It’s time we finally lay to rest a sample sale myth. As a guy in his early twenties who grew up in NYC, up until a couple of months ago, I never knew what samples were. In fact, I had never even heard of the term. With that in mind, I’ve got a hunch that most men are probably in the same boat I was in; living a life oblivious to the world’s wardrobe-goldmine a.k.a. sample sales.
When it comes to sample sales, there seems to be a misconception about them, a general consensus that they are gender exclusive to women. I can tell you first hand, that is definitely not the case. Yes, women’s clothing is a bit more prevalent in the sample sale world, but there are still a plethora of men’s brands who host sample sales, and plenty more who cater to both.Just this month alone there have been many sample sales hosted by men’s brands such as Stephen F., Cremieux, Michael Bastian, Dr. Denim, J. Crew, Theory, Eleventy, Asics, Drake’s X Ring Jacket, and more including upcoming ones like Bottega Veneta and J. Brand. That amount of sales is enough to satisfy even the most compulsive of shopaholics.
Whenever I visit a men’s sample sale, I’m always shocked to see that they are either completely void of shoppers, or just two or three who are in on the secret. I used to ask myself: “How can this place not be packed with eager customers taking advantage of all these savings?!” I soon realized that this phenomenon can probably be attributed to most men either not being aware of sample sales, or perhaps they identify sample sales as being solely for women.
It’s a bit of a shame because sample sales really do make life a little easier. After discovering sample sales, my wardrobe selection has improved exponentially, and no longer do I have to save up for weeks just to purchase from my favorite luxury brands. Sometimes I wish I could have found out about them much sooner. Which is why i urge you to enlighten your boyfriend, your guy friends, your brothers, your dad, even your grandpa! Let’s put an end to this ridiculous myth that keeps so many in the dark. Men don’t deserve to pay full price for clothes when there are so much savings to be made… no one does. Guys can shop at sample sales too!
We’re back with your sample sale forecast for the week! This week we’re shaking it up with 5 luxury brands – the average sample sale shopper is probably not filling up their carts at these sales. However, scoring 1 – 2 luxury items for 80% off the usual cost does tend to result in a happy dance… or two.You never know what you may find!
From sneak peeks at the new spring collection, to accessories, to gowns, we’ve got copious amounts of sample sales to satiate your shopping need. Put up your umbrella and brave the storm, these sales are definitely worth it!
1. Adam Lippes
Hosted at the Adam Lippes showroom, check out spring and pre spring 2017 stock for discount prices for three days only. The Adam Lippes collection is made up of luxury sportswear, as well as RTW and formal wear. The brand is known for being the highest of quality in both design and tailoring alike.
Where: 1133 Broadway, Suite 426, New York, 10010 from
When: Tuesday July 25th 2017 – Thursday July 27th 2017
8:30 am – 7:00 pm
2. Bottega Veneta
Hereee we go folks. Call up the men in your life and bring them with! This annual sample sale features ready to wear, handbags, travel accessories, shoes and sunglasses for both women and men. Although we don’t have actual prices yet, I’d forecast these prices to be pretty high, even on sale, due to the luxury status of the brand. Share your finds on Instagram and us our handle in the caption @shopdropapp, ya know, because bragging rights are still a thing 😉
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion Upper Events Space, 123 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, 10011
When: Tuesday July 25th 2017 – Thursday July 27th 2017
Tuesday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 7pm
3. ANTHOM Sample Sale
Expect some major discounts on the spring and summer 2017 collections, as well as some special, never before seen pieces by an eclectic variety of designers including: Gray Matters, Yune Ho, Haerfest, Priory, Achro, Kaarem, and Veda.
Where: ANTHOM SoHo, 25 Mercer Street, New York, 10013
When: From July 26th 2017 to August 3rd 2017
11am – 7pm
4. cooper & ella Sample Sale
You’ve got four days to shop contemporary women’s shirts and dresses at the cooper & ella sample sale. Not to worry if you can’t make it to this sale on the first day! Merchandise will be re stocked on the daily with new beauties to bc snatched up.
Where: cooper & ella, 260 West 39th Street, 10th Floor, New York, 10018
When: Tuesday July 25th 2017 to Friday July 28th 2017
10am – 5pm
5. Carmen Marc Valvo Extended Sample Sale
For the 17 weddings you have coming up this summer and fall, shop gowns for just $200, cocktail dresses for $100 and evening separates for $50. Be warned that sizes at this sale are limited! (Between 2-6.) You should also be prepared to find some gems fresh off the runway.
Where: Carmen Marc Valvo Showroom, 132 West 36th Street, Suite 2S, New York, 10018
When: Tuesday July 25th 2017 to Thursday July 27th 2017
10am – 5pm
Once again, we certainly encourage bragging! Send us your glorious finds and you may just find them here next week.
We are half way through summer and it is time to start thinking of Fall. But not so fast, consider picking up at least one statement piece from the Altuzarra Sample Sale before summer ends. With items from the Spring 2017 Collection I’m sure that you will find the perfect item to add to your wardrobe.
There is a wide selection of fine pieces from stock items to true samples available for purchase.
