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5 Best Sample Sales for Quality and Inexpensive Holiday Shopping

With the Holidays fast approaching, the time and options to purchase quality but affordable gifts is running out fast! Below is a guide to New York’s best pre-Holiday sample sales that you could hit up in the next two weeks.
There are over 100 sample sales on the app happening within the next two weeks: below we selected our five favorite ones.
Whenever in doubt just log into the ShopDrop app from your iPhone and check out the new sample sales. The app is updated at least once a day!

1. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT and ALPINA luxury sample sale

If you’re looking to stun a loved one with a classic Swiss watch, this sample sale is for you! Watches that typically cost over $3K will start at just a few hundred dollars at the sample sale
When: December 14th – December 15th
Where: 123 W 18th St, NY, NY
More details on the app

Frederique Constant sample sale
Frederique Constant sample sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. SOPHIA WEBSTER one-day sample sale

If she’s obsessed with shoes, especially heels ornate with flowers and butterflies, the Sophia Webster sample sale is one definitely worth checking out.
When: December 16th only
Where: 79 Greene St, NY, NY
More details on the app

Sophia Webster sample sale
Sophia Webster sample sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. EILEEN FISHER sample sale

For some timeless pieces for women, hit up the Eileen Fisher sample sale. The prices at this sample sale will be over 50% off retail.
When: December 18th-20th
Where: 151 Wooster Street
More details on the app

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Eileen Fisher sample sale NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. YARNZ cashmere sample sale

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YARNZ sample sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can find a number of high-quality cashmere gifts for under $50. This is one of our favorites for scarves, hats and toasty sweaters.
When: December 13th-15th
Where: 9 Chirstopher St, NY, NY
More details on the app

5. ALTUZARRA cashmere sample sale

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Altuzarra sample sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a touch of luxury, stop into this high-end sample sale hosted in the brand’s own showroom. If your girlfriends love Hermes and Gucci, they will love the goods from this one as well!
When: December 14th-15th
Where: 233 Broadway, 14th Floor, NY, NY
More details on the app

 

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Pop Into the Alice & Trixie and Love Sam Sample Sale

By Melissa Atkinson, The Reasonable Style

No need to plan out your sample sale shopping today when you can shop 2 brands at one sample sale. Alice & Trixie plus Love Sam equal sample sale heaven. With an entry way and an additional room filled with samples and stock items, you wouldn’t even know where to start. Alice & Trixie had more to offer at this sale offering both stock items ($39-$79) and vintage samples that started at $3 for the vintage pieces, yes $3. I was surprised myself when I seen the price tag. Although some of the items were defective, there were other items that were in great condition.You have to take your time and be patient in order to score something good on those racks.

Vintage Dress $5

Vintage Dress $10

Love Sam had more wear now pieces from stock ($25-$75). They even had 2 Shearling Coats available (I’m sure that they will be gone by the time you read this). The prices were not listed, it instructs you to see an associate so you know that the price was similar to retail.

Both brands offered a range of sizes, mostly small sizes. Also available were small accessories like scarves which were 3 for $15 and shoes in ALL sizes. The shoes were gently worn but they all were on sale for $30 from brands like TOPSHOP and Steve Madden to name a few.

This sale came right on time for the holiday season. You can get quite a few items for your loved ones without hurting your pocket. Want to check it out, head over to:

265 W 37th Street

11th Floor

New York, NY 10018

 

Let us know what you think!

xoxo,

Melissa

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Invitation Only – Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Review

By: Amanda Fontana

The Jimmy Choo invitation-only sample sale took place at the Met Pavillion two weeks ago. The enormous showroom was completely filled with a massive stock ranging from women’s shoes, boots, purses, scarves, sunglasses, belts, and even a selection of men’s shoes. Prices started at $50 and ranged to $450, a massive discount considering Jimmy Choo pieces often retail for upwards of $1,000.

Most accessories were one size, but the shoes had a massive range of sizing. There was also a variety in purse sizing as well, so smaller evening purses were much cheaper. Check out the photos to see a small range of all the products!

The sale was exclusive and required a pass to enter, and the line to get in went around the block– even for press. That said, the wait was definitely worth it; the sale was extraordinarily busy, but the products were all amazing and worth browsing through.

