The kitchen essentials sale is beautiful but fleeting. 
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If you've been looking for an excuse to splurge on new kitchenware, All-Clad has blessed you with an excellent one. The company's flash factory sale, which offers discounts of up to 80% off on pots, pans, and other cookware, will be over by Saturday morning at 12 a.m., so you should probably hurry.

The items for sale are known as "factory seconds," meaning they have minor cosmetic scratches or dents, but no defects that would affect the item's performance. As you probably guessed, all sales are final.

The discounts are dramatic, albeit short-lived. A 14-inch nonstick fry pan that normally sells for $245 is now on sale for $109.99. The Copper Core 2-Quart Sauce Pan was marked down from $260 to $149.99.

The discounts are on items in the following categories: Stainless Cookware, Copper Core Cookware, D3 ARMOR, D5 Brushed Cookware, LTD Cookware,TK Cookware, Lids & Inserts and Tools & Accessories.

On the tools front, the $69.99 BBQ Tool Set, marked down from $150, makes a lot of sense for any Memorial Day barbecues you might have in the works. (If you forgot that Memorial Day was approaching, let this serve as a reminder.) Perhaps the most striking discount in this category is for the Manaos 20-Piece Flatware Set, which is marked down from $160 to $34.99. That's almost 80% off the original price. While you're at it, you may want to grab the 12-piece steak knife set for $19.99—a glorious 73% off.

You could stock up on wedding gifts for the summer, or you could treat yourself because it's the end of the week and the deals are so very good. We suspect that the items will get snatched up quickly, so scoot on over. But prepare yourself emotionally: You can't buy more than five of the same item, so if your dream was to buy ten georgeous 12-inch fry pans, your plans will be thwarted.