Shirts / Tops $75
Skirts/ Pants $75
There were also bags and shoes available at discounted prices.
In addition to above prices, when you purchase 3 items from Spring 2017, you receive an additional 20% off already 70% off discounted items.
Are you feeling tempted yet? I bet you are. Head over to the Woolworth Building, 14th floor and start shopping! Don’t forget your Debit/Credit Card because you will need it! Hope you enjoy the sale and shop responsibly.
As New Yorkers, it’s inherently part of our nature to try to utilize our time most effectively. We tend to try and squeeze a gazillion different activities and errands into our daily schedule. Therefore, it isn’t rare for us to miss out on certain things. But when those things happen to be that one sample sale with killer deals and rare items, it makes us start kicking ourselves for not having kept a closer eye on it. (Downloading the ShopDrop App turns out to be the best way to avoid this from happening to you by the way ;).) Last week, London luxury-dress brand Catherine Deane held a five day sample sale which sadly came to an end last Friday the 14th. You can take a look at some of the dresses that were being sold below:
Now before you call up your therapist, hold the phone because I’ve got some exciting news that should make you feel better. Starting Wednesday July 19th, Catherine Deane is reopening their sample sale with even better discounts of up to 80-85%!!
Their doors will be open for three more days until Friday July 21st from 10am to 6pm. Their location will remain the same: within the Garment District on 209 West 38th Street, Suite 1001, New York, 10018. Second chances don’t come often, I wouldn’t squander this rare gift from the sample sale gods.
Most people like myself shop sample sales to get designer items at affordable prices. Pro tip number 1, In order to make the best out of your shopping experience, you need to go to the sale with a plan. To plan appropriately, you should know when the sale will be, where it is located, and what the hours are. Often sample sales can be a bit inconsistent with their times, so don’t plan your excursion for the last hour they claim to be open. Know what items will be on sale and most of all, the price range if it is available. Your time is valuable and I wouldn’t want you wasting it at a sale that’s either out of budget, or irrelevant to you.
But before you plan, you should definitely know what type of shopper you are.
Knowing who you are as a shopper will definitely give you an idea of how to approach sample sales, especially if you do not frequent them often.
The Product Conscious Shopper
Ask yourself, am I the shopper that is more concerned with the product or the price? Something special that a lot of sample sales offer are one of a kind inventory; they call to the true fashionista who doesn’t ask their audience to “swipe up” to “shop their look.” Rather, they have that craving for something that they won’t see another human wearing, ever. If that sounds like you, consider yourself the product conscious shopper. Map out the sales you plan on going to by merchandise, don’t waste your time at sales that offer last season’s merchandise for 90% off. For the product conscious shopper, it is best that you get to that sale on opening day and if the sale is for a huge brand, you need to get there early! Getting to the sale on opening day will definitely give you the opportunity to snatch those limited quantity items.
The Price Conscious Shopper
If you are the shopper that is more concerned about the price and don’t care about others having what you have or purchasing items in less than perfect condition, you are the price conscious shopper. At the end of the day, you like many of us, are looking for a deal. Whether you are a price conscious or product conscious shopper, there are still ways to make the best out of your shopping experience.
A lot of the time, the price conscious shopper will come out on top in the sample sale game. When you go to sample sales at the tail end, prices drop even more and you can get more bang for your buck. Yes the items may be picked over but you still can find some gems in the chaos if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in!
All in all, sample sales are a fun experience. You get to shop designer items for a fraction of the price with like minded people, how cool is that? Which sample sales are you headed to this weekend? Remember to plan ahead to make the most out of your shopping experience!
On Friday, I decided to treat myself to a little retail-therapy. So, I headed out into the rainy Manhattan streets to check out the Ivy Kirzhner sample sale.
When I got into the little storefront, there was no one there, except for a super helpful salesman. He told me that the rain had warded off a lot of customers, so there was still a lot of inventory for me to check out.
The store was full of shoes on display tables, and a rack of soft, colorful Lovebinetti dresses towards the front door. Looking back, I wish I had taken advantage of the dresses, all priced up from $80, but my mission was shoes.
Ivy Kirzhner is typically priced in the $600 range, but are currently selling shoes in the $100-$300 range. When I told the salesman who was helping me that I was interested in a pair of black Santa Fe boots, priced $325, he offered me an additional 20% off.
Another thing that caught my eye were the Starstruck boots, originally listed for $700, is now being sold for $150. Head down to Ivy Kirzhner at their West Village flagship (750 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10014) for the final day of the sale tomorrow (Sunday 7/16) for great deals on chic shoes!
We’re so excited to share our most exciting news yet! For those of you who have been with us sine the get go, you might have read that Tracy Reese opened their sample sale doors for our users one day early. Hey maybe you were even there! Members of the ShopDrop community lined up the evening before the sale actually opened, to be rewarded with first access to the inventory.
The barrier to entry? All you had to do to receive admittance was present the ShopDrop App at the door. What’s the moral of the story? Stick with us to stay in the know about sample sales in NYC, as well as exclusive shopping events.
The sale is still going on until 8pm tonight at the Tracy Reese Showroom, 260 West 39th Street, Floor 19, New York, 10018
Check out the photos below for prices and inventory.
