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Fall is Coming – The Karolina Zmarlak Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to stop by the Karolina Zmarlak Sample Sale. The sale featured tons of versatile fall pieces including turtle necks, long sleeve dresses and reversible shearling coats. While the merchandise is completely stunning, the prices are still a little high for our liking. While our ShopDrop users will get an extra 10% off when mentioning our name (oh yeaaaa). August is quickly coming to a close, so you better start stocking up on these fall pieces. We cannot wait for sweater season and we recommend you stop by the sale!

Overall we rated the sale a 7 out of 10. Carolina Zmarlak had beautiful pieces with unbelievable quality but they will come at a higher price point.

What: Karolina Zmarlak

Where: 146 West 29th Street, NY, NY

When: August 19th, 2019 – August 24th, 2019

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Bras, Undies and PJs Oh My! – The Cosabella Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a preview of the Cosabella Sample Sale which opens tomorrow and early for our VIP customers. The sale features a huge selection of lingerie and sleepwear (you still want to look chic in your sleep). 

The sale is organized by different item types, there is everything from wired bras to rompers and in between. Also you can literally “taste the rainbow” since most of the merchandise comes in all the colors of the rainbow. Now let’s talk about the pricing because it is totally amazing. Even better if you find an item with a red tag, it is an additional 50% off the sample sale price (yes – you read that right, an additional 50% off). There is also a decent size range available! 

Overall we rated the sale a 9 out of 10. These prices are just too good and everybody is always in need of some new undergarments. If you are a VIP, you are in luck because you can shop the sale early tomorrow AM!  

 

What: Cosabella Sample Sale

Where: 220 Lafayette Street, NY, NY

When: August 16th, 2019 – August 18th, 2019

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Nothing Special – The Bonobos Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to stop by the Bonobos Sample Sale and let me tell you, it is really nothing great. I know we want to shop for all the men in our lives (think boyfriend, dad, grandpa) but this sale was really disappointing. Let’s start off with the pricing, which was complete and utter trash. One of the employees mentioned that they have better pricing on there online sale (WTF!!!!). There was an abundance of merchandise to purchase, but who is purchasing it at those prices. As well there really is no line to try any merchandise on. We recommend skipping this sale, unless you are a big fan of the brand.

Overall we rated the sale a 4.5 out of 10. It is really disappointing that 260 keeps rising prices to make a better profit for themselves.

 

What: Bonobos Sample Sale

Where: 260 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

When: August 13th, 2019 – August 18th, 2019

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Sparkling Sequins – The Parker Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall

Today we had the chance to stop by the Parker Sample Sale. While we were hoping to score some amazing sample pieces, there was an extremely limited selection. The pricing was nothing special either. If you need a sequined dress for your next Studio 54, Gatsby themed party or to just wear around the house, look no further. There is a decent selection of gowns as well. Just as a warning, the line to try stuff on is extremely long and will in fact test you patience.

Overall we rated the Parker Sample Sale an 5 out of 10. The selection was nothing crazy, we recommend you stop by if you are in the area. If not, you really shouldn’t lose sleep over this sale.

 

What: Parker Sample Sale

Where: 150 Greene Street, NY, NY

When: August 13th, 2019 – August 18th, 2019

 

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The Dolce and Gabbana Sample Sale is Amazeballs

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Dolce and Gabbana sample sale is currently being hosted by the third party retailer Luxe Market in the heart of Soho. We got a sneak peek of the sale at our VIP hours this morning, and we were NOT disappointed. If you (foolishly) didn’t buy a VIP pass you might have missed out on some of the best pieces given that there is a small selection, but don’t fret, the sale is continuing through tomorrow night.

At this D&G sample sale, the ready to wear items range from 50%-85% off and the retail prices are listed on the tags so you’re able to see what kind of deals you’re getting. As far as merchandise goes there are several stunning jackets, blouses, bottoms, and a couple of gorgeous dresses. There was also a decent offering of accessories including handbags, backpacks, wallets, and scarves, but the shoe selection is nearly nonexistent. There was only one pair of D&G sneakers, and they were far too eccentric for my wardrobe. Guys don’t worry, you’re included in this sale too. There are lots of cool tops and outerwear options for you as well, but most of the styles have old western designs on them.

Overall I rated this sale an 8/10. Despite the fact that the quantity of the merchandise was somewhat limited, the pieces they did have were awesome. Furthermore, the pricing was good, it was well organized, and the staff members were beyond kind. Happy shopping, friends!

