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Sample Sale Review: Multi-Designer at Katya Dobryakova

Katya Dobryakova at the Multi-Designer Sample Sale in NY

Descending to the basement of the Katya Dobryakova store on Broome street, we were greeted by a large room, which held the multi-designer sample sale. One thing united all the stands: each one had one-of-a-kind merchandise.

ARIANA BOUSSARD-REIFEL

Marteau Jewelry Multi-Designer Sample Sale NY
Marteau Jewelry Multi-Designer Sample Sale NY

We first chatted with Ariana Boussard-Reifel, who designed the bangles Beyonce wore to the Grammys. Aside from being extremely friendly, her jewelry is stunning! She sells bangles, earrings and rings all made out of metal. Each item is raw and sharp in its design. I couldn’t help myself and bought a pair of gorgeous silver earrings: long oval hoops that instantly made me feel extremely dressed up. All of her items were sold at a steep 80% discount! Yes, that means that items which typically sell for $500 were now selling for $125.

KATYA DOBRYAKOVA

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Katya Dobryakova Sweatshirt

After that we headed to the podium at the back of the showroom, where we discovered the most stunning collection of designer sweatshirts. We had the opportunity to chat with the founder and designer, Katya Dobryakova, about her brand. Unlike most designers, Katya didn’t start her career in  fashion, rather, she started in graphic design. Her dream was to transplant the detail of graphics into clothing. And her brand is exactly that. This year’s collection is themed around the circus and her sweatshirts have the most exquisite circus-themed designs. They are all machine-washable, easy to take care of and create a gorgeous effortless look. At the sample sale, they were sold at an 80% discount. So at $100, they were a steal. If you have the time to get to Broome street, do it. You will have no regrets.

MARTEAU

Vintage Jewelry Aruana Marteau
Vintage Jewelry Aruana Marteau

For the vintage lovers out there, Marteau was selling some awesome pieces from the 40s in America, Ethiopia and the Middle East. From beads to pearls to knits, there are items for every taste and every budget. There are awesome finds for $25 dollars each! In addition to those designers, there were other items from Alyssa Less, KZ_K, Meredith Marks, Les Savage, Raul Penaranda.

Photo Credits: Ghila Krajzman

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Sample Sales

  1. You Don’t Have To Be a Size 2 to Find Clothing 

    Once upon a time, a sample sale actually was a “sample” sale. Sample sales were a way for retailers to sell their items which were used in advanced showings, fashion shows, and presentations for interested buyers. These samples were often very limited in sizes and quantities due to the purpose the items served. They are also usually gently worn. But for 80% off, most people didn’t care.

    Present day sample sales are often much larger in both sizes and selection, as they have transformed into a way for retailers to “get rid of” their merchandise at the end of the season. The Parker sample which is wrapping up now has both “samples” as well as regular merchandise. The prices vary accordingly.

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  2. Prices Drop Towards the End of the Sale (WARNING- RISKY BUSINESS)

    A lot of vendors will heavily discount their prices towards the end of the sale. Bandier (260 Sample Sale on their Fifth Ave location) for example, is having their last day TODAY, and further reduced their prices earlier this week. (By the way they still have a ton of amazing merchandise.) This can be an advantage to those who get excited when they hear about a sale, but somehow don’t remember about it until the last day. Although prices drop even more, I would still recommend staying in the know and getting there first, in order to get the cream of the crop when it comes to inventory.

    ShopDrop has added a feature which allows you to add sample sales directly from the app to your calendar. You can also share sales with your friends- because if you forget, hopefully you’ve got at least one friend who won’t 😉

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  3. Designer Brands for Zara Prices

    Before getting onboard with ShopDrop, I myself had never attended a sample sale. I always imagined that discounted brands could only be so cheap, right? Wrong. Yes, there are certain sample sales that are on the pricier end, but that all depends on which brand it is. Makes sense, right? At the sample sales I’ve attended, we’ve been able to create entire outfits for around $100. Not to mention the quality of the clothing is significantly better than anything you’re buying at Zara, Express or H&M. Our goal here at ShopDrop is to upgrade the average shopper from mass fashion to designer clothing for only a small price difference.

    Check out the app to find out what’s in your area. Want to share your look with us? Use our handle @shopdropapp and hashtag #realshopdroppers on Instagram. Happy Sunday Y’all!

    xo, Lexi

 

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Herschel Sample Sale Starts TODAY!