Warning- may cause extreme jealously of those who made it to the first day of the sale, we’re not kidding when we say this was a sample sale that should not have been missed.
Did you know that Tracy Reese doesn’t have a brick and mortar store? Other than selling through department stores, the only place to really come into contact with the brand is at their semi annual sample sale!
So the stars have aligned and you’ve got a little bun in the oven. The whole family is excited, your significant other is catering to all your most peculiar but equally important cravings. Life can’t possibly be more perfect, except for one thing… all your favorite dresses and tops might as well be locked away in a trunk for a huge chunk of the year. Lucky for you, HATCH offers chic clothing for before, during and after pregnancy. And best of all, you can purchase from their collection at great discounts (up to 80% off) at their sample sale until July 12th. In the meantime, you can scroll through some images I took during my visit and decide for yourself whether HATCH is up your alley. By the way, I’m not one to make wild guesses but I have a feeling you’ll like what you see…
WHERE: HATCH, 412 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, 10013
The word best is pretty subjective, don’t you think? Especially when it comes to fashion, everyone has their own unique look, style and personal taste, which certainly effects the stores they choose to shop at, as well as the sample sales they choose to attend. At ShopDrop, when we define a sample sale as “The Best”, here’s what we really mean:
Greatest bang for your buck ie the better the discounts the more we like it 😉
Special offers! Either VIP early access is available, rebates and more!
Discovery! Similar to music, we love introducing lesser known brands to you. What better way to try out a new brand then at a sample sale where there merchandise is 60 – 90% off?
Largest variety of inventory relevant to the season, in an array of sizes.
Now that you know our biased definition of best, read on to discover the sales you don’t want to miss this week.
When it comes to sample sales, we all know that the best merchandise is available on day one. (Take it from someone who waited for the last day to check out the Alice & Trixie sample sale and spent an hour digging through cardboard boxes before finding something worth while.)
Tracy Reese is opening their doors one day early from 5-8pm at their headquarters in midtown exclusively for members of the ShopDrop community. Find all of the information on the sample sale here!
Merchandise will include spring/summer dresses, blouses, culottes, as well as unique pieces that are only available at this sale. Sizes range from XS to L.
Where: 260 West 39th Street, Floor 19, New York, 10018
VIP Early Access- email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP <3
July 10th 2017 5 – 8pm
From July 11th 2017 to July 12th 2017
2. Marcus Adler Sample Sale
I’ve always been a big fan of simplicity. My sister always jokes that my favorite color for clothes is “boring.” I’ve often found that the best way to dress up these pieces that I seem to live in is with a few accessories. Baseball and floppy hats, jewelry and scarves work in tandem with the simple dresser who is afraid of looking blan. However, the worst is over paying for these little add ons.
The Marcus Adler sample sale will feature a wide variety of funky summer accessories with prices starting in the single digits!
Where: Marcus Adler, 32 West 39th Street, 15th Floor, New York, 10018
Call your boyfriends, “friend boys,” husbands, cousins, dads and brothers to let them know that guys get sample sales too. This Italian brand is hosting their pop up shop featuring a wide variety of shirts, suits, jackets and trousers in both casual and formal wear. There will also be handmaid suits and jackets (we all know you have 37 weddings coming up this summer, might as well buy something on sale and wear it to all of them.)
Anyone else thinking it could be time to shake up their underwear collection? For one day only, BelleTex is hosting a cash only sample sale featuring inventory from Audelle, Audelle London, Barbara, B.Well, Charnos, Cottonella, Gemma Lingerie, Ghiro, Gorsenia, Honey Birdette, In.Joy, Kiss Me Deadly, Lana E Seta, Liz, Pari Pari, Playful Promises, Ritratti, Rosme and Wolf & Whistle!
Inventory will be stocked with lingerie, swimwear, and sleepwear.
Where: July 12th 2017, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
When: BelleTex, 222 East 46th Street, #8, New York, 10017
5.Babajaan Sample Sale
Let’s be real, New Yorkers are a unique breed of humans. The first time I walked into Central Park and saw a group of people tanning in their bathing suits I’ll admit I was slightly taken a back. No ocean, no sand, just sun, squirrels and high UV rays. You don’t need to live within walking distance of the beach to own a beautiful, designer bathing suit. You also don’t have to sacrifice your rent this month… All one pieces and bikinis $75, normal retail price between $300-$800. The sale will also feature high end hats, ya know, those ones that make you look like you just got off the plane from Florida.
Use these awesome in store sample sales to truly take control of your summer wardrobe, for a mere fraction of the price.
Where: Juju The Showroom, 135 West 20th Street, Suite 602, New York, 10011
You could smell the leather off the elevator and as you walk down the hallway, the great prices are there to greet you at the door, literally. No need to ask questions because all of the styles available and its prices are on the door.
There were 6 styles on sale for up to 80% off in both basic and fun colors. By noon on day one, the Standard Buffalo Parcel (Originally $819 , Sample Sale price $50) was completely sold out. Are you even surprised?
With this intimate shopping experience, this sale is one you do not want to miss, especially if you are looking for an everyday tote or small clutch.