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Up and Coming – The Sies Marjan Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to preview the Sies Marjan Sample Sale which opens to the public at 12 PM today. The sale features tons of shoes, dresses and jackets from their collection. 

If you are unaware of Sies Marjan, the brand is upcoming and sells at retailers like Barney’s, Net a Porter and Moda Operandi. The clothing is extremely chic and comes in stylish colors (cough cough mint – biggest color of the fall people). Beware because lots of the merchandise are true samples, hence they have pins, odd stitches and stains (always check before you buy). The pricing is incredible having tops/knits for $50 and pants/skits for $60! While there are tons of mules for fall and they are only $50 (everybody loves a good pair of mules). 

Overall we have this sale an 8 out of 10. We are telling you, this brand is gonna be big (just you wait). Better to buy now than see it on an influencer and regret it later.

What: Sies Marjan Sample Sale

Where: 151 West 26th Street, NY, NY

When: July 24th, 2019 – July 26th, 2019

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Don’t Get Your Knickers in a Twist – The Bottega Veneta Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had a chance to preview the Bottega Veneta Sample Sale. Similar to last years sale, there were tons of knot bags, leather accessories, and clothes to chose from,

The Bottega Veneta Sample obviously had stellar pricing, runway dresses for $200 (deep breaths) and shoes ranging from $100 – $150 (take a sip of water/wine). While the pricing is clearly amazing, the merchandise was disappointing. A ton of the separates and jackets were spotted at the Summer 2018 sale. While you shouldn’t worry, there are tons of leather goodies available for purchase at + 80% off retail price. What about the knot clutch? (because we know everybody is gonna ask). There is a decent selection of the knot clutches available.  They ranged in price from $250 (mostly satin) to $750 (special collection/exotics). Accessories like belts, scarves, jewelry and sunglasses ranged from $50 to $200 dollars.

Overall we rated the sale a 7.5 out of 10. While we really had our hopes us for this sale, we left empty handed. The duplicate pieces from 2018 really didn’t sit well with us but the pricing was just too good. If you love the brand, we recommend you stop by. Beware there will be big lines throughout tomorrow and the next day, and phones are strictly not allowed.

What: Bottega Veneta Sample Sale

Where: 123 West 18th, NY, NY

When: July 24th, 2019 – July 25th, 2019

 

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Cancel Your Plans – The Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we got a preview of the Sergio Rossi Sample Sale located in their showroom. Whatever you are doing tomorrow, you need to change your plans. This sale is insane

To start off, the showroom is organized by size then further by style so it is super easy to shop. Let’s talk about the pricing (more like scream and dance around). It is seriously great. Starting at $99 (can you eat Sergio Rossi’s for dinner?) and ranging up to $299. These are great prices for shoes that usually retail from $995 to $1,295. There is a great selection of pumps, sandals, wedges, sneakers and booties! There is everything you can imagine, from glittery high heeled sandals (wedding SZN) to lace up boots (Winter is coming). Don’t worry! There is a decent selection of shoes available in every size. The notable mermaid style pumps are available (we are looking at you people who have weddings coming up).

Overall we gave this sale a 9.5 out of 10 (yes, you are reading this correctly). The Sergio Rossi Sample Sale was such a pleasure to shop, the staff was super helpful and there is an amazing selection of shoes available for cheap.

 

What: Sergio Rossi Sample Sale

When: July 24rd, 2019 – July 25th, 2019

Where: 595 Madison Avenue, NY, NY

 

 

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Vita Fede Sample Sale – 30% Off is NOT A Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

This morning we had the chance to stop by the Vita Fede Sample Sale in midtown. The sale featured a limited selection of archive pieces but a majority of the sale was dedicated to current season merchandise. The current season merchandise was only discounted 30% off (something we don’t love to see). While the archive bins featured tons of rings and bracelets for anywhere between $20 to $50 (something we love to see). The sale is extremely organized and the staff is very attentive! 

