[Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I Shop Therefore I Am), 1987.]
Attention fellow shopaholics: I've posted previously on websites where you can find couture bridal gown bargains and sample sales. Here are a few non-bridal-specific sites that you might enjoy.
Gilt Groupe - Designer apparel for women, men, and children at significant discount. By invitation only (you can use this invite: www.gilt.com/weddingbee). Tip: Although Gilt will send you an email each day notifying you that a particular sale has started, if there's a popular designer you really love (i.e. Vera Wang), don't wait for the email. Log on right at noon EST. Certain styles and sizes tend to sell out really quickly. Gilt emails a schedule of sales at the beginning of each week, so you'll know what's coming up and when to start refreshing your browser like a madwoman!
Top Button - Lists online and in-person sample sales. A good source for wedding gown sample sale information. You can check the webpage each day or sign up for email notifications.
Ideeli - A less user-friendly version of Gilt Groupe. By invitation only (you can use the code "dailycandy" to join). Unlike the Gilt Groupe, Ideeli has a two-tiered system where paying members get first dibs and non-paying members pick up the leftovers. Good source of accessories, but IMHO not as good a source of clothing as Gilt.
NY Magazine's Best Bets and Sales - Like Top Button, this subscription-only e-list gives info on online and in-person sample sales, particularly in the New York area. Another good source for wedding gown sample sale information.
Alright, I've shared mine, now share yours. ;-P