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There is a lot to be said about the bag a person chooses to carry. Herschel Supply Co. – cool, efficient, stylish and overall smart. In high school, I called Herschel Supply Co. “The Cool Kid Backpack” company. And why is that? Herschel Supply Co. only cater to the best.

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With the goal to “create timeless products with a fine regard for detail”, Herschel beyond achieves. Founded in 2009, by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, the company was inspired by their great grandparents who in the early 1900’s left their beloved Scotland for Canada. The couple had settled the small town of Herschel- which till today has a population of a counted 30 residents.

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Now, backpacks are not just for kids and Postmates bikers who dangerously zoom through the streets of Manhattan. Herschel Supply Co.’s collection of bags and accessories inspire greatness and help achieve dreams. Through their beautifully seamless designs, Herschel Supply Co. has created bags that serve a great purpose while getting rid of the nerdy stigma backpacks carry (pun intended). 

At $60 and up dollars a pop, these coveted school ware, office ware band overall ware are not easy obtained. But no worries, here at ShopDrop app we’ve got you covered! Head over tomorrow to 230 West 39th St. (between 7th and 8th) and find yourr new favorite backpack. 

Cash and card accepted!

See you there!

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Parker Sample Sale With Val At 260 Sample Sale

Parker Sample Sale

This morning, we woke up at dawn with a mission: see what’s in store at 260SAMPLESALE. They are currently running the Parker event at their 150 Greene Street location in Soho. First, we all met up at Starbucks to power up with some coffee, chat about sample sales, and talk about our plan of action. Ghila gathered all her photo equipment while Goldie made sure Val was runway ready with hair and makeup. Fueled by coffee and anticipation, we plowed through the rain to find what treasures await us!

Laura and Courtney greeted us at the door and the clothing inside blew us away! It was a challenge to decide on only four looks – but we truly believe we’re showing you an excellent selection of all this sample sale has to offer. Clear your schedule and head over to the Parker sample sale at 150 Greene Street. You will not regret it. The sale closes Sunday, April 9th at 5pm.

See the posted price list below, plus imagery of all the clothes we had the pleasure of playing dress up in!
You’ll find before and after prices for each piece tagged on the photo.

Be sure to take pictures of all your treasures and tag @ShopDropApp + @260Samplesale
See you at the next sale! xx

Photo Credits: Ghila Krajzman

Parker White Dress Before: $325. Sample Sale: $90
Parker White Dress Before: $325. Sample Sale: $90
Parker Short & Top Before: $198+$265 Sample Sale: $70+$60
Parker Short & Top Before: $198+$265 Sample Sale: $70+$60

 

Parker sample sale Silver Parker Gown Before: $638. Sample sale $180
Parker Silver Gown Before: $638. Sample sale $180
Parker Sample Sale Red Romper Before: $298, At Sample $90
Parker Red Romper Before: $298, At Sample $90

Parker Sample Sale Prices
Parker Sale Prices


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Meet Val: Your Sample Sale Guide

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Meet Val, your new guide to shopping sample sales. Val was raised watching fashion shows with her mother, who was a designer herself. She would often model the clothing her mother would make, and she jokes that she was a fashion model before she even knew it herself. Over time, Val became very passionate about fashion and design, and always thought she would become a designer herself one day. Last week we hit up the Desigual sample sale at Clothing Line, styled our looks. We received early admission and were able to hit the streets to take these amazing shots! Shout out to to our amazing photographer Ghila

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Desigual Sample Sale
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Full Price = 505 Sample Sale Price = 105
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Desigual Sample Sale

Modeling was something that came naturally to Val. If, like us, you ever get the chance to see her in a photo shoot, that itself becomes apparent. At 17, she was discovered by a modeling recruiter and semi-reluctantly agreed to enter the world of modeling. Val proved to be a success – winning 30 national and international beauty pageants. In 2011, Val one the prize of Miss Universe Germany and was sent to Miss Universe. The entire time, Val continued sewing and creating her own unique designs.

“While I was competing in beauty pageants, I designed and sewed evening gowns for the shows. It was important for me to be able to represent myself, and with the help of my mother, I was successful at creating my own original gowns.”