Overall we rated this sale a 6 out of 10. While we did love the archive pieces, the current season merchandise was expensive. If you love the brand, we recommend you stop by.

What: Vita Fede Sample Sale

Where: 25 West 26th Street, NY, NY

When: July 18th, 2019 – July 19th, 2019

 

 

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Summer Chic – Matta NY Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had the opportunity to check out the Matta NY Sample Sale in Soho. The sale features tons of fun and funky summer staples at affordable prices! If you are not familiar with the brand, Matta NY makes tons of Indian inspired clothing. The sale has tons of embroidered tunics in a variety of colors. As well the sale features tons of maxi dresses, perfect to dress down for the beach or dress up for a night on the town. These maxis will also keep you effortlessly chic and cool during this heatwave. Matta NY Sample Sale had a limited selection of shoes and bags, but a plethora of scarves, pashminas and dupattas (remember winter is coming)!

Overall we rated this sale an 8 out of 10! There are some amazing summer staples that can be found at affordable prices. 

What: Matta NY Sample Sale

When: July 17th, 2019 – July 18th, 2019

Where: 27 Greene Street, NY, NY

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Nearly 90% Off at The Altuzarra Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had the opportunity to head all the way downtown to check out the Altuzarra Sample Sale. While Altuzarra hosts the sample sale themself, so the discounts go as high as 90% off (we are drooling).

The sale featured tons of current season merchandise as well as past season merchandise. The Altuzarra sale was very organized and separated by the current versus old season merchandise. The pricing on the past seasons were amazing, nearing to 90% off retail. They had a lot of availability in terms of stock and sizing. While the current season merchandise was on the pricier side, there was a nice selection. There were tons of shoes available, including boots, lace up heels and funky pumps.The Altuzarra Sample Sale also featured a decent selection of bags and accessories.

Overall, we rated this sale an 8 out of 10. Altuzarra is one of the remaining brands that hosts their sample sale in house (and we are so happy about it). We recommend you stop by and check it out!

What: Altuzarra Sample Sale

When: July 17th, 2019 – July 18th, 2019

Where 233 Broadway, NY, NY

 

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Wait…What Did You Say? An Alexander McQueen Sample Sale?!

Frst off, our followers are literally CIA/FBI/Law & Order SVU spies. We had some of our amazing informants catch wind of an Alexander McQueen Sample Sale. Yes, you just read that right, an Alexander McQueen Sample Sale. Just to clear the air, the sale is private (hence invitation required). Here is everything they told us so we could tell you!

There is no other way to say this, but the pricing was literally insane. We heard that there was a good selection of bags this morning but it was cleared out extremely fast. They had the classic skull clutch in a couple of different varieties. The bags ranged from $75 to $300. The shoes were priced all under $100 and that includes boots (excuse me while I cry myself to sleep tonight). Here is the real kicker, tops and bottoms were priced at $50 dollars! While dresses and gowns ranged from $100 to $500 (yup, even runway). We also heard that there was a decent selection of costume jewelry, belts and other accessories. Time to phone a friend and get that invite to the McQueen Sale.

 

 

 

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Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale – Doesn’t This Stuff Look Familiar?

By: Ashley Randall 

Today we had the opportunity to check out the Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale at Chelsea Market. I know you are all wondering, didn’t Zadig & Voltaire just have a sale? Yes, yes they did. While we were hoping to see some recent merchandise, we were disappointed to find clothing from 2017.

The Zadig and Voltaire Sample Sale featured lots of classic skull t-shirts, embroidered jackets and cashmere sweaters. While the selection was large, a lot of the products were really old (I’m saying we went to a sample sale in 2017 and this stuff was there). We were also shocked to discover that the sale featured only one pair of shoes and barely any accessories. While we usually look forward to the Zadig and Voltaire sale to score some Parisian inspired clothing, we didn’t love anything we saw. If you are a a die hard fan of the brand and looking to score some chic pieces, them you should stop by.

