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Every Woman for Herself at the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale

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By: Cristina Martin

Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again. Spring is in full swing, we can shed the winter layers and attend the ever most exciting event of the year: the Manolo Blahnik sample sale. For one day only you can travel down the road from the Manolo NYC boutique to the Warwick hotel conference room, and score a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes for under $200! However, this year it was more Lipstick Jungle than Sex and the City.

Shoppers line up at the Manolo Blahnik sample sale at 4:00 a.m. Considering the fact that doors open to the general public at 11:00 a.m., that is a serious commitment. A Manolo Blahnik sample sale veteran informed us about the procedure:

1. You write your name down as you walk in

2. Receive a numbered ticket based on the order of the list

That didn’t go as planned, since the new staff members did not honor the list we waiters in line created. That caused a group of exhausted, anxious women to claw their way to the front to grab one of the first tickets.

The ticket you receive will have your assigned group number. There are ten people per group, and groups enter based on capacity. The Manolo team attempts to organize shoes by size on tables; however, after the vultures get in, you will likely find a pair of 35s in the 41.5 table. Once you’re inside the stock room, you have unlimited time to shop as many pairs as you’d like (or can afford). At check out, they will strike out the label with a Sharpie and you hand over your cash. Yes, old fashioned cash, as this is a cash only sale.

All this numbered ticket business happens at 11:00 a.m. because, the VIP group (assigned letters A – I) will enter first at 8:30 a.m. No, you can’t just scam a VIP ticket. You have to be high-up in the fashion editorial world, Manolo Blahnik’s wholesale vendor, or an employee/friend of the brand. That is where a lot of the REALLY good stuff goes. So if you’re general public, don’t even count on snagging any classics or Hangisi.

However, there is still a great selection if you are in groups 1 – 5, decent selection (good stuff but you have to search) if you are in groups 6 – 10. After group 10, then it really is every woman for herself. As you can expect, there are hoarders who get there early and grab all the shoes. It’s the classic case of the early bird gets the worm. They DO restock. I left with three pairs of brand new shoes valued at around $2,000 for $460.

It’s important to mention that the resellers penetrated the VIP group and were cleaning out the sale. Some of them (shoppers!!) were also walking around with a marker and marking the shoes they wanted to speed out the checkout process.

The staffing issue was so bad, it earned a separate paragraph in my blog. I’ve been to sample sales before and don’t expect to be treated like royalty. That being said, I was still blown away by how rude the staff was. In the middle of the day, they just stopped the sale to eat lunch. I mean, it’s a freakin’ one-day sale. Bring in a few extra staff members and take shifts for lunch.

Be aware that there are some true samples there. Some shoes have been obviously previously worn with a roughed-up sole, and there is no further discount if that is the case — my advice to you: spring for the ones that are unused. Yes, you can get used ones fixed, but unless you LOVE them, there’s better stuff out there.

This is a type of sale you have to be a pro to maximize results. So here’s a lightning round of tips:

-Get there early, or pay a line sitting service
-If you see something that you think is cute just grab it – grab everything first and then try on
-Cash only so hit up the ATM (and make sure you have money in that account)
-After you get your ticket you can leave and come back – bring what you need to stay occupied and stay there, you might miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime
-It’s a friendly crowd, make a friend
-Look at ALL tables (I found a 38 in a 41 table)
-Some shoppers are legit crazy – don’t let them push you around
-Internet/cell service is horrible – be prepared
-Dress in comfy shoes that make trying on other shoes easy – the room is small and chaotic so comfort and efficiency are your BFF (ladies, this isn’t a fashion show, you’re not here to impress, you’re here to shop the best deals on Manolo’s)
-Treat yourself to a nice lunch after going through all of that

Happy Shopping!

What: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
When: Wed. May 22, 2019
Where: Warwick Hotel – 65 W 54th St. New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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260 Sample Sale Fashion Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop Tabitha Simmons

Nothing to be Excited About at the Tabitha Simmons Sample Sale

By: Cristina Martin

One question: Why is size 37 the most popular size at shoe sample sale. I’ve been noticing that recently. Even when I visited the Paul Andrew sample sale, 37 seemed to be the only thing on the menu. It’s Deja vu at the Tabitha Simmons sample sale. There wasn’t really any great styles, high prices, and mostly only size 37.