The event only lasted for two days– three, if you include VIP early access– so if you’re interested in attending private sales like this one, be sure to RSVP and follow the instructions on the app! They come and go very quickly, and invitations can be hard to come by if you wait too long. To stay up to date on more exclusive and invitation-only sample sales, be sure to download the ShopDrop App, follow us on Instagram, and add us on Snapchat @shopdropapp!

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The 4 Types of Sample Sales

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By: Maura McNulty

 

Before I started working at ShopDrop back in June, my only introduction to sample sales was in the form of plot lines on sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother.  After my first sample sale, I quit my other internship to work with ShopDrop – I was officially a sample sale convert. Since then, I’ve been going to sample sales weekly, both for work and for pleasure. The further down the rabbit hole that I feel, the more I noticed the diversity of the underground phenomenon that is sample sales. So, in an effort to better capture the variability of sample sales, I present to you the four types of sample sales.

 

  1. The ConcertJimmy_Choo_PumpsI could never understand that fans posses when it came to meeting their favorite artists, at least until I went to I went to my first Alexander McQueen sale. 100 people and blistering temperatures could not interfere with me being able to hold a McQueen item, let alone being able to buy one at an affordable price. The energy inside is intense, the deals are crazy, and every purchasing decision feels like life or death. These sales are totally worth it if owning a pair of Jimmy Choos is on your to-do list, and unlike actual concerts, you get to bring home the thing you waited for. Just make sure to get a good night of rest before, and wear comfy shoes; you’re going to need it. 

 

2. The Low-KeyDreams On Air Sample Sale

The rockstar-brands of the fashion world are not the only ones to hold sample sales,typically held in office spaces, sales from smaller brands are extremely beneficial to go to. The low-key sales I’ve gone to have yielded the most affordable prices, provide a great introduction to a new brand, and give you the opportunity to meet and converse with the people who make the clothes you buy.

 

3. The Multibrand
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Multibrand sales can be a mixed bag; typically, they’re held to get rid of a variety of items that didn’t sell as well as they would have hoped. In my experience, if there isn’t a clear theme with among the brands at the sale, or the prices are too high, it can feel a little chaotic and confusing. But, if you’re looking to browse, these sales have the most diverse range of items.

4. The Too Good to be True Sale

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There is one qualification to fall under this category; amazing pieces, with prices that are shockingly low. Etienne Aigner and NYCharisma we’re perfect examples of the hidden gems that can be found at sample sales; both sales had a collection of hand-picked pieces, with astounding customer service and ridiculously low prices.

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A Look Inside Lafayette 148 Semi Annual Warehouse Sale

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By Melissa Atkinson, The Reasonable Style

Lafayette 148’s Semi Annual Warehouse Sale opens today and I’ve had the opportunity to shop the sale early. While shopping, I’ve gathered as many details as possible for you to have prior to hitting the sale on opening day. This sale includes stock items of the Fall 2017 collection with previous seasons mixed within hundreds of garments. There are a variety of items ranging from size Small to 1X in both regular and petite sizing. Not to mention the savings are HUGE with prices starting at 75% off retail, the deals are endless!

Price points include:

    Bottoms: $50

    Short Sleeve/ Sleeveless Tops: $50

    Long Sleeve Tops: $65

    Dresses: $90

    Jackets: $90-$120

    Coats: $1000

    Vests: $70-$200

    Leather & Suede: $500

    Shearling & Calf Skin: $600-$1000

    Cashmere Knits: $60-$200

    Cashmere Jackets: $200

    Luxe Knits: $80-$750

    Accessories: as marked (I seen items ranging between $10-$75)

See what items I spotted at the sale:

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You do not want to miss this! Be sure you partake in this 2 day event, you’ll hate that you’ve missed it!

Sale Details

Duration & Hours: 11/09 (Thursday) 9am-7pm & 11/10 (Friday) 9am-6pm

Payment Type: CASH/VISA/AMEX/MC

Location: 148 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 (between Howard Street and Grand Street)

Telephone #: 646.922.1799

 

xoxo,

Melissa

 

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Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Review

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By: Maura McNulty

Well, it happened. As I sit here writing this, I am still in disbelief that not one, but two pairs of Jimmy Choos are in my closet; not the banged up stuff thats unfortunately a risk for high end brand sales, either, but shoes that are practically in mint condition.

