Marissa Webb became famous after leaving J.Crew to found her own collection in 2013. Since then, the brand ran a number of independent sample sales, and we checked out the one happening on Grand St over the weekend. We gave the sale a 4.5 out of 10 because it was a sample only sale (no stock and therefore no variation in sizes), the store was small and a bit chaotic (people were stripping down in broad daylight) and because prices were still hefty (dresses were selling for $175).
That being said, for people who follow the brand, the Marissa Webb sample sale was a joyous occasion, for the items that were selling were quite beautiful and were still 60% lower than the price at retail. For the future, including photos and prices below. Enjoy!
What: Marissa Webb sample sale
Where: 203 Grand St, NY, NY
When: Fri, Apr 27 – Sun, Apr 29
Yesterday was the first time I went to check out the Clever Alice Pop-Up, even though the concept store has been around since 2008. Tammie, the owner, collects items from over 5 indie designers, and sells their items for 70% off retail. Among the racks, I found HEARTLOOM – extremely cute jumpers, tops, skirts and dresses – most of them selling for $20. Porto is a clothing designer that takes material from Italy, produces clothes in San Francisco and then sells them. That collection is targeted towards therapists, architects and interior designers. The loose, clean designs sell for over $200 at retail and around $100 at the Clever Alice Pop-up (most items were $90, $110 or $120). Other brands include Chicago-based Suki+Sollaine, Allison, and 2 innovative leather brands.
This is what we call a discovery sale with amazing items for low prices. If you are in the area of West 25th, definitely check it out.
What: Clever Alice Pop-Up
Where: 126 W 25th St, NY, NY
When: Mar 12 – Mar 18 I Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM I Sun 12PM-5PM
One of the hottest contemporary brands is hosting a sample sale in SoHo. That’s right – at The Arrivals NYC sample sale you will find a variety of coats (some for men, others for women, and others in UniSex) for up to 70% off. The lowest cost item I found cost $75, while the most expensive items were $400 after the discount was applied. If you are a huge fan of the brand and are used to paying full-price then you should definitely check out the sample sale before it ends. As always, images & prices below – enjoy!
What: The Arrivals NYC sample sale
Where: Feb 9th – Feb 18th I Sun-Tue 11AM-7PM I Wed-Sat 11AM-8PM
Where: 42 Crosby St, NY, NY
Lovers of behemian style robe-sweaters, sequined coats and sheep-skin berets will find a heaven at the Nicholas K sample sale. We double checked – Nicholas Kirkwood (the glitzy shoe brand) has nothing to do Nicholas K, a NY based brand of wild clothes and accessories. Aside from the sweaters (with sleeves coming out somewhere from the depth of scrunched material), jackets that could double as bath robes and heavy sequined coats – that all cost north of $300, we found a few things we loved: 1. the cashmere-fur throw – perfect gift and sold for $125, furry slippers for $50 and really petrifying cuffs made out of animal skin ($40).
If that stuff excites you, head over to the sale:
What: Nicholas K sample sale
Where: 260, 150 Greene St, NY, NY
When: Feb 6-11, 2018. Tue-Sat 11AM-7PM I Sun 11AM-4PM
It’s a lucky day in NYC when doors for the Zadig & Voltaire sample sale and The Kooples sample sale open on the same exact day (albeit in different locations). We had our fans hit up both of the sales prior to opening so that we could deliver a full detailed report with photos and prices! Both brands are contemporary and have items for both: men and women.
So for The Kooples:
First things first: great selection – mostly past seasons. Sizes XS-XL. Lots of shoes, tops, outerwear, dresses, suits, and leather jackets. Prices ranges from $40 for tops to $350 for leather jackets. The average price is in the $150 range for a brand that retails with an average price upward of $500.
What: The Kooples sample sale
Where: 150 Greene St, NY, NY
When: Tue, Oct 31 – Sun, Nov 5
For Zadig & Voltaire:
Sizes ranged from XS to L, selection included current season. Some of our users wished for a larger selection. This one had prices ranging from $30 for accessories to $400 for furs. The average price was in the $125-$250 range. At retail, Zadig & Voltaire items easily exceed $500.
What: Zadig & Voltaire sample sale
Where: 260 5th Ave, NY, NY
When: Tue, Oct 31 – Sun, Nov 5
NY Charisma is moving offices from NY to NJ, and is therefore liquidating all of its samples and overstock items at a four-day sale beginning Monday, September 25th. ShopDrop joined forces with the brand to offer early access to ShopDrop users on Friday, 9/22 between 12PM and 5PM. Shop exquisite knits, sweaters, cardigans and wraps at a 90% discount. At retail, NY Charisma items sell for $50-$450, at the sample sale prices will start at $10 and go no higher than $100 per item.
8AM is a tough time to be up and about, but when the goal is checking out a Rent The Runway sample sale, all the pain is worth it. The good news is, there is a ton of dresses and gowns to choose from, in sizes ranging from 0 to 14. Prices for most items are under $100, with a few really expensive items reaching the $250 price-mark. the accessory rack is decked out with flashy rings, necklaces and clutches. The bad news is that the clothing has been worn before, so if you see tape signs on the clothes, there is probably some damage. But hey, that’s why the prices are so low in the first place – right?!
