Saturday, January 31, 2009

How to be a smart shopper

Gone are the days where I go into a store and purchase hot designer items at retail prices... Well that's a lie, I never really did that in the first place. But alas---what do you do when you have high end taste, love to shop but cant afford the crazy price tags? Well lucky us, there is an answer:

*Online Sample Sales*

Many sample sale websites have cropped up over the past year with the mission to bring you designer merchandise at up to 75% off retail price. Here is the list of the Culturista's faves:

Rue La la: Is a great sample sale website full of designer brands at very low prices. The sales last 48 hours each. Membership is free but you have to be invited or get on the waiting list. Items sell out fast so make sure you get there right as the sale starts!

The Top Secret: This is another, invitation only, sample sale site--with an option to get on a waiting list as well. They provide their members access to exclusive offers from premier brands with discounts up to 75% off. Each sale runs 1-3 days.

Hautelook: Hautelook is a club which organizes 12-48 hour on-line private sales of premium fashion and luxury lifestyle brands. They have prices of up to 75% off retail. Membership is free :) Merchandise also sells out fast here so get there right as the sale starts!

The Gilt Groupe: Gilt Groupe provides access, by invitation only, to coveted fashion and luxury brands for Women, Men and Children at prices up to 70% off retail. Each Sale lasts 36 hours and features hand selected styles from a single designer. They also have a great blog!

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