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Top Memorial Day 2013 Weekend Sales

Bloomberg News Photo by Diane Bondareff(NEW YORK) -- 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:

Bloomingdale's - The department store is holdings its Big Brown Bag sale through Monday, offering 20 to 65 percent off select merchandise.

Club Monaco - Club Monaco stores and its website have offered 30 percent off through Monday.
Express - Through Monday, Express is offering 40 percent off every single item, for women and men.

Forever 21 - Starting Friday through Monday, trendy retailer Forever 21 is offering an additional 30 percent of all markdowns, up to 80 percent off, with 500 new product arrivals in select stores.

Gap - Gap's "Red Bright and Blue" event gives shoppers up to 40 percent off select styles through Monday. Kids' denim starts at $18; kids' and babies' shorts, $15; women's and men's shorts, $15; women's dresses, $26, and tees, $10.

Gymboree - Through Memorial Day, everything at Gymboree is $12.99 and under.

Harry and David - Get up to 50 percent off select Harry & David food items with the code STARS.

Macy's - The department store's Memorial Day Sale offers up to 20 to 50 percent off select items through Monday. Select Rampage sandals, originally $39.99, will be 40 percent off through Monday. Get up to an extra 15 percent off in stores with a WOW!PASS from Shoppers can also wear their support for veterans with a "Got Your 6" pin for $6 for 15 to 20 percent off. One hundred percent of the purchase price of the pin will be donated to Got Your 6 ("a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran-focused nonprofit organizations," according to the website) and its nonprofit partners to empower returning veterans and military families, up to $3 million.

Nordstrom - Nordstrom is hosting its half-yearly sale for women and kids, with savings up to 40 percent.

Old Navy - Old Navy's summer sale gives up to 40 percent off select styles through June 1; adult shorts start at $15, kids' shorts at $8, and swimwear at $10.

Pier 1 - Home goods store, Pier 1, is offering its "9 Day Dealio" sale through Monday, with discounts up to 25 percent off select items.

Pottery Barn - The home goods and furnishings store is offering up to 60 percent off items through Monday. Plus, take 20 percent off all outdoor pillows, select outdoor furniture, umbrellas, outdoor rugs, cushions and more.

REI - Outdoor and sporting retailer REI's anniversary sale is offering up to 30 percent off during the biggest REI sale of the year through Monday.

Yankee Candle -The candle company is offering a Memorial Day fragrance-to-go sale, including $5 for all small jars.

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Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Anderson Ross/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- If you are on the hunt for the best Memorial Day weekend shopping deals, you might want to start sooner rather than later, said Tamra Feldman, vice president of marketing for the personalized shopping deals site, Shop It To Me.

After analyzing over 693,000 online deals through 2011 and over 8,000 from Memorial Day weekend last year, Shop It To Me, which provides users with personalized updates of items in their sizes with their preferred brands, found that the best markdowns come Friday and Saturday. The discounts then tapered off on Sunday and Monday.

"The good stuff is going to go quickly," Feldman said, adding that the sale items are mostly summer wear and products.

Because some sales began this year as early as Wednesday, the best deals may be flying off shelves earlier than expected, Feldman said.

For those who prefer to honor the nation's veterans this holiday weekend away from shopping crowds, many online retailers offer free shipping and returns, such as Nordstrom, Zappos and Piperlime.

Here are some of the best shopping deals pulled together from Shop It To Me and ABC News:

Ann Taylor:  Shoppers get an extra 40 percent off women's clothing styles during Ann Taylor's Summer Kick-off Sale. Ends Monday.

Black  In time for wedding season, online custom suit tailor, Black Lapel, offers men's wear with free shipping and a "Flawless Fit Promise." Black Lapel's custom-tailored Solid Navy suit, at $449, is sold at less than half the price of Brooks Brothers' off-the-rack 1818 Madison line which starts at $998. Both are made of the same 100 percent wool fabric.

Bloomingdale's:  Take an extra 20 percent off select sale and clearance items with code SALE20 online at department store Bloomingdale's Big Brown Bag Sale. Exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends Monday.

Club Monaco:  Free shipping over $175 on all online orders for men and women. Ends Tuesday.  Deals site features Memorial Day weekend deals, including $59 for four pounds of large shrimp, including taxes and shipping from Nature's Prime Organics, normally $145. The site also features a $25 deal for two AMC movie tickets plus a $50 gift card, a $50 value.

Endless by Amazon:  Get up to 50 percent off select styles, including Frye, Sperry Top-Sider, Seychelles and other brands at Endless, Amazon's independent shoes and accessories online store which launched in 2007. Ends Monday.

Gap:  Shop the Memorial Day Sale at and save up to 40 percent off select styles. Ends Monday.  Get 30 percent off and free shipping with code WEEKEND at Histoire, an online retailer of socially conscious goods, which means "story" in French. Sale items include hand-woven Linen Square Pillows for 65 percent off, an antique glass candle stick for $9.80 and a T-light holder for $6.30. Ends Tuesday.

Home Depot:  Home improvement retailer, Home Depot, launched its Memorial Day weekend sale on Thursday. Its national advertisement features sales on everything from paint ($5 off a gallon and $20 off five gallons), barbecue grills ($199 for a $399 Nexgrill gas grill), briquettes ($5.88 for Kingsford 2-pack ), drill kits ($99 Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion) and more.

J.Crew:  Get an extra 30 percent off spring sale items with code LOVEIT at for men, women and children. Ends Monday.

LOFT (Ann Taylor):  Ann Taylor's LOFT is featuring an "Everything under the sun $29 and under" event for women. Ends Monday.

Lucky:  Lucky brand is offering an extra 30 percent off sale jeans, no code needed. Ends Monday.

Macy's:  Retailer Macy's is offering buy one get one free pillows, dresses for 25 to 50 percent off, men's suits for 50 percent off and more. Online shoppers can use MEMDAY for further discounts. Macy's Memorial Day sale kicked off Thursday and ends Monday in store and online.

Madewell:  Get an extra 20 percent off sale, plus free shipping on all orders with code WEEKENDER. Some exclusions apply. Ends Monday.

Maidenform:  Get 25 percent off site wide at the women's intimates retailer's online store. Discount applied at checkout. Ends Monday.

Nordstrom:  Nordstrom's biggest sale of the season, its Half-Yearly Sale for women and kids, is online and in stores. Ends Sunday.

Ralph Lauren:  Enjoy 25 percent off select men's & women's styles, plus free shipping with code MAYFS12. Ends Tuesday.

Rugby by Ralph Lauren:  Get 25 percent off polos, shorts and swimwear, plus an extra 25 percent off already-reduced styles, no code needed. Ends Tuesday.

Saks Fifth Avenue:  Receive $50 off your $250 sunglasses purchase with code SUN2012 (valid for all women's sunglasses). Ends Saturday.

Steve Madden: 
Spend $75 and get 20 percent off with code STOCK20. Spend $100 and get 25 percent off with code STOCK25. Ends Tuesday.

Target:  The Shops at Target includes five design partnerships for men, women and girls which launched May 6. The collections aren't having Memorial Day sales but shoppers can snag deals like on the clothing boutique collection by The Webster. Actress Jessica Alba's daughter, Honor, was spotted on Thursday wearing The Webster at Target girl's tie smocked dress in palm print which is $16.99.

  Enjoy $50 off any purchase of $250 or more with code SUMMER50. Ends Monday.

Trina Turk:  Shop the Trina Turk Memorial Day Sale and get up to 60 percent off. Ends Monday.

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