I generally have a lukewarm feeling about the Prive sample sales, which take place at Chelsea Market. Most of the time, the atmosphere is great, the place is well lit, the staff nice. The pricing is not the cheapest but it’s not horrible either, and brands are contemporary to high-end.
Imagine how excited I was today when I walked into the sale to find 2 racks of Versace hoodies and t-shirts. Granted, they were for men – but still. Versace?! Then there were beautiful Derek Lam coats – the puffers with the fur collars selling for $350. We loved them. And there were some Elizabeth and James coat selling for $59! That was my favorite item of the night.
Other brands with awesome selections were Vince (for tees, shirts and shoes for women), Milly (kids, adults, dresses, skirts, sweaters and pants), Elizabeth and James (blazers, dresses and coats). All in all, this is a great sale for some staple sweaters. I’m giving it an 8 out of 10. Peace.
The Prive Sample Sale is being hosted at the Chelsea Market and it kind of sucks. I was super excited when I read the flyer for this sale, but when I got there it was a total let down.
Although the prices were decent (shoes were $159, outerwear was $249, dresses were $109, and sweaters and sweatshirts were $89) the selection was terrible and most of the clothes looked like they’d been sitting in a ball in the back of a warehouse for the last 100 years. The only respectable items at this sale were the shoes. There were a couple of cool pairs by Marni, some cute Gianvito Rossi pumps, and one awesome pair of Moschino shoes, but other than that I was unimpressed. The outerwear options were okay but the shirts, sweaters, and bottoms were atrocious. The men’s selection was definitely better than the women’s selection. There was a ton of Dsquared stuff and the jackets that they had were super on-trend. I think today was the first time that I ever wished I was a man.
Overall I gave this sale a 5/10. If I hadn’t been able to walk out of this sale and buy $25 worth of chocolate in the same building I probably would have given it a zero. Avoid this sale if you can help it.
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.
Chelsea Market sample sales never disappoint! The Prive sample sale featured summer clothing and swim for both men and women. Chelsea Market has a huge space, so there was plenty of merchandise form a variety of brands to choose from. There are racks of swim for both men and women in so many colors. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up for next year, or that tropical getaway in January. The Prive sample sale also had a dresses, tops, cute pants, and skirts. For the gentlemen, you can choose from tops, trousers, denim and accessories. Prices were also very reasonable!
We rated the Prive sample sale a 8 out of 10. Pros were of course the fabulous clothing, huge selection, and affordable prices. The only con was the fact that it is mostly summer, you only have a few weeks at best to use them before the items go in storage. Don’t loose all hope, some items can definitely be used for fall/early winter. Happy shopping!
What: Prive Sample Sale
When: Tue. Aug. 28 – Sun. Sept. 2, 2018
Where: Chelsea Market: 75 9th Ave. New York, NY
Today we had the chance to check out the Elizabeth and James sample sale before it opened to the public. Held in the bustling Chelsea Market, the Elizabeth and James sample sale had a large selection of both samples and regular stock items. Samples were priced as marked and regular stock started at $39. The most expensive items were the regular stock fur coats. However, if you don’t mind a sample piece, you can score a fur coat for $199.
We rated the Elizabeth and James a 8 out of 10. The prices were fair and the selection was good. The space was also brilliantly organized and the dressing rooms were huge! I had the pleasure of meeting some of the lovely Chelsea Market staff. It is a breath of fresh air to encounter such friendly staff at a sample sale.
Check out the Olsen twins’ line, Elizabeth and James, sample sale as you’re passing through Chelsea Market this week. Details and pictures? “You got it, Dude!”
What: Elizabeth and James Sample Sale
When: Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13, 2018
Where: Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave. New York, NY
If you’re a man and you’re cool, you need to shop at the Saturday NYC sample sale this weekend. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, shirts, coats, jackets are selling for under $100 at the sample sale hosted by Chelsea Market. At retail, this iconic brands sells sweatpants for $180, and at the sale they are $50 bucks. Shoes and sneakers sell for $35 and $50, for canvas and leather respectively. The entire warehouse is categorized by category and then by size, so finding your favorite item shouldn’t be difficult at all. I checked it out on Wednesday and walked away with a bag of goodies worth $400 that only cost $95 at the sale. As always, photos and prices below.
