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April 2017

Fashion Sample Sale

Sample Sale Review: Karen Millen

NY Sample Sale Karen Millen

The heavy rain this morning didn’t stop us from exploring the Karen Millen sale at Clothingline. We entered the showroom to find racks upon racks filled with dresses, skirts, pants and tops from the Karen Millen brand. To give you some background, Karen Millen is originally from Britain, and it was created to launch items for fashionable and confident professional women. Today, the brand sells in over 65 countries and has many fans worldwide.

Dress $75

Karen Millen items retail for $350-$600 on their site. So if you like their dresses, the sample sale is a must go. All dresses there were on sale for $75, tops for $25 or $50, depending on the style. Do you get it? For 4 dresses at the sample sale, you can buy one at retail.

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Karen Millen Sample Sale Romper $75; Hat $25; Shoes $50

Val chose three outfits of different styles and we took photos in each one that are on this post. Our photographer, Ghila Krajzman, made sure to capture the feel of the sale in addition to the looks. In addition to the clothes, there was a wide selection of beautiful shoes, booties and sandals – all for $50. I saw some adorable straw hats ($20), clutches ($25), bags ($50) and scarves ($65).

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Karen Millen Sample Sale @Clothingline Top $20, Hat $20, Skirt $55, Shoes $50, Clutch $25

If you have a moment to hop over to the garment district, head over. You won’t regret it. See our images of Val and prices below – as always, follow us on Instagram and let us know what YOU think!
What: Karen Millen sample sale
When: Mon-Thu 11AM – 7PM
Where: Clothingline, 261 West 36th St, 2nd Fl, New York, NY

Shoes – $50
Romper – $75; Shoes – $50
Skirt – $50
Dress $50; Scarf – $65; Shoes – $50
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Sample Sale Review: MAJE

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This morning we headed out to the MAJE sale hosted in midtown. The nice part was that there were no lines so we had an easy time getting in. From the first few moments at the sale it is obvious that MAJE is not an American brand. (It’s French). The sizes are European, so you had to translate numbers like 1,2,3 into 4,6,8. The racks at the entry are filled with jackets and tops perfect for the corporate woman. There were long tweed jackets in light pastel and bright pink colors. The designs are clean, chic and classy. Jackets were priced at $145, while tops were at $85. Leather tops and blazers were gorgeous and more expensive. Original prices are north of $500 – so all things considered, the sample sale offers significant bargains.

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MAJE Sample Sale

Toward the back of the store were the dresses – all selling for $105. This is where being a savvy consumer comes in handy. All of the dresses are nice. But at $105, some are nice and some are a steal. There were a number of long-sleeved dresses that can be worn to the office in the summer. A few slimming silhouettes, and some power cocktail dresses. Another awesome perk is that the dressing room was pretty convenient – we could try on dresses, make decisions and be in and out within 20 minutes.

 

If you have half an hour and can get to the area of 5th Ave and 28th St, we highly recommend you go. Details of the sale are below.

MAJE Sample Sale
Where: 260 sample sale, 260 5th Ave (between 28th and 29th St)
When: Until Sunday. Thu-Sat 10AM-7PM. Sun 10AM-5PM

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Sample Sale Review: Marc Jacobs

We just returned from the Marc Jacobs sample sale with bags full of goodies. If you have a few moments to get to the sample sale, we definitely recommend you check it out. Sadly, no pictures were allowed in the building, so we included some look alike images below and lots and lots of descriptions.

So, on the top floor, there are racks and racks of clothes. Most of the racks are for women, but there are three racks for men as well. Everything on this floor is 90% off so for tops a $800 top is selling for $80 and a $2,200 skirt is selling for $220. There are lots of party dresses, cocktail outwear, everyday tops, skirts, fancy pants (we mean that literally). There is a nice selection of sizes – from small to large, and the merchandise is beautiful. I picked up one silver dress with black tulle and love it.