Prices were incredibly high. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday happening this week, high pricing isn’t the smartest strategy. Samples were really close to $100, and the stock only got worse from there. Everything was well over $100, with boots reaching up to $250. The jewelry pricing was insane. Some earrings went up to $300! There will be better deals later this week, and certainly better sample sales happening this week! Happy shopping!

What: Tabitha Simmons Sample Sale
When: Mon. Nov. 19th – Wed. Nov. 21, 2018
Where: 151 Wooster St. Manhattan, NY

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Fashion Nicholas Kirkwood Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

Currently In Love with the Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale

Nicholas Kirkwood Sample Sale

By: Cristina Martin

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

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Fashion Paul Andrew Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

It’s a Thirty Seven Heaven at the Paul Andrew Sample Sale

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By: Cristina Martin 

We had the opportunity to check out the Paul Andrew sample sale a day before it opened. Let me tell you, If you are a size 37, (roughly 7 in a U.S.) you hit the jackpot! Paul Andrew had a mix of samples, shoes from previous seasons, and shoes that never went to production. You are super lucky if you got to snag a one of a kind pair of Paul Andrew shoes. Prices started at $25 and went up to $250. However, there weren’t many in the $25 price point. We found only two damaged pairs for $25. Boots were mostly at the $250. Flats and heels were between $50 and $150. If you have an extra special event coming up, then you can browse through two tables of beautiful jeweled evening shoes. Men, we didn’t forget about you! (But Paul Andrew is) They are no longer making men’s shoes. Men can grab most shoes for $100!

We also loved the Paul Andrew showroom.  It is tucked away on 58th St. between Columbus Circle and the Plaza in a residential building. Very Gossip Girl-esque! In conclusion, you have two days to shop the Paul Andrew sample sale. We recommend you go the first day because inventory is limited, and they are not restocking. Happy shopping!

What: Paul Andrew Sample Sale
When: Thur. Oct. 11 – Fri. Oct. 12, 2018
Where: 41 W 58th St. Suit 2C Manhattan, NY

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Fashion Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

The Most Coveted Sale of the Year: Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

By: Cristina Martin

People began to line up early for the Jimmy Choo sample sale. Luckily, we were able to get inside an hour early with a press pass to bring you the scoop. This sample sale is one of the most coveted sales because of the excellent condition of their samples, large selection, and low prices. The Jimmy Choo sample sale also not only restocks, but prices are slashed in half on the last day.

We gave the Jimmy Choo sample sale a 6 out of 10 ShopDrop rating. They had an abundance of men shoes, women’s shoes, bags, and other accessories. I docked some points because although they had a large inventory, I wasn’t impressed with the styles of shoes. The styles were either super extra or basic. For $200 + a shoe, I need to love them. It’s also unfair that they price ALL their men’s shoes at $150 flat. Yet the women’s shoes, their core business, were priced between $200 – $375.

We will be keeping an eye on this sale throughout the week. Stay tuned for an update on the last day, Friday. For now, details and photos are below.

UPDATE: 5/11/18 – Prices went down at 1:30 p.m. The selection was so so, and it went quickly.  I guess the word about last day prices got out quickly.

What: Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
When: Wed. May 9 – Fri. May 11, 2018
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion – 123 W 18th St. New York, NY

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Fashion Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

Booties, Boots and Major Studs at the Modern Vice Sample Sale

By: Lindsey Castin

I inherited my designer shoe addiction from my mom, which made Modern Vice the perfect sample sale for me to go to. The sample sale had all different kinds of shoes: from boots (that sold at retail for $399 and were marked down to $69), to sandals (originally sold for $150 marked down to $39.99) to platforms – all covered in different colors of glitter. They also had a rack of coats which included silver and black leather jackets (made with a liner in them for women who ride motorcycles so they can look fabulous and not need to layer), bomber jackets as well as sweatshirts. These were all on pre sale and were priced at $360. My favorites were the white sandals with cheetah printed straps–perfect for a winter vacation getaway.

Sara Risigo who is a production consultant for Modern Vice showed us the back room which had a mini factory that they make the shoes in! Overall, such a cute venue as well as a great selection with a variety of sizes at unbeatable prices. The sale is still on until Friday, so you have a full day left to check it out! Pictures below!

What: Modern Vice sample sale
When: Dec 18th-22nd 11AM-8PM
Where: 247 W 38th st, 3rd floor, NY, NY

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