Top Ten Flash Sample Sale Sites

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You don’t have to live in New York or L.A. to experience the wonder of a sample sale — and even if you do, it’s probably still more agreeable to do your shopping online. It’s less violent (we don’t like pushing), and you don’t have to worry about clinging to your new Marc Jacobs purse like it’s a newborn baby while you make the trek back home on the subway. If you’re new to the heavenly creations that are flash sample sale sites, we’ve got nine that come highly recommended.

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1. Gilt

We feel so chic every time we visit this website. The layout, the imagery and, of course, the luxury brands available make us feel like we’ve just walked into Barney’s– only everything is 60 percent off. Hand-selected styles are available for just 36 hours, so you have to work fast, but it’s worth it when you’re dealing with a company who can guarantee that D&G bag is the real thing.

2. The Outnet

The best day of the year isn’t our birthday, it’s the Outnet’s. On their first birthday, the site featured designer duds for just $1, and on their second birthday, the deal was $2 for premiere handbags, shoes and more. Personally, we’re celebrating the discounts Christian Louboutin, Versace and more all year long.

3. HauteLook

Dresses, makeup, hotel rooms, kids, mens, etc.– there is so much on HauteLook that we’re mystified after a mere two minutes on the homepage. One of the amazing things about this uber chic site is that they tell you in advance what’s going on sale that week, so you don’t have to check every day to see whether the handbag you’ve been craving is on sale.

4. Rue La La

The self-proclaimed “destination for a life of style” totally lives up to its word. Members discover premiere-brand, private-sale boutiques, so you’ll feel more like a member of an elite club than an obssesive coupon cutter. We love Rue la la because it introduces us to new brands we wouldn’t find otherwise, and the service is fantastic.

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5. Swirl

This site, exclusive to the subscribers of DailyCandy, offers delas on plenty of deisgners, and gives subscribers a teaser on what’s to come later in the week. We’ve come to love just about everything Daily Candy does, so it’s no wonder they’ve created an amazing sample sale site.

6. Modnique

This site is one of the most comprehensive sample sale sites, set to appeal to all members of the family with its wide range of items. We’re talking 90 percent off on jewelry, accessories and clothes. To make sure you don’t miss out on the deals, they offer a schedule of events so you know what’s on sale, when.

7. Beyond the Rack

This site features sales from 10 high-end designers (as well as luxury home lines) a day, 7 days a week. Facebook fans can get a sneak peek of the items. Just as big as the designers are the site’s big fans, which include USA Today, People and WWD.

8. Fashion Vault

A subset of eBay, this site offers flash sample sales on designer items, which also usually includes free shipping. Sales last 60 hours and offer up to 80 percent off, plus, the sales are from authorized sellers you can trust.

9. Ideeli

Calvin Klein, Vivienne Tam, Max Azria… we could go on. Plus ideeli now carries plus size . And it’s not just clothes: Ideeli also offers deals on spa treatments, photography, floral arrangements and more.

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  • sohiee


    BEWARE!!! I have spent over $5,000 with Gilt in the past year because the company has always had good products, good prices, and great customer service. NO LONGER. The company has recently changed its return policy so that there are absolutely no exceptions for returns . . . even if the item runs too small or too large, or has an incomplete or inaccurate description. No exceptions, which is an inherently bad policy for an online merchant where customers are unable to try items on beforehand.

  • Great list–thanks so much for the tips. I’m an avid eBayer and still didn’t know about the Fashion Vault.