The Best Ultra-Discounted Rugs From Wayfair’s 36-Hour Sale

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If you’re looking to decorate (or redecorate) your home, today is a great day to get started. Wayfair’s 36-hour flash sale is in full swing, and in addition to incredible furniture, appliance, and mattress deals, there are a ton of crazy-cheap rugs on sale. A great rug is the centerpiece of room design, adding warmth and coziness, providing color, and dampening sound, but floor coverings are typically a big investment—especially if you want to cover a lot of area. The “Way Day” sale ends today, though, so grab them quick. Here are some of our favorites.

Zipcode Design Peoples Blue/Beige Area Rug // Up to 92 Percent Off

A blue and beige area rug

Zipcode Design, Wayfair

Regularly $422, this colorful Turkish-made floor covering is currently going for $109 for the 5-foot-by-8-foot size. The 1-foot-8-inch-by-2-foot-10-inch version is just $28.

Buy it: Wayfair

Union Rustic Kreutzer Distressed Global-Inspired Area Rug // Up to 65 Percent Off

A gray area  rug

Union Rustic, Wayfair

You can get the 3-foot-by-5-foot size of this medium-pile area rug for as little as $50 (normally $126!), but the design also comes in a plethora of other sizes and shapes that will fit in any room. It’s made from stain-resistant polypropylene, meaning that it’s ideal for homes with spill-prone kids (or adults) or puke-happy cats.

Buy it: Wayfair

Mistana Brandt Area Rug // Up to 72 Percent Off

A yellow and orange area rug
Mistana, Wayfair

Add some pop to your living room or hallway with this low-pile, vintage-inspired Turkish rug. It’s stain and fade resistant, so it will fare excellently in high-traffic areas of your house. If orange isn’t your color, it also comes in blue, brown, gray, turquoise, and a whole host of other color options. You can get a 2-foot-2-inch-by-3-foot rug for $22, but the larger sizes are equally affordable. Get the 4-foot-by-6-foot rug for just $37—53 percent off the $78 retail price.

Buy it: Wayfair

Wrought Studio Walmsley Moroccan Area Rug // Up to 78 Percent Off

A patterned area rug in a living room

Wrought Studio, Wayfair

For fans of eye-popping patterns, this Moroccan-inspired floor covering is a durable, colorful option. The low pile is thin enough to fit under doors and is designed to not trap dirt. The rug also features nonslip backing and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The 5-foot-3-inch-by-7-foot-3-inch rug normally goes for $180, but it’s just $40 right now.

Buy it: Wayfair

Mercury Row Duhon Shag Area Rug // Up to 63 Percent Off

A gray rug with a crosshatch pattern

Mercury Row, Wayfair

If you’re looking for something cushier, look no further than this 2-inch-pile shag rug. It comes in gray with an ivory accent pattern or ivory with a gray accent pattern, and is available in a ton of sizes and shapes. Prices start at $37 for a 2-foot-by-3-foot rug. The 5-foot-1-inch-by-7-foot-6-inch option is a great deal at just $137—62 percent off the $362 retail price.

Buy it: Wayfair

Turn on the Brights Annmarie Area Rug // Up to 77 Percent Off

A colorful area rug in a living room

Turn on the Brights, Wayfair

This rainbow rug starts at $37, but beware: It’s already selling out. With a half-inch pile and a shed-free design, it’s a comfortable middle ground between a low-pile hallway rug and the thick shag in your bedroom. The 5-foot-by-8-foot area rug is just $84—72 percent off the almost $300 list price.

Buy it: Wayfair

11 Patriotic Products to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Amazon
Amazon

Whether you’ll be lounging by the beach or grilling in your backyard this Independence Day, don’t forget to show off your all-American spirit with a little swag. Here are 11 products to help you celebrate Fourth of July—all of which would pair nicely with your collection of presidential bobbleheads.

1. Declaration Of Independence Signatures Mug; $15

Mug decorated with the signatures from the Declaration of Independence.
CafePress, Amazon

The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are on display on this ceramic coffee mug. Studying the signatures each morning might inspire you to perfect your own John Hancock.

Find it: Amazon

2. Stars And Stripes Cufflinks; $55

Cufflinks with images of stars and stripes on them

Cufflinks Inc., Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with a splash of American pride. One half of this cufflinks set is striped red and white and the other is blue and spangled with stars. Together they make a patriotic accent piece.

Find it: Nordstrom

3. Fireworks Light Show Projector; $41

Portable fireworks light projector.
Uncle Milton, Amazon

If you want a low-hazard Fourth of July that still delivers thrills, consider getting a light show projector. When it’s pointed at a wall, the device displays vibrant fireworks animations accompanied by realistic sound effects. And it works indoors, so you can count on your Independence Day party ending with a light show no matter the weather forecast. (There's also a Disney version available for just $20.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Inflatable Cooler; $14

Inflatable American flag cooler filled with ice and drinks.
Fun Express, Amazon

When preparing for a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July, don’t bother breaking out your tiny roll-away cooler. This 54-by-28-inch inflatable trough holds enough bottles and cans to keep your party going well past sunset. Once the cooler has been drained and deflated, it folds neatly for easy storage.

