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A Theory Regarding the Theory Sale—It’s Meh

This Theory sale was so average that it’s hard for me to find a word to describe it. When I heard that Theory was offering items up to 70% off I was intrigued, but when I got to the sale I thought the prices were too high and the items too boring for me to justify it. Items available at the sale were shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets (both men’s and women’s), scarves, and hats (and a few pairs of shoes).

Although this sale was kind of underwhelming, I will give props to how well-organized it was. With a wide variety of styles and sizes, everything was hung up neatly on hangers. Men’s on one side, women’s on the other. (260, take note) One thing that I really liked about the room (OCD, much?) was that items and racks were separated by category and price (ie women’s sweaters for $109, men’s outerwear for $299)— this made everything easy to navigate.

The pieces were mostly solid colors and veered on the side of dressy(ish)— in short, if you’re going on an interview, hit this up. 

While the prices were notably discounted, for a sample sale they weren’t that great. 

I give this sale a 6/10. The pieces were nice but pretty expensive. This sale would definitely appeal to someone who is a big Theory fan. If you don’t have any particular fondness for the brand, though, it’s just slightly above “okay”. 

 

What: Theory sample sale                                                                                                                                         When: December 4th— December 8th, 2019                                                                                                       Where: 75 9th Ave, Manhattan, NY (inside of Chelsea Market)

 

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The AV Max Sale Lived Up to Max-imum Expectations

By: Eve Orbach

This AV Max sale was great!! There was a large selection and variety of jewelry at low prices. Prices ranged from $5-$25, while full-priced items on the website go for about $20—$70. Featured were rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in both gold and silver finishes. Because of the price point, the jewelry is made with mixed metals instead of 100% gold or silver. The pieces ranged from super minimalist everyday styles to more funky fashion jewelry. 

The sale was very easy to shop in. Most tables were organized by price and item (ie rings for $5, hoops for $5, etc). The sale venue was small but cozy, and it’s the same place where they keep their materials. This turned out to be a cool feature because they had people crafting the jewelry while we were shopping. The staff working the sale were really friendly and kind. There was Christmas music playing, everyone was chatting with each other and to top it all off there were free mimosas offered!

I give this sale a 10/10. If you’re looking for fun fashion jewelry at low prices then this is the sale for you. Also, because we’re in the holiday season, it’s worth mentioning that you will definitely get some people checked off of your gift list! 

PSA: this jewelry would make adorable stocking stuffers. 

 

What: AV Max jewelry sale

When: December 4— December 10, 2019

Where: 144 W. 37th Street, 3rd Floor, 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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Obsessed with the Leah Israel Sample Sale

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Leah Israel sample sale is PERFECT for women in need modest clothing or gowns. The sale is taking place in a showroom at 265 West 37th (12th floor), and we have great news: the seller is totally willing to negotiate pricing. There are tons of gorgeous clothing options for women of all sizes. Sizes start at 0 and range all the way up to 18! But with that said, there aren’t too many pieces available. So if you’re in desperate need of modest clothing, definitely sign up to become a ShopDrop VIP. This will grant you early access to the sale to ensure that you get what you’re looking for before stock runs out!

Prices are 50% off retail. Tops range from $70-$125, dresses from $120-$200, and gowns are from $350-$450. But like I said before, the owner will be changing prices as she goes, so you can definitely expect markdowns.

Overall I rated this sale a 8/10. If you’re in need of high quality, modest clothing for the holiday season, or for any other occasion, this is the place for you!

What: Leah Israel Sample Sale
When: Thurs. Dec. 5th – Mon. Dec. 9th, 2019
Where: 265 W 37th, 12th floor (Suite A),  Manhattan, NY

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GREAT DEALS at the Halston sample sale!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Halston sample sale was very organized and spacious! Right when you enter, there were two racks filled with winter coats. The coats were very nice and gorgeous, and looked like they were all in excellent shape. All of the coats were organized very well. There were also a lot of racks of long dresses, short dresses, and pants. Everything was categorized by item, which made it easy to shop. There were 3-4 sections for short dresses; the dresses were both fancy and casual. Most of the dresses looked like they were in great shape, but others- not so much. There were also only two pairs of white shorts left. The accessories were in the back corner; there were a lot of cute winter hats, scarves, and ear muffs. Each item had multiple color options too.

