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NYC Friends: Gift Giving Sample Sale

Sorry, this sample sale is just too good to pass up, since it’s a gift-giving sample sale and prices will start at just $5.  Le sigh.  Just another reason in my list of millions why I need to move to NYC!

The sale begins today at Noon EST and lasts through December 20, 2009.  Normal sale hours will be 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday is 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Location: 42 Greene Street, between Grand and Broome, 2nd Floor

L.A. Friends: Paige Premium Denim Sample Sale

I thought those of you living in the Hollywood/L.A. area may be interested in this Paige Premium Denim Sample Sale, which will take place Saturday on August 22, 2009.

Jeans for just $65 – not bad!

New Sample Sale Site: Gomatta Girls

Woot.com is even more like RedTagCrazy.com than the previously discussed Gomatta Girls. Woot.com only offers one item per sale each day (although it appears that “one item” may sometimes be a few items from one designer), at rock bottom prices. Whether or not the item sells out, a new item will be for sale the next day.

If you sign up for their email newsletter you will be informed when the latest sale goes live, although don’t say I didn’t warn you – the newsletters don’t actually tell you what item is for sale and actually appear to be more of the riddle variety. I’m not going to lie – I’m not a huge fan because I’d like to know from the email if the sale is worth checking out. But – what can you do?

I’ve been watching this site for the past few weeks and they really do have some cute stuff. Such as this Tulle Picque Tulip Dress. It normally retails for $70 but Woot.com was selling it for $29.

This dress was a little pricier, but it’s so cute I couldn’t help but post it:

Gomatta GirlsThis dress is the Rosanna Striped Dress by designer Heidi Merrick. It originally retailed for $451, but Gomatta Girls was selling it for $139.

Is Woot.com worth checking out? If you are a lover of sample sale sites, then I say yes. I think the lack of real notification about current and/or upcoming sales is rather frustrating. The site is filled with type-o’s. But – in terms of the shopping, if you’re willing to wait and check back each day, I have no doubt you’ll find some item to love.

The Fantabulous Lowdown: Sample Sale Sites

One of the things I write about on here quite often are sample sales and sample sale sites that I think might be of interest. It was pointed out to me recently that not everyone is familiar with the concept of an online sample sale, so I thought I’d take a moment (OK, a long moment) to explain this concept that has helped bring designer fashions at discounted prices to the online shopper.

Sample sales have been around for awhile (primarily in areas with a high concentration of designers, such as NYC) and have historically provided a way for designers to get rid of the previous season’s fashions, as well as any excess inventory. They drastically reduce the price of the merchandise and *poof* it all flies off the shelf. (Ideally.)

Fantabulously Frugal,shopping,womanThe concept behind online sample sales is very similar. Online sample sale sites work with designers and retailers to buy up their left-over merchandise and sell it at a steep discount. But here’s the catch – like “real” sample sales, online sample sales primarily deal with designer goods – so even at a discount, sample sales are not always *cheap*. Say one site is having an up-to 70% off Marc Jacobs sale. If the cheapest item in the sale retails for $300, the cheapest you could really expect to find an item for is $90. This is a fantabulous deal for Marc Jacobs, but, you know, not anywhere close to dirt cheap. (And I am simply talking $$$ here – let’s not debate quality and all that.)

Here are three things you should know about all sample sales: 1. Quantities are LIMITED. If there’s a sample sale you’re interested in perusing, it’s better to do so as soon as the site goes live because if you wait 20 minutes everything could be gone. 2. Sales only last a very limited amount of time. Some might be open for 12 hours, and some might be open for 48-72 hours. There’s no such thing as a meandering sample sale. 3. Many will offer you incentives ($$$) for getting your friends to sign up and purchase things – as noted below.

Online sample sales only began popping up during the past few years and anymore it seems as though there’s a new sample sale site joining the ranks on a daily basis. I’m going to give you the lowdown on a few of them here, as well as tell you how you can sign up for the various sites. (And by all means, if there are sale sites that I’m missing that you think are *good* please let me know!)

  • According to the website, Beyond the Rack offers up to 70% off designer merchandise.
  • Beyond the Rack is a “By Invitation Only” site, meaning unless someone specifically invites you, you will be put on their waiting list. Here’s your Beyond the Rack invitation.
  • Once you are a member of Beyond the Rack you will be given your own invitation code. You can then receive $10 for every person you refer that makes a purchase.
  • According to the website, Editors’ Closet offers up to 80% off retail prices.
  • Here’s your Editors’ Closet invitation
  • Get a $5 coupon for signing up
  • Receive a $5 coupon for every person you refer that makes a purchase.

  • According to the website, Gilt Groupe offers up to 70% off retail prices at 36-hour sales.
  • By Invitation Only.
  • Here’s your Gilt invitation
  • Gilt offers sales for Women, Men, Children, and Home
  • Receive a $25 credit for every person you refer that makes a purchase.

  • According to the website, HauteLook offers between 50-75% off retail prices.
  • Anyone can join.
  • Invite your friends to join and receive a $10 credit when your friends make their first purchases.
  • Here’s your HauteLook invitation
  • According to the website, Ideeli claims to be the first online sample sale site. It’s free to join, but for an additional fee you can get exclusive benefits, such as earlier shopping times.
  • By Invitation Only.
  • Here’s your Ideeli invitation
  • Receive a $25 credit for every person you refer that makes a purchase.

  • According to the website, most Rue La La sales last no more than 2-3 days. (Sorry, I could not find any information about the savings you might receive here.)
  • By Invitation Only.
  • Receive a $10 credit for every person you refer that makes a purchase.
  • Here’s your Rue La la invitation

Are there sample sale sites I’m missing? If so, please send me some information and I’d be happy to add to the list. As this form of shopping continues to grow I am positive the number of sample sale stores is going to explode!

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