Black Friday isn’t technically for another two weeks, but early Black Friday sales are already here. As far as certain big box retailers like Walmart are concerned, calendars are fungible. Time is a suggestion. Holidays—and we mean that very broadly in the case of Black Friday—are meant to be celebrated weeks, maybe months early. Sometimes that overeagerness is useful, like in the case of early Black Friday sales and being able to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins in late August.
To be fair, most of the early Black Friday sales here in 2020 are bad. Do not mistake the enthusiasm of Best Buy, Walmart, and Home Depot as unchecked largesse. But after hours of scanning the available listings and cross-referencing with historical data (yeah, we do math), we’ve found a bunch of genuinely strong deals that’ll save you real money on quality things. Are they all sexy, cool things? Not so much. But if you’re looking for a phenomenal deal on an InstantPot, a cordless drill, or some Apple AirPods, then good news—these early Black Friday deals are perfect for you.
The Best Black Friday Sales on Clothing and Shoes We’ve Found So Far
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The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Walmart
Walmart’s Black Friday “Deals for Days” sale (an unfortunate name, let’s move on) began in earnest on November 4th. The wide-ranging sale includes TVs, kitchen appliances, and … well a bunch of other things you can get at Sam Walton’s warehouse. There’s a good deal on the first version of AirPods (the ones without the wireless charging case), an older TV that’s still likely an upgrade, and a frankly bonkers deal on the InstantPot.
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Best Buy
Best Buy dropped its Black Friday ads in, no joke, October. But unlike last year, it doesn’t appear that any have sold out yet. The sale includes basically every major tech category you’d care about, including headphones, large-scale appliances, cell phone accessories, and smart home gear.
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Design Within Reach
The luxury home furnishings retailer officially kicked off its holiday sale on November 9th. The sale includes 15% off on items from select designers. Yes, that includes the classic Noguchi table, but it also includes one of the best office chairs we’ve tried.
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at HAY
The imaginative Danes at HAY are celebrating Black Friday early too. The company’s sale is only on lighting and accessories, leaving out all the company’s large furniture. But real heads know the best things at HAY come in small, colorful packages.
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Home Depot
Home Depot’s early Black Friday sales of 2020 feature some pretty big discounts, but across a single category of items: tools. If you’re looking to do some home improvement projects during your pandemic winter, here’s your chance to get a powerful drill set and actually compatible bits.
The Best Black Friday Sales 2020 on Kitchenware at OXO
OXO’s Black Friday sale launched with storage containers in early November. The company has since added a bunch of kitchenware, including a couple great coffee makers (in two sizes), our favorite electric kettle, and the best cold brew dripper. It still doesn’t include some of our very favorite things (show me…a laptop cleaner!), but we expect an even wider range of discounts to go live from them in the coming weeks.
The Tappan Collective’s Only Yearly Sale Is Live
Tappan Collective is a solid source of relatively inexpensive art and photography from a wide range of artists—a shortcut to curing blank wall syndrome. This week, the company is holding it’s only sale of the year. With code Tappan-Holiday-20, you get 15% off anything and everything. Highly suggest this photo of an inflatable whale. Brighter times ahead.
The Best Early Black Friday 2020 Furniture Sales at Wayfair
Wayfair almost always has sales around the holidays. But the company’s early Black Friday sale takes the cake, with big discounts on bedroom, office, and living room furniture.