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The SAMple Sale was Simply OK

By: Eve Orbach

The Sam. Sample sale had great winter coats but at a discount of approximately 50% to 60%, better discounts can be found elsewhere. Simply put, this sale was underwhelming. Women’s coats were the most heavily featured item, but there were styles for men and children as well. Overall the price markdowns were significant, but paying upwards of $200-$300 at a sale is definitely not what I would call a great steal. If you are in the market for a new winter coat then this might be worth attending, but don’t go in with high expectations. (I tried to get a new coat because my four year old horrible purple coat is stain-ridden, but alas— I was unsuccessful.)

There was a good range of sizes, colors, and styles available. There were long lines to enter, and unless you are on the sale’s guest list you might end up waiting over 20 minutes in the cold just to get a jacket (kind of ironic, no?). 

The coats were hung up neatly on hangers. There was a women’s section, men’s section, and children’s section all organized by style. 

All sales are final. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. The opening times for each day vary; be sure to check the picture below to get there on time.

I gave this sale a 4/10. The long lines and high prices made this sale a bust. 

What: Sam. Sample sale                                                                                                                                          When: December 11-14, 2019                                                                                                                                  Where: 34 Little West 12th Street (between 9th Ave and Washington St., in the Meatpacking district)

 

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Crime Not to Buy at the Emm Kuo Sample Sale

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The Emm Kuo sample sales is one of those gem sample sales for anyone looking for a unique bag or clutch for an event. The designer of the items sells them at the sale herself, so she knows every item inside out. Each clutch is one of a kind. True samples were going for $75 a piece, there were glass versions with silver, marble, and crystal covers. The production pieces were going for $350. While that’s expensive for me, it’s still a bargain compared to the $1,300 retail tag. There were also custom scrunchies made out of leather that are beyond adorable and sell for $25.

A rack of current collection pieces was selling as well for 40% off retail. And there was a rack of bags made out of real python selling for $350 as well. In summary, price range was from $25 to $350, samples $75, bags $150 and clutches & python $350.

Oh, and if you buy 2 items, you get an additional 10% off retail. Buy 3 and get an additional 20% off total pricing. The brand sells at Anthropologie, BHLDN and other creative designer stores. That personality shines through in each design. Giving the sample sale an 8.5 out of 10. Items are at a 10, prices at an 8, and better get to that sale soon because there is only one item of each kind.

What: Emm Kuo sample sale
Where: 134 West 29th St, 8th Fl, NY, NY
When: Wed, Dec 11 – Fri, Dec 13, 2019

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Balmain sample sale: Gorgeous, yet pricey!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Balmain sample sale took place in typical Soiffer Haskin style, where the room was split in half between men’s and women’s. For the women’s section, there were endless racks filled with merchandise categorized by size. There was one small rack of gowns in the back of the room. The shoes and accessories were on the left-hand side of the room. There were 2 tables filled with jewelry, belts, and bags.

For gentlemen there were only a few racks of clothing; the racks were composed of mostly long-sleeved shirts and jackets. The men’s shoes and accessories were on the right side of the room. There were a few tables filled with belts, hats, shirts, and gloves. There was also a small section of children’s clothing in the back of the room. Everything was organized, and the staff was also extremely helpful!

Merchandise/ pricing: Women’s clothing was a flat 70% off retail, women’s accessories – 75% off, men’s clothing – 70% off, men’s accessories – 75% off, and children’s clothing – 90% off. There were A TON of accessories for both men and the women; In the ladies shoe section we spotted sneakers, heels, sandals, flip flops, high top sneakers, and high boots; and the men had a lot of sneakers, slides, and boots as well! Despite the fact that 70-75% off is a great discount, prices still remained a bit too high averaging $475 for a nice pair of shoes. There were, however, great options: long gowns, fancy/ casual coats, skirts, pants, and a ton of black/denim jeans. We found red, pink, and white bags for women. There were Balmain hats for the men that could be a nice holiday gift as well!

Rate: 7.5/10 GREAT shoes, accessories, and clothing for both men and women. Everything was excellent quality, but the prices still remained a bit too high for me. Waiting for additional reductions.

What: Balmain sample sale
When: Mon, Dec. 9 – Thu, Dec. 12, 2019
Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY

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GREAT finds at the Nanette Lepore sample sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Nanette Lepore sample sale was categorized by year of merchandise: current, past seasons and true samples. Right at the entrance of the space there was a neat rack filled of sample items. In the next room, there were 3-4 racks filled with current stock. Everything was organized by color and size. It was relatively easy to find what you were looking for. There was a table in the corner of the room that had sweaters on it as well. There was also a small section in the room that had past season stuff, albeit only one rack. There were also multiple fitting rooms to try on the clothing, which trust me, at a sample sale, is a luxury!

