The Rag & Bone Sample Sale was a pretty good sale, especially if you are looking for sweaters. They have a ton of sweaters, outerwear, blazers etc and the prices are pretty good (most expensive items are $300). The samples were even better, costing about half of everything else. I think that is your best bet for a good deal, if you are willing to dig through haphazardly thrown items in one small corner.
I was so disappointed by the lack of denim, like they barely had any but I still managed to find two pairs. The shoe selection was ok, not great but you can definitely find something. Beware the crowds though, I waited on line to pay for half an hour so I can only imagine what the rest of the week will be like.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7.5/10. I think the best time to go is at the end of the sale when it’s (hopefully) discounted even more.
What: Rag & Bone Sample Sale
Where: 260 5th Ave New York, NY
When: Dec 3,2019- Dec 8,2019
I was so looking forward to the Marc Jacobs Sample Sale and was a bit disappointed! The ready to wear was ok in what they had available and the prices were good (80% off!) but I felt that the last sale had a wayyyyy better selection. Lets be real, we all were waiting to what bags they had and I liked what they had but it wasn’t as great as the previous spring’s sale. Bags were all between 60%-70% off which is a pretty good discount.
The runway samples were all 80% off, except finding the prices for them which was difficult to do. Basically, this sale will be great towards the end when (hopefully) 260 will discount everything, then it will be worth the trip.
Overall, 6/10, the selection is good but I can’t help but compare!
What: Marc Jacobs Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene Street New York, NY
When:Dec 3,2019- Dec 8,2019
Set up: The Halston sample sale was very organized and spacious! Right when you enter, there were two racks filled with winter coats. The coats were very nice and gorgeous, and looked like they were all in excellent shape. All of the coats were organized very well. There were also a lot of racks of long dresses, short dresses, and pants. Everything was categorized by item, which made it easy to shop. There were 3-4 sections for short dresses; the dresses were both fancy and casual. Most of the dresses looked like they were in great shape, but others- not so much. There were also only two pairs of white shorts left. The accessories were in the back corner; there were a lot of cute winter hats, scarves, and ear muffs. Each item had multiple color options too.
Merchandise/ pricing: The Halston sample sale had excellent deals and prices. The coats were priced according to their style. There was a list on top of the coat rack which made it easy to find the item’s price. The coat prices were originally around $600-$2,000, and now ranged from $180-$360. All of the merchendise had amazing prices: tops now $20, bottoms $20, short dresses $30, rompers $30, long dresses $40, jumpsuits $40, blazers $50, outerwear $75. There were a ton of merchandise and sizes. There were gorgeous fancy dresses that were originally $445 and now were $30! There were also chic pants that were originally $345 and were now $20- WHAT A STEAL! Now onto accessories: all of the styles with real fur were now $20, and the rest were now $15. There were a lot of warm winter hats and all different kinds of colored earmuffs.
Rate: 8/10 The Halston sample sale had AMAZING deals and a lot of cute items. However, not ALL of the merchandise looked like it was in the best shape. This sample sale had excellent quality winter coats that had stunning prints and details. There were cute short dresses and great winter accessories. This sample sale is worth it to go to!
What: Halston sample sale
When: Mon, Dec. 2- Wed, Dec. 4, 2019
Where: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor, Manhattan, NY
Set up: The Escada sample sale was EXTREMELY organized and easy to shop at. The room had different sections that were categorized by size. Once you walked to your section, the racks were then separated by item: pants, skirts, sweaters, and dresses. Each size had a lot of gorgeous pieces and options. There were a lot of chic and funky prints. There were gorgeous dresses for personal events or business events. The merchandise was in excellent shape and looked brand new. There were lots of colors throughout the entire showroom, which really brightened everything up on this snowy day! In the back of the room, there were 2 racks that had gowns. The gowns were stunning and definitely a hit! The entire room was very quiet, and there was only a handful of customers shopping. The staff was also very kind and helpful in assisting customers to find more sizes and styles.
