The APL sample sale started today, but all of the most generic sizes are already sold out. Unless you wear a 5-5.5 or 9.5-11 it is very unlikely that you’ll find anything. I only saw one size 7, and it was the ugliest sneaker I’ve ever seen. The staff members told me that they’re not restocking either, which is a total bummer.
All of the sneakers are $75, unless you’re buying a cashmere pair; those will cost you $95. There are a ton of options as far as colors go, but if you’re looking for neutrals and dark colors they’re few and far in between. But most importantly, I’m disappointed in the discounts. A sample sale price of $75 for a $140 pair of sneakers is just not good enough. I’m not surprised though given that 260 is hosting the sale. Overall I rated the sale a 5/10, and I’m sure you can understand why.
I checked out the Funky Soul sample sale today and everything was so cheap! Although there was not a huge selection, the prices were too good to pass up! Furthermore, the staff members could not have been more helpful.
At this sale, the majority of the merchandise was made up of jeans. There were lots of different styles, but most of the sizes were on the smaller end of the spectrum. Some of the tops were really cute and there were even a few denim jackets, but the best part of this sale was the kind staff. Normally when I review a sale, I can feel the employees stalking me while I take pictures of the merchandise. But these girls were more than happy to set up clothing for photos, and when I wanted to try something on they were beyond helpful with their recommendations!
Overall I rated this sale a 7/10. The prices were great and the employees could not possibly have been nicer. These two things completely distracted me from the fact that the selection was a bit underwhelming.
We had the chance to check out the Gracy Accad Sample Sale on 302 East 32nd Street. The sale features amazing dresses for all your party and wedding needs. Gracy Accad makes stunning one of kind dresses, separates and evening wear. So don’t fret because no one will be wearing what you have. The merchandise is heavily discounted from its original price, ranging from 75% off to nearly 90% off. They have everything from black jumpsuits to stunning brocaded pink dresses and appliqué. wedding gowns. If you have any approaching weddings or celebrations that needs a piece that make people say WOW, you should stop by!
We rate the Gracy Accad Sample Sale a 9 out of 10. The have a great selection of evening wear at a heavily discounted price.
What: Gracy Accad Sample Sale
When: June 5, 2019 – June 6,2019
Where: 302 East 32nd Street, NY, NY
The selection of merchandise at the John Varvatos sample sale is small but the discounts are big! Unless you can’t handle the heat, I think it might be a good sale to hit up; but be warned, it is blistering hot in the showroom.
At this sample sale, the selection is limited but still impressive. If you wear a size medium on top, you’ll hit the jackpot; there are lots of options here for you. But if you’re any other size you might strike out. At the sale, there are a lot of stylish jackets (in a variety of styles ranging from blazers to leather) and the graphic tees are really cool and soft (comfort is key). The sweaters look extremely comfy too; if you’re able to buy something knowing you can’t wear it for an entire season, I admire your strength. There is a decent selection of shoes but they only have sizes 10 or 11. If you’re in need of work shoes but you don’t like the typical designer styles you might be able to find something you like here. **Calling all stylish commuters:** there is also a wall of backpacks which are all 80% off! Most importantly though, all of the discounts here are steep, which we love to see! It’s not every day that you see good sample sale pricing!
Overall I’m giving this sale a 7/10. I wish they had more merchandise and a wider variety of sizes, but the pricing is undeniably good. So if you have the time to check out this sale and you are in dire need of contemporary men’s clothing I’d say it is worth going to. But if you faint in there, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Good luck, shoppers!
What: John Varvatos Sample Sale
When: Tue. May 28th – Thurs. May 30th, 2019
Where: 26 West 17th St., 8th Floor, Manhattan, NY
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
What: Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale
When: Wed. May 22, 2019
Where: Warwick Hotel – 65 W 54th St. New York, NY
Tried to make a three-word alliteration up there, but probably not as successful. What was actually successful was the Diesel sample sale hosted by 260 Sample Sale. Diesel, famous for their denim, brought items for men and women for you to shop. We noticed all merchandise was organized by color, which not only makes it appealing to the eye (#Aesthetic) but also easy to shop. Diesel has more of an edgy vibe. However, you can still shop for dresses, just expect more of a rocker look over romantic.
