Today we had the opportunity to stop by the Montblanc Sample Sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. Known for its fountain ink pens and leather accessories, the Montblanc sale as well had a large variety of cuff links, watches and briefcases. Keep in mind that Montblanc is not cheap. The pricing at the Montblanc Sample Sale was extremely high, having briefcases around $450 and pens starting at $200.
Overall we rated the Montblanc Sample Sale a 5/10. This was heavily based on the fact that the merchandise is still very expensive. As well as having limited variety in briefcases, belts and other leather goodies. Just remember that Fathers Day is around the corner and if your Dad loves Montblanc, you should stop by!
The A.V. Max Sample Sale was honestly one of my favorite sample sale experiences. The staff were so nice and helpful and they offered mimosas and water while I shopped! The pieces ranged from $5- $25 and they offered a free cuff with every purchase. Rings and earrings were all $5 and buy 4 get 1 free. Everything was very organized by piece and collections and everything was labeled so finding the prices was very easy to do.
I bought the most adorable anchor earrings and also got a really pretty rose gold colored cuff as well. I would highly recommend this sale to anyone looking for gifts or just a little treat for themselves. The prices are too good to pass up! I also loved the monogram necklaces and zodiac necklaces that were only $10 (80% off retail!). They also had some beautiful statement necklaces that were only $15 and some really dainty, delicate necklaces for $10.
Overall, I gave this sale an 8/10! Go check it out, you won’t regret it!
What: A.V. Max Sample Sale
Where: 144 W 37th Street, 3rd Fl, NY, NY
When: June 3, 2019-June 6,2019
The Chaser Brand Sample Sale featured all your cosy classics for the perfect chill day. The prices ranged from $5 to $50 dollars. Among the many plain tanks and graphic band tees, there were also some nice floral and pinstripe dresses. The room was fairly organized allowing for easy browsing of all the merchandise. There was also a rack of swimwear, just in time to show off at the beach but beware because the sizing was pretty limited! The sale had another rack for children, featuring easy tees for boys and funky ruffled sweats for girls. Whether you are in need of a snuggly tee shirt or a nice printed linen jumpsuit, the Chaser Brand Sample Sale has everything in between. The discounts were pretty good, in comparison the graphic tees sell for around $70 retail!
Overall, we gave this sale a 6.5/10. The pricing is very decent but the selection of merchandise is limited to lounge wear and a couple of dresses/jumpsuits. If you are in need of any lounge wear then look no further!
The Halabaloo sample sale was one of the best-priced sample sales for kids we have seen in a while. If you’re looking to have something affordable and dressy for your kids, this is one you definitely do not want to skip.
The sample sale is taking place on the ground floor all the way on 9th Ave. Sweetest staff, a ton of items and well-prices. There were plenty of cotton dresses, mostly sized from year 2 to year 12. Most items were in the $25 range and there was an awesome $5 table as well!
Aside from the distance from the mainland, this sale is a total winner. Giving it an 8 out of 10.
While some people might have never heard of the Teri Jon brand, for those who care – there is literally no other brand in the world. We got a sneak peak to the sample sale which opens to the public on Sunday. People paid $40 (not $10 per month you folks) but $40 to come in and shop early. And let me tell you, there were plenty of people willing to dish out an extra $40 bucks to shop the Teri Jon sample sale early.
Setup: There were two rooms – one for true samples, one for stock. Dresses hanging everywhere in all different styles. It felt stuffy because there were so many people. They were grabbing clothes right and left and trying the shmotkas on right there and then.
Merchandise: A ton of appropriate dresses, perfect for mothers of the brides. Many Synagogue/Church dresses as well – either with sleeves or of decent (ahem) length. It wasn’t organized by style or anything – so you really had to have the patience to go through every dress on the rack until you found something you liked.
Pricing: The pricing was one of the best aspects of the sample sale. Samples were between $65 for separates and $125 for gowns. Stock prices were higher but still a great discount given retail numbers in the high hundreds. Stock separates started at $70 for separates, up to $150 for daytime dresses and $250 for evening gowns. There was also a clearance rack with items from stock that were priced higher than samples but lower than stock.
The Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale was definitely an expensive sample sale. The discounts weren’t as great as some would want but it was pretty decent discounts. The pieces were really nice and there was a lot available for men and women and one rack of children’s clothes. The staff was also super helpful in identifying the different prices for the cashmere sweaters since they were all in the same rack which was annoying to go through but the staff was really nice about helping to figure out prices.
The accessories and shoes were my personal favorites! The bags were super cute and nothing was more than $200! The shoes were also so great; sneakers were $90, boots $175 and sandals and other shoes were only $100! Their leather selection was also pretty good and there was a lot available for $250 The sale was also not as crowded and there was no line to get in.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7.5/10, check it out if you are dying to get some Zadig & Voltaire pieces for a discount!
What: Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale
Where: 260 5th Ave NY,NY
When: May 28,2019- June 2,2019
The selection of merchandise at the John Varvatos sample sale is small but the discounts are big! Unless you can’t handle the heat, I think it might be a good sale to hit up; but be warned, it is blistering hot in the showroom.