What: Dolce and Gabbana Sample Sale

When: Mon Aug. 12th – Tues Aug. 13th, 2019

Where: 513 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

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SEA Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a preview of Sea NY Sample Sale before it opened to the public this morning. The space is organized by size and allows for shoppers to easily search through the racks. The racks boasted tons of beautiful chiffon maxi dresses, patterned skirt and ruffled tops. While the merchandise was stunning, the pricing was not up to standards. As well, the selection had some amazing pieces for fall and you know it is never to early to stock up (sweater szn people). If you aren’t familiar with the brand, the clothing at Sea NY boasts various earthy hues and lots of details.

Overall, we rated the sale an 8 out of 10. We are hoping for some additional discounts on the merchandise and then we will be talking!

What: Sea NY Sample Sale

Where: 324 Canal Street, NY, NY

When: August 8th, 2019 – August 10th, 2019

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The Illesteva Sample Sale will have you Looking like a Celeb in no time

The Illesteva sample sale was held in its showroom downtown in the Canal area. The largest room had 4 tables lined with sunglasses 🕶; designs included the those worn by Gigi Hadid, Kourtney K, Meghan Markle and other celebrities. While the selection was extensive, the prices weren’t nearly as impressive. They ranged from $50 to $180 but the average sunglasses costed $100-$120. I mean, that’s not even 50% off for a lot of the styles. 

There was a separate room with handbags ($175), ski goggles, optic glasses and men’s sunglasses. The staff members wanted us to know that the merchandise would be restocked throughout the sale – so there you go, we’ve passed the information on. To be completely honest, we’ve scored Illesteva sunglasses for the same prices in discount stores, so we can’t give the sample sale more than a 6/10.

What: Illesteva Sample Sale
When: Tues Aug. 6th – Sat Aug. 10th, 2019
Where: 456 Broadway, 4th floor, Manhattan, NY

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The Rebecca Taylor Sample Sale is Already Wiped Out

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Rebecca Taylor sample sale was a hot mess, but I was happy with the merchandise and price points. The staff told me that a large crowd came through this morning, which contributed to the disaster of the showroom.

Although the prices increased from the last Rebecca Taylor sale, I still thought they were decent. The discounts ranged from 50% – 80% off which is more than I can say for many of the sales I go to. As far as merchandise goes, there were tons of bottoms and shoes but the tops and dresses were not as plentiful. Most of the shoes were Loeffler Randall which was a pleasant surprise, and they were fifty bucks! I was not as pleased with the employees running this sale as I was with the pricing. There were plenty of staff members in the showroom but they were not helpful and they severely lacked  organizational skills.

Overall I gave this sale a 7/10. I found a bunch of cute stuff that I wouldn’t have gone broke buying, and that made me really happy. But don’t expect to be able to find anything easily, you’re gonna have to do some digging. Good luck, shoppers!

What: Rebecca Taylor Sample Sale

When: Tues Aug. 6th – Thurs Aug. 6th, 2019

Where: 80 West 40th St., 5th floor, Manhattan, NY

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Gowns Galore! – The Vera Wang Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had the chance to stop by the Vera Wang Sample Sale. The sale is extremely organized and everything is divided by size and item type. While the racks were stocked with a majority of stunning tulle, silk and bejeweled wedding pieces. Vera Wang is known for its unbelievable wedding dresses and this sale did not disappoint. Don’t worry! There are still some very nice RTW available for purchase and gorgeous colored gowns (perfect for those bridesmaids). In addition, the sale had a decent amount of accessories – think vails, headbands and belts. I know you are all wondering what the pricing is like, but let me tell you that the gowns are not cheap (I mean it is your wedding day so). Every piece is individually priced, the wedding dresses range anywhere from $700 (past season merchandise) to $2,200 (new season merchandise). Beware there is limited space to try on the dresses and a limit of 3 gowns.

 

 

What: Vera Wang Sample Sale

When: August 5th, 2019 – August 6th, 2019

Where: 15 East 26th Street, NY, NY

 

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Vfiles Sample Sale- Lot of Stuff, Not A Lot of Variety

By: Riva Neumann 

The Vfiles Sample Sale had a very interesting selection of clothes available. They had some cute body suits available as well as holographic tops and shorts sets. Tees went for between $10-$20 and bottoms ranged from $30-$50. They also had some interesting jumpsuits as well and a lot of outerwear that were $85 each.

They had some cute hats for $10 and really adorable hair clips with sayings such as GTFO and STFU for only $5 ( catch the whole Shopdrop team sporting those) as well as some Converse sneakers and Filas for $55. They also had some cute bags and backpacks ranging from $15-$25.

Overall, I gave this sale a 6/10, there are some good finds but overall pretty meh.

What: Vfiles Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster Street New York, NY
When: July 30,2019- August 4,2019

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