Initimidated by elaborate showrooms? Sick of lusting after other cities’ boutique-lined streets? With these websites, energetic, innovative design is delivered straight to your inbox and marked well below retail price. Just subscribe, browse and buy. And if you need an invite to get started, email me.
• The Fab: A favorite for its wide variety and ready sense of humor, this free, members–only site emphasizes playful design and colorful accessories at up to 70 percent off during limited-time-only sales. Popular brands like Alessi, Umbra and Dwell Studio make appearances, but it’s the lesser-known standouts like Loyalty & Blood T-shirts and Noble bourbon barrel maple syrup that make The Fab simply fabulous. fab.com.
• The Foundary: From Hayneedle—a discount shopping site—comes this daily, curated design newsletter featuring a handful of sales on items that range from modern furniture, to bamboo iPhone cases and decorative accents. Recent sales have included handmade paper notecards and recycled glassware. thefoundary.com.
• Design Story: With both quick-hit sales and permanent collections, Design Story straddles the line between reliable and exciting. Mod teapots and scrapwood wallpaper are available to anyone at anytime among DS’s collections, while sale items like sleek sushi plates and gorgeous African baskets tempt subscribers six days at a time. designstory.com.