Admit it. Even though you’re a fashionista with a taste for pricey luxury items, you still can’t resist a good sale. When it comes to shopping your favorite stores – the four Bs: Bergdorf, Barneys, Bendel and Bloomingdale’s – a few bucks off that $1,000-plus Marc Jacobs tote or $500 Rag & Bone Newbury booties means extra cash in your Burberry wallet, or maybe some extra dough for that luscious Tom Ford lipstick for $50 you’ve been eyeing but couldn’t justify buying.
Lucky for you, the shopping event of the season, Black Friday, is nearly here, with countless opportunities to score discounts at sales by your favorite department and boutique stores, just in time for the holidays.
But don’t pigeonhole yourself into just those elite upscale shopping havens like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor; many flash sale sites, discount stores, clearance outlets and other sartorial sanctuaries are having sales that we could only classify as ridiculous this year, beginning on Thanksgiving Day.
And, best of all, the holiday sales don’t end on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or even free shipping day. IBTimes spoke with an expert about the best deals on Black Friday, and according to Steve Schaffer, CEO of Offer.com, when it comes to designer goods, it might be best to wait.
“Cyber Monday is a better time to buy clothing because you’re going to find storewide sales and storewide offers,” Schaffer said. “So 10 percent off on everything at X,Y,Z stores. For designer clothing, my recommendation is to shop the off-brand stores like Bluefly, 6pm, Haute Look, Neiman Marcus Last Call. … You’re going to save the most money.”
So, whether you choose to start now, shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or hold out until after the shopping extravaganza concludes, you'll want to check out this roundup of the best designer sales to make any fashionista salivate.
WHAT: 5F Fall Frenzy Sale with 40 percent off contemporary, ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, men’s and more. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until 11/28/2013.
WHAT: Big Brown Bag sale with up to 50 percent off select items; In store, $15 bMoney gift card for every $100 spent; Online-only, take $25 off every $200 spent; 30 percent off designer handbags; Free shipping on online orders until 12/21/2013; Loyalists get double Bloomingdale’s points until 12/1/2013 WHERE: Online and in stores (see previous details). WHEN: Now until 12/1/2013
WHAT: Extra 20 percent off sale items using code “FSEXTRA20”; Free shipping with no code needed; Sign up for emails and receive 10 percent off your next order; 20 percent off orders of $100 plus, 25 percent off orders of $200 plus, 30 percent off $300 plus using code “PARTYGUIDE” WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until 12/4/2013
Saks Fifth Avenue
WHAT: Up to 40 percent off select contemporary/cusp, dressed and more; Up to 25 percent off select regular-priced kids' items; Sign up for emails and get 10 percent off until 11/30/2013 for new subscribers only. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until unknown.
Lord & Taylor
WHAT: Big Sale with 30 percent to 50 percent off regular-priced sportswear, 50 percent off coats and 30 percent off select dresses; In-store, print this coupon for 20 percent off sale and clearance items until Nov. 25; Online-only, save 15 percent off regular-priced items and 10 percent off sale and clearance items with promo code “BIG.” WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: 11/30/2013.
WHAT: Spend $250, save 15 percent; Spend $500, save 20 percent; Spend $1,000, save 25 percent. WHERE: Online. WHEN: 11/26/2013 to 12/2/2013.
WHAT: Blue Friday cold weather event with 30 percent off outerwear; Free shipping on orders of $75 or more until 12/31/2013; 25 percent off with email sign up until 12/31/2013. WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until unknown.
Neiman Marcus Last Call
WHAT: Extra 30 percent to 40 percent off women’s and men’s apparel; 30 percent off handbags and jewelry. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: Now until 11/25/2013, online until 11/26/2013 until 8 a.m. CT.
Saks Off Fifth
WHAT: 40 percent to 50 percent off entire purchase for a total of 70 percent in savings; Free shipping on all purchases using code “FREESHIP”; Buy one pair of Women's Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one pair of Men's Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one Men's Suit, Sportcoat or Dress Pant and get another of equal or lesser value free; An extra 50% off Men's & Women's Outerwear, Cashmere Sweaters, Hats, Gloves & Scarves. WHERE: In stores and online. WHEN: Now until 11/29/2013
Diane von Furstenberg
WHAT: $50 off when you spend $200 online with code “DVFINSIDER”. WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now through 11/30/2013.
WHAT: Early Black Friday Sale with 40 percent off regular-priced items using code “GAPEARLY” or 50 percent off for those with a Gap Card using code “BFCARD”; $25 in GapCASH for every $50 spent with a $125 max until 11/22/2013. WHERE: Online-only. WHEN: Now until 11/23/2013. BONUS: Fabsugar.com said there will be a 50 percent off sale on 11/29/2013 and 40 percent off storewide 11/30/2013 until 12/2/2013.
WHAT: 40 percent to 60 percent off the entire store. WHERE: Unknown. WHEN: Unknown.
WHAT: 40 percent off select merchandise. WHERE: Unknown. WHEN: Unknown.
WHAT: 30 percent off. WHERE: Online-only. WHEN: 11/29/2013.
WHAT: 25 percent off winter favorites for women, men and kids using code “WINTER.” WHERE: Online. WHEN: Now until 11/24/2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
WHAT: 50 percent off all cashmere. WHERE: Online. WHEN: 11/29/2013.
WHAT: 50 percent off the entire store. WHERE: Online and in stores. WHEN: 7pm on 11/28/2013 through 11/29/2013. (Plus 40 percent off the entire store on 11/30/2013, 30 percent off the entire store 12/1/2013 and 12/2/2013).
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