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Florals and not much else at the Yumi Kim Sample Sale

By: Riva Neumann 

The Yumi Kim Sample Sale did not disappoint when it said they had beautiful floral print pieces for sale, though there was not much else. There were more floral dresses in the sample sale than I have ever seen in my life, not that I have anything against floral print, but it was A LOT. Prices were decent and clearly marked: $50 for tops, blazers and bottoms, $75 for short dresses and jumpsuits and $95 for maxi dresses.

The actual clothes at the sample sale were gorgeous and good quality and the sale was neatly organized by piece. It was pretty easy to find what size you were looking for and where it would be. The sale also wasn’t crowded which is a huge plus for me for a sample sale. They were also selling bathing suits for $15 each piece which is great for summer.

Overall, I gave the sale a 6/10. It was an okay sale, but nothing really amazing about it unless you have a major floral obsession that needs tending to.

What: Yumi Kim Sample Sale
Where: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor, NY, NY
When: May 7, 2019-May 9, 2019 

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Caroline Constas Sample Sale is Cute and Colorful

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Caroline Constas sample sale has a lot of cute merchandise for decent prices. I am still dazzled by all of the colorful sequins and fun patterns, but much less thrilled with the disorganization of the clothing and the hectic crowd. If you’re in the area and looking for some cute summer party clothes, I’d say check this sale out. But be prepared to be herded into the dressing room like cattle.

At this sample sale, there is a plethora of cute tops, dresses, and bathing suits, but not as big of a selection of bottoms. Although there were some cute skirts, the pants were few and far in between. In the showroom, there are a lot of samples which is nice because they’re cheaper than the production items. But you better really like something before you decide to try it on; the line is extremely long and they harshly shuffle large groups of women in and out of the dressing room every fifteen minutes. It is quite an unpleasant experience.

Overall I’m giving this sale a 7/10.  It has a lot of cute, on-trend clothing, and the discounts are pretty good. There are so many tops and bikinis that I want, but aside from the fact that my summer body is nowhere to be found, I just can’t bring myself to cough up the cash. If you are willing to pay though, I think that this sale is definitely worth going to.

What: Caroline Constas Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Sun. May 12th, 2019
Where: 151 Wooster St., New York, NY

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The Araks Sample Sale is So Disorganized

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Araks sample sale was bad; I’m still disturbed by the complete lack of organization going on in the showroom. And I’m absolutely haunted by the bare feet that were spreading germs around the showroom (I’ll explain, just keep reading).

At this sample sale, all of the merchandise is just tossed into bins which are separated by size. These bins are a complete nightmare to dig through. Additionally, there is hardly any variety in the colors and styles of the pieces, and the sizing is so terrible! The smalls look like they could fit Barbies, and the larges look like they could fit American Girl Dolls. I feel offended on behalf of all of the big busted women out there. While the prices are decent, I still think the brand is ripping its customers. These sample sale prices are what the products should be retailing for! Because trust me, the products are nothing special!

The bare feet though… The area sectioned off to be the dressing room had a carpet in it, so the staff members asked customers to take their shoes off before entering. But some of these customers didn’t put them back on before continuing to shop, nor did they have socks on… GAG! Overall, I’m giving this sale a 4/10. None of the merchandise was cute and the layout was a disaster. I would not recommend going to this sale.

What: Araks Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Fri. May 10th, 2019
Where: 137 Grand St., 5th Floor, New York, NY

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LemLem Sample Sale is LameLame

By: Jacqueline Munro

The LemLem sample sale had me really confused before I knew anything about the brand. To be completely honest, I could never have imagined why anyone would pay so much money for the kind of clothing they sell. But then I did some research and discovered that it is all made by African women who previously had no market to sell their products. This changed my mindset about the brand itself, but I still feel a little iffy about their sale.

At a sample sale for a brand like this, I would expect prices to range from $20-$50. But they are not even close; these products are selling for $65-$250. And anything worth buying is on the higher end of that price scale. Even the kids clothing items were $50 a piece. Although the dresses are pretty cute for the beach, I honestly don’t think they’re worth the money.

Overall, I’m giving this sale a 5/10. For a sample sale, the prices are just way too high. If this clothing line did not support a good cause, this review would be a lot nastier. But if you like expensive beach coverups and are an avid supporter of sustainability, this sale is the right place for you. Otherwise, I’d avoid it.

What: LemLem Sample Sale
When: Thurs. May 9th – Sun. May 12th, 2019
Where: 151 Wooster St., New York, NY

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Melissa Kaye Sample Sale- Fine Jewelry, Fine Sample Sale

By: Riva Neumann 

The Melissa Kaye Sample Sale had some really beautiful, expensive pieces for a fraction of the cost, literally. All of the pieces were a whopping 70% off retail. This made pieces that were around $1,400 only $400 which is a bargain for these pieces. Many people came in looking for Mother’s Day presents (as was I) and did not leave disappointed. I was able to snag a cute pair of gold studs for $165 that retailed for around $550. There weren’t many pieces to choose from but the pieces that were available were gorgeous, but mostly out of my price range.

Though everything was 70% off, I struggled to figure out the prices of the pieces since it was hard to find the tags with the prices. Overall, I gave the sale a 6/10, their decent prices for high-end jewelry make this sale worth it.

