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The Gottex Studio Sample Sale Sadly Has No Bathing Suits

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Gottex Studio Sample Sale is taking place on West 39th in a very tiny showroom. If you were hoping to purchase a cheap suit for the last month of summer, you’re not going to be able to; this sale is strictly stocked with their activewear line, X By Gottex.

The price points at this sale are uh-may-zing… Nothing costs more than $20 and the leggings are $15! The only thing that could make it better would be if they gave you everything for free! They had leggings, biker shorts, tees, tanks, sports bras, and joggers ranging in size from XS to XL. Although there isn’t a huge selection everything is cleanly separated by size, and the staff members would be more than willing to help you find something. Overall I rated this sale a 7/10. Although I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t have any swimwear, I couldn’t help but drop my jaw at the discounts. All of the products were really high quality as far as workout clothes go, and everything was very cheap. Definitely hit up this sale  if you’re nothing like me and actually work out! Or if you are like me and wear workout clothes just cause you’re too lazy to put on anything else.

What: Gottex Studio Sample Sale

When: Tues. July 30th – Thurs. Aug 1st, 2019

Where: 230 W 39th, Suite 900, Manhattan, NY

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Helmut Lang Sample Sale- Good Discounts,Still Expensive

By: Riva Neumann 

The Helmut Lang Sample Sale had a lot of product available for both men and women. They had a good selection of previous seasons’ sweatshirts but not a lot of sizes (mainly larges). Even though they were discounted, this sale was still pretty expensive. Sweatshirts were $99 and dresses were $129 which I think is a lot for a sample sale.

They had a nice selection of menswear and womenswear as well as accessories. They had some shoes, but not a lot, for $149 and a good selection of bags and belts, bags being $99 and belts being $20. They also had a lot of leather goods available, all for $349. Skirts were a bit expensive for $120 but they were cute and they had a lot available.

Overall, I gave this sale an 8/10, overall the sale had a lot available and there were good discounts, but I felt they could have been better for a sample sale.

What: Helmut Lang Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster Street New York, NY
When: July 23, 2019- July 28, 2019

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Everything Is Under $20 – The Rachel Roy Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall

Today we had a chance to stop by the Rachel Roy Sample Sale located in midtown. To say the least, the sale did not disappoint. Nearly every item is under $20 (you can skip your SweetGreen salad today).

The sample sale featured a huge variety of silk tops, midi dresses and slick pants. We were loving the selection of gorgeous chiffon dresses available in different prints like polka dot (pretty woman vibes) and stunning florals (florals for Fall, groundbreaking). While you might be thinking, I don’t need anything. There is a really great selection of merchandise. Let’s be real, if you aren’t broke from the Hermes Sample Sale then you should stop by (you need a dress to match those Hermes shoes, duh). While the sale is not very organized, so you really have to dig through the racks. There is a limited selection of bags, jewelry, bathing suits and shoes available for purchase.

Overall we rated the sale a 7 out of 10. This sale is truly a hidden gem, with everything under $20 it is totally worth it! We recommend you stop by!

 

What: Rachel Roy Sample Sale

Where: 58 West 40th Street, NY, NY

When: July 30th, 2019 – August 1st, 2019

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The Hermès Sample Sale- The Deets

By: Riva Neumann 

The long awaited Hermés Sample Sale has finally arrived and the Shopdrop team was READY. We were up and out at 5:30 am to make sure we were at this sale, arguably one of the most important ones of the year. 5:30 may be early for most of us (trust me), but when we got there we managed to be 60th on line! The first ones there got there at 11pm the night before and came from Massachusetts, now that’s DEDICATION. After waiting around 3 hours, we finally got into the mall around 8:30. We then waited until about 9:45 to be let into the actual room of the sale and from there, another 15 minutes until we finally entered the sale.

The second the doors opened, there was a mad dash to the women’s shoes for the coveted Oran Sandal. By the time the Shopdrop team got there, there were hardly any Orans left, the only ones being the super expensive exotic ones but don’t worry, there was plenty of other shoes available in all of our sizes!. Shoes included Thalassa sandals and Oasis Sandals, all at 50% off. They are restocking shoes but sadly no more Orans. They also have boots available but even at 50% off they are still super expensive.

