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Great finds at the Canali sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Canali sale was quite overwhelming, but possible to find a lot! The sale’s racks were organized by clothing type; there were racks of suits, sport coats, pants, shorts, coats, etc. On the side of the room, were the accessories: ties, swim, and SHOES. In the middle of the room, there were bins and bins of collard shirts and other shirts. Everything was folded very nicely and was quite easy to find the size you wanted. All of the shirts came in multiple colors as well. I noticed lots of blues, pinks, blacks, and grays.

Merchandise/ pricing: The prices were great at this sale. Sport coats were 70% off, suits 60% off, dress shirts 60% off, sweaters 70% off, and ties $65 if original price was $180, and if over $180- take 60% off. As far as quantity goes, there were TONS of shoes. There were both fancy and casual options, each 60% off. There were many light and dark brown colored shoes, but also funky colors- such as green. There were also tons of suits, ranging from tons of sizes. There were tons of ties as well, in a lot of different colors. The prices and deals were great at this sale, defiantly worthwhile to come if you are due for a new suit!

Rate: 7/10 Great deals, nice space, unlimited options.

What: Canali sample sale

When: Sun Feb 9th – Wed Feb 12th

Where: 317 W. 33rd St, NY NY

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The Anthom Sale was Plain 👎

Anthom is offering discounts of up to 80%, but unless if overpriced and underwhelming sales are your thing—skip this one. While the discounts originally seemed promising, a lot of the items are well over $150+. There are, however, a few good deals. This sale features clothes from Anthom, along with other brands that include dim sum, Yune Ho, and H of S. 

All types of women’s clothing is being sold, along with accessories such as headbands, jewelry, and shoes. Everything is displayed neatly on hangers and separated by brand. The space is very minimalist chic and everyone working the sale is helpful. 

The sizing definitely stays on the smaller size. Some of the items aren’t even sized at all (um, what?). 

Ladies, please spare yourself the trip to this one. High priced items + bad sizing= one bad sale. I give this a 3/10 for the exactly 3 items I found reasonably priced. 

What: Anthom sample sale                                                                                                                                            Where: 25 Mercer Street                                                                                                                                               When: January 16–January 26, 2020 

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YAY For YIGAL AZROUEL

By: Eve Orbach

According to Wikipedia (yes folks— we are THAT studious) “The Yigal Azrouel woman is effortlessly cool and confident…Yigal prides himself in the craftsmanship; he finely sources original fabrics, furs, and embellishments from all over the world to create the finest products for his customers.” At discounts of up to 90% off on gorgeous pieces! (including ones from the runway!) this sale is not one to miss. There are stunning feminine dresses, edgy leather jackets, and everything in between. Also included is a strong accessories section featuring many styles of belts, shoes, scarves, and bags.

The gowns are definitely the highlight of the sale; the patterns and designs are so intricate. Other highlights are their beautifully made winter coats and stylish heels.

There is a great range of sizes in all categories so extra points for that! Most sample sales are very lacking in this category, so hats off to the good people at Yigal Azrouel.

All items are hung up neatly on hangers and divided by attire and item type (standard, leather, runway, etc.) The staff was very helpful and helped some of my fellow shoppers find some real hidden gems.

Cash and credit card accepted. All sales are final.

What: Yigal Azrouel Sale.                                                                                                                                         When: January 13-16, 2020.                                                                                                                                       Where: 500 7th Avenue, 9th Floor (at the wework 37th entrance).

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The (Not So) Clever Alice Sale

By: Eve Orbach

When one of the first things you hear upon entering a sale is “the golden rule is to NOT trust the sizing”, you know you’re not off to a great start. The Clever Alice pop up features multiple brands such as Stellah, PORTO, Vivienne Hu, Inizio, Raw Earth Wild Sky, and more at discounts of up to 80%. Featured items include sweaters, skirts, tops, dresses, jackets, and bags. The prices really varied by item and brand, but as a whole I would say the deals were simply 😐. 

The sale is organized by brand and clothing item. Every piece is hung up neatly on hangers. The staff is super helpful to the point where I literally didn’t have to carry any item for more than .2 seconds, when it would then kindly be whisked away to the fitting room. The fitting room does not have a mirror inside, so every time I tried something on I had to go out and do a little fashion show in front of every person in the store. (There were definitely a few not too approving looks given to me by some of the other customers, lol. To each their own, guys!)

