I a big fan of Gilt, a site that proposes designer brands at super deals (up to 90% off the retail price, but in average 50% off). The site runs sale events that you need to attend on time. I find the site especially great for looking for toys you can only get in exotic places like Europe, e.g. Haba, or fancy clothing for baby, e.g. Jacadi.
The secret to win a sale is to:
1- be right on time! Items sold out very quickly
2- Prepare what you want to buy in advance so that you can select quickly
3- Check the brand somewhere else prior to the sale to get an idea of what you might like
Being a fan of Gilt, I was searching for some other sites in the same vein. I found quite a few that I want to share.
Recently I discovered Rue La la, and on top of their amazing deals, they have a sale on sale event that makes amazing designers entirely accessible to small budget. This is really to check out!
I shopped also a lot on ideeli, especially in the kid section where I could find the kickers of my childhood!
I also found Luxuryhut, which carries more luxurious brand.
In a different vein, but the best to find independent fashion, Moxie introduces "unknown" designers and offer one super deal every day. I discovered my favorite jeweler on their site... So I definitely recommend.
I will be listing more of these sites, as I find them and use them. I also tried a few others but the brand did not appeal to me yet.
The list (that I will update regularly):
All these sites run by invitation only, so you need to be invited to access private sales. So if you clic on my link you are invited. Some of these sites carry referral, so refer your friends to the ones you like the most! It offers referral so it gives me a discount if you use my link and on some of them it gives you a discount as well ;)
Gilt --> the number 1 (at least for me). Sale events start at noon EST.
Rue La la --> Sale events start at 11am EST and sometimes "liquidation deals" at 8pm EST!
ideeli --> Sale events starts at noon EST. They have a system of "1st row members" that you have to pay for (about 90$ a year) and you get access to everything at 11am EST. They offer nice private events as well...
Moxie --> Everyday a new deal. Nice way to promote and discover new designers.
Yoox --> There are no "sale events", but regular arrivals. Much more expensive, but if you check regularly you can find gems.
Zulily --> Super deals, but specifically for moms, baby and kids. Great place to find nice clothing, designer clothing during pregnancy.
Hautelook --> Sale events start at 8am pacific time.
Plndr --> Sale events for "independent" fashion. Really cool.
Reebonz --> Sale events and they also propose "Vintage Sales", e.g. Vintage Chanel sales.
Envite --> Sale events and VIP super deals events. If you like Prada, Gucci, etc. this might be your favorite sale events site!
Beyond the rack --> Sale events, lots of brands, lots of styles!
Totsy --> Another new sale events site for baby clothing, accessories, gears... Very neat.
Editorscloset -->Exclusive savings!
Billion Dollar Babes ---> vintage treasures!! Chanel, Gucci, etc.
Modnique --> A new growing one!!
Nomorerack --> very limited items, super cheap, and a 2$ flat rate shipping.
Rownine--> mostly brands I don't know about ...
Also to not forget:
Ebates --> the site to start with before buying anything on the internet. When you subscribe, its gives you 5$. Then it offers cash back from every site you visit that they list, a bit like in your credit card programs. And they list a lot of web sites. So when shopping needs to be done, definitely go through this site. It seems to work so far .