We stopped by the Paragon Sports Warehouse sale today. If you’re into sports or working out, then this sale is for you! The sale is held in a giant room in the back of the Paragon store. There were countless members of the Paragon staff working the sale and maintain the order. While the room was PACKED with merchandise, it was mostly for men. The women’s section was relegated the one side and was all packed onto one wall. The wall had tops, sweaters, and sports bras hanging from the top rack and pants, leggings, and shorts on the lower rack. This system was slightly difficult to shop as everyone was crowded around one wall. The sale also featured backpacks, shoes, and various sports equipment – one section was purely for skis and snowboards!
We rated this sale a 5 out of 10 because the price reductions were minimal and most of the brands could be found on sale in a local footlocker. There were a few big ticket items, such as Bogner ski jackets and one (!) mens Canada Goose coat, but the brands were mostly New Balance and Adidas.
What: Paragon Sports Warehouse sale
When: Wed. Sep. 5 – Thu. Sep. 20, 2018
Where: 867 Broadway, New York, NY
As an avid online shopper (well to be honest, both online and in store…it’s possibly a problem), I’m always looking for small items to bump me up for free shipping. I scour the accessories tab on every website looking for the right item. Usually, I stick to the sunglasses and scarves section, but I’ve started to notice some new inventory in other sections. There has been a sudden influx of hair accessories. From headbands and bows to scrunchies and clips, hair accessories are everywhere!
These aren’t just available online as well. I’m seeing so many stores also up their hair accessories selection. They are no longer just a last minute grab while waiting on line to pay. They are getting their own dedicated section in stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, J Crew, and many others. This trend is also being acknowledged in fashion publications like Vogue, Man Repeller, and Who What Wear. They’re officially back!
It feels like it was only yesterday that any type of hair accessory was seen as childish and frumpy. I know I personally used a headband everyday in 7th grade to push back my ill-conceived bangs (whoever convinced me to get bangs with my curly hair was truly out to ruin me). However, the bad reputation of hair accessories was only a trend of the past 5 – 7 years. Hair accessories used to be a way to add a little something extra to any look. The 90’s were all about the scrunchies and the butterfly clips. Everyone had the chunky, fabric hair tie on their wrist waiting to be used, or the glittery plastic clips in their hair.
The early 2000’s saw the rise and fall of the bandana. From Mary Kate and Ashley to J.Lo and Cheetah Girls star, Kiely Williams. You couldn’t turn on the television without seeing a young starlet with a bandana on.
But speaking of television, the queen of hair accessories graced our television screens in September 2007, Blair Waldorf. Blair was the headband queen and set the hair accessory trend that lasted for years. Her headbands were seen as chic and sophisticated. Every young girl who wanted to emulate Blair and her style quickly put on a fabric headband. They weren’t used to hide a bad hair day, but were added to her already perfectly coiffed hair. Her headbands were the cherry on top of the sundae. They tied together her look and the new trend of hair accessories is doing the same thing.
Delicate bows and patterned scrunchies are the perfect way to compliment a simple outfit without adding too much. What’s your verdict?
We’ve mentioned before how much we love our users. Today we had yet another user volunteer to send us intel on a sample sale. User, @savionron, reported from the inside of the Pono by Joan Goodman sample sale.
According to our lovely user, the Pono by Joan Goodman sale was very good. The designer herself was there shopping with the public. The jewelry was was beautiful, well priced, and all made in Italy.
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What: Pono by Joan Goodman Sample Sale
When: Tue. Sept. 4 – Fri. Sept. 7, 2018
Where: 224 West 30th Street, Suite 304, New York, New York
Before we share the details about the Joomi Lim sample sale, we’d like to take a ShopDrop user appreciation moment. One of our lovely users volunteered to send us pictures from Joomi Lim. Our user, @ninastyleesh, said, “[Joomi Lim jewelry] is very understated, but edgy.”
The Joomi Lim sample sale featured jewelry and phone accessories.
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What: Joomi Lim Sample Sale
When: Wed. Sept. 5 – Fri. Sept. 7, 2018
Where: 209 West 38th Street, Studio 704, New York, NY
Clothingline Sample Sales has their own leftover merch from all the sample sales they run. So, they mix it all together and turn it into the one day Clothingline Blowout sale. We arrived at 10:30 a.m., to the sale that opened at 10:00 a.m., and there was a line down the block. Clothingline is known for not having the best sales. What can people really be standing in line for? Well, they had a few key sales (ex. Theory/Helmut Lang) and then priced that leftover merchandise extremely low. We did an Instagram poll, and most of our users agreed that line was a waste of time.
Thank you to one of our users for reporting from the inside.