Merchandise/ pricing: The Halston sample sale had excellent deals and prices. The coats were priced according to their style. There was a list on top of the coat rack which made it easy to find the item’s price. The coat prices were originally around $600-$2,000, and now ranged from $180-$360. All of the merchendise had amazing prices: tops now $20, bottoms $20, short dresses $30, rompers $30, long dresses $40, jumpsuits $40, blazers $50, outerwear $75. There were a ton of merchandise and sizes. There were gorgeous fancy dresses that were originally $445 and now were $30! There were also chic pants that were originally $345 and were now $20- WHAT A STEAL! Now onto accessories: all of the styles with real fur were now $20, and the rest were now $15. There were a lot of warm winter hats and all different kinds of colored earmuffs.

Rate: 8/10 The Halston sample sale had AMAZING deals and a lot of cute items. However, not ALL of the merchandise looked like it was in the best shape. This sample sale had excellent quality winter coats that had stunning prints and details. There were cute short dresses and great winter accessories. This sample sale is worth it to go to!

What: Halston sample sale
When: Mon, Dec. 2- Wed, Dec. 4, 2019
Where: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor, Manhattan, NY

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All Things Beautiful at the Escada Sample Sale!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Escada sample sale was EXTREMELY organized and easy to shop at. The room had different sections that were categorized by size. Once you walked to your section, the racks were then separated by item: pants, skirts, sweaters, and dresses. Each size had a lot of gorgeous pieces and options. There were a lot of chic and funky prints. There were gorgeous dresses for personal events or business events. The merchandise was in excellent shape and looked brand new. There were lots of colors throughout the entire showroom, which really brightened everything up on this snowy day! In the back of the room, there were 2 racks that had gowns. The gowns were stunning and definitely a hit! The entire room was very quiet, and there was only a handful of customers shopping. The staff was also very kind and helpful in assisting customers to find more sizes and styles.

Merchandise/ pricing: All of the clothing was 80% off the original retail prices, and the ENTIRE store was an additional 10% off at checkout. The pants were originally around $600, jackets originally $1,300, dresses originally $1,400, and skirts originally $400; now all of those items are 80% off! Now onto accessories: shoes were $100, and boots/ booties were $150. There were A TON of gorgeous shoes, that ranged from casual sneakers to fancy heels. There were a few colorful options for bags, and each was individually marked. There were 5 boxes of beautiful scarves as well, and each was 60% off the original retail price. Lastly, there were a handful of belts that were individually marked; the sizes ranged from sizes 70-105. There were only brown and orange-colored belts left.

Rate: 9/10 The Escada sample sale had beautiful merchandise in all sizes. The space was large and spacious, which made it enjoyable to shop in. There was a lot of merchandise and great options. There were a ton of shoes and accessories as well. It is worthwhile to go!

When: Sat, Nov. 30- Fri, Dec. 6, 2019
What: Escada Sample Sale
Where: 317 West 33rd Street, Manhattan, NY

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Stila, Tocca, & Dr. Jart: a Women’s Beauty Heaven!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: The Stila, Tocca, and Dr. Jart sample sale was a truly pleasant shopping experience! From the extremely organized table displays to the plethora of different kinds of colors, this sample sale hit the “beauty” jackpot! All of the tables were perfectly categorized by both brand and product. All of the items were laid out nicely and were easy to identify. There were fantastic aesthetics around the room, that lit up the entire space. The sample sale was also not too crowded, which made it enjoyable to shop. It was easy to find a specific brand or product that you are looking for, and the staff was also VERY nice and helpful! There were around 2-3 staff members behind each of the tables, and they were more than happy to answer questions.

Merchandise and pricing: There was A LOT of merchandise. It looked as if all of the products were high in stock, and not going to run out anytime soon. Also, all of the products looked very high in quality, and brand new. From sparkly eye shadow to the best scented candles, this sample sale had it all. As far as pricing goes, everything was reasonably priced. For Artis: the elite smoke collection did not exceed $30, the Brushcraft collection ranged from $9-$14, the Elite Mirror collection ranged from $18-$180, and the Fluenta collection ranged from $20-$225. Dr. Jart prices ranged from $1-$28. Now onto Stila: Their prices ranged from $4 to $15; Sponges were $4, concealer and lip coating $5, liquid lip, eye shadow, and lip coating $8, and the brow pencil $9. Lastly, Tocca had A LOT of candles that smelled terrific. Each candle was $18. Tocca had candle scents such as vanilla jasmine, grapefruit melon, and patchouli amber. Tocca also had a ton of different body creams- they had a few tables that were ONLY for the creams! Tocca also had AMAZING options for holiday gifts, such as a 3-in-one set that had creams and fragrances inside. This set was originally $38, and was now $15. The ONLY negative side about this sale was that it was rather difficult to identify the prices of the products. Not every table had the prices written on them, so that led to a lot of customers having to ask for help. There were signs on the wall that said the categories and prices, but it was still rather hard to identify which product went with what category on the list.

