Ahh, the beauty of online sample shopping. Instead of braving nasty weather and waiting on long lines at designer boutiques during two hours of an exclusive sample sale, you can shop these daily sales from the comfort of home or work (Shh! we won’t tell your boss). Mothers will love these sites, where children’s clothing is sold at 55-70 percent off. The stuff’s so cheap you won’t feel too badly when they grow out of their dresses and pants in a month. Some are members-only sites but registration is free. CBSNewYork researched the best sites for this revolutionary type of sample shopping – so get your plastic ready, ladies. By Erica Jill Mason
This free membership-only shopping site is not a typical online store, but a place where new sample sale items are featured daily from an array of designers. Signing up is fast and easy and only members can take advantage of Zulily’s extremely low prices on fabulous designer products. Some of the best deals for moms and their kids are on this site (more than 70 percent off) on high quality items such as Foxfire for kids, Jaxxwear, Rumble Tumble, Corky and Company, and David and Goliath for kids. For upcoming events, sign up for daily emails and you can check out how long items are on sale for and how many are left. Zulily’s buyers find fabulous buys from many popular brands. This shopping experience differs from the rest because Zulily events only last for 72 hours each. If you miss an item that you are dying to buy, contact Zulily and they will reorder the product for you! Members receive daily emails alerting them of the latest events and can go straight to the site to shop for multiple brands. Items range from $10 Melissa and Doug children’s puzzles to 55% off of this season’s coats for women. Check it out and refer a friend to receive a $10 gift card credit!
Rue La La
This free members-only, exclusive online shopping sample sale experience offers a new way of shopping for yourself and children. Premier brands from private sale boutiques are open for 2 days and sell to Rue La La. Rue La La presents a $10 gift card to anyone who invites a new member. Brands offered for men, women and children range from clothing boutiques such as Earnest Sewn, Miss Sixty, Bruno Magli, Roberto Cavalli, to shoe stores like Steven by Steve Madden, and clothing for children by Yummie Tummie’s Heather Thomson. Check out Rue La La for fabulous shopping process and a revolutionized shopping experience of clothing that are usually 50-70 percent off!
Another members-only free site, Gilt Groupe offers daily deals on women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and also features accessories and toys. This online shopping sample sale features a blog and guides you to the best and newest fashion styles, all of which are for sale on the site. Daily emails come with sample sale deals for 36 hours, and clearance items are always fabulous. This site has luxury travel packages and huge deals and discounts on children’s classes and local services, such as spas, photography sessions. Included are usually children’s classes that are normally $600 to even sign up for yet are free on Gilt and are 70% off for each class. Home décor and entertainment specials are also a perk of this site. Join this fabulous, celebrity- worthy and often visited site for the best sample sale clothes and other products up to 70% off!
Receive 50-70 percent off on this free, members-only Web site! It’s simple to sign up and to invite your friends. Shop for women, men and children for brands such as BCBG Max Azria, Kiehl’s, Joe’s Joeans, Breville, DVF, Elephantino for kids, HYPE Girls, and hundreds more! Upcoming sale events start daily at 8am where different brands are for sale for 48 hours at a time. People magazine voted Haute Look as one of the best ways to save money on over 1,000 high profile brands and 2,500 private events for men, women, children, home, and beauty.