Marc Jacobs Sample Sale
Marc Jacobs Sample Sale

If you head downstairs, everything is in buckets and is priced at an 80% discount. That’s where you will find accessories such as giant leather clutches for $199, socks for $10, underwear, children’s clothes for $30, belts out of real leather for $28, bracelets, cosmetic bags for $6, t-shirts and jeans. All are overflowing in buckets and people are scrambling for the merchandise.

The sale is taking place until Sunday, April 23rd at 260 sample sale located at 150 Greene Street.

Hours: Wed – Fri 9AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-8PM

Enjoy!

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Rent The Runway Sample Sale

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Let’s face it, it’s hard to rationalize spending half a week’s paycheck on a designer gown, pair of heels or bag that you’re only going to wear once. Receiving the prestigious title of bridesmaid, prom queen or any wedding invitation comes with the heavy burden of figuring out what to wear, and where to buy it. I for one always find myself in a pickle, because somehow, at the ripe, old age of 22, I still do not own anything appropriate for these occasions. I’m notorious for wearing the same dresses time and time again, perpetually worrying that I’ll be caught in the act.sample sale, sample sales nyc, shopdrop app, sample sale nyc, rent the runway sample sale, designer sales Similar to the notion of buying a wedding dress or a graduation gown, luxury clothing pieces for anomaly events are impractical to purchase if they are only going to be worn ONCE. Right? One company is here to solve all your dress needs, with the lofty proposition of walking the runway right into your closet, to rent.

Enter Rent the Runway, solving the problem women face every time a fancy event comes around. Rent the Runway allows you to rent beautiful, designer dresses for literally up to 90% off the retail price. The idea is really genius seeing that a lot of women are concerned about wearing the same dress more than once, especially if the guest list is likely to repeat itself.

Although the rental aspect is what gives the brand its competitive advantage, we can’t forget about the amazing prices! Rent the runways gives consumers who wouldn’t normally be able to purchase pricy labels such as Vara Wang, Derek Lam and Elie Tahari the power to do it!

Now you have a chance to purchase these gently used designer clothes and accessories for a 90% discount. Brands include Badgley Mischka, Kate Spade, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, SUNO and Theory.

Where: 260 Sample Sale (260 5th Ave New York, NY)

When: Tue. April 25- Sun Apr 30

Tuesday – Friday 10am-8pm

Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 10am-3pm

 

 

 

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Sample Sale Review: Multi-Designer at Katya Dobryakova

Katya Dobryakova at the Multi-Designer Sample Sale in NY

Descending to the basement of the Katya Dobryakova store on Broome street, we were greeted by a large room, which held the multi-designer sample sale. One thing united all the stands: each one had one-of-a-kind merchandise.

ARIANA BOUSSARD-REIFEL

Marteau Jewelry Multi-Designer Sample Sale NY
Marteau Jewelry Multi-Designer Sample Sale NY

We first chatted with Ariana Boussard-Reifel, who designed the bangles Beyonce wore to the Grammys. Aside from being extremely friendly, her jewelry is stunning! She sells bangles, earrings and rings all made out of metal. Each item is raw and sharp in its design. I couldn’t help myself and bought a pair of gorgeous silver earrings: long oval hoops that instantly made me feel extremely dressed up. All of her items were sold at a steep 80% discount! Yes, that means that items which typically sell for $500 were now selling for $125.

KATYA DOBRYAKOVA

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Katya Dobryakova Sweatshirt

After that we headed to the podium at the back of the showroom, where we discovered the most stunning collection of designer sweatshirts. We had the opportunity to chat with the founder and designer, Katya Dobryakova, about her brand. Unlike most designers, Katya didn’t start her career in  fashion, rather, she started in graphic design. Her dream was to transplant the detail of graphics into clothing. And her brand is exactly that. This year’s collection is themed around the circus and her sweatshirts have the most exquisite circus-themed designs. They are all machine-washable, easy to take care of and create a gorgeous effortless look. At the sample sale, they were sold at an 80% discount. So at $100, they were a steal. If you have the time to get to Broome street, do it. You will have no regrets.