We rated the Diesel sample sale an 8 out of 10. Discounts were huge and there was an array of merchandise. You can also find lots of leather goods perfect for this transitional season. Accessories were also largely represented at the Diesel sample sale. Shoes, not so much. We were expecting a bit more. Get out there and grab that leather jacket and pair it with the perfect jeans at the Diesel sample sale. Happy shopping!
What: Diesel Sample Sale
When: Tue. Mar. 26 – Sun. Mar. 31, 2019
Where: 260 5th Ave. New York, NY
The Proenza Schouler sample sale had me after one thing: bags, and it did not disappoint. The bags were all absolutely amazing and had me yearning for more money so I could purchase them all. Each of these bags were unique and definitely a statement piece that belongs in anyones’ closets. I would recommend this sale if you are in need of some statement pieces and accessories to mix in to your current wardrobe.
Though I was excited about the 50%-60% discounts, it came to my attention that in previous years, they’ve discounted their bags a whopping 70% off retail. As amazing as the bags are, I found them to be a bit pricey for a sample sale. In addition to the gorgeous bags, they also had a good variety of shoes that were 70% off retail. While many of the shoes were beautiful, there were also many labeled ‘damaged’ so watch out for that. They were also very limited on shoe sizes, most of them being a 37 (US size 6) which is very restrictive. The clothing selection was also really good as they had some really fun pieces as well as some more edgy ones but I found the prices to be a bit steep.
Overall, I would give this sale a 7/10, I loved the variety of product that was available, however I found prices to be a bit expensive and the discounts to be a let down from previous years.
What: Proenza Schouler Sample Sale
Where: 151 Wooster Street NY,NY
When: Wed Mar. 27, 2019-Sun Mar.31, 2019
Opening Ceremony is having a “secret” sale, which is basically a sample sale. Why is it such a big secret? Well, for starters everything was under $100. That is amazing for a very popular street fashion brand. Accessories started at $15 and coats went up to $95. They had the cutest faux fur coats for $95 that are very in this season and will keep you super warm!
We rated the Opening Ceremony sample sale a 7 out of 10. Prices were excellent, but there wasn’t any merchandise there to die for. There were also only two pairs of shoes on display. However, the room was a decent size filled with about 12 racks of clothing. Right now the sale is scheduled to be open two days, but we predict they will extend. We are recommending that you check out the Opening Ceremony sample sale. There are no “wow pieces,” but you can definitely stock up on the cheap. Happy shopping!
What: Opening Ceremony Sample Sale
When: Sat. Feb. 9 – Sun. Feb. 10, 2019
Where: 35 Howard St. New York, NY
It’s been a while since I’ve felt this positive about a sample sale. The French Connection sample sale is conveniently located in Midtown. When I walked in the coat check guys were the most attentive and sweet. After chatting them up, I walked to the back and entered the sale. Men’s was first as you walked in. There was a mid-sized section of coats, tops, bottoms, and even $5 ties! If you have to wear ties for work, you can’t beat that! The next, larger room contained women’s. It was the same deal: tops, bottoms, coats, and dresses. There were so many beautiful pieces, but dresses and skirts really caught my eye. Shoes filled the third and final room.
We rated the French Connection Sample sale a 9 out of 10. Yes, it was that good. The clothing was super cute, and the prices were unbeatable! You can use this sale to fill up your closet or mark everyone off your Christmas list. The staff was very sweet and accommodating. Check out the French Connection sample sale. You won’t regret it! Happy shopping!
What: French Connection Sample Sale
When: Mon. Dec. 17 – Wed. Dec. 19, 2019
Where: 512 Seventh Avenue, 25th Floor, Manhattan, NY
The Altuzarra sample sale was held on the 14th floor of the Woolworth building down by City Hall. If you’re an NYC architecture nerd like me, you will really appreciate the beautiful interior as you pass through the lobby. Other than that the Altuzarra sample sale was uneventful. The sale felt more like a regular retail boutique rather than a sample sale. The clothing was very pretty as that brand always delivers nice designs. This sale is perfect if you are going for that urban chic look.
We rated the Altuzarra sample sale a 7 out of 10. Pricing was really confusing, and still quite high. There were only a few racks of clothing and a long table with knits and accessories. The best part of the sale was the shoes. They had a large variety of numerous sizes. If you’re a huge fan of the brand, then check it out. (or if you just want an excuse to go inside the Woolworth building) Happy shopping!
What: Altuzarra Sample Sale
When: Thur. Dec. 13 – Fri. Dec. 14, 2018
Where: 233 Broadway 14th Fl, NY, NY