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Alexandre Birman Sample Sale has Gorgeous Options for Everyone

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Alexandre Birman sample sale is simply amazing, I’ve never seen such a heavenly sight. There are a ton of stunning shoes ranging from size 5 to size 12.5 — I didn’t even know brands made shoes in women’s size 12.5! If you missed out on our VIP access to this sale, make sure you purchase the monthly package so that you don’t keep passing up opportunities for early entry to great sales like this one!

This sample sale is taking place in a huge showroom in Chelsea. There is a seemingly endless amount of tables filled with shoes lining each wall, and they are all organized by size. Staff members are stationed at each table and they are more than willing to help you find the right pair of shoes. My favorite pieces at the sale are all booties, but there are also amazing pumps, sandals, and espadrilles. There are lots of classic styles as well as some more eccentric ones. From colorful snakeskin wedges to black suede boots you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Overall I’m giving this sale an 8/10. The pricing is good, and the selection is unreal. Furthermore, not having to deal with nasty employees or a terrible ambiance like at 260 made everything 100x more enjoyable. Definitely check out this sale ASAP; I have a feeling it is going to be popular and you DON’T want to miss out.

What: Alexandre Birman Sample Sale

When: Wed Sep 11th – Sun Sep 15th, 2019

Where: 450 W 14th Street, Manhattan, NY

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90% Off at the Michael Kors Sample Sale

By: Riva Neumann 

The Michael Kors Sample Sale is the sale to be at! Literally everything is 90% off you know you are getting a good deal. Most of the clothes available were less than $100, and a lot were even less than $50! The dresses were absolutely gorgeous and some ranged in the $100-$200 range, while others were well over $500, but retailed around $5000. My personal favorite was the bag selection. They have python bags for less than $300, how crazy is that? a lot of bags are less than $100 and the ones that are more are a lot of exotic leathers. I bought a python bag for $275 and a hand-painted gold python clutch for $79.

The shoes are also a great deal, most are under $100 (I got myself a pair of $450 shoes for $45 WHAT THE HECK).  I was really impressed with sale and I think everyone should go!

Overall, I gave this sale a 9/10, this is a great sale and you are definitely getting a good deal!

What: Michael Kors Collection Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster Street New York, NY
When: September 3rd,2019- September 8,2019

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Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale is The Sale to be at

By: Riva Neumann

The Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale is the place to get everything you need for fall! The Parisian fashion line has so much available at this sale for really good prices. The selection of outerwear is really great and perfect for the colder weather. Faux fur was around $200 and leather was around $350. There were also cooler, lighter jackets for around $100. Cashmere was also a steal ranging from $125-$175. Dresses ranged from $100-$200 and are a great steal. They have leather pants for $75 and some gorgeous sequined ones also for $75. The tees are one of the best deals at $30 a tee. There is also a decent selection of men’s as well!

The shoes are honestly amazing and such a great buy. Sneakers are $150, found some cute boots for $225 and other shoes for $50-$75. The bags are were my personal favorite part! There are some really good pieces for $130 and they also have runway bags available!

Overall, I gave this sale a 9/10, there is such good merchandise at great prices and the staff is so lovely!

What: Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale
Where: 393 Broadway Manhatten,NY
When: September 10,2019- September 12,2019

 

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Elie Saab Sample Sale – Starting at 75% Off

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The Elie Saab sample sale is hosted at Soiffer Haskin, which means no photos or videos allowed. We’re giving you the verbal low-down here.

At 10:30AM on the first day there was no line at all to get in, and while there were people shopping, it wasn’t busy by any stretch of the imagination. The huge space was lined with gowns on the left (organized by size and then color), dresses and separates in the center and shoes and other accessories on the right.

Sizes were European and US versions, but staff recommended to go a size up since they run small. Each item was priced individually and you had to multiply the price point by .25 to figure out what you would pay.

If you care about the brand, these prices cannot be beat. #1, it’s hard to find this brand on e-commerce to begin with since the selection on other retailer sites is limited and #2, you definitely cannot beat the prices. A gorgeous beaded gown for $1,200 is a steal. If you want a gown but don’t care for the designer – skip.

I love the brand (even made a copy of it at one point in my life for a fancy wedding) so I’m giving it an 8 out 10.

What: Elie Saab sample sale
Where: 317 West 33rd St, Manhattan, NY
When: Sept 8 – Sept 11th, 2019

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Sonia Rykiel Sample Sale – Gorgeous and Expensive

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We got a sneak peak of the Sonia Rykiel sample sale today (as did our VIPs) and here’s what we think in a nutshell: great stuff, very expensive.

When you walk into the room, the hallway area is filled with bags, that range from $125 to $300. Some people were complaining that the bags were $100 at the last sale and are $125 now, but all in all, a lot of people walked out with bags.

The inner room was filled with clothes. Boxes of knits in the center and racks with sweaters, dresses, skirts and pants around the perimeter of the room. There were signs on the wall with pricing. Sweaters ranged from $110 to $300, skirts were $175, short dresses $225 and longer dresses for $300.

Should you go? That ultimately depends on how much you care about the price and how much you are interested in spending. I loved the stuff, but did not want to spend $300 on a sweater so 6.5 out of 10 for me.

What: Sonia Rykiel sample sale
Where: 132 West 36th St, Suite 510, NY, NY
When: Sept 9 – Sept 12, 2019

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Lingua Franca Sample Sale Is Still Too Expensive

We’re not going to lie. The Lingua Franca sale was kind of a disappointment. First off, there wasn’t too much of a selection – just a few sad racks of sweaters with some inspirisms. And whatever they did have was super expensive, even with the discount. Sweaters ranged from $100 to $185 (and these aren’t even fancy party sweaters). These are your average wear on Sunday with jeans type of sweaters.

