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Preppy Brands at Flash Sale Sites

Hello-Hello, today we continue with our look at flash sales, focusing on prep brands sold via this method.

Many of the companies offer sale events several times a year, almost on a quarterly basis, others may be sold even more frequently and some less often. Prices are generally very good, at least 25% off MSRP, with the majority of items marked down by 40% and more.  Special sale and promotional events (Sunday Night Styleathons at RueLaLa, Last Day Discount at another site) provide even deeper price cuts. Here are just a few names you know that can be found at the discount-driven sites: Lilly Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley, Jack Rogers.

For example, Lilly Pulitzer will be back again this Thursday at Rue La La.

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Most recently Lilly was sold at RueLaLa in mid-May, that event featured the label’s stationery and gift items.

Even when there are multiple opportunities to purchase discount goods via flash sales, that does not translate into easy acquisition of merchandise you may covet. Why not? In part because there is a limited amount of inventory available, but also because there is an abundance of savvy shoppers very quick with the trigger finger, aka the ‘enter’ key. Lilly and other popular brands sell out very quickly. RueLaLa sales events generally start at 11am, it is not unusual to find a third or more of the inventory gone within seconds, there are that many people who are that fast.

As many know, RueLaLa is a dominant player in the flash sale market, that is where we have found Brooks Brothers on sale.

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Along with the retailer’s edgier, pricier Black Fleece line.

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Vineyard Vines also calls RueLaLa home for its flash sales.

RueLaLa.com

But as we mentioned Monday, many brands are now doing their own limited time sales, Vineyard Vines & Brooks Brothers among those having done this in the past. Below, two promotional images from previous flash sales the brands have conducted on their own websites.

Vineyard Vines/Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

We expect to see more of this in the future from a growing number of companies, as well as more brands ‘taking over’ a flash site, where they are the only thing offered. Below, an image from one such event at Gilt, Kate Spade was the brand showcased.

Gilt.com

Another brand many like, Vera Bradley, has been offered on a number of the sites. Back in 2009 (and possibly 2010) the line was found at RueLaLa, but most recently it has been on sale at Ideeli, the promotional image below is from this February.

Ideeli February 20, 2012

Handcrafted needlepoint accessories from Tucker Blair have been offered via Gilt, another industry leader.

Gilt.com

Smathers and Branson, the primary competitor to Tucker Blair, can be found at another site, more on that in a moment.

Another accessory brand sold at discounted prices, Jack Rogers.

RueLaLa.com

The photo above shows them at RueLaLa, Jacks have also sold at Gilt, the image shown below is from January, 2012.

Gilt.com January 23, 2012

You can also find brands many preps like offering house and home merchandise at the sites, like Macbeth Collection with its bright array of colorful containers and partyware. This piece is from an email campaign promoting a sale event at Haute Look, the site owned by Nordstrom.

HauteLook.com

Macbeth has also been sold at One King’s Lane, and is currently on sale at Beyond the Rack, through tomorrow (June 7).

BeyondtheRack.com

Jonathan Adler’s classic designs are occasionally offered, this image is from an April event at One King’s Lane.

One Kings Lane

Preppy Plates merchandise is also discounted with regularity.

RueLaLa.com

A sale at RueLaLa just wrapped up, but the line has also been sold via One Kings Lane, Joss and Main and perhaps other venues.

A few more preppish brands that can be found discounted, followed in parentheses by the specific sites where I *know* they have been sold, there may be many others I simply don’t know about:

  • Sperry (RueLaLa, MyHabit)
  • Sebago (Ideeli)
  • Nautica (Beyond the Rack, Ideeli,  and
  • Bill’s Khakis (RueLaLa)
  • Bonobos (Haute Look)
  • Lacoste (Ideeli, Beyond the Rack, The Top Secret)
  • Tommy Hilfiger (Gilt, Ideeli, Biva, Beyond The Rack, RueLaLa, etc.)
  • Patagonia (Gilt – men’s footwear)
  • Bungalow Scout (Zulily, One Kings Lane, Haute Look, name a site & the brand may well have been offered there)
In Monday’s post we mentioned Five Mile, carrying merchandise for men, especially those with an active, outdoor lifestyle.

FiveMile.com

The site has done sales featuring Smathers and Branson, Southern Proper, Columbia, Barbour, Filson, Southern Marsh, Castaway Clothing, Knot Belt Company and several others.

Another niche discounter that may hold appeal for readers, Uscoop, targeted primarily at a college demographic.

UScoop

Uscoop has done an outstanding job of engaging customers and potential customers through social media, it is a fun spot to visit. This is also the company that just launched Tuckernuck, many readers are already familiar with the new endeavor dealing in preppy style and related brands.  We will be writing about it in the future.

