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The Best Labor Day Sales for Home: Shop Must-Have Furniture and Decor with Big Discounts

ABC Carpet Home: Up to 40% off select furniture. 20% off all rugs with code SAVE20 (through September 5)

AllModern: Up to 65% off sofas, accent chairs, sectionals and coffee tables (through September 21). Extra 15% off sofas, beds, rugs and accent chairs with code WAVY (through September 5).

Artfully Walls: 25% off site wide with the promo code LABORDAY2017.

Article: Select items up to 20% off (through September 10).

Best Buy: 30% off select appliances and free delivery for purchases over $399.

Bloomingdales: 40-60% off most sale items.

Birch Lane: Extra 20% off rugs, lighting, sofas, bedding, outdoor decor and wall art with code LDAY (through September 5).

Brookstone: $25 off $100, plus free shipping with code KICKOFF.

The Container Store: Save up to 25% off select items; Shelving Sale: All shelving, desks and Elfa 25% off.

Crate Barrel: 15% off select full-priced items using code SAVE15.

Dormify: 20% off site-wide and free shipping with code SUMMERDONTGO.

EMS: Up to 50% off adventure essentials like tents and camping chairs. Plus, 20% off any one item with code 20SUMMER.

Helix Sleep: $100 off your order when you purchase a mattress and any other item (through September 5).

Home Depot: Savings across all departments, including up to 40% off with appliance special buys.

Houzz: Up to 75% off kitchen and bathroom bestsellers, and bedroom furniture and mattresses, plus free shipping. Up to 70% off outdoor entertaining and fall entry essentials (through September 6).

Joss Main: Extra 20% off living room items, rugs and lighting with code HOORAY (through September 6).

Lamps Plus: 1/2 Price Days Sale event with up to 50% savings on 100s of items including lamps, light fixtures, outdoor lighting, mirrors, ceiling fans, furniture and more.

Laurel Wolf: Up to 50% off design packages with code LABORDAY.

Lowes: Up to 30% off Select Appliances, 15% off all Char-Broil Commercial Series Gas Grills, 10% off Pergo Laminate Flooring (Product only), $50 off all Weber Spirit Grills, free propane exchange with purchase of any gas grill and more (through September 13).

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Lulu Georgia: 10% off $300 with code GOOD, 15% off $550 with code BETTER, 20% off $800 with code BEST, and 25% off $1500+ with code BANANAS (through September 5).

Macy’s: Save on select bed bath, dining entertaining, furniture, kitchen, luggage backpacks and mattresses.

Mattress Firm: Work Hard, Sleep Harder sale including over 50% off Beautyrest mattress set, Greenwood queen mattress only $299.99, Serta Alesbury Memory Foam queen mattress on sale for $399.99 and more (through September 12).

Minted15% Off wedding products with code LABORDAY17 and babies and kids products with code LABORDAY17.

Nordstrom: Up to 40% Off new markdowns (through September 10).

Of a Kind40-90% off select items and editions that have been sold out (through September 6).

Overstock: Up to 70% off a variety of home categories during the week, including up to an extra 30% off area rugs, up to extra 20% off furniture, up to 20% off bedding and bath and more.

Paper Source: 50% off select summer items, free shipping on all orders over $35 with code LABORYAY.

Pier 1: Save 20% off regular-priced purchases using code SAVE20.

Pottery Barn, PB Teen and Pottery Barn Kids: 15% off orders over $100; 20% off orders over $500; 25% off orders over $1,000; 30% off orders over $3,000 with code SAVEMORE.

Society6: 20% Off plus free shipping site wide

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Target: Up to 30% off home updates with promo code LABORDAY.

West Elm: 15% off orders over $100; 20% off orders over $500; 25% off orders over $1,000; 30% off orders over $3,000 with code HUGESALE.

White Lilac: 25% off party goods and home accessories with code LABORDAY, 20% off furniture. 

Williams-Sonoma: 20% off, plus free shipping with code FALL.

World Market: Save 25% on new fall arrivals, up to 50% off all dining furniture and 30% off all dinnerware and table linens.

