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The amazing secret clothes sales that none of us knew about.

Black Friday sounds ominous but it has nothing to do with witchcraft: it’s America’s answer to our Boxing Day sales.

Or in other words, there’s massive BARGAINS to be had, people!

All the major department stores, boutiques and online stores get in on the action. And this year it’s even easier for Aussies to shop the sales (from the comfort of our beds) thanks to cheaper shipping rates.

It kicks off post-Thanksgiving, which is Friday in the US and for the time-zone challenged like me that’s midnight tonight. Some sales have already kicked off online but don’t panic we’ve got all the sites and info you need to know about.

1. NORDSTROM (Nordstrom.com).

Brands: How do I put this? They have everything you’ve ever wanted to buy, ever. Clothes, shoes, makeup, accessories, perfumes: from J Brand jeans to Alexander Wang and Gucci to Givenchy. Nordstrom also stock luxury beauty brands like YSL, Lancome, MAC and Bobbi Brown.

What’s the deal? Up to 40% off designer brands and 50% off women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. They have $19.95 flat shipping to Australia for orders over $100 until Dec 10th.

2. SEPHORA (Tarazz.com.au)

YES, you read that right. There is a way to shop Sephora from Australia thanks to Aussie site Tarazz. They house US retailers who don’t ship to Australia such as Sephora, Walmart and Lord & Taylor (who stock Kate Spade, Alice + Olivia, Rachel Zoe, Michael Kors).

What should I buy: Add the Urban Decay Naked Palette, $64.32 (this has reached cult status in the US) directly to cart, here’s a link straight to it. Also check out the Marc Jacobs beauty line for stunning palettes, brushes and nail polishes; I’m in love with the Sally metallic green polish.

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale starts at 12:01am on Friday 29th November until 11:59pm Monday 2nd December. Tarazz is offering 10% off of all full-priced items over the four days of the sale as well.

3. BARNEYS NEW YORK (barneys.com).

Do you need a new handbag? Probably not. But, you sure do want one. And if you’ve had your eye on Rag & Bone’s Newbury boots for awhile now, you may be interested to know there’s $236 off them HERE.

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The best thing about Barneys is that you can filter results by on sale only, and then filter by low to high prices so you can see all the best bargains at a glance.

4. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (saksfifthavenue.com).

I don’t mean to alarm you but there’s 60% off Helmut Lang RIGHT NOW. There’s up to 60% off designer brands sitewide, and get express shipping for $10 express shipping on orders of $20 or more with code: FESTIVE.

5. MACY’S (macys.com).

Macy’s is a department store similar to Myer here in Australia. What you want to shop here is the shoes, the stock lots and lots of (designer) shoes. They also carry a large (but fairly basic) range of plus size clothing, which is well worth a sticky if you’re looking for a change from Asos Curve.

What’s the deal? Up to 60% storewide and for Aussie shoppers there is a $15 AUD flat free on shipping with purchases of $120 or more.

Local sites taking part:


The Iconic: 25% off their summer range and selected items. Ends Sunday the 1st of December at 23.59pm. On now: theiconic.com.au

MyNetSale: Shop for designer ‘must haves,’ MyNetSale.com.au has luxury international brands at up to 80% off. Membership to MyNetSale.com.au is free, run don’t walk.

Shopbot: The Aussie shopping hub is hosting Black Friday sales for Bloomingdales, Macy’s, J Crew, Oo.com.auThe Iconic, Bonds, General Pants and Boohoo starting at 12am (AEDT) on November 29. They have discounts on Taylor & Mason handbags (up to 50%), Espirit (up to 60%) Ben Sherman (up to 40%), Marc Jacobs perfumes (up to 30%), and Christian Dior perfumes (up to 20%).

To register for the 24-hour sale and access exclusive discounts, go to Blackfriday.shopbot.com.au

Will you be doing your Christmas shopping online or in store this year?

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