Monday, February 8, 2010

Online Sample Sales Rock

Friends, Romans, online shoppers, lend me your wallets;
I come to praise Sample Sales, not to bury them
The evil that we do is in over-spending
The good is...

Yeah, that's about as much as I can riff on that Caesar speech. And, I have no idea why it's stuck in my head now, years after junior high. But the point is, if you have not yet discovered the joys of online sample sales, now is the time.

A host of different sites — Rue La La, Beyond the Rack, HauteLook — offer brand-name stuff at fire-sale prices. As an example of the amazingness available: Billion Dollar Babes recently had all-cashmere scarves for $25 and clothes from designers like Michael Kors for under $30. See that awesome pair of Current/Elliott jeans? Scored for $20. Regular retail is $100-plus. That cool scarf? Just ordered from Beyond the Rack. Regular price: $85; my price $25.

Some sites do require you to be invited first, but it's not that hard to get in. Usually, you just have to get on a waiting list. Generally, all you do is fork over your e-mail address and create a password. Then, you get daily updates on sales. Shipping is reasonable. The only real hitch is that it takes about two weeks (!!!) for your booty to arrive. And in some cases, the sales are final, so you must know your size and be absolutely positively sure you want it. You can always resale on eBay for probably more than you spent, if you change your mind.

My favorite sample sale sites:

Beyond the Rack
Billion Dollar Babes

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