Find it: Amazon

5. American Trivia Cards; $15

Even players who paid attention in American history class might find this game challenging. Each box comes with 150 cards of United States trivia. Some questions—like what was the first state to grant women the right to vote—highlight important moments in our nation’s history. Others—like how many columns the Lincoln Memorial features—are a little more random.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. U.S. Navy Blanket; $200

The U.S. military has been going to Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for its blankets for over 100 years. This one is crafted from 100 percent wool and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design is inspired by the blankets supplied on Navy ships—and if it’s tough enough for the Navy, you can bet it will withstand a Fourth of July picnic. We like the gray version, but it comes in several different styles and colors.

Find it: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

7. American Flag Cornhole; $90

Two American flag cornhole boards with bean bags.
GoSports, Amazon

Baseball faces some stiff competition from cornhole for the title of No. 1 American pastime. This lawn set includes four blue bean bags, four red bean bags, and two boards decorated to resemble the American flag.

Find it: Amazon

8. U.S. Map Cutting Board; $20

Wooden cutting board in the shape of the U.S. map.
Totally Bamboo, Amazon

This 100 percent bamboo board eschews the traditional rectangle shape in favor of the outline of the American mainland. You can either keep it in the kitchen and use it as a cutting board or bring it out to the party as a serving platter for fruits, cheeses, and other hors d'oeuvres.

Find it: Amazon

9. Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler; $15

Six piles of loose-leaf tea.
Solstice Tea Traders, Amazon

A sip of one of the teas in this sampler will put you in touch with your inner revolutionary. Each of the six loose-leaf varieties—bohea black tea, oolong, congou black tea, souchong, singlo, and hyson—was among those tossed over the sides of British ships during the Boston Party. Whether you drink the tea or chuck it into the nearest harbor is up to you. (If you're looking for something to put on display, UncommonGoods also sells a slightly pricier, more elegant option with five teas.)

Find it: Amazon

10. State Map Prints; $27 and Up

A poster featuring a colorful map of Wisconsin
Bri Buckley, Society6

These unique prints by Bri Buckley highlight the beauty of each U.S. state in vibrant color. Each state map is available in both a modern and a vintage style, and like most Society6 art, the design is also available on tapestries, shirts, pillows, tote bags, and more.

Find it: Society6

11. Bald Eagle Pool Float; $15

A man and a woman ride a bald eagle pool float
Swimline, Amazon

Cool down the patriotic way this Fourth of July. This massive 8-foot-by-6-foot bald eagle pool float can fit up to two people comfortably, and will look great floating around your pool during your backyard barbecue.

Find it: Amazon

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated for 2019.

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Turn Your Phone Into an Instant Camera With KODAK's New Handheld Printer

KODAK
KODAK

Instant cameras are all the rage, but when you're already carrying a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of your smartphone, the idea of carrying around an extra gadget might seem like more work than it's worth. You don't have to choose between the convenience of your phone's camera and the fun of having a tangible memento. KODAK's new SMILE digital printer combines all the fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo.

Blue, green, black, red, and white KODAK SMILE printers printing photos
The KODAK SMILE line of instant digital printers
KODAK

The handheld Bluetooth printer—which is roughly the same size as KODAK's SMILE instant digital camera—lets you edit photos on your phone, then print your image instantly on 2-inch-by-3-inch sticker paper. Using the KODAK SMILE app, you can add Instagram-esque filters; rotate images and change contrast, brightness, and other characteristics; and add stickers, text, doodles, and borders.

Most uniquely, you can add augmented reality elements to your photos, so that when you (or someone else with the KODAK SMILE app) point the app at the physical print, the image is replaced by a short video clip. The effect is something like the moving photographs in Harry Potter—you can surprise your friends by asking them to view a photo through the app's AR function, then watch their delight as the still image begins to move.

The KODAK SMILE app
KODAK

KODAK sent Mental Floss both the SMILE instant camera and the SMILE printer to test, and while there's a lot of fun in snapping photos on an instant camera and accepting whatever weird flaws that photo might have (though you can do some light editing on the SMILE camera before printing), in our opinion, the breadth of image-editing features and convenience of being able to print photos you've already taken on your smartphone makes the digital printer the better option if you're trying to choose between the two.

This is especially true if you're going on vacation or trying to capture a night out on camera; it's just easier to whip out your phone rather than break out another camera, and it's easier to edit photos on your phone than to manipulate photos on the SMILE instant camera's small screen.

Blue, black, green, white, and red KODAK SMILE instant-print cameras
The KODAK SMILE line of instant-print digital cameras
KODAK

The SMILE printer is available on Amazon and Walmart for $100 and comes in five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. The SMILE instant-print digital camera is also $100 on Amazon and Walmart and is available in the same colors.

While the camera and the printer both come with a starter pack of sticker-backed ZINK photo paper, you can get 50 refill sheets for $24 when you run out.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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