There honestly is nothing too notable about this one. If you’re in the area it may be worth popping by because they have some good pieces. Overall though the issues with the sizing were pretty frustrating and the deals were by and large underwhelming. Hopefully once the sample sale season kicks back up again there will be bigger and better ones to come!

What: Clever Alice sample sale.                                                                                                                                   When: January 7–January 16, 2020                                                                                                                       Where: 126 West 25th Street 

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BS Stands for Belgian Shoes

By: Eve Orbach

To put it lightly, the Belgian Shoes sale was overpriced and a waste of time. After an already disappointing discount of just 50%, you think the good people of Belgian Shoes would try a little harder to make their sale worth attending. But alas, I waited on line for almost an hour… that’s right folks… almost an hour. I do not understand what type of person could rationalize the decision to wait that amount of time for LOAFERS that were $200+, but the world is really filled with some interesting people.

Belgian Shoes is the type of company that sells “crests” on their website. As astutely pointed out by one of our loyal followers, the majority of people attending the sale “looked like attorneys”. The type of customer there is the person who loves to complain about how busy their work life is, and then continue to suffer an ungodly waiting period to buy shoes…for work. Seriously, everyone around me was wearing loafers. If everyone on line protested and just made their own sale of the shoes they were already wearing they would have had many better styles, price points, and a bigger stock. Inside there really wasn’t that many options to chose from, and the space was off putting and honestly smelled like an old age home.

This whole experience was pretty bizarre. I decided to give this sale a 1/10 because I knew that I was going to say some pretty harsh things in this review and giving them that extra 1 point made me feel better. Please, do yourself a favor and skip this one! Legit— still reeling from the whole experience. I feel like I was punked. 

What: Belgian Shoes “sale”                                                                                                                                           Where: 110 East 55th Street                                                                                                                                   When: January 6–10, 202

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The Christian Louboutin Sale was Cute but Costly

By: Eve Orbach

This invite-only Louboutin sale had really beautiful items but prices were still high. Most of the shoes fell along the $300-$400 range. The shoes came in all different styles (booties, HEELS 😍😍😍, flats, etc.) and sizes. Bag straps and perfumes were also available for sale. 

At around a 40% discount, the prices were definitely at a significant markdown. If you were in the market for a pair of Louboutins the sale just might be worth to go, but you can honestly find similar priced ones on websites like Poshmark and The RealReal.

The merchandise was organized by size. All of the shoes were still in their boxes and the boxes were stacked from floor to ceiling. Most of the boxes had pictures of the shoes on them, so it wasn’t too hard to navigate. The staff was helpful. All of the shoppers were running around so frantically that observing them was a notable highlight of being there.

The sale was invite only. Even with an invitation, there was still a line.

I give this sale a 6/10 for having such amazing stuff. However, even with the 100% drool-worthy shoes, I wouldn’t recommend trying to weasel your way in without an invitation. You’re better off finding similar deals online instead.

 

What: Christian Louboutin sale                                                                                                                                 Where: 342 West 37th Street, Manhattan                                                                                                     When: December 11-13th, 2019

 

(There were no pictures allowed, so I only managed to sneak a few.)

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Generation Love sample sale is a hit!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: Generation Love’s setup was extremely organized, and all of the racks were categorized by item. Plenty of jackets, coats, dresses, shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. The space was large, so it was easy to shop in and find everything that you are looking for. There was a children’s section in the front, and there were a lot of options to choose from. Unsweetened New York was set up in the back of the room, and the pricing was awesome. Very sweet and helpful staff as well.

Merchandise/ pricing: Here’s the breakdown of the sample sale pricing:

Generation Love Prices -pants $90, sweats $50, puffer jackets $125, leather jackets $295, denim jacket $100, shorts $75, denim skirts $70, silk skirts $90, sweaters $100, blouses $75, blazers $120, Leather sleeve blazer 140, tops 75, camis 50, t-shirt dress $60 and Unsweetened tanks $45 and t-shirts $50.

Extra kudos for variety in sizing. There were many gorgeous coats, both fancy and casual, jeans and pants in all different colors. There were also a ton of soft sweatpants and sweatshirts with fun tie die designs. All of the pieces were great quality and looked brand new. It looked as if there was a lot of merchandise in stock – I didn’t have to worry about the stock running out!

Rate: 9.5/10 GREAT pieces, both fancy and casual. Lots of gorgeous clothing for your night out on New Years, and also sweats to wear when you get home after!