They also had a large selection of silk scarves and home goods. Silk scarves ranged in price, the 45 cm twillies being less than $100 (OMG), and other sizes ranging from $200-$400. They also had limits on how many you can buy, 5 for the silk scarves and 2 for cashmere. The selection of ties was also pretty great and definitely one of the better deals. They had a large selection of towels, pillows, blankets and some canvas bags. They also had a lot of ready to wear for both men and women, menswear being 60% off and womenswear being 50%.

The lines for this sale are massive and will continue to be over the next few days, be prepared to spend the day at the mall waiting on line. Fortunately, the lines are very well managed by the nicest staff and security. Go at your own risk (I may or may not have spent more than my rent) and happy shopping!!

What: Hermés Sample Sale
Where: 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
When: July 25, 2019- July 28, 2019

 

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I’d Recommend Skipping the Desigual Sample Sale

By: Jacqueline Munro

The pricing at the Desigual Sample Sale was fine (not good, not bad—fine) but the merchandise was terrible. The selection was plentiful with options for men, women, and children. But as far as aesthetics go, I was not too pleased.

There were lots of dresses and tops as well as a broad selection of colorful, embroidered jeans. But for the most part, those things weren’t worth purchasing due to their tacky patterns and embellishments. The only decent pieces at the sale were the jackets. There were some really cute denim options as well as some other more eccentric kinds. There were also a few cute purses for a decent price. For all the party girls out there, this could be an opportunity to replace your “going out bag” if you like colors and patterns. For the girls who wear all black all of the time—nothing for you. Overall I rated this sale a  6/10, I really did not enjoy it. Hopefully we’ll see some better merchandise and lower prices next time this sale comes into town.

What: Desigual Sample Sale

When: Tues July 23 – Wed July 24, 2019

Where: 261 W 36th, 2nd fl., Manhattan, NY

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Up and Coming – The Sies Marjan Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to preview the Sies Marjan Sample Sale which opens to the public at 12 PM today. The sale features tons of shoes, dresses and jackets from their collection. 

If you are unaware of Sies Marjan, the brand is upcoming and sells at retailers like Barney’s, Net a Porter and Moda Operandi. The clothing is extremely chic and comes in stylish colors (cough cough mint – biggest color of the fall people). Beware because lots of the merchandise are true samples, hence they have pins, odd stitches and stains (always check before you buy). The pricing is incredible having tops/knits for $50 and pants/skits for $60! While there are tons of mules for fall and they are only $50 (everybody loves a good pair of mules). 

Overall we have this sale an 8 out of 10. We are telling you, this brand is gonna be big (just you wait). Better to buy now than see it on an influencer and regret it later.

What: Sies Marjan Sample Sale

Where: 151 West 26th Street, NY, NY

When: July 24th, 2019 – July 26th, 2019

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Don’t Get Your Knickers in a Twist – The Bottega Veneta Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to preview the Bottega Veneta Sample Sale. Similar to last years sale, there were tons of knot bags, leather accessories, and clothes to chose from,

The Bottega Veneta Sample obviously had stellar pricing, runway dresses for $200 (deep breaths) and shoes ranging from $100 – $150 (take a sip of water/wine). While the pricing is clearly amazing, the merchandise was disappointing. A ton of the separates and jackets were spotted at the Summer 2018 sale. While you shouldn’t worry, there are tons of leather goodies available for purchase at + 80% off retail price. What about the knot clutch? (because we know everybody is gonna ask). There is a decent selection of the knot clutches available.  They ranged in price from $250 (mostly satin) to $750 (special collection/exotics). Accessories like belts, scarves, jewelry and sunglasses ranged from $50 to $200 dollars.

Overall we rated the sale a 7.5 out of 10. While we really had our hopes us for this sale, we left empty handed. The duplicate pieces from 2018 really didn’t sit well with us but the pricing was just too good. If you love the brand, we recommend you stop by. Beware there will be big lines throughout tomorrow and the next day, and phones are strictly not allowed.