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25 Bestselling Kitchen Supplies Every Disney Fan Should Stock Up On

There are Disney kitchen gizmos and gadgets aplenty, but which ones would make your collection complete? The following products are bestsellers at the Disney Store. From Mickey-themed slow cookers to It’s a Small World tumblers, you want thingamabobs? I got 20 (or more)! Now, before we bust out into the full song from The Little Mermaid, let’s go take a look.

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On a beautiful autumn day, take out-of-town clients on a memorable trip to an authentic Minnesota company store.

Long before the word “heritage” became hip and “North” became a brand attribute, retailers like Faribault Woolen Mill, Red Wing Shoes, Nordic Ware and other brands have quietly been putting Minnesota on the retail map for more than a century. While The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other publications have attempted to capture the quintessence of Minnesota’s distinctive retail culture, it can only be truly understood with a pilgrimage to a flagship company store or honest-to-goodness factory outlet. Here are some of our favorite Minnesota-made retail destinations that will send your clients home with distinctive gifts and keepsakes.

Faribault Woolen Mill

Clients who are intrigued by strategic turnaround stories will enjoy a visit to the Faribault Woolen Mill (faribaultmill.com), one of the last remaining vertical woolen mills in the U.S. As you drive south on I-35, you can explain how the 150-year old mill was rescued from bankruptcy in 2011. When you arrive, pay homage to the trusty Cannon River, which still powers the mill, and visit the company store, where you’ll find distinctive handwoven blankets, throws, linens and other products.

Red Wing Shoes

If your out-of-town clients have never ventured beyond the Twin Cities, head downriver to Red Wing, a picturesque drive an hour from downtown St. Paul. At the Red Wing Shoes flagship store (redwingshoes.com) on Main Street, tour the company museum. Learn how this innovative 110-year-old company now produces 5,000 pairs of handmade boots in Red Wing every day for distribution in 100 countries around the world. Before you leave, score a pair of urbane Beckman Chukka boots in polished teak or black.

J. W. Hulme

Connoisseurs of handcrafted goods will enjoy the J.W. Hulme flagship store (jwhulmeco.com) in St. Paul. Founded in 1905, the company was acquired in 2008, shifted its focus from private label manufacturing and reinvented itself as a purveyor of luxurious branded products. While the merchandise mix has evolved to include rolling suitcases, iPhone and iPad cases, wine totes, and other modern must-haves, Hulme’s talented artisans still use time-honored techniques in the company’s St. Paul workshop.

Nordic Ware

With Thanksgiving, St. Lucia’s Day and other seasonal celebrations just around the corner, a visit to the Nordic Ware factory store (nordicware.com) in St. Louis Park is a timely addition to any business trip. Founded in 1946 by an enterprising housewife and her husband, the kitchenware, cookware, and bakeware company, still family owned, became world-famous in 1966 when its signature Bundt pan helped a Texas baker take second place in the Pillsbury Bake-Off with her Tunnel of Fudge cake. Since then, Nordic Ware has sold more than 70 million of the distinctively shaped pans.

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Step inside the dreamy world of New Orleans artist Rebecca Rebouche

Born in Franklin and raised in Metairie, Rebouché attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Louisiana Tech University and worked as a graphic designer before making the leap to become a full-time artist.

Beyond paintings, Rebouché also explores nature in other mediums, including elaborate headdresses that she creates. “To me, the headdress says, ‘There is still reason to celebrate life,’ ” she said. “They remind me that we, as humans, are not separate from the natural world, we are part of it.”

Not surprisingly, when she’s looking for inspiration, Rebouché heads outdoors to listen to the rain on her balcony, explore the cypress-bordered beach at Fontainebleau State Park, take a bike ride or a run among the longleaf pines of the Tammany Trace, and paddle a canoe on the bayous surrounding New Orleans.

“I like to walk the steamy boardwalks of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and the Northlake Nature Center (in Mandeville),” she said.

When she steps away from the canvas, she also likes to grab dinner at Peche, Meril or Seaworthy. For a quick daytime bite, she heads to the healthy selection at Superfood Bar on Magazine Street. 