What: Generation Love and Unsweetened New York sample sale

When: Tues, Dec. 10 – Wed, Dec. 11, 2019

Where: 210 11th Avenue, #401, Manhattan, NY

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The Bally Sample Sale was Underwhelming

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Bally Sample Sale was quite disappointing. When I walked into the room I was shocked, not by the merchandise or the prices, but by how COLD it was in that showroom!!! It was absolutely freezing, and they still took everybody’s coats. Every single employee was bundled up in a winter coat, and some were even wearing beanies, but the shoppers were left to freeze.

At this sale, there were hardly any bags or clothes, but a lot of shoes. And thanks to 260, the prices were still a bit high (mainly for the leather goods). Leather outerwear was $800, leather bottoms were $500, and leather shirts were $600. The non-leather goods ranged from $35-$250, and shoes ranged from $75-$200. At this sale, there was a beautiful men’s trench coat that I wanted to purchase for my brother in law. On the tag, the retail price ($1,695) was crossed out and marked down to $137! I was very impressed and ready to buy! But when I brought the coat up to the register the employee informed me that the jacket was actually $250. He explained that the price written on the tag was applied wherever the coat had come from before it was brought to $260. So that means that they actually RAISED the price from the previous sale that the coat was at!!!!! Ridiculous and embarrassing! I advised the employees to white those numbers out because 1. it is very misleading, and 2. just plain ol’ pathetic. Get your s*it together 260!!!!! Overall I rated this sale a 6/10. I’d say sit this one out, especially if you’re hoping to get a cool purse!

What: Bally Sample Sale
When: Tue Dec 3rd – Sun Dec 8th, 2019
Where: 2151 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

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Didn’t LOVE the Loveshackfancy Sample Sale

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: Way before opening the Loveshackfancy sample sale, there was a line out the door. Customers were ready to shop! Loveshackfancy’s racks were perfectly organized by all of the different categories: long dresses, short dresses, sweaters, long skirts, short skirts, etc. The room looked pretty organized before everyone came in, but once they start shopping, I am thinking otherwise. The shopping space also was not big, and didn’t look like it could fit so many people inside. Loveshackfancy used to have their sample sale on the 5th floor of their building, but this year they for some reason couldn’t.

Pricing and merchandise: Loveshackfancy had a lot of good merchandise, but by the looks of all of the customers flowing in, there soon may not be anything left! They had some very beautiful dresses and long skirts. They had a small rack of short skirts and only had 4-5 different types. The pricing was still a little high: long skirts are now $159, short dresses $139, blouses $89, short skirts $99, long skirts $129, sweaters $149, and the love dress $49. Now onto the kids: there was only one small rack that had a few pieces of kids clothing on it. The rack was also on the back room of the floor and was hard to find. There were also no accessories.

Rating: 6/10.

What: Loveshackfancy Sample Sale
When: Tue Nov 19th – Thu Nov 21st, 2019
Where: 525 West 26th, 2nd Floor, Manhattan, NY

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The Veronica Beard Sample Sale is a Total Sh*t Show

By: Jacqueline Munro

After waiting on line for almost two hours outside of the Veronica Beard sample sale today, and then throwing elbows inside for another hour, I am exhausted. I’m gonna save you some reading here and start off with this: WAIT FOR MARKDOWNS.

At this sale, there are tons of gorgeous blazers, suits, skirts, sweaters, dresses, shoes, and accessories. There were some really cute sets as well, but where am I going to wear a matching skirt/blazer set? My mom got two suits and a blazer, but she’s a sucker for Veronica Beard so she wasn’t bothered by the fact that the production pieces were only 70% off retail. In my opinion, that’s just too pricey for this brand. If prices were 80%-90% off, then we’d be talking. But no, and on top of that, the people in this sale were absolutely maddening. They were so rude and aggressive. I’ve never seen people go so crazy over 70% off in my entire life. Sample prices ran from $20-$250 which is what I would have hoped for the production pieces.

Overall, I rated this sale a 5/10. If prices were better and the place wasn’t such a circus I would’ve given it a higher rating. But honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything better from 260. So, ladies, I cannot stress this enough, control yourselves and WAIT. FOR. MARKDOWNS.

What: Veronica Beard Sample Sale
When: Mon., Nov. 19th – Sat., Nov. 23rd, 2019
Where: 260 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY

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