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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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Fashion Paul Andrew Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

Paul Andrew Sample Sale: Broken Hearts if You’re Not a 37

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By: Cristina Martin

The Paul Andrew Sample sale is a match made heaven if you wear a size 37 in shoes. Compared to the other sizes *cough* 38 *cough,* 37 had an entire section devoted to the size. There really wasn’t much of a difference from the last sale. Men felt a bit disappointed with this sale. There were quite a few in line to be the first to grab a pair of Paul Andrew shoes. However, last sale had a better selection.

We rated the Paul Andrew sample sale a 6 out of 10. We would have totally given them a 9 out of 10 easily if they would just add more sizes. This is Paul Andrew’s MO to only have 37s because they put out true samples and very, very little overstock. Some shoes in other sizes were used and in crappy conditions. Those would cost you $50. If you are a size 37 stop by the Paul Andrew and stock up on stilettos for your hot V-day plans. Happy shopping!

What: Paul Andrew Sample Sale
When: Thur. Feb. 14 – Fri. Feb. 15, 2019
Where: 41 W 58th Suite 2A New York, NY

 

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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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Butter Shoes Fashion Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

We Have Mixed Feelings from the Butter Shoes Sample Sale

Butter Shoes Sample Sale

By: Cristina Martin 
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The Butter shoe sample sale was… okay, I guess. There was debate on how current merchandise was and on pricing. Their samples were from the current season and regular stock was taken from last year. Most of the items in the store were samples and a U.S. women’s size 7. We had the pleasure of meeting a loyal ShopDrop shopper. She told us that prices really could have been lower. She also noticed seeing the same merchandise for 3 years now.  So when are the samples and sock from again?

We rated the the Butter shoe sample sale a 5 out of 10. Like we said, mixed feelings. In addition to the mystery merch., we were a bit sketched out on pricing. So we tried on a pair of booties, and the sales associate told us it was $50.  At check out the shoes were all of the sudden $75. Um what… How do your workers not know pricing. The check out girl wouldn’t even budge on pricing. We won’t be going back, but you can decide for yourself. Happy shopping!

PSA: We loved running into a ShopDrop user! If you see us, please come and say hi. We would love to meet you.

What: Butter Shoes Sample Sale
When: Wed. Sept. 5 – Fri. Sept. 7, 2018
Where: 130 West 57th Street, Suite 1E, New York, NY

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The Margaux Sample Sale is Flats Paradise

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By: Cristina Martin

Flats are probably my favorite type of casual shoe. Flats are perfect when you can’t do heels but you still need something nice. Visit the Margaux sample sale to find your perfect pair of flats to run around NYC. There definitely wasn’t a shortage in styles or colors. They had a great selection of suede shoes, perfect when gearing up for fall next month. Don’t you worry, heel fanatics, the Margaux sample sale has heels at flats paradise.

The prices were pretty great! All flats were below $100, and heels went for $145. We recommend you check out the Margaux sample sale. They have times you can wear now and next season. All you’ll need to take with you is a drink with an umbrella to flats paradise. Happy shopping!

What: Margaux Sample Sale
When: Wed. Aug. 1 – Fri. Aug. 3, 2018
Where: 37 W 20th st. Suite 1206 New York , NY

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Fashion Manolo Blahnik Review Sample Sale Sample Sale Review ShopDrop

Wait, Don’t Run to the Manolo Blahnik Sale

Manolo Blahnik Sale

By: Cristina Martin 

Who doesn’t love Manolos this time of year? The Manolo Blahnik sale has a significant amount of shoes discounted. However, prices are only 40% off at the moment. Our sources say Manolo Blahnik will be upping the discount to 60% off soon. We will keep you updated.

As mentioned before, the Manolo Blahnik sale has a great selection of shoes. Currently, there are still many sizes available. However, the longer you wait the less sizes they have. You have to pick your poison. Would you rather pay more and get the style you love, or pay less and have to choose from what’s left. Either way, you are getting a pretty good discount on shoes that normally begin at $500. The sale is held at their cozy retail store on the west side. The staff is very attentive and will help you find the perfect pair. Happy Shopping!

UPDATE 8/6/18
We are about a month into the extended Manolo sale. We are dissapointed to report only some shoes are marked down to 80%. Most shoes are now marked down 60%. Right now it’s mostly limited to summer shoes – sandals and open-toed heels. However there are sill a ton of sizes left! Updated pictures are included below. 

What: Manolo Blahnik Sale
When: Thur. July 5 – Fri. August 8, 2018
Where: 31 W 54th St. New York, NY  

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HEEL Your Shoe Collection at the Paul Andrew Sample Sale

For expensive shoe-lovers, the Paul Andrew sample sale is an absolute haven. The Paul Andrew shoes retail at an average of $650, so you can imagine how thrilled we were to discover that at the sample sale no shoe was over $250. All the shoes were segmented by size & gender (sizes 39 & 37 had the largest collection), and prices were either $50, $100, $150, $200 and $250 with the price being marked by the color of the sticker on the shoe. There were three pairs I really wanted to get but given my ‘spend no more than $50 rule’ I walked out with one beautiful pair of neutral stilettos. All men’s shoes were $100 or 3 pairs for $250.

We give this one a 9 out of 10 – outstanding showroom with great lighting, great collection and variety, staff is extremely nice and helpful. Definitely worth checking out. Photos and prices below.

What: Paul Andrew sample sale
When: March 15 – March 16
Where: 41 West 58th St, Suite 2A, NY, NY

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Fashion Sample Sale

Upcoming Sample Sale: SJP

SJP Sample Sale

Guest post by Francine Szerer

Please note: due to the snowstorm, the SJP sample sale has been postponed until March 29th. 

I may have been too young to even watch- shhh don’t tell my mother, but growing up all I ever wanted to be was Carrie Bradshaw. And who didn’t? Her effortlessly chic, girly, elegant but eccentric style completely changed the game of fashion. From her famous tutu to her newsworthy Dior Newsprint dress, through her role as Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker defined the true meaning of fashion- originality!

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SJP Sample Sale
SJP Sample Sale

As a fashion icon, Sarah Jessica Parker is full of endless surprises. The latest: a shoe line. But not just any shoe line. Launched in February of 2014, by Sarah Jessica Parker and George Malkemus III, these new kicks were designed to redefine color as neutrals, inspiring women all over to add a little color, spark and skip to their steps.

Every shoe in SJP’s collection is handcrafted in Italy by the genius hands of a third generation Tuscan shoemaker for maximum luxury and quality.

Reimagined after some of the most classic Christian Louboutin silhouettes, SJP exemplifies the beloved style with an exciting burst of color and unexpected adornments. As another source of inspiration, Sarah Jessica Parker looks to the late seventies for it “was a great time for women’s  shoes.”

Sarah Jessica Parker manages to pull inspiration from the finest sources while still staying true to herself and her style. To make these shoes truly her own each shoe features a strip of grosgrain, a type of fabric that is characterized by its ribbed appearance. In some shoes, it is used in hiding a seam up the back and in others, placed in an unexpected spot. Originally used in one color only- the palest and prettiest shade of salmon pink, and now in a few other shades, this really sets the SJP collection apart from the rest.

In Sarah Jessica Parkers own words this “collection is comprised of classic, timeless silhouettes meant to fit into a woman’s life for many years to come”.

Can’t wait to see what SJP has come up with this time! See you all there!

What: SJP Sample Sale
When: March 29th, 10-6
Where: Warwick Hotel, NY, 65 West 54th St, New York, NY

 

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