I love nothing more than a good oil diffuser. They have the fragrant power of a traditional candle, without the house-burning capabilities…
This week 260 hosted the Nest Fragrances and Manduka yoga supplies sample sale. At 6:00pm, during a light rain shower, there was a line down the block and yet barely any people shopping indoors. There were candles, lotions, soaps, reed diffusers, and liquidless diffusers. All of the scents seems to follow a holiday them. There were pine scents, vanilla scents, a warm subtle cinnamon, and a sugar cookie scent. Many of the products, including the Saharan Spice, Birchwood Pine, and Sugar Cookie, can be found online. While the discounts are not astronomical, these products are current.
The Manduka section was much smaller. There were plenty of yoga matts and foam boxes, and four racks with yoga apparel
We gave this sale a 7 out of 10 for the current and seasonally appropriate inventory.
What: Nest Fragrances and Manduka Sample Sale
When: Tue. Nov. 6 – Sat. Nov. 10
Where: 260 5th Ave, New York, NY
Usually, for a popular brand’s sample sale I can understand the high price points. But at the Vivienne Westwood sample sale, the quality did not match the price points. The sale featured mens and women’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. When walking through the apparel racks, I noticed that a large number of the women’s pieces were wrinkled and misshapen. I could be alone is this, but I would never spend $300 to buy a wrinkled blouse. Hopefully this is not a trend that will be seen in the rest of the inventory.
We gave this sale a 5 out of 10 because of the condition of the clothes, the high prices, and the lack of sizing. Many items were the only ones of their style and appeared to be very old. Shopping this sale reminded me of shopping at a second-hand store, but with way higher prices…
What: Vivienne Westwood Sample Sale
When: Tue. Nov. 6 – Sun. Nov. 11
Where: 150 Greene St, New York, NY
The second ever Chloe sample sale was quite the spectacle: long lines and strict rules. 260 staff was ever so careful to ensure that no one take pictures. Instead, our team had to turn on the memory and find items that can later be pulled from different sites.
After scouring a number of sites, we’re including ‘spotted’ items below. Yes, there were bags there – between 50% and 70% off retail, shoes going as cheap as $100, shoes 70% off, RTW 80% off. In terms of seasons, also coats, dresses, shoes, bags & jewelry. We think you’ll love it. Details below.
What: Chloe sample sale
When: Nov 7 – Nov 11, 2018
Where: 151 Wooster St, Manhattan, NY
I was on the train at 7:20AM this morning trying to make it for the 8AM opening of the Rebecca Taylor sample sale. The sale was just as I remembered: one hot mess. Bags were piled in the floor on the corner, and the room was packed with frantic women grabbing at racks and stripping naked on the floor.
That reflected two things: selection was pretty good and prices were AMAZING. Face it, Rebecca Taylor jackets retail for $475 to $550, on sale maybe… maybe $350. At the sale, they are 75. That’s how good the prices are. The tweed dresses, tops, skirts, pants, shoes, sweaters – everything was there. Mostly Summer & Spring items selling for $30-$150. A few pieces of jewelry and clutches at checkout & that’s that.
To be honest, this is one of my favorite sample sales – has that authentic feel. Definitely check it out.
What: Rebecca Taylor sample sale
When: Nov 6 – Nov 8, 2018
Where: 80 West 40th st, Manhattan, NY
Summer is back at the Parker sample sale. There are so many casual and evening dresses to choose from in their large, and chic midtown showroom. If you have a bunch of weddings coming up, this is the sale for you. The most expensive dresses were evening gowns at $180! We can’t even believe it. Parker had a mix of samples and regular stock. Dresses weren’t the only thing on the menu; you can also shop tops, bottoms, jumpsuits, rompers, outerwear, and coverups. Most of the sample were in great condition and $50 or under.
We rated this sample sale an 8 out of 10. Merchandise was excellent: plenty of options and very beautiful pieces! Prices were also very fair. Most items are summer pieces, so you do have to wait until next year to sport it. On the other hand, with the holidays coming up you can stock up on dresses. Happy shopping!
What: Parker Sample Sale
When: Mon. Nov. 5 – Wed. Nov. 7, 2018
Where: 234 West 39th Street, Floor 3, Manhattan, NY
I walk in, and it’s complete chaos. Staff members were running around, people everywhere, I don’t even know what to do. Unable to find a shopping basket, I shove myself into the already over-stuffed room. It hit me that this is probably a fire hazard. They didn’t follow their own 25 people maximum. There are so many people in the room; your only option is to get online to check out and shop through there. Yes, you read that correctly, now let me break that down for you. There were bins in the center of the room creating an island and bins along the perimeter of the room. You entered the line at the door and went along the walkway that wrapped around the makeshift island. You can add items to your basket while walking. However, the line was at a standstill, so you were a victim of standing in front of the same bins for quite a bit of time. It was so overwhelming I had to step out. I wasn’t getting anywhere, and this was a clear waste of time.
I returned to drastic improvements. The lunchtime rush has died down, and you can appreciate the sale for what it actually is: a really great sale. Prices are at rock bottom with the most expensive items reaching $30. They even had smaller items for as low as $1! What a bargain! Shop a plethora of skin care products for any skin type. There is a $20 credit card minimum and 10 item maximum.