Val was raised in Germany, and that is what makes her a true New York City girl at heart. After visiting NYC in 2013 for the first time, she packed her bags and walked off the runway straight into one of the fashion capitals of the world. Val loves walking NYC streets. Every day is a new experience for her, shopping, reading and working out. Something unique to New York that Europe certainly doesn’t have in such a quantity is sample sales:

“Sample sales are the greatest thing on earth! You get designer, high quality clothing for discount prices. It’s just awesome!! In my previous job- I would receive samples from work. I knew that designers and stores have sample sales, but I had no idea they could be open to the public- I always thought it was just for press, friends and family. I discovered sample sales in the first week I spent in NYC, which resulted in two extra suitcases to bring back with me.”

 

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Desigual Sample Sale: Full Price = 370 Sample Price = 75
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Desigual Sample Sale

Val is the new ShopDrop sample guide and cover girl. Join us as we venture through and hand pick styled looks using the inventory available at sample sales all over NYC! Stay tuned for more.

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Full price = $159 Sample Sale Price = $35
Desigual Sample Sale
Desigual Sample Sale

***Photo Creds to GKNY Photo

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Friday Repost: The Psychology behind Sample Sales

Sample Sale Mentality

Racked published an awesome article explaining why sample sales are so very addictive. So here below we will break down the article into three simple points so that if you are extremely busy like the rest of us, you can down the whole article in under one minute. Ironically, the article mentions all the psychological factors but doesn’t mention the bottom line, which is that sample sales offer luxury merchandise at mass-sale prices.

First: Limited Availability Settings

The setting of limited time and availability has this awesome effect on the body. The setting releases dopamine, the same ones that get released when working out, having sex or eating chocolate. No wonder, sample sale shopping could be so much fun!

Second: It’s A Sport

Shopping sample sales effectively and finding that perfect merchandise is a sport. And therefore, those who are good at it, love it. They love it and keep on doing it. They scout out the best sales, stand in line at dawn, and dash for the gold once the doors open.

Third: Offline Engagement

In a world where online purchasing is at higher rates that it ever has before, people crave unique experience that will offer them in-person interactions. One of the few shopping events that allows for such an experience without being replicated online is the sample sale. And so, the hunt for the bargain continues.

 

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NY Sample Sale Review: J Mendel

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By Dynasty George, independent designer & fellow

My first time using the ShopDrop app, I wanted to find a Sample sale that was exclusive and elite, one I could only have access to via the app. So, I decided to check out the J Mendel Sample Sale! You had to register beforehand the day and time you wanted to come, which I loved because sample sales can be very hectic so having an organized system really impressed me.
J Mendel Gown New York Sample Sale
 I loved how much information that app gave me about how to register, the season they were selling, and the discount amount! It made it easier for me to shop and plan beforehand.
Sample Sale NYC J Mendel White Gown
When I arrived, I first checked in, they had people in the front making sure everyone was registered. I registered myself and a plus one, which was great because who likes shopping alone? They then had a friendly coat check person who took my coat & bag but let me keep my camera. The next thing I saw were racks full of faux fur shawls, racks full of immaculate dresses, and a corner full of pristine shoes with a sign overhead that read “All $100.”  I felt like I walked into my dream walk in closet, one owned by a Kardashian. All the racks were organized by size, making shopping easier. I had to go up a dress size from my usual size, so I would recommend the same for anyone buying designer dresses. I immediately fell in love with every dress I tried on, feeling nothing less than a princess. The showroom provided people to help us like an actual retail store, which was very helpful. They set a spot in the fitting room for me, zipped me in all the dresses, gave me practical advice and assisted me towards other dresses I might have overlooked. The staff there was amazing and extremely helpful. Since there was a registration beforehand, the atmosphere wasn’t at all chaotic. It was very laid back and sophisticated. I felt I like I was in the actual retail store, as I saw stylist work privately with clients and other associates assisting others with purchases, I felt totally comfortably and at ease shopping!
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Overall, I had an amazing experience at the J Mendel Sample Sale. If you have an event coming up and you need to buy an extravagant dress, defiantly check out a sample sale first! The design and quality of the clothing was incredible compared to the price it was reduced to. I would even recommend getting your wedding dress at a sample sale if you’re on a budget! I tried on a beautiful couture wedding gown that was 60% off the original price!!! I definitely will be using the ShopDrop app for all my future shopping endeavors!
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5 Top Sample Sales This Week

Sample Sales in NYC this week

So we know that tomorrow is Wednesday… that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a ton of awesome sample sales taking place right near you. So see below from five of the hottest sample sales taking place in NYC this week. For more – you know where to go… to the ShopDrop App. Also – tomorrow we will be trying out a new campaign – the LOOKBOOK campaign. So stay tuned for tomorrow – we sure can’t wait to see what you think.

