family, this Sur la Table sale couldn’t have come at a better time. Now through Monday, January 16, you can get up to 50 percent off some truly great cookware, bakeware, and dining gadgets, including Le Creuset cocottes, All-Clad nonstick skillets, Zwilling J.A. Henckels knife block sets, and other fun finds. Not only that, but you can take an extra 20 percent off clearance items, like essential kitchen tools and these GreenPan baking sheets.
9. Ulta Beauty
Winter can spell trouble for your skin, particularly if your complexion is prone to dryness. At Ulta Beauty, you can grab nourishing creams and serums for less during the Love Your Skin event, which lasts through Saturday, January 21. The retailer is dropping daily deals for savings up to 50 percent off. You can check out the calendar to plan your purchases, with discounted items from big brands like Dermalogica, PMD, Peach & Lily, Mario Badescu, and others still on the horizon. As an added benefit, orders of $35 or more ship for free.
10. Yankee Candle
On blustery winter nights, nothing makes a warm room more inviting than a flickering flame. Over at Yankee Candle, January is one of the best times of year to shop, as the retailer hosts its Semi-Annual Clearance event, where you can find select items for as much as 75 percent off, plus enjoy additional discounts on larger candles (including seasonal crowd-pleasers like Balsam & Cedar, Peppermint Pinwheels, and Sparkling Snow). For a limited time, you can even take an extra 10 percent off most clearance products, so it’s a good time to stock up for the next few months.
A version of this article was originally published in 2021 and has been updated for 2023.