Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall, my favorite time of year, but did you know how Labor Day got its start?

Celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is a day we honor American workers and all their achievements and contributions. Dating back to the 1800’s when many laborers were overworked and mistreated, trade unionists proposed a day be set aside to celebrate labor.  Oregon was the first state to make it an official public holiday in 1887. Being a three-day holiday, many Americans have developed several Labor Day traditions through they years. Many of them include gathering with family and friends and celebrating with cook outs, barbeques, parades, and let’s not forget the fireworks!

What Labor Day does for millions of hard working Americans is give them a well-deserved break. We are fortunate here at work to be surrounded by 2 chocolate labs who help keep the stress low. However, for some people, work can become overwhelmingly stressful, which can really affect your mental and physical health. According to The American Institute of Stress “…workers who perceive they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease”. This means work stress and heart attacks go hand in hand. Therefore, it is so important to step back and take this time off with your family and friends. To relax and genuinely forget your worries of your work life. If only for one day.

For us at Elizabeth Scovil Handbags this is a day we are proud to be made in the USA. Acknowledging our hard workers and celebrating how far we have come these past few years. We take the day off to enjoy picnics, fireworks, and being surrounded by friends and family. Over all it’s a great day of stress free fun.

And who can’t enjoy Labor Day without all the wonderful shopping sales?  According to Wikipedia, Labor Day is the second biggest sale holiday after Black Friday. No one wants to miss out on a great deal, so head on over to our website and check out our Labor Day Sale. Many totes and carriers are marked down up to 45 % off.  Go treat yourself at and get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

We would love to hear what your plans are for Labor Day, so comment below your favorite tradition!

Happy Labor Day!