What: Clothing Line Blowout Sale
When: Wed. Sept. 5, 2018
Where: 261 W 36th St. 2nd. Fl. New York, NY
The Butter shoe sample sale was… okay, I guess. There was debate on how current merchandise was and on pricing. Their samples were from the current season and regular stock was taken from last year. Most of the items in the store were samples and a U.S. women’s size 7. We had the pleasure of meeting a loyal ShopDrop shopper. She told us that prices really could have been lower. She also noticed seeing the same merchandise for 3 years now. So when are the samples and sock from again?
We rated the the Butter shoe sample sale a 5 out of 10. Like we said, mixed feelings. In addition to the mystery merch., we were a bit sketched out on pricing. So we tried on a pair of booties, and the sales associate told us it was $50. At check out the shoes were all of the sudden $75. Um what… How do your workers not know pricing. The check out girl wouldn’t even budge on pricing. We won’t be going back, but you can decide for yourself. Happy shopping!
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What: Butter Shoes Sample Sale
When: Wed. Sept. 5 – Fri. Sept. 7, 2018
Where: 130 West 57th Street, Suite 1E, New York, NY
The Masion De Papillon sample sale featured their clothing collection along with handbags form Khirma New York. Khrima New York had their new and classic collection on display. You can shop totes, handbags, and evening bags from Khirma New York. Her bags were made from fabulous materials, but still pretty pricey. The discount was large, one bag went from $1,090 to $400, but for a sample sale that’s not a huge name is still expensive. The same bag was offered in white for $150 because it was scuffed. Masion De Papillon featured 100% silk shirts, cashmere pieces, and leather pants. Everything was beautiful and very soft! Silk shirts were $25 – $50 and cashmere and leather ranged from $100 – $300. Still very expensive for a sample sale.
Lauren Checchi’s strengths lie in color! All her bags come in exquisite colors, inside and out. Some of her bags will have will have one color outside and a complementary color inside. Lauren Checchi had purses in all sizes. She even had a super chic laptop bag with smaller pockets inside. If you’re looking to accessorize, you can also pick up card holders and key chains. (Even the puff key chains!) Lauren Checchi used a price list instead of individually pricing items. That’s always a great help!
We rated both sales a 6 out of 10. The merchendise was really great – beautiful and high quality, but they lost points on pricing. We understand the markdown is high, but most sample sale shoppers won’t pay those prices for a non-high ticket item. The designers for each respective brand were present at the sale. This was such a nice touch considering they gave shoppers personal attention, and they have the most knowledge on the brand. They were also all super sweet! Happy shopping!
What: Masion De Papillon Sample Sale | Lauren Checchi Sample Sale
When: Wed. Sept. 5 – Fri Sept. 7. 2018
Where: 36 W 36th St. 6th Floor New York, NY
As I walked up Greene St. to one of the 260 sample sale location, I was preparing myself for a line around the block and an hour wait in the 90° heat. But lo and behold, there was no line and barely any people inside. For such a hyped sale, this emptiness was a welcome surprise, but was foreshadowing for the steep prices. I ,personally, am a fan of the Herve Leger dresses, but know that finding the perfect venue for these bandage dresses can be tricky. You can’t wear them to weddings or any other formal affair and they are generally too much for a night out. So despite all the colors and shapes, the $200 price tag seems too high. But the last Herve Leger sample sale did have lower prices and saw price reductions within two days.
The sale also featured pieces from BCBG runway which were beautiful and less expensive. Both brands had dresses, tops, bottoms, jackets, and furs represented at the sale. The BCBG dresses and tops were very summery and would have to be put away until 2019.
We rated the Herve Leger and BCBG runway sample sale an 8 out of 10 for the beautiful inventory and steep prices.
What: Herve Leger and BCBG runway sample sale at 260.
When: Tue. Sep. 4 – Sun. Sep. 9, 2018
Where: 150 Greene Street, New York, NY
Here’s our lowdown of the Morgane Le Fay sample sale – if you love the brand and are willing to buy items at full-price, get in line because you’ll love this sale! If you are looking for $30 dresses, this sample sale is not for you. Better stay in bed.
Environment: the storefront on Broome street has big windows. The staff is extremely nice & sweet and there is a small line out the front door (at least in the morning).
Merchandise: The racks are lined with dresses. Tons of bridal options in white, a rack full of red dresses, and plenty of black dresses. We saw a few pastel colored pieces as well. There were plenty of sizes – most of the items we saw were size M. The sale includes samples and stock from a number of seasons.
Prices: prices are between 70% and 90% off retail. We couldn’t find too many things under $200. If you are willing to spend, go for it!
What: Morgane Le Fay sample sale
Where: 464 Broome St, NY, NY
When: September 4-11, 11AM-7PM
Labor Day Weekend is coming to a close and that means that the discounts at major retailers are dropping further and further in the last few hours! We scoured the internet for the best deals and brought them to you below. Enjoy!