If you live in New York City, you probably know all about sample sales. Sample sales are usually invitation only and quantities are limited, but you can get designer fashions at bargain prices - oftentimes saving 70% or more off retail. Over the past few years, sample sales have gone online.
Most online sample sales last for a very short period of time (24-48 hours) and feature selected styles from a specific designer. To sign up, online sample sale websites normally require a referral from a current member. Once you are in, you receive emails to alert you of upcoming sales. Here are a few of our favorite online sample sale websites.
Hautelook organizes exclusive 12-48 hour online private sales from fashion and luxury lifestyle brands. Membership is free and prior to each sale, members are sent an email notice announcing the brand and start date/time of the sale. With discounts of up to 75% off on top brands, Hautelook is one of the most popular online sample sale sites.
Gilt Groupe offers invitation only sales on men's, women's and children's fashions. Each Gilt sale starts at noon EST and lasts 36 hours and features specific selected styles from a single designer. You need an invite from a current member. Fortunately for you, I'm a member, so you can sign up with this Gilt Groupe link.
Editors' Closet organizes online, confidential sample sales for their members which feature up and coming brands at 30%-75% off. Membership is free and you need to be referred. You can also get on their waiting list in case a spot opens up. Each sale last two to three days and members receive 48 hours notification about every sale. they offer apparel, accessories, jewelry, electronics and more.
Another sample sale website is Ideeli. It's easy to sign up and free to join for their 2nd Row membership. However, to get access to more exclusive sales and shop one hour earlier than other members, you can upgrade to a 1st Row membership for $6.99 a month (billed annually). They also offer giveaways and other fun stuff.
But there's still more! Here are some more sample and member-only sale sites you may want to check out.
If you are in New York City and love shopping the sample sales in person, check this annual calendar of sales from NY Mag to find out where to shop.
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