Every month of the year, certain items are discounted due to overstock, holiday sales, or transitions from one season to the next. Here are the shopping highlights for May in Seattle-Tacoma area stores.
The items listed below are typically offered during the month of May. Shopping may be limited to online purchases. But there are still deals to be had.
Remember to not buy more than you need. Washington State’s supply chains are operating normally, yet consumers are overstocking and clearing store shelves of some items that sick neighbors, doctors, dentists and emergency response personnel need to stay safe. Health experts emphasize the best way to protect yourself from infection is through washing your hands frequently and limiting contact with others, not by overstocking certain supplies. Please leave some for the folks who need them most.
- For status of individual events, check the Greater Seattle on the Cheap virtual and live event calendar to find out what’s happening every day.
- For information about stores, check our list of What’s open and closed due to the WA stay-at-home order.
May Holidays & Special Events
Key events in May include opening day of the boating season (first Saturday), Mother’s Day (second Sunday), and Memorial Day (last Monday). However, all events have been impacted.
- Postponed, new date TBA: Free Comic Book Day. Usually 1st Saturday.
- May 5, 2020: Cinco de Mayo. Look for takeout and delivery specials on our restaurant discount page and other virtual & live events on our May events page.
- May 10, 2020: Mother’s Day
- April 23 – May 23, 2020: Muslim Ramadan
- May 25, 2020: Memorial Day (national holiday)
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Seasonal items to buy in May
Gasoline: If you a road trip is possible for the holiday weekend, be sure to fill up your tank well ahead of the weekend if you can. Prices will be higher after Wednesday that week. Although we’re seeing some of the lowest prices in a long time–but of course, things can change.
Mother’s Day: The trick for Mother’s Day is to think outside the box. Typical gifts tend to see a price increase, such as jewelry, perfume, and flowers. For unique gifts, try a museum store. There’s always an interesting selection at a range of prices, as low as $10-$20 and on up. Be sure to check for discount items. More than ever, we encourage you to shop at small, local businesses. Many are offering online ordering and curbside pickup.
Gym membership: How are those New Year’s resolutions working for you? Gyms start to see a downturn toward summer months as people get outside. But if staying in is more to your liking, you might be able to swing a deal on gym membership. Not sure if they will be open, but if they anticipate re-opening any time soon, except to see sign up deals.
Clothing: Department stores and major brands usually have great sales in May on outgoing spring clothing and accessories. Hold out for Memorial Day Weekend to get the most bang for your buck. Stores will likely have online sales.
Thrift Stores: As with April, people clean out their homes and closets for spring, so second hand stores continue to see a surge in goods. May can be another good month to peruse thrift stores for recycled clothing and household items. These stores might remained closed through the end of May. But once they re-open, you might want to schedule a shopping trip. Here’s where to find them:
- Garage sale finder map and calendar
- Best used clothing stores in Seattle and Puget Sound
- JBF consignment sales of children’s & maternity
- Surplus stores, auctions, salvage, and recycled materials
Memorial Day Weekend Sales: Every holiday weekend is like a mini-black Friday with discounts on many items at mall retailers and factory stores on a wide range of goods including clothes and household items. For Memorial Day, start looking for bargains in the middle of the month. Be on the lookout for the previously mentioned items at steep discounts.
New products to buy in May
It will be hard to plan ahead this year. But, here are the discounts and deals to expect during the month of May.
Household Goods: From refrigerators to vacuum cleaners and toasters to knives, there are deals to be had on a variety of large and small home appliances and kitchen gadgets. Besides household needs, think ahead to weddings and college dorm room supplies for students in your household (but take care not to overbuy).
Mattresses: If you are shopping for furniture or need a new bed mattress. May is one of the best months for a mattress purchase because supplies are high, while prices are some of the lowest of the year.
Summer stuff: You’ll see new arrivals at some attractive prices on lawn and garden products, outdoor cooking accessories, picnic and party supplies, camping gear, and outdoor toys. Steep discounts of course come at the end of the season, but there are deals to be had on summer goods. Check barbecue prices carefully, you might find a better buy in June ahead of Father’s Day. You might also like:
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Coupons: Don’t forget to check for coupons to save even more on all your purchases in May. You might also like: