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Less Shoes, More Clothes at the Schutz Sample Sale

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If you were hoping for an awesome selection of Schutz boots, don’t bother going to this sale. Go to the Modern Vice sample sale two blocks away. If you are looking for awesome pieces from The Arrivals (gorgeous wool coats, parkas and leather jackets), Kal Reiman goods or dresses from Mi Jong Lee, then Clothingline has a nice selection at even better prices. Oh, and not to forget the 2 racks of bodysuits from Alix – all for under $65. The thing I love most about Clothingline sample sales is that prices drop every day. So if you aren’t sure about a certain blazer or pair of pants, come back on the last day. Good chance you’ll get desired items for an additional 40%-50% off. As always, photos and prices below. Enjoy!

What: Schutz, Arrivals, Alix sample sale
Where: Clothingline, 261 West 36th St, 2nd Floor, NY, NY
When: Jan 24-26, Thu-Fri 11AM-7PM

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Make a Statement with Finds from the Fivestory Sample Sale

Fivestory Sample Sale

By Christina Martin I Photo Credit: Racked

If you are looking for your next statement piece to stand out at a wedding or gala, head down to the Fivestory sample sale. Fivestory, an Upper East Side boutique with a reputation for carrying funky pieces did not disappoint! The Fivestory sample sale had a variety of tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, hats, jewelry, and even home décor. Some well-known brands include Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Nicholas Kirkwood and a large selection of Carolina Herrera. The prices were insane! All apparel are sold at an incredible 80% off, and shoes were at 75% off. However, there is a caveat. Usually, set prices are listed according to item, but the Fivestory sample sale lists the percentage discounts instead. So, make sure your phone calculator is handy to find out how much each item costs. This sale is pricier than most other 260 sample sales with the average price per item closer to $200 than to $100. As always, you can find the deets and pictures below. Enjoy!

What: Fivestory Sample Sale

When: Tue. Jan. 23 – Sun. Jan. 28, 2018

Where: 150 Greene Street New York, NY

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The Difference Between Thrifting & Sample Sale Shopping

Lindsey Castin was a Thrift Shopper before discovering sample sales

By Lindsey Castin, ShopDrop Intern

Growing up in NYC the fashion possibilities were endless but, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I started to go thrift shopping. My mom lives by the rule to never throw things away because they will always come back into style. This holds true with the choker, bomber jackets, scrunchies etc… the list can go on forever and ever. I found myself (and my friends) thrifting because what was currently in style was what was in style in the 80s/90s. A lot of items from that time period would end up in thrift stores because people who lived through that era donate their old clothing to the store. Like most trends, the big name brand stores don’t pick up on them until much later after they are started by the younger generation and thrift stores offer a affordable, unique, and fun fashion option to people who love clothes and following the latest trends (or setting them!) but are also on a budget. I’m also attracted to the idea of thrifting because of its impact on up-cycling (reusing old items for a new purpose) and being a place where people with low incomes can shop and still find nice things. Supporting your local thrift shop helps families in need get the clothing that is a necessity while offering an abundance of choices.

“I think the difference between the two is that sample sales are of higher quality but thrift stores are definitely cheaper.”


Before working as an intern for ShopDrop I had never been to a sample sale. When I first learned what they were I pictured a really intimidating store with extremely nice items that I would not be able to afford even with the added discount. Although this is true for a select number of sales the majority of them are just as hectic as thrift stores and filled with normal people. Sample sales are a bit different because you choose to go to one based solely on the brand, which is helpful if you are looking for something specific and is not as overwhelming as having a million options. As I get older and can afford to buy  clothing items that are better quality. I have found myself obsessed with every sample sale I go to and always finding something that I will wear forever at a fair price.


I think the difference between the two is that sample sales are of higher quality but thrift stores are definitely cheaper. If you can afford to spend a bit of extra money I would recommend sample sales. Lots of the time when I thrift I buy a lot of things (because I don’t really have to choose since it’s all usually $1 per item) and then I never end up wearing half of it. Opposed to sample sales where I spend around $50-$200 on an item and it will become a wardrobe staple. Not to say you cannot find name brand things at a thrift stores, it’s just harder, but when you do that is always a great find and will be cheaper than a sample sale but you really have to dig!—my biggest thrifting accomplishment was when me and my friend found matching Kate Spade bags for $10! Thrifting will always be my first affordable fashion love but, sample sales now have a new found place in my heart.