The sale only had some sweaters but no cardigans (like – at all). And there was a small rack of children’s sweaters. The Yoya sale took place in the same location and was much better in that there was a lot more merchandise, and prices were 60-70% off retail.

All in all, stay home. This sample sale isn’t worth it. There are many sweater sample sales coming up and you’ll have plenty to choose from for a much better price. We’re giving this sale a 4 out of 10.

What: Lingua Franca sample sale
Where: 632 Hudson Street, West Village, Manhattan, NY
When: Thu Sep 5th – Sun Sep 8th, 2019

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Interesting Stuff at the Vivienne Westwood Sample Sale

By: Riva Neumann 

The Vivienne Westwood Sample Sale was not super impressive and was just like your typical 260 sample sale. They had a lot of good pieces though at some pretty good discounts so I don’t think it was a total bust. They have a good selection of tops starting at $55 for t-shirts and going up to $150 for knitwear. Bottoms are all $50 besides trousers which as $90. Day dresses and jumpsuits are $100, cocktails dresses are $320 and gowns are $450. The jackets were nice but they were $320 which I think is pricey for a sample sale.

There was a lot of fashion jewelry as well as a nice selection of bags. Fashion jewelry starts at $35 and goes up to $130 while bags start at $50 and go up to $250. The shoes were also a great steal, if there was no box they were $15, but by the time I got there I couldn’t find any. Other shoes started at $50 and went up to $250. They also had a nice selection of accessories such as scarves, gloves and wallets.

Overall, I gave this sale a 6/10, I didn’t find it super exciting but if you are a fan, you would probably really like this sale!

What: Vivienne Westwood Sample Sale
Where: 150 Greene Street New York, NY
When: September 3,2019- September 8,2019

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Another Great Joie, Equipment, and Current Elliott Sale at 260

By: Jacqueline Munro

Although I hate to praise 260, it’s impossible not to after their second great multi-brand sale this season. I went to their Joie, Equipment, and Current Elliott sale back in May and I was totally blown away. The prices were amazing and there was a ton of cute merchandise which is completely off-brand for 260. Although there were some repeat styles this time around, they did have a lot of new merchandise and the prices remained impressive.

The Joie inventory was defintiely the most stocked at this sample sale. There were tons of tops, jackets, dresses, pants, shoes, and even accessories. The Current Elliott section offered lots of cute, comfy sweatshirts as well as t-shirts, and a minimal selection of stylish jeans. Sadly there wasn’t as much Equipment this time, but they still had plenty of stunning classic blouses for $60 **cue tears of joy**. This is a great sample sale to go to if you want to start prepping your wardrobe for the fall. Overall I rated this sale a 7/10. Unfortunately because the sale is taking place at 260 that inevitably means rude staff members and aggressive crouds which make it a miserable environment to shop in. But other than that, I cannot complain. Definitely hit up this sale, it has become one of my favorites!

What: Joie, Equipment, and Current Elliott Sample Sale
When: Tues. Sept. 3rd – Sun. Sept. 8th, 2019
Where: 260 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY

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Inside the Luxury Sample Sale for Kids

We checked out the Luxury kids sample sale hosted in Chelsea by Eclipse NY. We slipped in before the sale opened its doors to the public, so our experience might have been neater than the public hours. But we loved it. The space was large, organized, full of designer brands for kids. Brands included Lily Gaufrette, Kenzo, Paul Smith. Most items were under $50 a pop. And there was a large selection from 0 months to 16 years of age.

The staff was also super sweet. For those who ask, the clothing was split by category and not by brand, so a Kenzo dress = a Paul Smith dress and vice versa. If you have little bunnies in your gardens, definitely check this one out. 10 out of 10.

What: Luxury Sample Sale for kids
Where: 450 W 14th Street, Manhattan, NY
When: Wed Sep 4th – Sun Sep 8th, 2019

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Sales Styles Series – Interview with Thrift & Tell

By: Ashley Randall 

We had the opportunity to chat with the queen of second hand retail –Thrift & Tell. If you haven’t heard of Thrift & Tell, stop what you are doing (now go check out her page). Well now you can appreciate her amazing Instagram flow and aesthetic. Thrift & Tell similar to our other sale fashionistas, scours online for the best deals (honestly we love to see it). Here is the twist – Thrift & Tell specializes in second hand retail. She has many guides for grabbing designer consignment as well tips for selling merchandise on your own. While Thrift & Tell has been a bargain hunter since birth (sale shoppers are born – not made) and she just woke up one morning with the name (the rest is history). Not only does Thrift & Tell share her amazing finds with all of us, she also loves interviewing and writing for her blog The Tell. She said the best place to shop online to get the best deals is the Real Real, if you are open to consignment. While she prefers to hunt for merchandise at the Gap, Old Navy and good old Nordstrom Rack in person, but she finds that Neiman Marcus and Saks offer better deals online. While she does not have the opportunity to stop by sample sales in NYC, she does score some awesome stuff online! While if you were to spot here on any ordinary day, she would most likely be wearing a blouse, scarf, skinny jeans and Chanel ballet flats

 

What is your favorite part about the sale community?

  • “I love how you can instantly bond with someone over a good deal. We have all experienced the thrill of finding something 80% off and it is fun to share the excitement of someone else’s fashion coup.”

 

What is your favorite thing you have bought within the last year?

  • Tiffany & Co. gold hardware bracelet – ” It is undoubtedly an investment, but I love it.”

What is one item in your closet that you could not live without?

  • Gold Charm Bracelet  – “It was a gift from my parents when I graduated from high school and have added charms throughout the years. It’s irreplaceable and uniquely mine.”

 

 

What was the best sale find you have ever come across?

  • Chanel 2.55 reissue for 70% off was pretty fantastic

 

 

 

 

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