F is for Flash Sales: Prep for Spending Gilt

Gilt.com, center of the "flash sale" universe, is now available in Canada; beauty offerings include lines like Malin + Goetz, Tan Towel, DL&Co candles and cult fave Kai fragrance
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Gilt.com, center of the "flash sale" universe, is now available in Canada; beauty offerings include lines like Malin + Goetz, Tan Towel, DL&Co candles and cult fave Kai fragrance
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Lock up your credit cards and set the parental controls on your laptop. Gilt.com, center of the "flash sale" universe, is now available in Canada.

Depending on your point of view, and the relative health of your bank account, flash sales are either the greatest thing ever (designer loot on sale!), or the online equivalent of an Old Testament snake offering you an apple.

Gilt.com traffics in some big names (Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Missoni) with flash sales that can inspire such a frenzy of competition for the limited items that many sell out in under an hour (and most within a day).  It's like those annual Black Friday stories of Walmart shoppers getting trampled for a cheap Xbox. Except Gilt.com is safer and the merch is much nicer.

And why would this be of interest to your average Beautygeek? Well, Gilt.com's beauty offerings -- lines like Malin + Goetz, Tan Towel, DL&Co candles and cult fave Kai fragrance -- provide access to what Gilt co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson calls "brands that you can find at (NYC beauty mecca) Bendels." It's like Sephora for the 1%.

To introduce Gilt.com to Canada, they're waiving the standard $19.95 shipping fee until November 22nd. And duties are calculated at checkout to avoid ugly surprises when your credit card statement arrives.

Membership to Glitcom is free via logging on to gilt.com/Canada.

Are you a flash-sales novice? Or a seasoned champion with tips to share (please, share!)?