Merchandise/ pricing: All of the clothing was 80% off the original retail prices, and the ENTIRE store was an additional 10% off at checkout. The pants were originally around $600, jackets originally $1,300, dresses originally $1,400, and skirts originally $400; now all of those items are 80% off! Now onto accessories: shoes were $100, and boots/ booties were $150. There were A TON of gorgeous shoes, that ranged from casual sneakers to fancy heels. There were a few colorful options for bags, and each was individually marked. There were 5 boxes of beautiful scarves as well, and each was 60% off the original retail price. Lastly, there were a handful of belts that were individually marked; the sizes ranged from sizes 70-105. There were only brown and orange-colored belts left.
Rate: 9/10 The Escada sample sale had beautiful merchandise in all sizes. The space was large and spacious, which made it enjoyable to shop in. There was a lot of merchandise and great options. There were a ton of shoes and accessories as well. It is worthwhile to go!
When: Sat, Nov. 30- Fri, Dec. 6, 2019
What: Escada Sample Sale
Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY
Set up: The Stila, Tocca, and Dr. Jart sample sale was a truly pleasant shopping experience! From the extremely organized table displays to the plethora of different kinds of colors, this sample sale hit the “beauty” jackpot! All of the tables were perfectly categorized by both brand and product. All of the items were laid out nicely and were easy to identify. There were fantastic aesthetics around the room, that lit up the entire space. The sample sale was also not too crowded, which made it enjoyable to shop. It was easy to find a specific brand or product that you are looking for, and the staff was also VERY nice and helpful! There were around 2-3 staff members behind each of the tables, and they were more than happy to answer questions.
Merchandise and pricing: There was A LOT of merchandise. It looked as if all of the products were high in stock, and not going to run out anytime soon. Also, all of the products looked very high in quality, and brand new. From sparkly eye shadow to the best scented candles, this sample sale had it all. As far as pricing goes, everything was reasonably priced. For Artis: the elite smoke collection did not exceed $30, the Brushcraft collection ranged from $9-$14, the Elite Mirror collection ranged from $18-$180, and the Fluenta collection ranged from $20-$225. Dr. Jart prices ranged from $1-$28. Now onto Stila: Their prices ranged from $4 to $15; Sponges were $4, concealer and lip coating $5, liquid lip, eye shadow, and lip coating $8, and the brow pencil $9. Lastly, Tocca had A LOT of candles that smelled terrific. Each candle was $18. Tocca had candle scents such as vanilla jasmine, grapefruit melon, and patchouli amber. Tocca also had a ton of different body creams- they had a few tables that were ONLY for the creams! Tocca also had AMAZING options for holiday gifts, such as a 3-in-one set that had creams and fragrances inside. This set was originally $38, and was now $15. The ONLY negative side about this sale was that it was rather difficult to identify the prices of the products. Not every table had the prices written on them, so that led to a lot of customers having to ask for help. There were signs on the wall that said the categories and prices, but it was still rather hard to identify which product went with what category on the list.
Rating: 9/10. There were a lot of beautiful products, and everything was reasonably priced. They had a variety of great options and even had holiday gifts for both friends and family. It is definitely worth going!
What: Stila, Tocca, & Dr. Jart Sample Sale
When: Mon. November 25- Sun. December 1, 2019
Where: 260 Fifth Ave.
The Luxe Access third-party retailer is currently hosting a Moncler, Balmain, and Golden Goose sample sale at their location at 513 Broadway. At this sale, there is one small rack of beautiful Moncler jackets for up to 20% off. There are several black & navy jackets, some white ones, and a couple of fun pink ones! There was only one long coat and it was black. There were a couple of t-shirts here and there as well, which are fun pieces for spring if we make it through this winter. The Golden Goose sneakers were up to 25% off. There was a nice selection of low-tops; they were all white with neutral colored accents. And finally, the Balmain section small and men’s stuff only. There were some amazing jackets for great prices, as well as classic jeans and hoodies. If you’re in the market for discounted hot brands, this is the place for you!
What: Moncler, Balmain, and Golden Goose Sample Sale
When: Sun., Nov 24th – Wed., Nov 27th, 2019
Where: 513 Broadway, Manhattan, NY
Set up: Dion Lee’s sample sale set up was very neat and organized and each rack was categorized by color. There were only a few customers shopping which made the experience quiet and enjoyable. All of the clothing was amazing quality and in great shape; everything looked brand new! There was one small fitting room, and one large mirror in the middle of the store. The girls working there were very sweet and helpful. They kept marking down the items every so often which was a plus! They had a section for shoes and accessories in the corner, which was organized and laid out very neatly.
