The explosion of online shopping options has given birth to the flash-sale site, yet another way to track down the newest, the coolest, and the most deeply discounted stuff for the home and for you. There are dozens these days, but we’ve handpicked a few that we think deliver on their promise of designer and small-production awesomeness that won’t cost a year’s pay.
Best in Show: Fab.com
If you love all things design, this is the site for you. Choose from daily selections that include furniture and housewares, clothes, jewelry, tech accessories, kitchen gadgets, magazine subscriptions, art, and more—all with a focus on unusual artisan-made products. Recent sales featured Snow & Graham stationery, Canadian fashion designer Les Enfants Sauvages, and irreverent lighting by Blue Q. We also look forward to their weeknight specialty shops, featuring everything from pet boutiques to foodie favorites.
Best Housewares: Joss & Main
As Good Housekeeping put it, “Shopping on Joss & Main is like shopping on ApartmentTherapy.com—if ApartmentTherapy sold things.” Brought to you by the undisputed king of housewares variety, Wayfair, Joss & Main stocks everything from vintage rugs to decorative pillows, midcentury modern furniture, colorful accents, and fine bedding. We’re big fans of their theme shops (for example, “Destination: Guatemala”) and their Curator’s Collections, selected by prominent stylists, bloggers, and designers.
Best High-End Fashion: Gilt Groupe
Beautiful yet accessible clothing and accessory collections from top-tier brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Catherine Malandrino, Proenza Schouler, Furla, Derek Lam, Tucker, and more, all at prices that, while not everyday-affordable, definitely fall within the occasional-splurge zone. Gilt also offers some pretty snazzy home décor, but we usually head for the fashion first. Gilt has sister sites for food, travel, kids’, and men’s items, as well.
Best Affordable Fashion: Ideeli
Another site that offers a bit of everything—from beauty products to floral arrangements and countertop appliances—Ideeli is, in our opinion, first and foremost a repository of cool fashion. Choose from the likes of big names like Calvin Klein and Vivienne Tam, or wait for deals on young brands like Danang, Monique Leshman, and Mark & James.We especially like their amazing deals on handbags and shoes.
Best Small but Eclectic Collection: Daily Candy Deals
We look forward to our Daily Candy e-newsletters—complete with great beauty, shopping, and travel tips, all delivered with snappy headlines and a dash of snark—and can’t wait to see what kind of deals they’re offering exclusively to subscribers through their Groupon-like discount service. With a focus on indie designers and sites, like eco-friendly sunglasses maker Panda, clever (and cute) stationer Colette Paperie, print-happy clothing designer Show Me Your Mumu, and hip online boutique Edition 101, Daily Candy is the place for people who like to shop off the beaten path.
Best Imitation of a Flash Sale That Isn’t: Daily Grommet
With the motto “Every product has a story to tell,” the Daily Grommet is all about bringing you innovative ideas, green gadgets, hand-crafted goods, and unique gifts. Take a spin around the site and you’ll find everything from Sergio Gutierrez Liquid Metal bracelets to Smart Planet collapsible lunch containers, Plumen energy-saving sculptural lightbults, and doormats woven from reclaimed fishing rope. Sign up for daily e-mail “grommets,” featuring a new item each day. Most products are available in limited quantities, giving the shop a personalized feel.