Merchandise/ pricing: The pricing for the Nanette Lepore sample sale : New items: jackets $195, dresses $150, tops $95-$125, pants $100, skirts $95, and sweaters $65, Old stock – jackets $95, dresses $85, tops $65, pants $50, skirts $50, sweaters $40. Samples – coats $85, jackets $65, tops $40, dresses $65, pants/ skirts $30, and sweaters $40.

The samples were very close to production items in quality so it was very similar to buying actual stock items but for half the price. There were many different colored sweaters, many gorgeous long and short dresses for work and fancy occasions, and a lot of nice shirts. There were also many blazers and coats that are perfect for this time of year. A few gowns on the racks and that’s pretty much it!

Rate: 8.5/10 GREAT prices, gorgeous clothing, endless sizes, and a ton in stock!

What: Nanette Lepore Sample Sale
When: Tues, Dec. 10-Fri, Dec. 13, 2019
Where: 225 West 35th Street, Manhattan, NY

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Generation Love sample sale is a hit!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: Generation Love’s setup was extremely organized, and all of the racks were categorized by item. Plenty of jackets, coats, dresses, shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. The space was large, so it was easy to shop in and find everything that you are looking for. There was a children’s section in the front, and there were a lot of options to choose from. Unsweetened New York was set up in the back of the room, and the pricing was awesome. Very sweet and helpful staff as well.

Merchandise/ pricing: Here’s the breakdown of the sample sale pricing:

Generation Love Prices -pants $90, sweats $50, puffer jackets $125, leather jackets $295, denim jacket $100, shorts $75, denim skirts $70, silk skirts $90, sweaters $100, blouses $75, blazers $120, Leather sleeve blazer 140, tops 75, camis 50, t-shirt dress $60 and Unsweetened tanks $45 and t-shirts $50.

Extra kudos for variety in sizing. There were many gorgeous coats, both fancy and casual, jeans and pants in all different colors. There were also a ton of soft sweatpants and sweatshirts with fun tie die designs. All of the pieces were great quality and looked brand new. It looked as if there was a lot of merchandise in stock – I didn’t have to worry about the stock running out!

Rate: 9.5/10 GREAT pieces, both fancy and casual. Lots of gorgeous clothing for your night out on New Years, and also sweats to wear when you get home after!

What: Generation Love and Unsweetened New York sample sale

When: Tues, Dec. 10 – Wed, Dec. 11, 2019

Where: 210 11th Avenue, #401, Manhattan, NY

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Lots to buy at the Alice and Olivia sample sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Alice and Olivia sample sale set up was organized well; most of the items were categorized by both size and item. There were racks labeled with all of the sizes which made it very easy to shop. There were also racks that were categorized by item: coats (blazers, fur, etc.), gowns, short dresses, jeans, and skirts. The entire set up was very neat and orderly. There were many customers shopping, and it looked as if items were selling out fast. All of the shoe sections were organized. Everything was laid out nicely. There were a few tables of bags, glasses, and scarves. Except for the sample rack, where people were fighting for their lives, everything was organized and relatively easy to get to.

Merchandise/pricing: The prices at the Alice & Olivia sample sale were discounted but not enough for my liking: all clothing items (not including the samples) were $39-$309, sample items $29-$129, accessories $29-$149, and shoes $69-$169. For example, a dress that retailed for $440 was now $199, pants were down from $995 to $289, and a teddy coat that once cost $550 was now selling for $269. There were many different colors of coats- both fur and regular. There were fur coats in bright colors (hot pink and rainbow variations.) We spotted many pairs of jeans and fancy pants, short and long skirts, long sleeved tops and sweaters, short and long dresses, shoes and accessories. There were a lot of shoes: booties, tall boots, low boots, and heels. There were many pairs of sunglasses, scarves, bags, and tots. There were also 6 different pairs of glasses to choose from: shades brown, clear, black, and white!

This sample sale has a lot of merchandise & it’s going fast! There was a line out the door hours before opening…

Rate: 9/10 AMAZING pieces, endless options, beautiful gowns, and warm coats! Alice and Olivia is a great sample sale although a bit pricey, and is definitely worth going to.