At this sample sale, the selection is limited but still impressive. If you wear a size medium on top, you’ll hit the jackpot; there are lots of options here for you. But if you’re any other size you might strike out. At the sale, there are a lot of stylish jackets (in a variety of styles ranging from blazers to leather) and the graphic tees are really cool and soft (comfort is key). The sweaters look extremely comfy too; if you’re able to buy something knowing you can’t wear it for an entire season, I admire your strength. There is a decent selection of shoes but they only have sizes 10 or 11. If you’re in need of work shoes but you don’t like the typical designer styles you might be able to find something you like here. **Calling all stylish commuters:** there is also a wall of backpacks which are all 80% off! Most importantly though, all of the discounts here are steep, which we love to see! It’s not every day that you see good sample sale pricing!
Overall I’m giving this sale a 7/10. I wish they had more merchandise and a wider variety of sizes, but the pricing is undeniably good. So if you have the time to check out this sale and you are in dire need of contemporary men’s clothing I’d say it is worth going to. But if you faint in there, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Good luck, shoppers!
What: John Varvatos Sample Sale
When: Tue. May 28th – Thurs. May 30th, 2019
Where: 26 West 17th St., 8th Floor, Manhattan, NY
The Reformation Sample Sale has some really good pieces available at some really good prices. The short dresses rack is for sure one of the places you need to check out at this sale! At $79, it can’t hurt to pick one (or seven). The long dresses are also a steal at $150 as well as skirts for $50!! This sale is the place to pick up some new summer staple pieces as well. Swimsuits are also one of my favorites so check them out if you are in need of something to wear to the beach this summer.
There were a few downsides to this sale, mainly the INSANE line to get in. I only waited nearly 40 minutes in the rain at 10 AM to get inside but the line was only getting longer and longer as I waited. The line wasn’t as long when I left but that was probably because it started raining more. Also, there were a few damaged pieces on the racks so watch out for those.
And it’s important to note that many users complained about the items at the sale being the same as the merchandise at the previous sale.
Overall, I gave this sale a 7/10. Check it out if you have the time to wait on line!
What: Reformation Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene St, Manhattan, NY
When: May 28,2019- June 2,2019
We got a preview of the Emm Kuo sample sale this evening and were delighted with what we found. For a person looking for a practical handbag or a statement clutch to wear to a friends wedding, this sample sale is the place to get it.
Setup: the sample sale of the brand took place in the brand showroom on 29th street. The room wasn’t large but it felt spacious and there was lots of light. The bags were laid out on tables and shelves. Accessories were hanging from the walls. The staff was very knowledgeable about the items and helpful as well.
Merchandise: The tables and racks were filled with bags. That being said, there weren’t more than 4-5 copies of a single item there. At retail, the brand sells at FiveStory NY & Anthropologie. All of the stuff is made out of the good materials: genuine leather (made in Europe), shearling fur, hand-painted art. Every bag from that brand is unique.
Pricing: The most affordable table was the $75 section: that included hand-painted satchels, belts, small bags and other accessories. Practical take-to-work handbags were either $150 or $200. Given that they retail for $600+, the discount was close to 70% off. The clutches with delicate decor were the most expensive, priced at $380 per item. On the bright side, Emm Kuo offered an additional 20% off the entire purchase for anyone buying more than 3 items.
Our advice – if you want a nice bag (either for yourself) or to gift to someone else, definitely hit up the Emm Kuo sample sale. We’re giving it an 8.5 out of 10.
What: Emm Kuo sample sale
When: May 29-May 31, 2019
Where: 134 West 29th St, Suite 807, Manhattan, NY
We found out about the Vilebrequin sample sale almost by accident. It used to be held at 260 in the old days, and we still remember when lines would be out the block as wives and husbands waited to stock up on cute trunks for the Summer. This year, the sample sale is hosted by the company that owns the brand. In a nutshell, here’s our summary. The good news is that the prices are super-enticing, and the selection of merchandise is great. The bad news is that there is a bit of a lack of predictability of when the sale is open and when closed. We’ll try to keep you updated throughout next week to let you know what the update is.
Setup: The sample sale is set up in a 2-floor showroom in the fashion district. The first floor is filled with Andrew Marc, Donna Karan merchandise for men and women. The second floor is filled with Vilebrequin merchandise.
Merchandise: Most of the Vilebrequin items are for men, and are organized by size. The items include swim trunks, bermuda shorts, pants, polos, shirts and shoes. There are many different colors and patterns to choose from. There is a bin with bathing suits for women as well and bins with hats and other accessories downstairs near the cash register. The items are made in Italy and clearly high quality.
Pricing: The pricing at the Vilebrequin is VERY attractive. And yes, you can find shorts for $20-$30, pants for $30, leather high-quality shoes for $50 and polos for $20.
The sale was supposed to be open until 6PM, but at 4:13 people started reaching out telling us they went to the sale but the sale was closed. We’ll try to figure out what happened and to let you know when it is open. But if you can get there during one of those hours, you’re bound to walk away with some goodies. Because of the open-closed issue – we’re dropping a point. 7/10.
What: Vilebrequin sample sale
When: May 20th – May 31st, 2019 (closed for Memorial Day Weekend)
Where: 217 West 37th St, Manhattan, NY