Just a few years back, the retail industry was rocked by the introduction of the flash sale site. It was a whole new way to shop. Suddenly, women everywhere were logging on to their computers at predetermined times, ready to stake their claim on discounted goods from brands such as Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Free People and Saint Laurent.
While the frenzy has died down somewhat, the best flash sale sites won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. You can still pick up a great deal if you know where to go. That’s the good news. The even better news is we know where to go.
Ahead, check out our list of seven flash sales sites every savvy shopper should know.
You can consider Gilt the holy grail of flash sale sites. The best of the best. The crème de la crème. Here, you can buy a Balenciaga bag at a significant discount while picking up your entire Free People wishlist at half price. In fact, there’s little you won’t be able to find at Gilt, so make this site the first addition to your bookmarks.
If you already have Nordstrom on speed-dial, make sure you add Nordstrom’s flash sale sister site HauteLook. HauteLook keeps it in the family by offering a vast range of discounted fashion and beauty products, as well as a pretty nifty home décor section. Bonus: Once you’re in the know, you can invite your BFFs to join and get $20 credit every time one of them does.
Fab is one of the newer kids on the block, and the site has proved it won’t do things by halves. At Fab, you’ll find daily design deals for the home and beyond – whether that means wall art, modular furniture, design-your-own wallets or bento box sets. We particularly enjoy shopping at Fab when we’re in the market for a unique gift, even if that means we sometimes buy with a “one for me, one for you” attitude.
Gilt was quick to disrupt the fashion industry, and once it had its playbook sorted, the company moved on to travel. Enter: Jetsetter. If you’re booking a quick weekend getaway or planning an overseas trip, Jetsetter has some seriously top-notch hotel deals going. But if you’re not sure, you can still stop in. The site has plenty of travel inspiration and photos that will have you dreaming about your next destination in no time.
Rue La La
If you can’t get enough of a good thing, Rue La La is another fashion-based flash sale site to add, stat. Rue La La dukes it out with Gilt as a contender for the best in style. Here, you’ll find brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Honeydew Intimates, American Apparel and La Perla – at up to 70% off. Every day, new “boutiques” arrive so you’ll need to visit regularly if you want to be up to speed.
While Zulily has a little something for everyone, the primary focus here is the next generation: children. The sales cover pregnancy and the pre-baby months, as well as everything that comes next: babies, toddlers, kids, teens. And since parents are busy juggling, well, life, you’ll be pleased to know that when you’re picking up something for your little one, you can add something special for yourself to the cart.
One Kings Lane
One Kings Lane is an actual one-stop shop for anyone outfitting their home. Whether you’re renting an apartment and you just want to add some personal décor touches to your place or you’ve bought your first home and you’re investing in furniture that can last a lifetime, you’re set. And if you don’t know where you stand just yet, you can always click through to the OKL blog for inspiration.
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