Sample sale sites have become all the rage for fashionistas on the hunt for a brand name bargains, and Rue La La is one of the most popular. Membership is free, though you either have to be invited to join by an existing member or put your name on a waiting list. The site offers online boutiques that are only open for a couple of days and which tend to sell out very quickly. The offerings include apparel and accessories, home furnishings and housewares and even hotel and travel opportunities. Upscale designers and brands like Stella McCartney and Missoni can be had for a lot less than you'd normally pay.
Given how quickly the boutiques sell out, timing is key. So, the Rue La La app (available on Droid, Blackberry, iPhone and iPad) is a must-have to make sure you find out about the sales the moment they open. No matter where you are, you can shop from the Rue La La app and strike while the proverbial iron is hot.