I was fortunate enough to score a VIP press pass (I love my job!), so on a cold Wednesday morning, I was huddled in line outside of the sale, with the other “VIPs”, ready to score some sweet kicks.

To be honest, its a mixed bag when it comes to name brand sample sales; they tend to be too crowded, its only basic pieces, or the prices are still astronomically high. Yet, the Jimmy Choo sale was well stocked, the prices are amazing, and the space is huge.

There was also a great selection of purses clutches. It seemed like that had enough boots for an army as well, but the table was too cluttered to get a good enough look.Jimmy_Choo_Prices

All in all, its a sale that’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you love labels. The shoes are gorgeous, and the prices are low enough for a few good splurges; everything at this sale is worth the splurge. Check it out- todays the last day!

Invite Only Jimmy Choo Sample Sale (get an invite here)
November 02 – November 03
8AM-7PM
123 W 18th St, NY, NY
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Harvey Faircloth Sample Sale Review

Harvey Faircloth

By Melissa Atkinson, The Reasonable Style

Fall weather is officially here and so is the Harvey Faircloth Sample Sale filled with Fall 2017 stock items. With a decent portion of the showroom dedicated to the Harvey Faircloth line, there are a variety of product categories to shop for this Fall season. Items include tops, pants, skirts, jackets and many more ranging in sizes 0-10 and small-large. Prices were between $45 and $850 which is a wide range and more than I personally anticipated price wise. The good news is that yesterday they were offering an additional 20% off already up to 60% off prices which was a great incentive. The sales reps did not confirm nor deny if the additional 20% off will be continuing on for the duration of the sale but I recommend heading over to the sale to try your luck.

Check out some of the items and its sale price (excluding the additional 20% off) that were available at the sale below.

Now $145

Now $275Now $325

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Now $195 Now $350

Harvey Faircloth This sale will be going on until Friday November 3rd. See below for full details and hours.

Hours

Thursday 9am—7pm

Friday 9am—5pm

Address

58 W 40th Street, 9th Floor,  New York

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading!

xoxo,

Melissa

 

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The Kooples & Zadig & Voltaire Sample Sale Review

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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

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The Row Sample Sale Review

The Row is a ready-to-wear fashion line created by the Olsen twins. Their showroom, taking place at the Met Pavilion at 123 W 18th St on the fifth floor, features pieces that can retail for over $1,000.

There’s a huge variety of items to look at; between clothes, outerwear, and shoes, there’s something for every occasion. Sizes vary from 0 to 12 and XS to L, and prices range from $200 to $1,000 for more extravagant pieces. Shoes are in European sizes, so remember to check a conversion chart to find your size.

Some personal favorites of mine were their blazers, silk tops, and trousers. The showroom is enormous, so it’s hard to narrow it down; be sure to check it out for yourself!

This sale is credit card only, and bags are checked, so come prepared!

What: The Row Sample Sale

Where: 123 W 18th St 5th Floor

When: Sunday, October 29th 10 am – 6pm; Monday, October 30th 9 am – 7 pm; Tuesday, October 31st 9 am – 3pm

  

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Oscar De La Renta Sample Sale Review

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By: Maura McNulty
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I woke up today, looking for a sample sale, so I immediately logged onto my ShopDrop app. I noticed the Oscar de la Renta sale right away, but kept my expectations low, seeming too good to be true. There won’t be any stock left, I told myself on the way over, and that’s if you can wait out the long line that has to be there.

Well, dear shoppers, I stand corrected. The Oscar de la Renta sale had an extensive stock of everything, without the crowds of people you typically have to push through when a bigger brand holds a sample sale. Coats, furs, menswear, womenswear, children’s wear; the sale even had a home goods section!

Prices were in the $100+ range, but the pieces on sale were so true to the artistry of Mr. De la Renta, that plenty of stock is definitely worth the splurge.

Check it out! The sale ends October 29!

 

Oscar de la Renta Sample Sale

151 Wooster St, NY, NY

Tue 10-8 I Wed-Sat 11-7 I Sun 11-4

 

P.S. They have wedding gowns 😉 

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