Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sample Sales without a Fight

** I Love Sample Sales **

One of the best way to enjoy luxury shopping at discount prices is from online sample sales. These flash sales vary in length and can last anywhere from an hour to 3 days. It's a good idea to get email reminders when a sale begine because many of these sample sales are sold out within minutes. A lot of people get discouraged when things immediately sell out at Gilt or Rue La La, but I figure that it is similar to the samples flying into the hands of the first 10 people in line at the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale. You don't need to get a number or wait in line for these deals; they're here for you every day from the comfort of your own home! Today I want to share some of my favorite sample stores with you so that you can also enjoy these exclusive deals.

Of course you already know about Rue La La and their sample sales every day. Recently many people found lots of great Lilly Pulitzer buys on Rue La La at incredible prices. Betsey Johnson, Hunter, and Earnest Sewn are all featured this week.

Gilt is another fantastic sample sale site. I have purchased a lot from Gilt and their customer service is fantastic. Most recently, GO Smile and Kate Spade paper were featured on Gilt.com. They also have children's items like Jacadi and Lucy Sykes often. Free People, Frette and Clinique are featured this week on Gilt. Their sister sites, Gilt Fuse and Jetsetter offer exciting options, including luxury travel.

If you're looking for upscale home decor, One King's Lane, is a great option. Let me know if you would like an invitation to join this fantastic site. When I ordered Lilly Pulitzer stationery from OKL, I was delighted to receive a gift with purchase candle. It was such a nice surprise.

But there are many other sample sale sites that you may want to join. Here are some of my favorites:

Juicy Couture is featured on HauteLook today! Lots of great finds every day on this flash sale site.

Enviius is a Canadian site that serves fashionistas in Canada and the U.S. Today there is a vintage Louis Vuitton sale on their site. What a great way to add to your handbag collection! Here's your personal invitation.

Modnique is another fantastic sample sale site. This week they have Christian Lacroix scarves on sale. You'll get a $5 credit just for joining and can earn referrals for your friends and their friends. Their shipping is very fast, too! Sign up today.

Billion Dollar Babes is another fantastic sample sale site!

Row Nine opens new boutiques every day that stay open for 72 hours. The prices are amazing at up to 80% off retail. I actually got something that I had on the wait list from Row Nine. Amrita Singh Shoes and Handbags are featured this week.

The Mini Social is another one of my favorites. Their kids' clothes are so pretty and I love the accessories they offer. Join this site today! Isn't this tunic gorgeous?

Zulily offers daily deals for moms, kids, and babies. I love Melissa and Doug's things. They make such a perfect gift and are at amazing prices on Zulily. Other upscale baby items are offered daily. Here's your ticket to savings. This grocery cart is so cool ~ it looks like the real deal!

Another great resource that is open to anyone is The Outnet. This site designers like Tibi, Milly, and Alice + Olivia.

I hope that you find something that you like on one of these sample sale sites. Please share these fantastic options with your friends and enjoy fashion, home goods, and luxury travel at deeply discounted prices.

Have a fabulous day!



  1. looks like we're both after a certain pair of Hunter riding boots! can't resist!


  2. I was just watching a morning show about this the other day. I will have to look at these sites. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for all of the info on these! I knew some of them, but definitely not all. My daughter has that Melissa and Doug stroller and LOVES it. Durable enough to last forever! Now, lets get some shopping on, for me! :)

  4. Bethany! I am starting to feel our relationship is becoming dangerous! I can see my money flying out the wondow now :) Off to check a few of these out!

  5. I need to learn more about online sample sales. I am clueless with the whole concept (except for RueLaLa)!

  6. Oh no! I am an avid purchaser at RuLaLa and Gilt and HauteLook, but what are these others?!??! YAY! More sample sale shopping!!

  7. These shopping sites are dangerous for my Shopaholic self! :-) Love them all! XOXO

  8. Love those boots! So great. And I love a good sale. xoxo

  9. Thank you for this post. I love you for it, but my husband will not. ;)

    I am obsessed w/ flash/sample sale sites, & I've been frequenting them for about a year & a half now. I thought I knew them all, but there are FOUR in your post that I was NOT aware of (I'm shocked).

    My favorites are Billion Dollar Babes, Ideeli, Rue La La, Totsy, & Zulily. Let me know if you need an invite for any of those that you didn't mention!

  10. I hit the jackpot a few months ago with two Lilly P. skirts at 45.00 a piece! Too cute... love Rue La La!

    And thanks for your birthday wishes and sweet comment for S!



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