What: Saturdays NYC sample sale
Where: 75 9th Ave, NY, NY
When: Wed, Mar 21st – Sun, Mar 25th
Some days, you just need to buy a glass of wine. Other days, you just need to buy glasses for said wine. Wednesday was one of those days, so I decided to upgrade my apartment by going to the Riedel & Sferra sample sale in Chelsea Market.
The sale is a little tricky to find; its right off of the food court that has Li-Lac chocolates. If you get lost, chances are there is a friendly security guard who will point you in the right direction, as much as New Yorkers hate asking for directions.
The space was a little crowded when I walked in, but where there is a crowd, there’s amazing discounts nearby. Half the store was lined with luxury glass wears Riedel is known for; the set up was so impeccable, I kept my distance in fear of knocking over 100 wine glasses with my backpack. There were a lot of items that I wish I could find use for; decanters, wine flight sets, votives, vases, glass ice buckets, so essentially everything on a pinterest-bride’s dream registry. However, there was also plenty of great deals on more mundane, everyday stuff. Four wine glasses for $20? Yes, please!
The items don’t just stop at the kitchen; the other side of the store is dedicated to the soft, Italian bed linens of Sferra. Packages of every type of sheet were nestled in boxes like vinyl records, any and all sheet sizes available. Down duvet inserts are in the back of the room, with bath mats, towels, washcloths, and more lining the far wall. I decided that maybe it wouldn’t be the best idea to take off my shoes and lounge in a pile of towels as soft as clouds, so I mercifully restrained myself.
Prices for the Sferra were more of a mixed bag; each product is individually priced, often around the $100 mark. The throws are nice, but more decorative than comfy; perhaps a good gift for a friend who doesn’t eat bagel bites on her bed at 3 in the morning.
All in all, I was able to buy two owl-shaped whiskey stones, priced at $3 each, and a package of four of the sleekest wine glasses ever, for $20. If you want to play grownup and treat yourself for some nice household items, I really recommend this sale.
If you’re wondering how the Helmut Lang sample sale went over, this post is for you. I spent the weekend hitting up the Helmut Lang sample sale at Chelsea Market and here are my three takeaways. First, great merchandise. Second, love the layout of Chelsea Market. Finally, the discount was significant but not significant enough for many.
So the merchandise. We’ve been to a number of ‘fake’ sample sales where you show up to find two and a half items hanging limply in the closet. That wasn’t the case here. The showroom at Chelsea Market was filled with all the merchandise you can imagine: men, women, shoes, dresses, pantsuits, jackets, outwer-wear, tops, lingerie… you name it. Everything was sorted by category and size, so finding your ideal size and item wasn’t difficult at all.
Second, we love the layout and feel of Chelsea Market. It’s located on the ground level and feels like any other store. They don’t make you check your bag in at the beginning, although they do check your bag when you exit, and there are dressing rooms at the back. That being said, you get what you paid for. Which brings us to point three.
Prices: although the discount was 60% for most items, the items were still quite pricey, and if you chose two items at random, chances are you would be spending more than $500 on your purchase. The funny thing is that the nicer showrooms (like Chelsea Market) charge the brands to run the sample sales, which makes the ultimate price more expensive. If what you’re after is the best deal, then look out for the sales happening in the offices of the brands (i.e. 25th floor or Suite 1608). These are usually marked super low because the brand just wants to get rid of excess merchandise – the last sale I was at had everything marked at $20, when the retail prices were over $300. It was crazy. Okay, okay, back to Helmut Lang. The signs indicated that if the retail price was between X & Y, price would be Z. So for example, at the jacket section, if a jacket was between $595 and $795 at retail, at the sale it would be $295. There were some adorable furry shoes for $189 down from (!!) $595.
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What: Helmut Lang sample sale
When: Wednesday, June 7 – Sun, Jun 11, 2017
What Time: Wed-Sat, 10:30 AM – 7PM, Sun 10:30 AM-5PM
Where: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, NY, NY