One more appealing online store has also recently launched, Country Club Prep. This venture is a members-only operation, but that is for membership rewards, etc., it is not a flash sale operation. (However, it is a site we enjoy, we will also be writing about CCP in the future.)

A few points to keep in mind:

1) Some brands offer different categories of merchandise via different outlets. Clothing can be found at one site, sunglasses at another, bedding and home goods at a third, perhaps accessories at a fourth.

2) Those tracking sales at multiple sites often set up a specific email account just to handle the email, I did that when deciding I wanted to research the topic for a series of posts; it allowed me to maintain sanity (kinda’ sorta’).

3) Other options for tracking online sales: Racked.com’s Morning Flash Sale Roundup is a good list, although shorter than some may like; for those who enjoy reading Sample Sales Site has an extensive list found here.

4) Following sites on Facebook and/or Twitter has its advantages, many offer additional information and photos on upcoming sales.

That’s it for now, we’ll be back in a few days with a look at the deals being offered… are they really bargains?

NOTE: If in need of an ‘invite’ (ahem) to any of the sites, those I trust are listed here (scroll to the bottom of the post), as well as Part One of our look at the flash sales phenomenon.

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Pink & Green Monday

Hello-Hello, gobble-gobble and all good thoughts to those kind enough to pop in for a visit.

We share but a mere tidbit this Friday after Thanksgiving, one of those rare instances where we toot our horn and write about the Preppy Princess store.

Pink & Green Monday at PreppyPrincess.com

It’s almost time for Pink & Green Monday at the Princess. That is when we do one of our two yearly sales, and everything is at least 20% off. The frenzy starts at 12:01 am ET and ends at midnight Monday night. Use promo code PGM at checkout for your discount.  Sunday evening we’ll pop back in for a post sharing additional discounts on select items.

Until then, may your holiday weekend be splendiferous!

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More Fiscally Friendly Bargains of a Prepalicious Sort

Hello-Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!

Today we have an abbreviated version of The Preppy Planet. We are headed to The Big City shortly for an afternoon watching our favorite baseball team take on Texas.

Before we go, we wanted to share a few more Sales and Savings opportunities as we head toward the holiday weekend, beginning with a Princess favorite, Kate Spade.

KateSpade.com

KateSpade.com

Now through the 25th take an additional 30% off all sale items

Next, Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag Sale offers “25-40% Off Select Merchandise” now through Monday.  

Neiman Marcus continues their Last Call Clearance

And the fiscally friendly offerings continue at Tory Burch

Banana Republic is touting “Memorial Day Savings Event” as is sister company Piperlime with their “Sweet Deal Event“. 

And with this we are off and out the door, playing hooky in the sunshine with the Consort at the Ballyard! It simply doesn’t get any better than this dolls, we are more than grateful to be such a lucky girl.

Smiles for you, and hope you have a simply luscious day!

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It is All About the Pink!

Good afternoon dollfaces…

We seem to be a tad scattered this sunny afternoon; the prospect of sun and 60 degrees arriving at the same time has our brain addled.

Because of said addled state, we shall proceed with a brief, yet thematically consistent post.  We know how vitally important thematic standards are to everyone, precisely the reason we are so consistently inconsistent. (Heh-heh.)

We begin with additions to previous posts about ongoing sales at many retailers trading in preppish wares.  Now Tommy Hilfiger isn’t really in this category, more on the bubble in our mind, but they do merit the occasional drive-by and are having quite the clearance sale:

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In The Pink Zone we show the Fitted Oxford Stripe Shirt, marked down about 40%, from $68 to $39.99.

 

TommyHilfiger.com

TommyHilfiger.com

Over at Lacoste there is also a broad selection of merchandise on sale. The Girls Cotton Drawstring Skirt was $65 and is now offered at $38.99, the Misses Cotton Knit Pea Coat is $163 from $235.

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Next, we move to the treasures at Baekgaard, including the pink luggage Tags:

 

Courtesy Baekgaard Ltd.

Also on sale, Baekgaard’s Mini Card Case in scads of fabulous color combinations.

 

Courtesy Baekgaard Ltd.

We do adore this line, in large part because they do use lush, rich colors; we actually discussed carrying it here at the Princess.

For our final pink item selling at a reduced price, the Lilly Pulitzer Toddler’s Maddy Dress.

 

Lilly Ulitzer Maddy Dress at Saks.com

Lilly Ulitzer Maddy Dress at Saks.com

The dress originally retailed at $68; it is now $46.90. BTW, if planning a visit to Saks, remember it is Friends & Family Sale time, as discussed in this post.