A cocktail enthusiast, Rebouché picks a place to gather with friends based on what she’s in the mood to drink: The Columns for a proper Sazerac, Barrel Proof for a good Old Fashioned, Seaworthy for the flaming Holy Water. “And you can never beat a classic: Arnaud’s French 75 bar for a Brandy Crusta that harkens to glamorous days of old,” she said.

One of her favorite haunts is the Music Box Village on Rampart Street, an artist-driven performance venue and sculpture garden paying homage to musicians. 

“It is one of those only-in-New Orleans-feeling places that keeps me grateful for the talent and vision we have in this complicated city. I try to go to as many shows and events there as I can,” she said.

After 10 years working as an artist here, Rebouché said she still loves “taking part in the dialogue of revelry we have with our city and its inhabitants.”

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Top Tips for Creating a Streamlined Smart Home – TechSpective

Smart HomeWhen it comes to buying home accessories these days, more people are choosing to purchase smart, internet-connected products which can be controlled from cellphones and tablets. This is a rapidly growing field, and new smart-home products are being developed by key brands every month as consumers discover how the gadgets can make life easier and more fun.

However, if you haven’t bought any of these types of devices before, it can be a little overwhelming trying to work out the best options for your needs. With so many products available, it is important to shop smart and do your research. To end up with a smart home that works effectively, you also need to bet able to set up devices properly when you get them home. To help you in your smart-home journey, read on for some top tips you can follow today.

Make a Plan for What You Need and Create a Budget

To begin with, when you want to create a streamlined smart home it’s always beneficial to take time to put a plan together before you go out to purchase products. There are many different items to choose from in the smart-home category, from security systems and lighting through to smart-home thermostats, garages, HVAC systems, door locks, kitchen appliances, and more. As such, it is important to be clear about which things you really want to include in your property.

It helps to start with a central smart-home hub that will be your main point of control (make sure it is scalable over time though so you can always add on new products), and then go room by room throughout your house thinking about what kind of automation you’d like to achieve in each space. If you’re building a home or doing a major renovation, keep wiring and fittings in mind, too.

It also pays to create a budget if you want to keep your spending in check. Setting a budget will help you to really narrow down to your top “must buy” products. Don’t forget to allocate funds for installation as well, as oftentimes smart-home devices will need to be put in by a qualified electrician or set up by an experienced I.T. provider.

Research Product Choices

Next, to ensure you purchase devices which best suit your needs, it’s necessary to dedicate a decent amount of time to product research. As you compare the various gadgets and systems, factor in not just the price of each item, but also things like their particular features, how secure and scalable they are, and how compatible they will be with other products you might buy.

You should spend the most time researching smart-home hubs, because these tend to be the main controllers of any automated system. They will do a lot of the work, and be the gadget that other elements need to “speak” to properly.

Smart HomeFurthermore, as you compare products, keep in mind that you may wish to purchase items from just one or two different brands, rather than   different ones. This is because doing so keeps the look of your gadgets streamlined; gives you less systems to learn how to use; and can mean that the products will talk to each other better because they’re using the same proprietary networking standards.

Part of your research should also include taking a look at product reviews and customer testimonials online and in relevant magazines. You might want to also ask people you know who own the smart-home products you’re interested in about their thoughts on the pros and cons of their purchases.

Make Sure Your Products Are Secure

While it can be fun choosing and buying automated devices, don’t forget that you need to think about the more serious side of security once you have them home and installed, too. Unfortunately, these days hackers continually find ways to break into people’s home networks and personal information, and smart-home products can be one of the ways they go about doing it.

To ensure your systems aren’t crashed by an outsider, or your sensitive data hacked or held for ransom, you must take all the precautions you can to secure your smart gadgets. Start by ensuring your router has a strong password protecting it, as well as a firewall, and that all of the software you use is kept updated.

You should also change the default logins and passwords on all your automated products. There are typically instructions that come with the devices on how to go about doing this, or you can look up the details online. Don’t forget to put a passcode on your smartphone too, as you will typically access apps for your smart-home products on this mobile device.

