While back-to-school shopping has already boosted August's retail sales, retailers are expected to showcase deep discounts to bring in more customers this weekend, even beating deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Once again, Labor Day sales are starting early this year, with promotions for both end of summer merchandise and fall clothing launching ahead of the Monday holiday, said Tamra Feldman, vice president of marketing for the personalized shopping deals site Shop It To Me.
"If they're looking for great Labor Day sales, don't have to wait until Monday," Feldman said. "You can start finding those discounts already."
Feldman compared holiday shopping weekends last year and was surprised to find that Labor Day weekend sales offered the steepest online shopping discounts for clothing, shoes and accessory markdowns from over 150 online retailers.
Labor Day discounts averaged 48 percent while they were 42 percent for the weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Feldman pointed out that there was more inventory on sale during the latter last year.
Last Labor Day weekend, 30 percent of sale items were offered at discounts of 60 percent or greater, according to her analysis.
"If history repeats itself I think this weekend shoppers will be able to find deep discounts on clothing or accessories," Feldman said.
Feldman said she has already noticed many fashion-forward designers and online boutiques, like Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg, offering Labor Day weekend discounts.
Here's a list of some of the best shopping deals compiled by Shop It To Me and ABC News:
Up to 50 percent off denim, sportswear, footwear and accessories, plus free shipping on all orders. Prices as marked. Ends Monday.
The department store's Big Brown Bag Sale lets shoppers save up to 40 percent. Free shipping over $150. Prices as marked. Ends Monday.
With code CCLABOR30, shoppers get 30 percent off sitewide at checkout. Free shipping over $99. Ends Tuesday.
Extra 30 percent off already-reduced styles & free shipping on all U.S. orders. Discount applies at checkout. Ends Tuesday.
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Get 25 percent off all merchandise with promo code CBLABOR through Monday. Crash & Burn is also sold nationwide at specialty boutiques and over 450 Buckle retail stores.
Get 30 percent off select styles with code SURPRISE at checkout. Ends Monday.
Starting Thursday, Gap launched a Red, Bright & Blue event, offering up to 40 percent off select styles in Gap, GapKids and BabyGap stores through Monday.
Extra 50 percent percent off already-reduced prices plus free shipping over $150. Discount applies at checkout. Ends Monday.
Issay is hosting a 50 percent off sitewide sale with code LABOR50 at checkout. Free shipping on all U.S. orders. Ends Monday.
Free Loden cooler bag gift with every order $50 or more, while supplies last. Get 15 percent off orders $50 or more
Neiman Marcus' Last Call Studio stores, lastcall.com and Last Call Clearance Centers are having a Labor Day Storewide and Sitewide Sale through Monday providing an extra 25 percent off everything. Shoppers get an extra 50 to 60 percent off summer apparel and accessories.
Macy's home is offering an extra 10 percent off certain items online and free shipping with promo code Fall.
Nautica is offering 30 percent off your entire order with code LABORDAY12 at checkout. Free shipping over $100. Exclusions apply. Ends Tuesday.
Get an extra 25 percent off select sale styles & free shipping over $50. Discount applies at checkout. Ends Monday.
Department store Nordstrom is hosting a shoe clearance discounting items up to 40 percent off, which ends Sept. 12. Nordstrom offers free shipping on all orders.
Save up to 75 percent summer styles through Monday at Nordstrom Rack stores across the country.
In-store only for NFL apparel/Supercash deal; clearance sale is both online and in-store!
Save up to 75 percent off of clearance items online and in-store. In Old Navy stores, buy a regular-priced NFL apparel item and get $10 Supercash (up to $30), which are Old Navy dollars that can be redeemed at a later date
Get an extra 40 percent off a selection of already-reduced prices & free shipping over $195. Discount applies at checkout. Ends Wednesday.
Save up to 30 percent off on outdoor gear and clothing & free shipping over $50. Prices as marked. Ends Monday.
Get 20 percent off all orders with code BOOT20 at checkout. Free shipping over $75. Exclusions apply. Ends Tuesday.
Spend $300 get 20 percent off, spend $500 get 25 percent off, spend $750 get 30 percent off with code WEEKEND at checkout. Free shipping over $300. Ends Monday.
Enter VTHILTON at checkout to get 20 percent off Vivienne Tam's new Fall 2012 Collection.
Save up to an extra 80 percent off on Spring/Summer collection clothing. Prices as marked. Ends Tuesday, Sept. 11.