Overall we rated this sale a 5 out of 10. The pricing generally was meh and the merchandise was extremely old. The lack of the shoes, bags and accessories was also disheartening.

 

What: Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale

Where: 75 9th Avenue, NY, NY

When: July 10th, 2019 – July 14th, 2019

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Sales Styles Series – Interview @the.sales.girl

By: Ashley Randall 

Hello and welcome back to our Sales Styles Series! We are back and this time we interviewed New York based fashionista @the.sales.girl!  Sales Girl is a fellow devoted member of the sample sale community in New York City as well as searching every corner of the internet for the best designer deals. If you were to check out her Instagram on any regular day, you would find tons of screenshots of deals online as well as live photos taken from the best sales in NYC. 

@the.sales.girl told us she has been shopping at sample sales since college (I mean it’s never too early to get a good deal). While she started her Instagram based on the fact that the only media outlet providing insight on the merchandise was ShopDrop! She felt like there needed to be more coverage on the products at sample sales. Regarding her screenshots of the online deals, she just wants to help out her sale sisters/brothers! Sales Girls said she devotes around a half hour to an hour each day online searching for designer goodies. She said uses a lot of filters for specific designers and said that Barney’s was her favorite (they save your favorite designers – making it that much easier). She also mentioned Cettire having great finds but it is a pain to search through. Her favorite place to shop in-stores is Barney’s Warehouse and she swears by it. @the.sales.girl described herself as “thrifty as f*ck” and we really couldn’t agree more! Check out below to see her answer from quick questions.  

What are your takeaways for shopping at sample sales? Advice to newbies on the sample sale scene!

  • Grab everything you like then filter through, make sure you try everything on and be prepared to wait!

 

Sample sales hosted by third party versus in house by the brand

  • Definitely hosted by the brand – there is where you find the best deals

 

 

What has been your favorite sample sale to date?

  • Louboutin and Balenciaga

What brands are you hoping have a sample sale?

  • Chanel (don’t we all), Valentino and Fendi

What is your favorite purchase within the last year?

  • Valentino Black Rockstud Sandals (scored for $105) and McQueen Bag from UAL!

 

 

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What To Expect From the Hermes Sample Sale

By: Ashley Randall 

Calling all the fashionistas in the New York Tri-State Area! If you haven’t heard, Hermes will be hosting a Sample Sale in two weeks! So you better start saving now or apologizing to your significant other regarding your next credit card bill.

We gathered past intel from some amazing sale ladies to give you a picture of what to expect at the sale. Last Fall, Hermes hosted a Sample Sale at the Americana in Long Island. One of our team members attended the sale and said Hermes began giving out tickets at midnight. Apparently the early bird gets Hermes Twill Scarves and Oran Sandals (I mean you can sleep when you’re dead – at least you will be wearing Hermes).

Past Hermes Sales have had shoes, including the coveted Oran and Thalassa Sandals. While we heard from HolyinMundane that there will be Ready to Wear, but there will be no enamel bracelets or silk scarves (we are literally praying to the sales gods that this isn’t true). Also, the sale does not usually feature bags and home. The question everybody is pondering, what are the discounts like? Generally in the past, shoes and accessories were 50% off and other items ranged from 50% to 70%. Another thing about the Hermes Sale, you do not receive the highly notable orange box. Rather, the merchandise is given to you in plastic/clear bags.

What we remembered most, was the strict no photo policy. At the entrance to the sale, the clerks taped your phone. If you lifted as much as the edge of the tape, there was void printed all over it and security swiftly escorted you out of the sale.

No one timed you, which was great while you were shopping, but sucked while you waited in line. They restocked the merchandise every day.

Will you be attending the sale? If so, then stop by and come say hi to us! ShopDrop will be providing coverage on the Hermes Sample Sale so make sure you check Instagram to get live updates!

What: Hermes Sample Sale

When: July 25th, 2019 – July 28th, 2019

Where: 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ

 

 

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