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We move on to a question for everyone about this Brooks Brothers skirt. On the surface it would seem the Country Club Embroidered Wrap Skirt has everything a Princess would love.

 

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

The skirt has pink. It has seersucker. It has little embroidered thingies. It even has grosgrain ribbon, used as tipping. Unfortunately when looking at it our mind sees only one thing: the word FRUMP.  What do you think? In our mind each and every reader is a Princess (or Prince), and we need your input. Are we being too hard on B2? Do you like it? Would you wear it? Do tell, as our expiring mind is dying to know.

Also not on sale but priced so reasonably it had to be shared:

 

The Pink Whale Supply Bags just landed here at the Prepatorium and we are loving them because they are so versatile.  At 9 x 4 x 4 they are simply perfect for your little one’s school supplies, or toiletries when traveling, or even your cosmetics.  The cute factor is off the charts, they are certified PVC-free, and at $14 a great buy. (Psst…if you like the whales, there are also Toddler Backpacks, bigger kids Book Backpacks, as well as Duffle Bags.)

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Finally we share the snappiest item we have seen in a long, l-o-n-g time, perhaps the ultimate Pretty in Pink. This gem is a Digital Photo Frame Japanese design firm Greenhouse.  TDF.

Courtesy Greenhouse Design via Gizmodo

Courtesy Greenhouse Design via Gizmine

The frame is also an alarm clock and calendar. The screen is 3.5″ and the frame can run about 2 hours on one battery charge, or one may use the AC adapter, included in the $100 price. But wait – there’s still more! (We always wanted to sound like an infomercial.)

Are you sitting down? This also plays back MP3 audio and mjpeg video files! How cool is that?!  The frame is available at Gizmine and does come in several other colors. In fact, this is so nifty we just have to go oput on a limb and declare it to be officially Prepalicious!

With this on our minds, we are racing off to the Gizmine site.  Have a fabulous evening!

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Is J. Crew Discounting Too Much? And the Free Preppy Goodies – Enter Now!

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

Most readers have seen this email alert from J. Crew.  As many are no doubt aware, it is just one of many promotional efforts from the retailer that have hit our electronic in-bins recently.  And the company is not alone in its aggressive promotional moves; we are hard-pressed to come up with any retailers not currently promoting some sort of discount or sale to customers.  (If anyone is not aware of the discount shown in the photo above, it offers 20% off full-price sweaters and ends Thursday night at midnight; the promo code needed at checkout is SWEATERS.)

However, elsewhere on the J. Crew site one finds this:

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

… and this sale is not a discount or promotional price that ends tomorrow at midnight, as with the sweaters. This is an ongoing sale offering very deep discounts, especially for a retailer of Crew’s caliber, with items like the Men’s Patchwork tartan vest that originally sold at $228 now offered at $59.99.  The Princess is no mathologist, but it seems to us that is almost 75% off the original price.

And the site is full of merchandise on Sale, not all at this level of markdown, but a hefty amount nonetheless.  Why are deep discounts, other than the obvious appeal they hold for most of us, an issue? Because they make investors in the company’s stock nervous.  From Thomson Financial News:

“Shares of the preppy clothing company run by Wall Street darling and former Gap Inc CEO Mickey Drexler fell 14 percent to their life-time low of $11.90 in morning trade.”

The article cites a memo written by a stock analyst:

“…’The worst is yet to come for J. Crew, which has continued to reel under a weak economy’ …analyst Eric Beder wrote in a note to clients…”

“…surveys and store tours have shown J. Crew is becoming “more and more aggressive,” to clear out inventory….

While TP is always excited to see merchandise offered at more fiscally friendly price points, Crew cannot be making much profit on this Cashmere Sequin Shell being sold for $49.99, roughly 70% less than its original price of $158.

The story also quotes the analyst:

“We do not believe the J. Crew business model works at the current levels and depth of price cuts,” he wrote.”

J. Crew Group’s stock closed at a new all-time low this afternoon, $11.64 per share. Ouch. We wish we were a bigger and better person Ladies, but let’s face it: their pain is your gain.

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A quick reminder on the Great Preppy Giveaway: enter to win this Scout Zip ‘n Tuck Market Tote by leaving a comment before midnight tonight telling us one thing about America you are grateful for.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

…just anything at all about the United States that you are thankful for, and you are entered to win the tote! And if you mention the giveaway on your blog, then you will automatically be able to send the Preppy Princess Madras Photocards to anyone you choose! And we pay the shipping on everything!

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Tomorrow we will reveal the lucky winner(s)! And don’t forget we’ll be starting a new Thankful Thursday Giveaway tomorrow too, so pop in and say “Hi” when you have a spare nanosecond. We’re always glad to see you!

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