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Crate & Barrel Debuts Fall Kitchenware

The new fall line at Crate Barrel features a variety of autumn colors and images. Aprons, dish towels and pot holders are available printed with pumpkins, turkeys and leaves.

Carter nesting bowls and baking dishes are available in white, taupe and brown with a modern rib design. Also new in stores is Marin dinnerware, bowls and bakeware. The ceramic kitchenware is offered in a range of colors and the ceramic shapes feature subtle hand antiquing on the freeform rims. New flatware items include York Satin, gold handled Olympic Gold and industrial Dex Black designs.

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Happy Shopping! Find The Best Deals This Labor Day Weekend

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you’ve been holding off on purchasing a big ticket item, now may be the time to do it.

Sales are in full force in September thanks to Labor Day.

“This purse I got for $12,” one shopper told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu. “Then I got another purse a few weeks ago for $15.”

“Now is just a good time to buy bathing suits for next year, and you know tank tops for next year,” shopper Carol Khalil said.

“Actually, they were afraid to go inside the stores, because they were afraid they were going to start spending too much money,” said another shopper, Julia Ronan.

From clothes to grills, retailers are rolling out some of their biggest deals of the year this holiday weekend, but you need to know where to look. 

Smart shopping expert Trae Bodge with SlickDeals.net says it’s one of the best holidays to shop.

“And the reason why is, it’s a three day weekend,” Bodge said. “People have that day off and a little more time. But, also, it’s an end of season weekend. We’re at the end of the summer and a lot of retailers will want to clear space of all their summer merchandise.”

So as a consumer, take advantage of discounts 50-80 percent off in some cases in categories all across the board.

“The deepest discounts are going to be in summer apparel, accessories, and footwear. Outdoor like camping and hiking, and also grills,” Bodge said.

A survey by WalletHub.com found the most popular items on people’s Labor Day shopping lists are clothes at 43 percent, school supplies at 22 percent and electronics at 12 percent.

“We’re seeing a lot of 50 percent off sales across the board with appliances, with patio furniture, and even with dinnerware and shoes,” Rebecca Lehmann, of Brad’s Deals, said.

Major retailers like Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, and Nordstrom, along with boutique stores, all have summer styles on clearance, both in store and online.

Think ahead and buy up next year’s summer staples now.

Fernando Martinez bought a pair of purple sneakers for his girlfriend and got a great deal.

“I actually got 40 percent off,” he said. “There’s just a lot of deals around here. It’s amazing, it’s unbelievable.”

The couple also got half off on a hat and a bag.

But if you see a winter fashions on sale in fall should you touch it?

“Some retailers will want to wet your whistle with a cozy sweater or a nice coat. Don’t touch it, because the deals will not be there,” Bodge said.

But they are there for camping, hiking and outdoor equipment.

This time last year, Patagonia offered 50 percent on clothing and outdoor gear and Rei had sales 30 percent off or more.

Grills are also on sale, but do research before heading out to buy.

“A lot of grill retailers hang on to about 20 percent of their merchandise to have on hand all year long. So don’t expect to see discounts on every grill,” Bodge said.

You’ll see deep discounts on mattresses, which are normally thought to be at their lowest during Presidents Day sales in February.

“Really it’s going to be any holiday that’s a federal holiday with a three-day weekend attached to it, when people have a little more time to go around to different stores,” Lehmann said.

You’ll also find good deals on cars, as dealerships make room for more inventory.

And if you want to save even more on top of the sale prices this Labor Day weekend, Bodge suggests a new cash back app.

“Try Dosh, which is a brand new app. You tie it to one of your credit cards and as you shop around online or in store it looks for cash back opportunities for you, seeks them out, and it ends up in your Dosh wallet and you can cash them out at any time,” Bodge said.

Some computers will also be on sale, thanks to the start of school, but, stay away from appliances and wait for Black Friday deals.

Now is also a great time to book you flights for Thanksgiving. And if you’re thinking about popping the question, this is the best time to get deals on engagement rings.

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