City Pulse

By Jamie Allison Sanders

Women snatching items out of each other’s hands. Clawing at each other to get the last $19 cashmere sweater on the rack. Waiting in lines longer than the cafeteria line in high school just to get your hands on a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress at a quarter of the price. Sound familiar? You must have attended a sample sale.

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Sample sale madness!

But now there’s a way to shop sample sales right from your very own home! No muss, no fuss, and no crazy ladies screaming at you because you took the Rock & Republic jeans they were eyeing. How on earth can you do it? By simply logging into HauteLook.com, of course.

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HauteLook is seriously the world’s answer to sample sale shopping. Tons of designers are featured – each by itself for 48-72 hours – and prices are shockingly amazing. You can find deals of up to 75 percent off retail prices on all the brands you’ve been eyeing at Barneys, such as Miguelina, LaROK, and Development by Erica Davies! All pieces are from the current season so you’ll look totally hip and trendy every time you buy.

Examples of how great the prices can be? At the last sale, featuring YA-YA, a cute cropped blazer was only $76.25 (down from over $300), a gorgeous floral-patterned silk dress was $103.75 (slashed from over $400) and a stunning leather peacoat was $200 (originally $800!). But shopping early is definitely key, as coveted items tend to sell out rather quickly.

Signing up not only gets you access to the sales, but to behind-the-scenes designer videos, backstage fashion show footage and designer interviews. So you can really brush up on your fashion knowledge and feel better about yourself while shopping!

Interested? Sign up immediately and get access to tons of great upcoming sales. Next up is Genetic Denim (January 8), followed by the soon-to-be-scheduled Robert Rodriguez, Miguelina, Jovovich-Hawk and Habitual.

And best of all, for every friend you invite to the site, HauteLook will credit your account with $10 after they make their first purchase! Getting paid to shop? Now that’s worth looking into.

Originally published December 2007
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