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Low prices at the Vera Bradley sample sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Vera Bradley sample sale had excellent prices for great pieces. The room was divided in half between the men and women, and the racks were categorized by item. The room was on the smaller side, but it had very few customers. All of the merchandise was very organized, but there were some boxes filled with underwear and bras that was quite messy. The staff was sweet and helpful, and it was a pleasant shopping experience.

Merchandise/ pricing: Most of the items at this sale were around $15- WOW! They had great everyday t-shirts, pants, and sweatshirts. There were a ton of loungewear for both the women and men. All of the pieces looked in great shape and quality. I noticed that there were more pajama options than clothing for ‘out of the house.’ There were a ton of boxers, bras, and robes. Everything was high in stock, and there were multiple sizes and color options. I was surprised that there were no accessories- not even one of the famous Vera Bradley bags!

Rate: 8/10 Amazing deals and great finds.

What: Vera Bradley sample sale

When: Tues, Dec. 17-Thu, Dec. 19, 2019

Where: 231 West 39th Street, Suite 601, Manhattan, NY

 

 

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Rosie Assoulin: 75% off, yet still too expensive

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Rosie Assoulin sample sale was very expensive, and therefore not worth a trip. They had gorgeous pieces, but still not affordable. There were casual beach dresses that were now $395- at first glance I thought I had accidentally mistaken it for the original retail price…not the sample sale price! The sale had a lot of merchandise. There were a ton of racks filled with clothing, and everything was very organized (there were multiple pieces and sizes of each item). The sale had a small and messy table in the back that was filled with bags; The bags looked as if they were made of straw and would fall apart the next day.

Merchandise/ pricing: The space had different racks throughout the room that were labeled $195, $295, $395, $495+. There were 3 hats left, and 10-15 bags left ($175 each). I saw really pretty blue high low dresses, and a ton of plaid dresses as well. The plaid dresses were great because they had a dual purpose: they could be cute for work and for dinner afterwards (plaid dresses were $295). Rosie Assoulin sample sale had a ton of stripes throughout the strore; there were striped dresses, stripped shirts, and stripped pants. There was a table in the middle of the room with a lot of “I love NY” hoodies which looked both comfortable and cozy. In terms of accessories, there were a bunch of shoes left (went from around $100-$195)- in shades blue, red, nude, and black.

Rate: 4/10 Great pieces, but too expensive and just simply not worth it.

What: Rosie Assouline sample sale

When: Sun, Dec. 15-Thu, Dec. 19, 2019

Where: 323 Canal Street, NY NY

 

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Make it to MACKAGE

By: Eve Orbach

Hello loyal readers! Now this is one I’m sure we were all very excited for: the MACKAGE sale is finally here! 

MACKAGE has coats, accessories, and clothing for all. The markdowns for each item vary but overall there are definitely some good deals and steals. Coats are available for women, men, and children come in a wide range of styles from bomber jackets to winter puffers. Accessories include wallets, bags, scarves, gloves, hats, and vests. MACKAGE dresses, pants, shorts, and skirts, are available in addition to SOIA & KYO blazers, cardigans, jackets, and accessories.

The best deals of the sale are definitely the accessories. Wallets start at $10, scarves and hats $40, and bags are going for $70. As for coats, price vary per item but there are some jackets that fell below the $200 price range! (But many, many, MANY, more that surpass $200) For a designer brand, I thought that the clothing was pretty well priced—dresses could be found for $160, pants for $100, and tops for $100. The SOIA & KYO pieces were generally on the pricier side but had still has some affordable priced accessories. 

It is organized by gender and style and is hung up neatly on hangers. The people working the sale are very helpful and outgoing. 

All sales are final. Cash and credit card accepted. 

I give this sale a 6/10. All of the pieces are very fashionable, but for a sample sale I was not very impressed with the prices. However, the accessories were definitely on the more reasonable side and there are even some coats that aren’t priced too high. 

Finding outerwear for the winter can be a struggle, but in this case head over to the MACKAGE sample sale to try your luck at finding a warm, reliable, go-to winter coat! 

