My absolute favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, which may sound weird as we don’t celebrate it here in Australia. The end of November brings joy and happiness a-plenty, because it is followed by the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year in the US and, by extension through the world wide web, the rest of the world as well.
Unfortunately it also breeds a bit of silly behavior — case in point: today I turned down dinner with a good friend with the response “Um I can’t!! Black Friday sales have started and I must go home and shop!!!!!! Raincheck?”
(Number of exclamation marks are as per original text.)
(She seemed to understand.)
Anyway, after several hours of scouring the beginnings of the sale, I thought I’d report back with my favorite finds. Unfortunately most of the deals I like are US shipping only, so I’m still working on the logistics and whether it’s worth going through a mail forwarder this time around…
Of course there are plenty more sales going on, and I might add them as I go along. Or I might not. You know, could be too busy shopping. 😉
Added 22 November 2012
Shopbop – Spend $250, save 20%; Spend $500, save $25%, Spend $1000, save 30%; Spend $1500, save 35% with code BIGEVENT12. Offer ends November 26. Free worldwide shipping.
I’d say shopbop has the best deal at the moment because it’s a sitewide discount, but things are selling out likely crazy so I hope you have a wishlist ready to go! Tip: if something is sold out, it might just be reserved in someone else’s cart. Check back in half an hour and it might be yours!
I was eyeing these turquoise Salvatore Ferragamo Varina flats literally 2 hours before the sale started, and by the time I woke up the next morning to see the sale notification, my size had already sold out. Oh well. It’s probably for the best — my red pair is still in its box in pristine condition.
Anthropologie – extra 25% of sale. Ends November 25. $25 flat rate shipping to Australia.
My wishlist items are already out of stock, so I’m holding out to see if anything else goes on sale. I have this pleated skirt in the “maybe” list.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus – extra 40% off sale. Ends November 22. US shipping only — international orders can be placed by phone, but no information about shipping costs.
These Chloe sunglasses are down to $71.40, and I’m tempted to snap them up even though I already have a similar pair! It’s always good to have a back up, no?
J. Crew: 25% off your entire purchase with code COLOR25; free shipping on $150+. Ends November 25. US shipping only, as the promo doesn’t apply to the Australian site.
J. Crew Factory: 40% off everything, and extra 15% off when spending $100+, with code GIVEANDGET. Ends November 25. US shipping only.
Been eyeing the Copley Saddlebag for the longest time, but I recently acquired a butterscotch colored saddle bag so it’s probably a bit early for a neon persimmon version as well. Not to mention 2 even more recently acquired bags which are yet to arrive….!
Madewell – 25% off everything with the code TREAT. Ends November 26. US shipping only.
I really like J. Crew’s more casual cool sister, and their silk shirts are always nice to wear. I have last year’s version of this solid silk boyshirt.
Loft – 40% off everything with the code ENJOY. Offer is on for a “limited time”. US shipping only.
Ann Taylor – 40% off full-price items and 25% off sale items, use the code THANKS. Again, offer is on for a “limited time”. US shipping only.
Sparkly block heels! I’ve been planning on the DIY for months now, but maybe I should just buy a ready-made pair?
Added 23 November 2012
SSENSE – markdowns and free worldwide shipping with code FREESHIPWW. Limited time only.
A Proenza Schouler PS11 for US$1365… to buy or not to buy? I decided to not buy, or at least wait until I boosted the non “cross body bag wth structured shape and a flap” part of my bag collection.
Beautybay – 20% of your purchase with free international shipping, no code needed. Black Friday (Nov 23) offer only. Seems to be a good place to pick up Nails Inc polish for £7.96, or Parlux hairdryer for £52.45.
Saks Fifth Avenue – General markdowns, plus $10.95 USD Express Shipping to Hong Kong and Australia on orders of $250 USD or more with code: HOLIDAY1. Ends November 26.
Barneys New York – Sale on now, plus complimentary international shipping on orders of $200 or more. Limited time only.
How cute is this Alexander Wang Rockie Duffle bag, was $725 and now $439?
Neiman Marcus – further 20% off sale, ends November 24. $19.95 express shipping to selected countries.
Flannels Fashion – 20% off full price stock with the code GIFT20, exclusions apply. Shipping to Australia is £45. I haven’t bought anything from here myself, but it says advertised prices include VAT, and they’ll take off the VAT when sending to Australia.
Urban Outfitters – general markdowns. Shipping to Australia is $5, with free shipping for orders over $50.
While it’s not really my style, how interesting is this stingray clutch?
Benefit Cosmetics – up to 3 free gifts with order: spend $30 and get free BADgal lash mascara mini; $60 and also get a FREEdeluxe the porefessional mini; spend $90 and also get a deluxesugarbomb mini. Enter STAYCATION at checkout. Offer valid through November 25.
Revolve clothing – Spend and save offer, valid to November 26. Shipping to Australia is $10, or free for orders over $100.
Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with the code BRFRIDAY, valid November 23 only. Ships to Australia using FiftyOne Global, which is generally weight-based.
Piperlime – 20% off storewide with the code ME. Ends November 26. Same umbrella as Banana Republic and Gap, so you can combined the order to save (maybe) on shipping
Gap – 20% off purchase with the code GAPGIFT. Ends November 23.