After I improved my mood and I filled up my basket, it was time to check out. Frustration quickly returned and consumed me. There’s one staff member that solely marks down what’s in your basket. Then you take the paper, and your items to the actual check out person to charge you. Now That’s already extremely inefficient, especially with large crowds. Peter Thomas Roth products and June Jacobs products need to be checked out separately. This doesn’t help with the $20 minimum. So, I had to abandon my June Jacobs products. When I checked out the person who filled the product paper became my cashier since the real cashier was cleaning up. She didn’t know how to check me out and didn’t even bag my items. Talk about inefficiency.
We had to give the Peter Thomas Roth and June Jacobs sample sale a 5.5 out of 10. It’s a real shame because it’s a great sale, but it’s a hot mess, and it destroys the shopping experience. We totally recommend you go, just be prepared for chaos. Happy shopping!
What: Peter Thomas Roth and June Jacobs Sample Sale
When: Mon. Nov. 5 – Thur. Nov. 15, 2018
Where: 460 Park Ave. 22nd Floor, Manhattan, NY
With the holidays coming up, you will have more of an excuse to dress up these next few months. Pair a super cute clutch with your party outfit at the Edie Parker sample sale. The sale was held in this tiny little room packed with clutches and accessories. Edie Parker clutches go for over $1,200. Prices at the sale started at $150, and most bags were in the $300 and $500 range. We know that’s pretty steep for a sample sale, but the discount is rather high.
There was a small line to get inside due to the space constraints. Once you got in, you were greeted by a large selection of cute, quirky clutches and accessories. The accessories, including phone cases, key chains, coasters, and trays, were priced a little lower if you’re shopping on a budget. The staff was incredibly sweet and really helpful if you had any pricing questions. So, if you frequent parties then it’s is worth to drop a few hundred bucks on a clutch. Happy shopping!
We know at this point 260 is infamous for their long lines, but the Paul Smith sample sale was especially obnoxious. First, we had to stand on a long line on W Houston. Here is where you get your coat check ticket, so you think that you’ll go in pretty soon? Nope. The 260 ushers then escort you to a second line on Wooster. Are two lines really necessary? Definitely not when the store is empty inside. We are so tired of your cheap marketing tactics, 260. Seriously.
You basically sat in two lines for not much at the Paul Smith sample sale. If you’re shopping for men’s, then it’s more worth your while. They had two large sections of men’s suits. As well as numerous racks of pants. There was another entire section devoted to men’s wear. Women’s had a measly few racks. Women who need to dress up for work would find a few things at the Paul Smith sample sale. They had some really nice spring/summer fashion-forward suits. Sorry ladies working in finance. The sale also had an abundance of nice women’s pants. You can find a variety of men’s and women’s shoes downstairs.
We rated the Paul Smith sample sale a 5 out of 10. There just wasn’t much going on, especially for women. Prices were okay. Most of the clothing was for spring/summer, so you’ll have to wait a few months for it to see the light of day. Most of the clothing was “PS by Paul Smith,” so it’s not even their regular line. Our advice is to skip this one or at least wait for price reductions. Happy shopping!
What: Paul Smith Sample Sale
When: Wed Oct 31st – Sun Nov 4th
Where: 151 Wooster St, NY, NY
The Nicholas Kirkwood sample sale opened to the public today at noon. Some Shopdrop users had the opportunity to get a sneak peek for their 8:00 a.m. early access. Wow, were we impressed! You can shop from a large selection of flats, heels, sneakers, and boots for both men and women. Items from previous seasons had great discounts. You can find most shoes for under $200. If you’re looking for something more contemporary, you can pick up current stock for 60% off. You can even snag their famous pearl boots!
We rated the Nicholas Kirkwood sample sale a 9 out of 10. It is very seldom that we give a rating of nine, so you know this sale really stood out to us. Prices were excellent. To get an idea, their flats usually run at around $400, at the sale you can snag a pair for $90. There was plenty of merchandise ranging from 34 to 42.5. Everything was conveniently organized by size. The staff was also incredibly sweet and helpful. Nicholas Kirkwood doesn’t always go on sale, so head over there fast and grab your own pair to take home. Happy shopping!
What: Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale
When: Tue. Oct. 30 – Wed. Oct 31, 2018
Where: 65 W 54th St, NY, NY
You can find a little piece of Italy just under the Upper East Side at the Components by John McCoy sample sale. Shop beautiful, Italian casual wear and suits for both men and women. However, the most extensive selection is in menswear. Ladies, you browse through top, bottoms, jackets, and accessories. Women’s clothing was mostly casual, but some pieces can be worn for work and then transformed to dinner with the girls. They also had the cutest little handbags perfect for a night out on the town. We even stumbled upon a wine bottle holder for 20 bucks. Now that’s something we’ve never seen! Men’s had a larger selection with a few racks of suits and jackets and tables with pants, sweaters, and shirts. Full suits were a steal at $300. You can choose from thicker, winter suits, and suits you can wear all year around.
We gave the Components by John McCoy sample sale a 7 out of 10. There was a large variety of high-quality clothing. If you’re in the market for everyday clothing that has a different flare, this is the sale for you. Prices are pretty standard. You can even catch the staff speaking in Italian if you’re lucky. Happy shopping!
What: Components by John McCoy Sample Sale
When: Mon. Oct 29 – Fri. Nov. 2, 2018
Where: 123 E 55th St. 3rd Floor. Manhattan, NY