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High Fashion at Affordable Prices | Inside The Theory & Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

This week at the Clothingline space are the Theory & Helmut Lang Sample Sales. These two brands often share sample sale dates at Clothingline, evenly distributed on the sales floor. There is a range of sale items including apparel, shoes and accessories mostly for Women. They made a space for the Men’s apparel in the back with two rounders and two full wall racks of items.  The sizes were well represented for both genders however the majority of the items were in smaller sizes including shoes (largest size that were spotted was size 39) in both stock and true samples. The price range is from $25 to $155 which isn’t terrible considering that most of these items retail well over $500, so the savings is massive!

Full price list is as follows for both brands:

Belts $25

Scarves $45

Tees & Tops $50

Sweaters $50

Skirts/ Shorts/ Pants $55

Dresses/ Jumpsuits $70

Shoes $75

Blazers/ Zip Up Sweatshirts $100

Boots/ Booties $125

Handbags $125

Vests & Outerwear $155

 

Here are some of the items that I liked at the sale:

Helmut Lang Plaid Pocket  Tee WAS $195 NOW $50

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Boots NOW $125

Helmut Lang Woven Top WAS $345 NOW $50

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Theory White Button Down Top Was $105 NOW $50

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Men’s Chino Pant WAS $225 NOW $55

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Men’s Sweatshirt WAS $195 NOW $50

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Men’s Blazer WAS $695 NOW $100

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Theory Pant WAS $285 NOW $55

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Helmut Lang Denim Jacket WAS $525 NOW$155

Theory Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Whether you are looking for casual pieces or work wear, there is so much to choose from at this sale. I would recommend adding this sale to your places to shop list this week. You might get lucky if you go on the last days of the sales to score even more deals as they tend to reduce prices towards the end of the sale. You risk not having a large selection to choose from but if you’re not looking for anything in particular, I would suggest going then. You will definitely make out big!

Get full details on this sale below.

January 16 – January 19
Tuesday 11AM-8PM
Wednesday-Friday 11AM-7PM

261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Be sure to let us know if you’ve attended the sale and show us what you picked up!

 

xoxo,

Melissa A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Replenish Your Closet at the Jason Wu Sample Sale

Jason Wu Sample Sale

 

By: Cristina Martin 

If you are willing to lay out the $$$, t’s worth leaving your cozy home to go to the Jason Wu sample sale. Head down to SoHo to score tops, bottoms, accessories, and even evening gowns. They also have a small section of Manolo Blahnik shoes! Jason Wu retail prices are $800+. At the Jason Wu sample sale you will find tops for $100, leather bottoms for $175, shoes (including the Manolo’s) for $125, and dresses for $275. This is your chance to get great deals on high-end fashion. The selection was plentiful, however, the discounts weren’t that impressive. Gowns that retail for $1,600 were on sale for $850 at the sample sale – not a great discount for someone who lives and breathes sample sales. Zip up your coat, and get out there before they’re all gone.

What: Jason Wu Sample Sale
When: Jan. 16 – Jan. 21, 2018
Where: 150 Greene St.  

 

 

 

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Satisfy Your Shoe Crush at the Shoe Inn Sample Sale

Shoe-Inn Sample Sale Review by ShopDrop NYC

By: Lindsey Castin

The Shoe Inn sample sale was a true heaven for shoe lovers. There were hundreds of shoe options organized by size (ranging from size 5 to size 10). They had leather boots, sandals, heels, rain boots, and anything you could possibly be looking for! On top of that, they were all from well-known brands (Calvin Klein, Frye, Rebecca Minkoff, Michael Kors, Vince, etc). The shoes were all priced based on designer but were mostly in the $30-$80 range. All of the shoes (excluding boots) were buy one get one free. How could you not find something you love? 100% worth checking out!