What: Melissa Kay Sample Sale
Where: 576 5th ave STE 405 NY,NY
When: May 7, 2019- May 8, 2019

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Bling-a-ling-a-ling at the Retrofete Sample Sale

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Retrofete sample sale. The sample sale was busy this morning, with shoppers waiting on line eagerly for the doors to open. The room was fillled with sparkly sequins on every single item! There were so many beautiful pieces! While there were a number of items for each style, there were only a few Gabriella robe dresses, one of the most popular styles Refrofete carries.  Also, the velvet dress with pearls was $100 at the sale, while it is still on final sale on Shopbop for $397.

The room was was filled with merchandise along the perimeter. Staff was very helpful. Pricing was great on some items, where the discount was a little over 80% off retail. Some items (such as that same Gabriella robe dress) were only 50% off and that’s not a sample sale LOL.

The brand is relatively new, and is quickly becoming a favorite amongst fashionistas. If you are looking for a Retrofete piece, we strongly recommend stopping by. There are items from the sale that are still full price on Shopbop, not too be confused with the famous ShopDrop.

What: Retrofete sample sale
Where: 231 West 29th St, Suite 302, NY, NY
When: May 8 – May 10, 2019

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Yigal Azrouel Sample Sale is Perfect for Brand Lovers

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Thank you to our phenomenal followers who go to sample sales and then come back and share their experiences. Here’s the low-down on the Yigal Azrouel sample sale.

Pricing: Most items were priced under $250, which was great given the $1,000+ price tags on many items. A rack of current collection items was selling for 40% off retail.

Merchandise: Beautiful but expensive leather items, a table with scarves and a few belts. There were 2 racks of gown, jumpsuits. Other racks had pants, skirts, dresses and tops.

Samples were mixed in with production pieces, but that didn’t matter because pricing was the same for both. We didn’t see any Cut25 items either.

Sizing: Most items were either sample size or Small or Medium.

Overall, we’ll say the same thing we said about the last Yigal Azrouel sample sale. If you like the brand and would be willing to pay full price in store, then you’re going to love this sample sale.

What: Yigal Azrouel Sample Sale
When: May 7 – May 10, 2019
Where: WeWork, 500 7th Ave, Floor 9, 38th Street Entrance (Next to Pacific Trimming), NY, NY

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Bags Galore at the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

By: Riva Neumann 

In the three months that I’ve been shopping sample sales, the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale has been by far my favorite one. The discounts were really great, so great that I bought myself not 1, not 2, but 3 (!!) bags that I truly could not live without. The sale itself was super-crowded and the line wrapped around the block (as per usual with 260 Sample Sale) but that did not stop my enthusiasm for this sale. If one could imagine what heaven looks like, trust me, it looks like the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale minus all of the crowds.

The discounts at this sale were something amazing. I bought 3 bags and my total was only $163!!! that’s INSANE and I (almost) don’t feel bad about it. There was a table with bags that ranged from $15-$75 and although the $15 bags sold out really quickly, there were still plenty of $30, $50 and $75 bags that were a real steal. The other bags were a but pricier but were still discounted enough to make it worth your while.

There were some clothes available, but honestly, it was only a few racks with bags taking up most of the sale. There was a small section of shoes as well, but they did not have a lot of sizes available by the time I got there, which was a total bummer.

Overall, I gave this sale a 9.5/10. Go for the bags and you will not be disappointed but RIP your bank account.

What: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
Where: 260 5th Ave NY,NY
When: May 7, 2019-May 12,2019

 

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Vince is the Highlight of the Prive Sample Sale

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We gave the Prive sample sale a 6 out of 10. Here’s why. We loved that they had modern collection Vince shoes and tops, that they had stuff for men and women, that the space was pleasant as it always is in Chelsea Market. We weren’t thrilled about the pricing or the other items at the sale.

Setting and Merchandise: The layout was the usual for Chelsea Market. The right side of the room was filled with men’s merchandise. Shoes were on tables against the walls, and racks had clothing from Onia, Vince, Frame denim. There was a rack of swim shorts as well. The women’s side had the same brands. Shoes were organized by style, there were fifteen styles to choose from. Some of the white slides were current season.

Pricing: To be honest, I didn’t see a single item that was over $100 at the sale. For items from Frame and Vince, that could be impressive. There was a rack with some indie brands, where all items were $15. That being said, I wasn’t able to find anything I couldn’t leave without. The vince tank tops were soft and yummy, but they were $29 each and I just couldn’t justify such a price tag on an undershirt.

And so, I left empty-handed. For those who love Vince and Frame & would be willing to pay full price this sale would be a treasure hunt. For others – a hard pass.

What: Prive sample sale
When: May 7 – May 12, 2019
Where: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY

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Kokun Cashmere Sample Sale – Only 3 Racks of Sweaters

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This Kokun cashmere sample sale was not one of the best. We love the sample sale at the beginning of winter, when we’re excited for sweater weather and to buy some fresh pieces for the new season. It’s tough to excite people about a sweater sample sale in May, let alone one with few items.

Setup and Merchandise: There were only 3 racks of clothing at the sale – so not too many to choose from. There were a few $10 boxes as well, but a lot of the merchandise there was damaged. The sweaters themselves were nice as well.

Pricing: Pricing started at $10, most non-damaged sweaters ranged between $35 and $75. At retail, the prices for the sweaters are between $180 and $220.

Overall, this sale is good for conservative sweaters to have to throw on for a rainy day.

What: Kokun Cashmere sample sale
Where: 237 W 37th St, Suite 301, 3rd Floor, NY, NY
When: Mon May 6th – Fri May 10th, 2019

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