The Theory and Helmut Lang Sample Sale has a lot to offer in terms of clothes and shoes! There was definitely more Theory merchandise than Helmut Lang but there was still a good amount to make the trip worth it. Theory ranged from $50-$155 while Helmut Lang ranged from $60-$155. They had a variety of clothes including tees, bottoms and outerwear and a lot of sizes available. Tees were around $50-$60 while dresses were $70-$80. Suede and leather pieces for both brands were the same price, ranging from $109-$199 and $399 for fur.
They both had a lot of shoes available, but Theory had a larger selection. For Theory, shoes and sandals were $60 while boots were $95, and for Helmut Lang, $100 for shoes, sandals and sneakers and and $145 for boots. They had a lot of sizes, ranging from 35-41.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7/10. A lot available in a lot of different sizes and decent discounts.
Everyone remembers the annual Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale that happened only a short while ago at 260, so when I heard that there was ANOTHER one at Rebecca Minkoff Soho location happening this week, you bet I rushed over there on day 1 to see what it was all about, and trust me, I was not disappointed. Bags ranged from $50-$175, with most being around $100-$125, including the newest addition to my ever growing collection of bags. Everything was neatly laid out by style with a separate table for sample bags, ranging from $30-$75, with most being $50.
They also had a nice selection of clothes, including ready to wear and some sample pieces, as well as shoes. They also had a lot of sizes available which I did not expect but was very happy to see. Ready to wear ranged from $30 for tees to $225 for leather pieces. They also had some Uri Minkoff pieces available as well as small leather goods.
Overall, I gave this sale a 9/10. Rebecca Minkoff hasn’t disappointed me yet with a sample sale and I always walk away with a new bag!
What: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
Where: 96 Greene Street Manhattan,NY
When: July 15, 2019- July 20,2019
The Jill Stuart Sample Salehad really amazing dresses and a huge selection for all occasions at some heavily discounted prices. Prices for dresses ranged from $55-$125, with most being either $55 (short dresses) or $75 (long dresses). Other dresses included samples for $95 and stock dresses for $125. They also had some bathing suits and pajama sets but honestly not a lot. They had some nice ready to wear pieces as well as great shoes, not a lot though but what they had was really good.
Jill Stuart also had a seemingly random assortment of watches and beauty, and by beauty I mean some lipstick for $10, not super exciting but very cute as a last minute something to pick up on your way out. Overall, I gave this sale a 8/10, lots available for really good prices and everything was in really good condition.
What: Jill Stuart Sample Sale
Where: 550 7th Avenue, 24th Floor, Manhattan, NY
When: July 15,2019- July 18,2019
The Lester’s Warehouse sale in Long Island is the annual event of the year for families that want to stock up on super-affordable items for parents and children alike. There were a ton of designer and contemporary items for kids, ranging from casual campwear to fancy wedding-appropriate clothes.
For adults, the selection was fair, with mostly casual clothes and shoes. Shoe brands included Steve Madden, Uggs, Vince, Amiana, Minnie Melissa, Adidas – and that’s just a tip of the iceberg.
Items were priced between 80% and 90% off retail for most items. If you have a family and want to to make sure everyone has a closet full of stuff, get in your car and hit up the Lester’s Warehouse sale in Long Island.
The Dr Jart +, Stila, Tocca , Artis Sample Sale had just about everything having to do with skincare at really good prices. Dr Jart + sets ranged from $29-$45 while single items (like facemasks) were only $2-$10. When I went, the tables were full of every type of skincare imaginable but head on over quick, they tend to sell out FAST. Tocca had a lot of perfume sets for $15 as well as hand creams, candles and more.
Artis had an amazing assortment of brushes ranging from $18 for some single brushes and $250 for a 10 piece brush set. The Stila selection was really great, the amount of highlighters, eyeshadows and lipstick would make any makeup guru happy. I love their highlighters and love the amount of shimmer in them. Their velvet lipsticks were also a hit, at only $8 I would grab one in every color. The highlighters were $12 and the liquid eyeshadows were $8.
Overall, I gave this sale an 8/10. I would hurry soon, this sale tends to sell out fast!
What: Dr Jart +, Stila, Tocca , Artis Sample Sale
Where: 260 5th Ave Manhatten, NY
When: July 9,2019- July 14,2019
The M. Gemi Sample Sale had a lot available in terms on shoes and clothes. Everything was very organized and it was easy to find sizes and brands. The discounts on shoes was really good, ranging from $55 for sandals to $125 for boots. There was also a big selection of clothes from Ramy Brook, Yumi Kim, Saylor and more. The discounts on those brands were also pretty good.
A lot of the clothes at the sale I recognized from previous sample sales so if you missed out last time, now is your chance! I think this is a good sale for those who know and love these brands.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7 out of 10, I personally didn’t find the sale to be too exciting but for those who love these brands, head on over for some good discounts!