MARTEAU

Vintage Jewelry Aruana Marteau
Vintage Jewelry Aruana Marteau

For the vintage lovers out there, Marteau was selling some awesome pieces from the 40s in America, Ethiopia and the Middle East. From beads to pearls to knits, there are items for every taste and every budget. There are awesome finds for $25 dollars each! In addition to those designers, there were other items from Alyssa Less, KZ_K, Meredith Marks, Les Savage, Raul Penaranda.

Photo Credits: Ghila Krajzman

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Sample Sales

  1. You Don’t Have To Be a Size 2 to Find Clothing 

    Once upon a time, a sample sale actually was a “sample” sale. Sample sales were a way for retailers to sell their items which were used in advanced showings, fashion shows, and presentations for interested buyers. These samples were often very limited in sizes and quantities due to the purpose the items served. They are also usually gently worn. But for 80% off, most people didn’t care.

    Present day sample sales are often much larger in both sizes and selection, as they have transformed into a way for retailers to “get rid of” their merchandise at the end of the season. The Parker sample which is wrapping up now has both “samples” as well as regular merchandise. The prices vary accordingly.

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  2. Prices Drop Towards the End of the Sale (WARNING- RISKY BUSINESS)

    A lot of vendors will heavily discount their prices towards the end of the sale. Bandier (260 Sample Sale on their Fifth Ave location) for example, is having their last day TODAY, and further reduced their prices earlier this week. (By the way they still have a ton of amazing merchandise.) This can be an advantage to those who get excited when they hear about a sale, but somehow don’t remember about it until the last day. Although prices drop even more, I would still recommend staying in the know and getting there first, in order to get the cream of the crop when it comes to inventory.

    ShopDrop has added a feature which allows you to add sample sales directly from the app to your calendar. You can also share sales with your friends- because if you forget, hopefully you’ve got at least one friend who won’t 😉

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  3. Designer Brands for Zara Prices

    Before getting onboard with ShopDrop, I myself had never attended a sample sale. I always imagined that discounted brands could only be so cheap, right? Wrong. Yes, there are certain sample sales that are on the pricier end, but that all depends on which brand it is. Makes sense, right? At the sample sales I’ve attended, we’ve been able to create entire outfits for around $100. Not to mention the quality of the clothing is significantly better than anything you’re buying at Zara, Express or H&M. Our goal here at ShopDrop is to upgrade the average shopper from mass fashion to designer clothing for only a small price difference.

    Check out the app to find out what’s in your area. Want to share your look with us? Use our handle @shopdropapp and hashtag #realshopdroppers on Instagram. Happy Sunday Y’all!

    xo, Lexi

 

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Herschel Sample Sale Starts TODAY!

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There is a lot to be said about the bag a person chooses to carry. Herschel Supply Co. – cool, efficient, stylish and overall smart. In high school, I called Herschel Supply Co. “The Cool Kid Backpack” company. And why is that? Herschel Supply Co. only cater to the best.

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With the goal to “create timeless products with a fine regard for detail”, Herschel beyond achieves. Founded in 2009, by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, the company was inspired by their great grandparents who in the early 1900’s left their beloved Scotland for Canada. The couple had settled the small town of Herschel- which till today has a population of a counted 30 residents.

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Now, backpacks are not just for kids and Postmates bikers who dangerously zoom through the streets of Manhattan. Herschel Supply Co.’s collection of bags and accessories inspire greatness and help achieve dreams. Through their beautifully seamless designs, Herschel Supply Co. has created bags that serve a great purpose while getting rid of the nerdy stigma backpacks carry (pun intended). 

At $60 and up dollars a pop, these coveted school ware, office ware band overall ware are not easy obtained. But no worries, here at ShopDrop app we’ve got you covered! Head over tomorrow to 230 West 39th St. (between 7th and 8th) and find yourr new favorite backpack. 

Cash and card accepted!

See you there!