What: Shoe Inn Sample Sale
When: Jan 8th-20th 9AM-7PM
Where: 401 7th Ave NY, NY

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Score Your Favorite Golden Globe Looks at the Next Sample Sale

By Cristina Martin

This year at the Golden Globes award, most stars wore black gowns to support theTimes Up Now and #MeToo campaigns to end sexual harassment. Whether you’re looking for that perfect LBD or long gown for your next big event, you can shop the same brands worn at the Golden Globes at sample sales in NY. Our fav was Alexis Bledel in an Oscar de la Renta romper (sample sales 2x year), Jimmy Choo heels (sample sales 2x year). A list of sample sales and looks below. Enjoy!

Here are Golden Globe favorites that have recently held sample sales in New York City:

Looking to shop right now? The next high-end sample sales coming your way will be Jason Wu, Theory, and Helmut Lang.

Big Little Lies producer, actress and Golden Globe winner, Reese Witherspoon is wearing a Zac Posen Dress and Jimmy Choo heels.
Big Little Lies producer, actress and Golden Globe winner, Reese Witherspoon is wearing a Zac Posen dress and Jimmy Choo heels.

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Bledel, known for Gilmore Girls, is wearing an Oscar de la Renta Dress with Jimmy Choo heels. A full sample sale look!
Alexis Bledel, known for Gilmore Girls, is wearing an Oscar de la Renta Dress with Jimmy Choo heels. A full sample sale look!
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Get Some Spankin’ Shirts for Your Beau at the Bonobos Sample Sale

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If you’re brave enough to weather the cold, check out the Bonobos sample sale taking place at 260. The racks are lined with shirts, jackets, and pants. Buckets are filled with khaki shorts, and there are trays of belts, pocket squares and ties. The prices are great – even for a first day. Shirts cost $29, pants cost $49 and outerwear costs $99. This is compared to the $500+ retail price that these items usually sell at. If you’re a guy or have someone special to shop for, head out to the Bonobos sample sale while you still can. As always, prices and photos below.

What: Bonobos Sample Sale
When: Jan 9th – Jan 14th
Where: 260 Fifth Ave (between 28th and 29th st)

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Our Fav – Final Markdowns at Sample Sales – SuperDry

By Lindsey Castin

Streetwear has been making its way into the fashion world because of its low quantities and high popularity. Superdry is another one of those players with recognizable and signature logos. The Superdry sample sale had everything: neon orange snow pants (originally $200 now $40), tan overalls (originally $80 now $12), sweatshirts with the Superdry logo (originally ranging from $75-$100 now $20), a huge abundance of t-shirt (originally $20 now $9.60 etc. Everything at the sale was an additional 20% off and if you bought 4 or more items it was an additional 40% off. They had a variety of sizes and items of clothing from every season–light jackets, heavy jackets, swimwear and snow gear. This is the perfect sample sale to go to if you love the look of streetwear for insanely affordable prices!

 

What: Superdry sample sale

When: Dec 27th-Jan 7th 10AM-7PM

Where: 260 Fifth Avenue NY, NY

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About The Manolo Markdown & Why There Aren’t Too Many Sample Sales in January

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As 2018 begins, we can’t help but notice that the number of sample sales per week dropped from over 100 to a mere 10-20. True, this is the week of the Holiday itself, perhaps the slowest week of the year. None the less, we’d like to go over the reasons that sample sale season is slower between January and February.

  1. It is cold – people want to stay indoors and shop online – not in physical brick and mortar stores, where they could freeze their *** off waiting in line.
  2. Regular stores have their biggest markdowns during this time of year (think Manolo Blahnik – that is why we covered their 60% markdown here) so sample sales only offer an additional 20%-30% off in that case.
  3. It’s post gifting season. Most New Yorkers are exhausted after shopping for the Holiday season: all the equipment, gifts and festive prep leaves shoppers exhausted – both financially and emotionally.
  4. Jan-March is known as ‘the dead season’ for physical retail across the board!

    That is why we decided to cover the Manolo Blahnik 60% markdown taking place in their headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Half the store was on sale, the other half was still selling at full price. Shoes and boots ranges from $205 to $1,000, when retail prices ranged between $600 and $1,600. Items included Summer, Fall and Winter collections with sandals, velvet heels, boots and booties. Styles included both classic and holiday. As always, images & prices are included below. Enjoy.

 

 

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