Online Home Shopping Networks Source Of Designer Haute Couture!

The online shopping networks traditionally selling kitchenware and household items to homemakers have evolved into a source of designer runway fashion at bargain prices.  What is even more remarkable MarkdownMom has found over the years is that many fashion trends are available online ahead of mainstream brick and mortar stores.  For instance, MarkdownMom began buying the high/low hem dresses nearly two years ago from ShopNBC (now SHQP) at great prices.

Recently, MDM saw this dress at ShopHQ reminiscent of Eileen Fisher’s Handkerchief Dress w/Ties done in colors (pale pink, dk. navy) at substantially more.  This Casual Convertible Maxi Dress from OSO is offered in 4 colors and although it is made of cotton and not a silky fabric or pure linen, the design element is the same, offering two looks with its’ adjustable hem at a feature price of $47.93 (on 2 value pays) making it extremely affordable.  With its’ six gore skirt in a light weight cotton, this dress looks great with its’ hem up or down and is a very sophisticated fashion statement!

Home shopping networks and so-called big box stores like Target (Mossimo) have recruited top names from the fashion industry to bring their style and uniqueness to midAmerican consumers recognizing the growing number of professional women in the workforce and at home who want style at an affordable price.  HSN, QVC, and SHOPHQ  not only have special lines from designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Bob Mackie, George Simonton, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson (to name a few), celebrities such as Iman, Joan Rivers (and many others), but have become a venue for new female entrepreneurs such as Lori Goldstein and Joy Mangano, plus their own in-house designers as well.  Thus making online shopping an ongoing source of what’s hot, new and undiscovered in the fashion world.  A boon for both the consumer and the designer as well!

 

Weekend Review: Which Is The Better Deal?

ShopNBC is offering 6 value pays on everything even clearance!  As MarkdownMom has written before this is one way to extend the initial hit of buying an expensive item with ø interest.  However, you must remember to account for these payments each month and to make it a great deal, be sure that you are getting a bargain. 

For instance,  a Cricut CakePersonal  Electric Cutter™ is selling for $409.98 with $12.99 sh making 6 value pays of $68.33.  WOW!  However, compare to the same item being offered at HSN for $399.95 with $17.22 sh and 4 payments of $99.98. 

Which Is The Better Deal? 

  •  HSN price is lower, but sh is more expensive.  Totally, you save only $5 over ShopNBC.
  •  If company is located in your state, you could pay sales tax.
  • HSN has bundled this machine with more software than ShopNBC.
  • HSN  offers a 3 year protection plan for $39.95, a must if you read the reviews.
  • ShopNBC has more stretched out the cost to 6 payments, than 4 payments at HSN making it easier on the budget.

So, as you see there are many factors that come into play when trying to get the best deal, as MarkdownMom says weigh everything when making any purchase so that you have no regrets later.

 

How Much Do You Want To Pay For Accessories This Spring, 2010?

Natural gemstones are all over the home shopping networks.  Particularly hot is designer Deb Guyot adding extra sparkle with multi-faceted, chunking quartz and incorporating other precious materials like pearls into her designs. 

One hot item has been her quartz twisted necklace and bracelets.  If you buy a designer original or from HSN expect to  pay $200 +up and well worth it given the amount of gemstones. 

However if you just want the sparkle without the big tag price, MarkdownMom found  a great substitute necklace chunky, mega sparkle in multi-faceted plastique colors offered onyx, blues/purples multi, or MarkdownMom’s personal favorite,clear, for $7!  Instore at WalMart.

Wednesday Steal: 20 Hours Fashion Clearance Sale!

Get your computers ready and your phone dialing finger flexed, the sale is on! 

At HSN, 20 hours of Designer fashions on Sale!  Sale includes outerwear, shoes, designer handbags, oh my!  Look stunning at a real bargain this year and next. 

But Hurry Sale Only Lasts Until 8 P.M. ET Today!