Rating: 9/10. There were a lot of beautiful products, and everything was reasonably priced. They had a variety of great options and even had holiday gifts for both friends and family. It is definitely worth going!

What: Stila, Tocca, & Dr. Jart Sample Sale
When: Mon. November 25- Sun. December 1, 2019
Where: 260 Fifth Ave.

 

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Moncler, Balmain, and Golden Goose, OH MY!

By: Jacqueline Munro

The Luxe Access third-party retailer is currently hosting a Moncler, Balmain, and Golden Goose sample sale at their location at 513 Broadway. At this sale, there is one small rack of beautiful Moncler jackets for up to 20% off. There are several black & navy jackets, some white ones, and a couple of fun pink ones! There was only one long coat and it was black. There were a couple of t-shirts here and there as well, which are fun pieces for spring if we make it through this winter. The Golden Goose sneakers were up to 25% off. There was a nice selection of low-tops; they were all white with neutral colored accents. And finally, the Balmain section small and men’s stuff only. There were some amazing jackets for great prices, as well as classic jeans and hoodies. If you’re in the market for discounted hot brands, this is the place for you!

What: Moncler, Balmain, and Golden Goose Sample Sale
When: Sun., Nov 24th – Wed., Nov 27th, 2019
Where: 513 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

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The Dion Lee Sample Sale was a fun Shopping Spree!

By: Gabriella Rose

Set up: Dion Lee’s sample sale set up was very neat and organized and each rack was categorized by color. There were only a few customers shopping which made the experience quiet and enjoyable. All of the clothing was amazing quality and in great shape; everything looked brand new! There was one small fitting room, and one large mirror in the middle of the store. The girls working there were very sweet and helpful. They kept marking down the items every so often which was a plus! They had a section for shoes and accessories in the corner, which was organized and laid out very neatly.

Merchandise/pricing: The merchandise’s prices were still pretty high, but the items were fabulous quality and stunning (might be worth it!) Each item had its own price- there was no set price depending on the categories. There were a lot of stunning silk lace long dresses and those were around $200-300. The girls working there said that those gowns retail for around $600. All of their bathing suits were $60-$70, shoes were $100-$150, and earrings were $100-$250. They had a great variety of shoes: bootie heels, sandals, flip flops, and dressy heels. They had a limited selection of shoe sizes however; there were ALL only sizes 39 and 40. They also only had a few pairs of earrings left and all of them were silver. There were A few bathing suits left, and frankly, none looked worth their prices.

Rating: 7.5/10. Despite the fact that the prices were still sort of high, the items were excellent quality and all STUNNING pieces. It is only worth it to go if you are nearby.

What: Dion Lee Sample Sale
Where: 401 Broadway, Suite 1910, Manhattan, NY
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

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The Barbour Sample Sale was the Place to be

By: Jacqueline Munro

The first-ever Barbour sample sale took place today in their showroom on West 57th, and boy was it a success. The line was two hours long at 11 am; the employees were giving people tickets telling them to come back later in the evening after they restocked. But by 3:00 they had already run out of merchandise to restock with.

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of wax coats that they still had left for men around 4 pm, but there were none left for women. Most of them were in the mid $100s, a little more than 50% off. They also had shirts, sweaters, and other kinds of jackets and coats ranging from $87-$455. For women, most of the styles that I saw were either raincoats or short quilted jackets. They were priced in the mid $100s. There was also a small selection of shirts and sweaters, but nothing that really impressed me. As far as sizing goes, all of the men’s coats were mediums, and the women’s coats seemed like they were all about a s/m. All of the staff members at this sale were super friendly and efficient; I was impressed considering that they were first-timers!

Overall I rated this sale a 6/10. I wish that they had more of a size range and a larger amount of back stock, but overall it was a success.

What: Barbour Sample Sale
When: Wed. Nov, 20th, 2019
Where: 130 W 57th, Manhattan, NY

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