Save Money
With Sample Sales

With the current economy, we are all looking to save money. Online sample sales are a great way to build your wardrobe without spending a fortune. You can find a variety of online sample sale websites that offer exclusive sales on top brand name fashions.

Woman shopping online sample sale

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

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

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.

Other online sample sale websites

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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Comments on "Online sample sale websites"

Kaylee September 06, 2012 | 1:41 PM

Does anyone ever go to the sample sales in Los Angeles? I just moved here and have hear a ton about it them but dont know the first thing about getting there or what to look for. Please Help

SaraPoll May 25, 2012 | 9:34 AM

I love sample sale sites! This is a great list to feed my addiction!lol I am Canadian so another site I really like to shop at is Enviius

Chelsea December 01, 2011 | 10:44 AM

I LOVE sample sales! My wardrobe lives off of them, and I was able to find out about some I'd never heard of here. Thanks!!

Helen May 20, 2011 | 12:57 PM

mm.. lovesample sale sites.. you can get really kool stuff and not spend your last dollar..there is other site i like blacklabelsale - they have gucci sales, prada..etc nice stuff..

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sooz January 14, 2011 | 12:26 PM

The trouble with online sales is that you can't try the clothes on unlike sample sales in the stores.

Amrin January 12, 2011 | 10:53 PM

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patti December 08, 2009 | 12:55 PM

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Sessh November 05, 2009 | 1:19 PM

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Sessh November 05, 2009 | 1:11 PM

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Nancy October 02, 2009 | 11:24 AM

Hi to all women that love to shop sale sample online rue lala is giving $10 credit to you when you join them before Oct.10 Send me your e-mail to Jaqueline_n.c@hotmail and also if you want invitation to gilt, hautelook, editors closet and beyond the reck send me your e-mail.

TJ September 30, 2009 | 11:53 AM

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cristina September 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM

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Sophia September 11, 2009 | 4:18 PM

hey can someone give me the invitation code to top secret and their email so i can join ;)

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