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Parker Sample Sale With Val At 260 Sample Sale

Parker Sample Sale

This morning, we woke up at dawn with a mission: see what’s in store at 260SAMPLESALE. They are currently running the Parker event at their 150 Greene Street location in Soho. First, we all met up at Starbucks to power up with some coffee, chat about sample sales, and talk about our plan of action. Ghila gathered all her photo equipment while Goldie made sure Val was runway ready with hair and makeup. Fueled by coffee and anticipation, we plowed through the rain to find what treasures await us!

Laura and Courtney greeted us at the door and the clothing inside blew us away! It was a challenge to decide on only four looks – but we truly believe we’re showing you an excellent selection of all this sample sale has to offer. Clear your schedule and head over to the Parker sample sale at 150 Greene Street. You will not regret it. The sale closes Sunday, April 9th at 5pm.

See the posted price list below, plus imagery of all the clothes we had the pleasure of playing dress up in!
You’ll find before and after prices for each piece tagged on the photo.

Be sure to take pictures of all your treasures and tag @ShopDropApp + @260Samplesale
See you at the next sale! xx

Photo Credits: Ghila Krajzman

Parker White Dress Before: $325. Sample Sale: $90
Parker White Dress Before: $325. Sample Sale: $90
Parker Short & Top Before: $198+$265 Sample Sale: $70+$60
Parker Short & Top Before: $198+$265 Sample Sale: $70+$60

 

Parker sample sale Silver Parker Gown Before: $638. Sample sale $180
Parker Silver Gown Before: $638. Sample sale $180
Parker Sample Sale Red Romper Before: $298, At Sample $90
Parker Red Romper Before: $298, At Sample $90

Parker Sample Sale Prices
Parker Sale Prices


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Meet Val: Your Sample Sale Guide

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Meet Val, your new guide to shopping sample sales. Val was raised watching fashion shows with her mother, who was a designer herself. She would often model the clothing her mother would make, and she jokes that she was a fashion model before she even knew it herself. Over time, Val became very passionate about fashion and design, and always thought she would become a designer herself one day. Last week we hit up the Desigual sample sale at Clothing Line, styled our looks. We received early admission and were able to hit the streets to take these amazing shots! Shout out to to our amazing photographer Ghila

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Desigual Sample Sale
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Full Price = 505 Sample Sale Price = 105
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Desigual Sample Sale

Modeling was something that came naturally to Val. If, like us, you ever get the chance to see her in a photo shoot, that itself becomes apparent. At 17, she was discovered by a modeling recruiter and semi-reluctantly agreed to enter the world of modeling. Val proved to be a success – winning 30 national and international beauty pageants. In 2011, Val one the prize of Miss Universe Germany and was sent to Miss Universe. The entire time, Val continued sewing and creating her own unique designs.

“While I was competing in beauty pageants, I designed and sewed evening gowns for the shows. It was important for me to be able to represent myself, and with the help of my mother, I was successful at creating my own original gowns.”

Val was raised in Germany, and that is what makes her a true New York City girl at heart. After visiting NYC in 2013 for the first time, she packed her bags and walked off the runway straight into one of the fashion capitals of the world. Val loves walking NYC streets. Every day is a new experience for her, shopping, reading and working out. Something unique to New York that Europe certainly doesn’t have in such a quantity is sample sales:

“Sample sales are the greatest thing on earth! You get designer, high quality clothing for discount prices. It’s just awesome!! In my previous job- I would receive samples from work. I knew that designers and stores have sample sales, but I had no idea they could be open to the public- I always thought it was just for press, friends and family. I discovered sample sales in the first week I spent in NYC, which resulted in two extra suitcases to bring back with me.”

 

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Desigual Sample Sale: Full Price = 370 Sample Price = 75
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Desigual Sample Sale

Val is the new ShopDrop sample guide and cover girl. Join us as we venture through and hand pick styled looks using the inventory available at sample sales all over NYC! Stay tuned for more.

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Full price = $159 Sample Sale Price = $35
Desigual Sample Sale
Desigual Sample Sale

***Photo Creds to GKNY Photo

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