What: Bottega Veneta Sample Sale

Where: 123 West 18th, NY, NY

When: July 24th, 2019 – July 25th, 2019

 

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Cancel Your Plans – The Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we got a preview of the Sergio Rossi Sample Sale located in their showroom. Whatever you are doing tomorrow, you need to change your plans. This sale is insane

To start off, the showroom is organized by size then further by style so it is super easy to shop. Let’s talk about the pricing (more like scream and dance around). It is seriously great. Starting at $99 (can you eat Sergio Rossi’s for dinner?) and ranging up to $299. These are great prices for shoes that usually retail from $995 to $1,295. There is a great selection of pumps, sandals, wedges, sneakers and booties! There is everything you can imagine, from glittery high heeled sandals (wedding SZN) to lace up boots (Winter is coming). Don’t worry! There is a decent selection of shoes available in every size. The notable mermaid style pumps are available (we are looking at you people who have weddings coming up).

Overall we gave this sale a 9.5 out of 10 (yes, you are reading this correctly). The Sergio Rossi Sample Sale was such a pleasure to shop, the staff was super helpful and there is an amazing selection of shoes available for cheap.

 

What: Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

When: July 24rd, 2019 – July 25th, 2019

Where: 595 Madison Avenue, NY, NY

 

 

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Designer Deals for Less! – ShopDrop Went to the Outlets!

By: Ashley Randall 

So last week the ShopDrop team headed all the way to the Woodbury Premium Outlets to check out all the designers digs. So settle down in the air conditioning because we will be sharing all the secrets (going outside in this heat is NOT an option). 

First off, if you are not familiar with the Woodbury Premium Outlet, it is a shopping center located roughly an hour of NYC. It  features outlets for designers like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Prada and more. It is an oasis for a sale shopper since essentially everything is discounted from original retail prices, while a majority of the merchandise is past season (designer is still designer – right?). I know most of you are thinking, if everything is already discounted when is the best time to shop? The real key to shopping at Woodbury Premium Outlets is to go when stores put an additional discount on their merchandise. These extra markdowns include anything from an additional 20% to 50% off select merchandise. We spoke with several Sales Assistants at different designer boutiques to discover when the additional markdowns will take place. The most common answer we received was around Holiday season (literally just missed Fourth of July RIP). But do not worry! A lot of the designer boutiques mentioned that they would be offering a similar promotion for Labor Day. As well most boutiques mentioned Black Friday holiday deals. Additionally, a lot of Sales Assistants will ship merchandise directly to you (best news ever) and send you alerts when the additional markdowns are taking place. Last off, while the designer boutiques boasted some excellent deals, they couldn’t compare to Barney’s Warehouse which had shoes for 70% off with an additional 50% on top (cue us screaming). The clothes didn’t disappoint either. Shopdrop was also shocked to find that everybody’s favorite it girl brand Zimmerman has an outlet store!

 

So here are the key takeaways for shopping at the Woodbury Premium Outlets and check out some of the merchandise we spotted (advise we are not responsible for your next credit card bill)

  • Remember everything is already discounted so don’t justify your purchases because “it was on sale” – get what you really need!
  • The additional markdowns (anywhere between an additional 20% to 50%) are only on certain items and happen around Holiday season
  • A lot of sales assistants (but not all) will send pictures if you request them and ship the items directly to you!

Happy shopping my Shopdrop friends!

 

 

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Vita Fede Sample Sale – 30% Off is NOT A Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

This morning we had the chance to stop by the Vita Fede Sample Sale in midtown. The sale featured a limited selection of archive pieces but a majority of the sale was dedicated to current season merchandise. The current season merchandise was only discounted 30% off (something we don’t love to see). While the archive bins featured tons of rings and bracelets for anywhere between $20 to $50 (something we love to see). The sale is extremely organized and the staff is very attentive! 

Overall we rated this sale a 6 out of 10. While we did love the archive pieces, the current season merchandise was expensive. If you love the brand, we recommend you stop by.

What: Vita Fede Sample Sale

Where: 25 West 26th Street, NY, NY

When: July 18th, 2019 – July 19th, 2019

 

 

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