What: Alice and Olivia sample sale

When: Tues, Dec. 10 – Sun, Dec. 15 2019

Where: 260 Fifth Ave, Manhattan, NY

 

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Great Pieces at the Teri Jon Sale

Ladies and well ladies … here we are… the Teri Jon sample sale scores again. The brand is well known for their cocktail and evening wear. Amongst many naked women and traumatized teenagers whose moms dragged them to find dresses for family events; We made our way through to find some golden pieces. There was one room of samples prices starting at $50 and another room of stock going up to $250. Lots of sizes to choose from and sweet staff attempting to make some sort of sense of the chaos. If you’re in the neighborhood it is definitely worth a skim. Ask people what they got before you buy it though because I’m pretty sure we saw the whole word at this sale….. and their mothers… and what would be worse than matching your friends mother? Yikes.
This sale scores an 8/10 on the ShopDrop scoreboard for being stocked, staffed, fairly priced and having many different styles for different types of people. The sale will be going on Sunday 9:30-5 and Monday 9:30-4:45 at 241 west 37th Street 2nd Fl. Credit cards only.

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A Theory Regarding the Theory Sale—It’s Meh

This Theory sale was so average that it’s hard for me to find a word to describe it. When I heard that Theory was offering items up to 70% off I was intrigued, but when I got to the sale I thought the prices were too high and the items too boring for me to justify it. Items available at the sale were shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets (both men’s and women’s), scarves, and hats (and a few pairs of shoes).

Although this sale was kind of underwhelming, I will give props to how well-organized it was. With a wide variety of styles and sizes, everything was hung up neatly on hangers. Men’s on one side, women’s on the other. (260, take note) One thing that I really liked about the room (OCD, much?) was that items and racks were separated by category and price (ie women’s sweaters for $109, men’s outerwear for $299)— this made everything easy to navigate.

The pieces were mostly solid colors and veered on the side of dressy(ish)— in short, if you’re going on an interview, hit this up. 

While the prices were notably discounted, for a sample sale they weren’t that great. 

I give this sale a 6/10. The pieces were nice but pretty expensive. This sale would definitely appeal to someone who is a big Theory fan. If you don’t have any particular fondness for the brand, though, it’s just slightly above “okay”. 

 

What: Theory sample sale                                                                                                                                         When: December 4th— December 8th, 2019                                                                                                       Where: 75 9th Ave, Manhattan, NY (inside of Chelsea Market)

 

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The AV Max Sale Lived Up to Max-imum Expectations

By: Eve Orbach

This AV Max sale was great!! There was a large selection and variety of jewelry at low prices. Prices ranged from $5-$25, while full-priced items on the website go for about $20—$70. Featured were rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in both gold and silver finishes. Because of the price point, the jewelry is made with mixed metals instead of 100% gold or silver. The pieces ranged from super minimalist everyday styles to more funky fashion jewelry. 

The sale was very easy to shop in. Most tables were organized by price and item (ie rings for $5, hoops for $5, etc). The sale venue was small but cozy, and it’s the same place where they keep their materials. This turned out to be a cool feature because they had people crafting the jewelry while we were shopping. The staff working the sale were really friendly and kind. There was Christmas music playing, everyone was chatting with each other and to top it all off there were free mimosas offered!

I give this sale a 10/10. If you’re looking for fun fashion jewelry at low prices then this is the sale for you. Also, because we’re in the holiday season, it’s worth mentioning that you will definitely get some people checked off of your gift list! 

PSA: this jewelry would make adorable stocking stuffers. 

 

What: AV Max jewelry sale

When: December 4— December 10, 2019

Where: 144 W. 37th Street, 3rd Floor, Manhattan, NY 

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The Bally Sample Sale was Underwhelming

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Bally Sample Sale was quite disappointing. When I walked into the room I was shocked, not by the merchandise or the prices, but by how COLD it was in that showroom!!! It was absolutely freezing, and they still took everybody’s coats. Every single employee was bundled up in a winter coat, and some were even wearing beanies, but the shoppers were left to freeze.

At this sale, there were hardly any bags or clothes, but a lot of shoes. And thanks to 260, the prices were still a bit high (mainly for the leather goods). Leather outerwear was $800, leather bottoms were $500, and leather shirts were $600. The non-leather goods ranged from $35-$250, and shoes ranged from $75-$200. At this sale, there was a beautiful men’s trench coat that I wanted to purchase for my brother in law. On the tag, the retail price ($1,695) was crossed out and marked down to $137! I was very impressed and ready to buy! But when I brought the coat up to the register the employee informed me that the jacket was actually $250. He explained that the price written on the tag was applied wherever the coat had come from before it was brought to $260. So that means that they actually RAISED the price from the previous sale that the coat was at!!!!! Ridiculous and embarrassing! I advised the employees to white those numbers out because 1. it is very misleading, and 2. just plain ol’ pathetic. Get your s*it together 260!!!!! Overall I rated this sale a 6/10. I’d say sit this one out, especially if you’re hoping to get a cool purse!

What: Bally Sample Sale
When: Tue Dec 3rd – Sun Dec 8th, 2019
Where: 2151 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

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