Smooth Sale-ing: Flash sale fashion shopping

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to break out the sandals or buy a fresh new pair — and quick! For a fast way to start your spring wardrobe, take advantage of flash sales. Flash sale websites have exclusive, limited-time sales on great brands. Some require an invite while others just involve signing up. Besides great savings, they also offer great rewards such as store credit when you invite others to join.

Ideeli.com and Hautelook.com are both like an online T.J.Maxx, filled with fashion made affordable. Many high-end, brand-name favorites like BCBG, Steve Madden and 7 For All Mankind are featured on the site, but with half the retail price tag.

For a site that has so many steals, it’s no wonder they call it PLNDR. Streetwear and trendy apparel is always on sale at PLNDR.com with brands such as a BB Dakota, Betsey Johnson and Crooks and Castles. Shoes, clothes and accessories are often over 50-percent off, and sometimes prices are slashed even further and placed into a bargain bin of savings! If the website’s savings aren’t satisfying enough, enter the code VALLEYPSU for an extra 10-percent off!

Fab.com is, well, a fabulous place to find fresh and exciting designs. There’s always a sale on fun gadgets, creative gifts and authentic art. From pop art by Andy Warhol, to artsy and eco-friendly fashion, there is something here for everyone.

Of course, shopping for deals doesn’t have to be limited to flash sale sites. When you’ve finished filling your online shopping cart on any clothing site, be sure to check Retailmenot.com to see if there are any coupons or promo codes that can be used for your order.

Photos by Nina Abbott