Friday, August 27, 2010

"I'm saving by spending."

As you know, I love to shop.  And even more so, I adore bargains.   This drives my husband crazy, as he is convinced, with all of his b-school training, that there is no such thing as a bargain: where there is a sale, he says, there was a mark-up.

"Is that a sale over there?"

Well boo to him and his nay-saying.

I just discovered today that Overstock has opened a new, invitation-only shopping site called Eziba.  I just checked out the site, and it looks like it's fairly similar to One King's Lane or the Gilt Groupe home sales section.  Today, for example, they had Kitchenaid mixers at 50% off.  And tomorrow (Friday), they'll have the Cricut Cake machine (which would be awesome if I could bake).  Here's an invitation, if you're interested.

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While I'm at it, I thought I might as well share my other favorite invitation-only shopping sites:

Gilt Groupe

Of course, my longstanding favorite is still Gilt Groupe.  When I was wedding planning, Gilt was the source for some of my favorite dress bargains, including the tres chic Badgley Mischka cocktail dress I wore for my rehearsal dinner.  Now that I am an old married lady and have no reason to dress up anymore, the section I browse first is the home sales.  I mean, how excited was I to score my new living room rug last week?

Here's an invitation.  They're having a Kitchenaid sale on Friday.

One King's Lane

One King's Lane is like Gilt Groupe (timed sales, some pretty great bargains), but for furnishings, housewares, and decor items only.  I haven't shopped from them all that often, but they sometimes have surprising sales on quirky and fun items like office essentials from Russell + Hazel or Orla Kiely.  I also like browsing their weekend designer tag sales, even though I could never afford to do anymore than browse.  (And if you like to throw $8000 on an old barn door, this blog is probably too ghetto for your tastes.)

Here's an invitation.  They're having a sale on teak outdoor furniture, among other things, on Friday.

Rue La La

Rue La La is a lot like Gilt Groupe: timed sales on men and women's fashion and on home goods.  Aside from shearling boots, I haven't purchased anything from them.  But there's always a lot of tempting goodies, like the Paige Premium Denim sale on Saturday!  Here's an invitation.

Haute Look

Like Gilt and Rue La La, Haute Look has timed sales on fashion and home goods.  The lines they feature don't seem to be as high end as Gilt, but consequently, the prices are somewhat more palatable.  I haven't made any purchases from them yet, but here's an invitation if you need one.


Ideeli initially had a two-tier model, in which those who paid for premium access had first dibs on sales, and all the hoi polloi didn't really have a shot of finding anything worth buying.  But they've recently changed their model to be more like Rue La La and Gilt, and I think they've done away entirely with the hierarchical sales access.  Here's an invitation.

Swirl by Daily Candy

Swirl is Daily Candy's attempt to seize on the Gilt Groupe trend.  I haven't ordered anything from there yet, but here's an invitation.

Snappy Tuna

Snappy Tuna is like One King's Lane, except its inventory is mostly kitchen stuff.  It's pretty new, so I haven't had the chance to familiarize myself with the site and its quirks.  But here's an invitation; check it out and tell me what you think.

Groupon and BuyWithMe

I've been finding my best bargains lately on Groupon and BuyWithMe.  Through these new social media bargain sites, I've gotten amazing deals on cupcakes, a photography session for Jellyby, and custom photobooks.


Lastly, do you know about Ebates?  When you use Ebates as a portal for shopping, the site gives you a cut of their referral fee, which is a small rebate that is a percentage of your purchase.  There are so many stores on this site -- from Crate and Barrel to Ebay -- that it's silly to make any internet purchase without first checking whether there's a rebate via Ebates.  (Rebate via Ebates.  Say that a few times fast.)

Ok, that's all I've got.  Please share your favorite bargain sites!!!!!


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