Today we had the opportunity to check out the Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale at Chelsea Market. I know you are all wondering, didn’t Zadig & Voltaire just have a sale? Yes, yes they did. While we were hoping to see some recent merchandise, we were disappointed to find clothing from 2017.
The Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale featured lots of classic skull t-shirts, embroidered jackets and cashmere sweaters. While the selection was large, a lot of the products were really old (I’m saying we went to a sample sale in 2017 and this stuff was there). We were also shocked to discover that the sale featured only one pair of shoes and barely any accessories. While we usually look forward to the Zadig and Voltaire sale to score some Parisian inspired clothing, we didn’t love anything we saw. If you are a a die hard fan of the brand and looking to score some chic pieces, them you should stop by.
Overall we rated this sale a 5 out of 10. The pricing generally was meh and the merchandise was extremely old. The lack of the shoes, bags and accessories was also disheartening.
The Michelle Waugh Sample Sale has some of the most beautiful outerwear pieces I’ve ever seen. Although everything is expensive, I understand the pricing because each piece is beautifully made.
I hadn’t heard of Michelle Waugh before going to this sample sale, but I’m thrilled that I discovered the brand today. Her coats are absolutely stunning and the materials she uses are top-notch. I know that the prices are a bit steep but given the quality of the products I’m not surprised. Among the somewhat small selection there was a nice variety of coats and jackets that were all different materials, colors, and sizes. The duster coats were a dream and the cashmere blazers were exquisite. I would kill for one of her pieces, but my bank account is already dead.
Overall I rated this sale a 7/10. Even though the prices were a little too high, thegorgeous merchandise and extremely kind staff members were more than redeeming.
Hello and welcome back to our Sales Styles Series! We are back and this time we interviewed New York based fashionista @the.sales.girl!Sales Girl is a fellow devoted member of the sample sale community in New York City as well as searching every corner of the internet for the best designer deals. If you were to check out her Instagram on any regular day, you would find tons of screenshots of deals online as well as live photos taken from the best sales in NYC.
@the.sales.girl told us she has been shopping at sample sales since college (I mean it’s never too early to get a good deal). While she started her Instagram based on the fact that the only media outlet providing insight on the merchandise was ShopDrop! She felt like there needed to be more coverage on the products at sample sales. Regarding her screenshots of the online deals, she just wants to help out her sale sisters/brothers! Sales Girls said she devotes around a half hour to an hour each day online searching for designer goodies. She said uses a lot of filters for specific designers and said that Barney’s was her favorite (they save your favorite designers – making it that much easier). She also mentioned Cettire having great finds but it is a pain to search through. Her favorite place to shop in-stores is Barney’s Warehouse and she swears by it. @the.sales.girl described herself as “thrifty as f*ck” and we really couldn’t agree more! Check out below to see her answer from quick questions.
What are your takeaways for shopping at sample sales? Advice to newbies on the sample sale scene!
Grab everything you like then filter through, make sure you try everything on and be prepared to wait!
Sample sales hosted by third party versus in house by the brand
Definitely hosted by the brand – there is where you find the best deals
What has been your favorite sample sale to date?
Louboutin and Balenciaga
What brands are you hoping have a sample sale?
Chanel (don’t we all), Valentino and Fendi
What is your favorite purchase within the last year?
Valentino Black Rockstud Sandals (scored for $105) and McQueen Bag from UAL!
Calling all the fashionistas in the New York Tri-State Area! If you haven’t heard, Hermes will be hosting a Sample Sale in two weeks! So you better start saving now or apologizing to your significant other regarding your next credit card bill.
We gathered past intel from some amazing sale ladies to give you a picture of what to expect at the sale. Last Fall, Hermes hosted a Sample Sale at the Americana in Long Island. One of our team members attended the sale and said Hermes began giving out tickets at midnight. Apparently the early bird gets Hermes Twill Scarves and Oran Sandals (I mean you can sleep when you’re dead – at least you will be wearing Hermes).
Past Hermes Sales have had shoes, including the coveted Oran and Thalassa Sandals. While we heard from HolyinMundane that there will be Ready to Wear, but there will be no enamel bracelets or silk scarves (we are literally praying to the sales gods that this isn’t true). Also, the sale does not usually feature bags and home. The question everybody is pondering, what are the discounts like? Generally in the past, shoes and accessories were 50% off and other items ranged from 50% to 70%. Another thing about the Hermes Sale, you do not receive the highly notable orange box. Rather, the merchandise is given to you in plastic/clear bags.
What we remembered most, was the strict no photo policy. At the entrance to the sale, the clerks taped your phone. If you lifted as much as the edge of the tape, there was void printed all over it and security swiftly escorted you out of the sale.
No one timed you, which was great while you were shopping, but sucked while you waited in line. They restocked the merchandise every day.
Will you be attending the sale? If so, then stop by and come say hi to us! ShopDrop will be providing coverage on the Hermes Sample Sale so make sure you check Instagram to get live updates!