SJP sample sale

SJP Sample Sale
SJP Sample Sale

For one day only, you could fill your closet with shiny, high-heeled shoes for reasonable prices. That’s right, SJP is hosting a sample sale on Wednesday at the Warwick hotel in Manhattan, so grab your purse and go!

When: Wednesday, Mar 29
What Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Warwick New York Hotel, 65 West 54th St, New York, NY

 

DESIGUAL sample sale

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Clothingline is hosting two days of colorful bliss. We will be reporting live from this awesome sale – so make sure to stay glued to your phones for awesome updates. There is no better time to stock up on some awesome colorful garbs!

When: Wednesday, Mar 29-Friday, Mar 31
What Time: 11am-7pm
Where: 261 W 31st street, 2nd floor, New York, NY

BLK DNM sample sale

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Thanks to 260samplesale for hosting another awesome one: BLK DNM sample sale is happening at the hottest place downtown! And with 70% off retail prices this situation is hard to beat. Stock up on cool clothes and accessories while stock lasts.

When: Tue, Mar 28t – Sat, Apr 1
What Time: 10am-5pm
Where: 150 Greene St, New York, NY

Elie Tahari sample sale

Elie Tahari Sample Sale

It doesn’t matter whether you are thick or thin, because the Elie Tahari sample sale carries all sizes! Womenswear, menswear, accessories – everything is at 70% off retail. If you find yourself in midtown, don’t let this one out of sight.

When: Tue, Mar 28 – Sat, Apr 1
What Time: 10am-6pm
Where: 501 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor, NY

FRYE sample sale

Frye Sample Sale

Question: how does one dress designer clothes without spending designer money? By shopping sample sales! At the Frye sample sale in 260samplesale in midtown, you will find the latest boots and booties – all at a 70% discount. If you’ll make it to one – this is the one!

When: Tue, Mar 28 – Sun, Apr 2
What Time: 10am-5pm
Where: 260 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

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Sample Sale Review: Lionette Jewelry NY

New York Sample Sale Jewelry

By Liza Sakhaie, ShopDrop Fellow

After following the Israeli jewelry line since their start eight years ago, I finally got the chance to purchase some of their statement pieces at their showroom sample sale this week! When I walked in, I was struck by a wall with tons of unique Lionette pieces, all 40% off their original prices.

Their infamous chunky necklaces, typically around 700 dollars, were marked down to almost $400.

Lionette Bracelet Sample Sale NY
Sample Sale Lionette

The colorful, bold earrings add the perfect touch to an all white or all black outfit (originally $150-$250). And lucky enough for me, there were over 30 pairs to choose from!

 

Lionette Sample Sale NYC
Lionette Sample Sale NY

My favorite of the selection was the buckets of jewelry to the side of the main wall, with pieces marked down to under $100 dollars. In their I found a number of “hand bracelets” that I had seen on bloggers such as Lainy Hedaya, otherwise known as Haute In Habit.

This signature Lionette piece, originally $700, was now just $100!

Since all of Lionette’s jewelry is handmade and they work out of their showroom, I was even able to put in a request to recreate a sold out choker in my favorite colors (in the works now– to be posted on our Instagram soon)!

Lionette Sample Sale NYC
Lionette Sample Sale NYC

 

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Pure Baree Sample Sale

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By Francine Szerer

Doing absolutely nothing in active wear is one of my absolute favorite things to do. But this isn’t about me or my favorite things, like at all. This is about Pure Barre’s incredible line of lavish athletic wear and athleisure. Now pair that with a barre class and you’re unstoppable.

Pure Barre is the brainchild of dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabeck Dorr. Conceived in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, Ml in 2001, with no initial clients or staff- the concept took off through pure passion. More than a workout, Pure Barre is a lifestyle inspiring women to enhance and love their bodies through their effective techniques.

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In July of 2009, Pure Barre became a franchise and since has exploded into 375 studios across America, Pure Barre is the largest and most established barre franchise nationwide.

From Pure Barre’s fitted and cozy Avery Pullover to the versatile Gemini Tight, you can go from your bed straight to barre class and still make it in time for mimosas and brunch with your besties all while looking athletically chic.

Drop the champagne and head over to 150 Greens Street, New York, NY  score luxury athletic wear up to 75% off!

I know I will!

 

** Final day of the sale- don’t miss it!

 

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