Merchandise/pricing: The merchandise’s prices were still pretty high, but the items were fabulous quality and stunning (might be worth it!) Each item had its own price- there was no set price depending on the categories. There were a lot of stunning silk lace long dresses and those were around $200-300. The girls working there said that those gowns retail for around $600. All of their bathing suits were $60-$70, shoes were $100-$150, and earrings were $100-$250. They had a great variety of shoes: bootie heels, sandals, flip flops, and dressy heels. They had a limited selection of shoe sizes however; there were ALL only sizes 39 and 40. They also only had a few pairs of earrings left and all of them were silver. There were A few bathing suits left, and frankly, none looked worth their prices.
Rating: 7.5/10. Despite the fact that the prices were still sort of high, the items were excellent quality and all STUNNING pieces. It is only worth it to go if you are nearby.
What: Dion Lee Sample Sale
Where: 401 Broadway, Suite 1910, Manhattan, NY
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
The first-ever Barbour sample sale took place today in their showroom on West 57th, and boy was it a success. The line was two hours long at 11 am; the employees were giving people tickets telling them to come back later in the evening after they restocked. But by 3:00 they had already run out of merchandise to restock with.
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of wax coats that they still had left for men around 4 pm, but there were none left for women. Most of them were in the mid $100s, a little more than 50% off. They also had shirts, sweaters, and other kinds of jackets and coats ranging from $87-$455. For women, most of the styles that I saw were either raincoats or short quilted jackets. They were priced in the mid $100s. There was also a small selection of shirts and sweaters, but nothing that really impressed me. As far as sizing goes, all of the men’s coats were mediums, and the women’s coats seemed like they were all about a s/m. All of the staff members at this sale were super friendly and efficient; I was impressed considering that they were first-timers!
Overall I rated this sale a 6/10. I wish that they had more of a size range and a larger amount of back stock, but overall it was a success.
What: Barbour Sample Sale
When: Wed. Nov, 20th, 2019
Where: 130 W 57th, Manhattan, NY
I had no expectations when walking into the Hanro sample sale, yet somehow I was still let down. When I got off the elevator and headed towards the company’s showroom, I was greeted by changing women who were throwing their “don’t wants” all over the lobby. It was a horrific sight. AND this was a unisex sale so at any point, men could have walked in on them changing… But anyway, the showroom was tiny and packed with racks of pajamas; it was a complete mess. The racks were haphazardly jammed up, and the bras and panties were stuffed into bins that could give an OCD person like me nightmares for weeks!
At this sale, there were lots of different types of PJs including t-shirts, tanks, pants, shorts, and nightgowns, as well as sweaters, bras, and undies. Prices ranged from $15-$100 which in my opinion is absurd. I got pajama pants from the gap that are just as cute and comfortable as any of the ones at this sale, and for less money. If you’re paying this much money for sample sale pajamas, I suggest you go to the doctor and ask them to check if your head is screwed on straight. Overall, I rated this sale a 5/10. Not worth going to unless the Queen of England is going to be seeing you in your PJs sometime soon.
Everyone was shocked to see a Prada Sample Sale, the first in 11 years, being held at 260 sample sale. Invites to 260’s email list went out, inviting shoppers to come the 20th before being opened to the public on the 21st. We had such high hopes for this sale and they were crashed by the lack of inventory at the sale and the high as hell prices. 40-50% off was the average price reduction… and I was not happy.
You can find a better deal at any department store, so don’t waste your time waiting on line for god knows how long and leaving empty handed. There were maybe 4 racks of women’s ready to wear and some sparsely filled shelves of bags. The nylon bag table was full, but everything else was empty.
The shoe selection was disappointing to say the least. Maybe 10 different styles and barely any sizes. The men’s section took up the entire downstairs area, but that room had 2 racks of clothes, some shelves and tables with wallets and a couple of bags. There was also a small table of exotics that was pretty full. Probably, because the items are so expensive (I assume.)
Overall, 5.5/10. Not worth the trouble or the money. You’ll find everything at this sale cheaper at Nordstrom soon.
What: Prada Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene Street New York,NY
When: Nov 21,2019- Nov 23,2019