 

What: MACKAGE sale                                                                                                                                                 When: December 18– December 22, 2019                                                                                                             Where: 450 W 14th Street (Meatpacking District)

 

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IPPOLITA is Irresistible

By: Eve Orbach

Necklaces and bracelets and rings, oh my! The gorgeous Italian jewelry company IPPOLITA is hosting a sample sale where pieces are being sold for up to 75% off of retail price. All of the jewelry being sold was super luxe and the quality was absolute perfection. There were plenty of gold and silver options to choose from. Many of the pieces included diamonds, pearls, and semi-precious stones. The gold used was 18k and the silver was 100% pure— so while the jewelry might be an investment piece it will last you for many years to come! At a markdown so significant, this sale was more than worth checking out.

There was a wide variety of styles available. IPPOLITA had everything from fun cocktail rings to simple everyday studs. The room at Soiffer Haskin and the stock were both HUGE, but since each customer got their own (super friendly and helpful) sales associate the sale was a pleasure to shop in— so I will definitely count the fact that there were just so many options as a giant plus. 

Credit cards only. All sales are final. 

If you’re in the market for a very special piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime, go to this sale! There were options for every style and price point. Happy shopping!

What: IPPOLITA sample sale                                                                                                                                   When: December 14-17, 2019                                                                                                                               Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan (at Soiffer Haskin)

 

 

 

 

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The Christian Louboutin Sale was Cute but Costly

By: Eve Orbach

This invite-only Louboutin sale had really beautiful items but prices were still high. Most of the shoes fell along the $300-$400 range. The shoes came in all different styles (booties, HEELS 😍😍😍, flats, etc.) and sizes. Bag straps and perfumes were also available for sale. 

At around a 40% discount, the prices were definitely at a significant markdown. If you were in the market for a pair of Louboutins the sale just might be worth to go, but you can honestly find similar priced ones on websites like Poshmark and The RealReal.

The merchandise was organized by size. All of the shoes were still in their boxes and the boxes were stacked from floor to ceiling. Most of the boxes had pictures of the shoes on them, so it wasn’t too hard to navigate. The staff was helpful. All of the shoppers were running around so frantically that observing them was a notable highlight of being there.

The sale was invite only. Even with an invitation, there was still a line.

I give this sale a 6/10 for having such amazing stuff. However, even with the 100% drool-worthy shoes, I wouldn’t recommend trying to weasel your way in without an invitation. You’re better off finding similar deals online instead.

 

What: Christian Louboutin sale                                                                                                                                 Where: 342 West 37th Street, Manhattan                                                                                                     When: December 11-13th, 2019

 

(There were no pictures allowed, so I only managed to sneak a few.)

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You Need to go to the Jonathan Simkhai Sale!!

By: Eve Orbach

Guys, seriously, Get. There. ASAP! As soon as you finish reading this— heck, go right now, while you read this. (just make sure to look both ways before crossing 😉 The Jonathan Simkhai sample sale was a total hit! Jonathan Simkhai is famous for making beautiful, detailed dresses and at this sale there were many great ones to choose from. Styles of dresses ranged from casual everyday pieces to stunning floor length gowns. Many of the dresses were $195, which is a great deal for a couture dress. I even was able to find an adorable summery number for just $85. The prices of the gowns varied, but there were so many stunning ones. 

Women’s dresses, sweaters, denim, pants, jackets, and tops were arranged by size and category. It was very well organized and that made it a pleasure to shop at. There was also a wide variety of items available for children ranging from infants up to teenagers.  

Some of the best deals include jeans for $65, sweaters for $50, swimwear for $20, and children’s t-shirts for $25. 

There were no lines to get in. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cash and credit cards accepted. All sales are final. 

I give this sale a 9/10! There were plenty of styles and categories of items available. I left the sale with some great items that I can’t wait to wear. (Another fun bonus of the sale— there were Kenzo items for children and teens. I was even able to get some holiday presents for my younger siblings. $20 for a Kenzo hat? Unreal!)

What: Jonathan Simkhai sale!                                                                                                                                         When: 450 W 14th Street, Meatpacking District                                                                                                          Where: December 11-15, 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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