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Sample sales used to be a privilege reserved for lucky New Yorkers, but now several "flash sale" sites are offering discounted designer goods to the rest of the country, and apparently shoppers are loving it.

According to the Wall Street Journal, sales of luxury goods online are projected to rise 20 percent (while traditional luxury sales slump 11 percent). Labels are responding, too: High-end brands appreciate their last-season and overstocked goods being sold discreetly rather than at discount chain stores. Now even swanky retailers are trying to get in on the action. Saks recently tested a 36-hour private sale via email.

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While clothes and accessories still make up the majority of what's being offered, discounted home goods are showing up more and more. Here's a quick guide to some of the top flash-sale sites.

One Kings Lane
The only of the flash-sale sites strictly offering home decor, OKL offers high-end goods like crystal vases and stemware by Turkish company Gaia&Gino; retro prints by L.A. printmaking studio Empiric, and resin boxes by Japanese company Lazy Susan.

Membership: Yes, you'll have to join this members-only site; invite friends and when they make purchases you'll get $25-off coupons

Details: Sales run up to 70 percent off and begin 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and run for 72 hours

Gilt Group
Gilt is leading the "flash sale" world with sales of mens, womens and childrens clothes, plus home decor, a hipper-label Gilt Fuse, and a new travel-package sale site called Jetsetter. The home decor offerings are a little slimmer than the clothing choices, but still worth a look. You can find Royal Copenhagen china (a $100 bowl offered for $50), Arte Italica tableware, and Nespresso espresso makers (the $279 Le Cube, pictured at right, sells for $199).

Membership: Yes, you'll have to join this members-only site; invite friends and get $25-off coupons when they make purchases.

Details: Sales run up to 70 percent off and begin 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and run for 72 hours

Hautelook
Hautelook also offers sells mens, womens and children's clothes, plus beauty products. It's home offerings are slimmer but include linens and bedding, categories not often offered on the other sites. You can find Dwell Studio products, modern City Scene bedding and colorful vases by Statements by J.

Membership: Yes, you'll have to join this members-only site; invite friends and they'll give you $10-off coupons when they make purchases.

Details: Sales run up to 75 percent off and begin 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET and run for 36 to 72 hours
 

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