There are a few handbags lining the rack in the back as well. So if you’re feeling the sequins and the party, this sample sale is one you should definitely check out.
Make your dreams come true, your shopping dreams that is, at the Dreams On Air Sample Sale. With the entire front of the store filled with discounted luxury items, you might want to check this sale out! Spacious and tidy with pleasant sales associates, you will be sure to enjoy your shopping experience. Enjoy up to an additional 50% off already marked sample and stock items for up to an overall 80% off.
There are T-Shirts by Millennial as low as $20 and a suede duster trench vest by Sarah Swann for $500. With this price range, everyone will be able to find some items within their budget. Not to mention, there is a wide selection of shoes and accessories. The most disappointing part about the shoe selection is that all shoes are sample size so if you’re a size 36, you’re in luck. Mules, pumps, and flats, they have them all.
Cinderella for the day, Shoe Box Sample Sale, we’re looking for the perfect pair!
By: Nanda Rai
One of the most exciting sales yet! The Shoe Box has collaborated with 260 5th ave, the hub of all sample sales, tempting us to tower stack our closet shelves with even more shoes. As soon as you enter the sale, you’ll see, 1 pair for $80 and 2 pairs for $140. Any shoe, boot, sandal, flat, classic, sneaker, furry slipper, the list really goes on and yes they really mean any pair for this price! The workers are helpful and theres an area in the back to sit and try on, just be aware you’ll have to leave your belongings with security at the front entrance. The sale offers women sizes ranging from 5-11, keep in mind that not all of the sizes have the same options, however there were enough styles/trendy seasonal options to go around. *Oprah’s voice* “You get a pair! You get a pair!” The crowd goes wild*
I must mention SCHUTZ (average retail at $170 per pump) leading the sale and bringing the real heat to a summers end! As soon as I walked in, I routinely snap pictures of any shoe that catches my eye, and after I make another round looking for all my favorite designers. FYI, SCHUTZ had the largest selection available and shined in all the spotlight:
For more of my favorite finds, take a look at all of the shoe candy below: Designers to lookout for: The ShoeBox, of course! Rebecca Minkoff (avg. retail price $130 a pair), Loeffler Randall (avg. retail price $250 and above), Daya by Zendaya, Vince Camuto, and new fresh designers in the mix.
Happy Independence Day! Hope you’re enjoying the warm weather as much as we are!
While it’s true that many sample sale hosts shut their doors for the Summer, there are still a number of awesome sample sales coming up every single week. So if you are the discovery shopper on the lookout for rising quality brands at affordable price points, stick with us, and we’ll make sure you are the best dressed person around. Below is a list of the best upcoming sample sales this week. As always, we love your input so keep your feedback coming! firstname.lastname@example.org
The based-in-England made-in-Spain shoe brand Miista is holding a three day sample sale in the heart of the Lower East Side at the end of this week. If you are into chunky heels and cutting edge styles, this one’s hot. The prices will drop from an average of $250 to $30, and on top of that you could earn cash back if you email us your receipt. Details here.
When: July 7-July 9
Where: 83A Hester St, NY, NY
2. AMPERSAND AS APOSTROPHE sample sale
The coolest leather totes are on sale! That’s right, the leather totes which usually retail in the $600-$700 range will be selling for a few days for under $70. The sale is in a showroom in the fashion district, and it’s cash only.
When: July 6-7 10:30AM-5:30PM
Where: 209 West 38th Street, Suite 503, NY, NY
3. INBAL DROR blowout bridal sale
The Tahor group is hosting its final blowout sale of all the Inbal Dror gowns remaining in its collection. What that means in practice is that all the gowns that retail between $8,000 and $10,000 will be selling for only $4,500. If you have a wedding coming up and need something sexy to slip into, make sure you don’t miss this one. This sale is appointment only, so email me at email@example.com for an appointment.
When: July 5-7
Where: 110 East 40th St, NY, NY
Shop 85% off VELVET by GRAHAM & SPENCER sample sale, which is hosted by 260 sample sale. This is for men and women. Prices for T-shirts are typically around $119, so the sample sale will offer amazing quality at even better prices.
When: July 5-July 9 I 10AM-7PM
Where: 260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Ave (28th St)
KAS, the India-inspired NY brand is on sale. Everything is at least 50% off at this sample sale that is almost over. Make sure to hit up the ATM because the sale is cash-only. Thanks to our users for giving us the heads up.
When: Up to July 7th I 10AM-6PM
Where: 231 W 39th St, Suite 1002, NY, NY
SNEAK PEAK FOR NEXT WEEK
Like this dress? We do too! Tracy Reese, the designer is having a sample sale next week – and as a special perk for you guys, doors are opening one day early for ShopDropppers. To come early, all you have to do is download the ShopDrop app. It’s that easy! Details here – can’t wait to see you on July 10th!