Gilty As Charged
The sheer number of flash sale sites out now is dizzying. I know.. I know... with a little more time I could be snapping up Prada at dime store prices and the ideal J Brand jeans at barain basement prices. Occasionally, when the planets align and the heavens move, I do score such good deals. But most of the time I have to turn a blind eye to the constant flow of deals and steals.
The one site that does shine through the fog for me in the lovechild of Decorati and GIlt. I really, really like Gilt Home. Part of this is is the design. I tend to favor those sites that are beautifully designed (think: super clean layout, easily navigable, absence of clutter), have terrific iPhone apps (I shop via my phone in bed late at night) and have the actual luxury goods at good prices. Gilt Home is one of the few flash sale sites to master the online shopping trifecta.
Obviously I love the focus on gorgeous interior goods. In fact the latest parade of pretty wares from Barclay Butera is fresh, desirable and moderately priced. I'm also digging this new and improved layout. A vertical column of goods on the left... related goods near the bottom... the object of your affection front and center. It's a content rich site that never makes me feel claustrophobic or confused. It's a site that actually makes me want to nose around and find something to purchase. This is NOT a feeling I feel with most of these sites. So kudos to Shane Reilly and team for making even the most seasoned shopper feel like there's something new to be seen on this site.
Go ahead.. give it a whirl. But don't be surprised if you end up with a Ming Dynasty-inspired console in your shopping cart. The getting is so good that you might actually decide to bag your kill and bring those pretty goods home.