Despite wet and chilly Memorial Day weekend weather forecasts in some parts of the country, retailers will be displaying their summer goods in full force and with discounted prices.
Memorial Weekend sales at some national retailers started as early as Tuesday, so shoppers may want to shop earlier rather than later, according to Thayer Meicler, co-founder of the free location-based app SaleSorter.
"Whenever there's a big sales weekend, it's always best to be an early bird shopper so you can have dibs on the best items," Meicler said.
Sales for spring and summer items are the most prevalent so far, including warm weather clothing, outdoor accessories and summer-themed home goods, said Meicler.
Some businesses, like Macy's, are offering promotions with proceeds benefiting veterans or deals catered particularly to veterans. The restaurant chain Hooters, for example, is offering 10 free wings to veterans, servicemen and women on Monday.
SaleSorter, available for free in the iPhone App Store with an Android app in the works, helps find favorite stores near you and can notify you of the highest-rated sales.
More than a million sales have been listed in the app since it launched about six months ago, including deals that include everything from electronics, furniture and apparel.
For shoppers looking for a type of apparel item online only, Shop It To Me's latest online feature, "Threads", notifies you if your go-to item goes on sale. Just choose your size and brand or a style, like "black blazer," and you can learn when that item is on sale across a broad range of retail websites.
Meicler and her co-founder and brother, Peter Christodoulo, both Harvard grads, hope to build SaleSorter into the ultimate local shopping resource.
"We strive to build a resource with everything you need on sale," Meicler said. "We'll help you find it, across all categories, prices and stores."
Too often shoppers get inundated with email notifications about sales, which are forgotten when they go to the shopping mall. The department store Nordstrom is currently hosting its half-yearly sale for women and children, which is a popular sale not heavily advertised beforehand.
With the SaleSorter app, users can see the Nordstrom sale has a high rating.
"Or if you add Nordstrom as your 'favorite,' when that sale happens, you'll be notified so you never miss that sale," Meicler said.
Here are some of the best Memorial Day Weekend sales, including suggestions from Meicler: