Worthy Sample Sales

December 2, 2010 by Lila Delilah

Our inbox has been flooded with sample sale alerts ranging from the fabulous to the ridiculous. It would be so easy for us to list all the upcoming sales but we know how much you hate running to an out-of-the way location to find long lines and barely reduced merchandise.

So here are our reviews of the most talked about upcoming sample sales. Of course, there are no assurances but we deem the below sample sales to be money saving shopping opportunities.

Michael Angel
Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5
Fri 10:30am to 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm
65 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
Visa, Mastercard and Cash

Aussi designer, Michael Angel is known for his striking prints and well engineered clothing. His designs can be found on the pages of the most prestigious fashion magazines, including Vogue and V Magazine.

The sale will feature prices up to 90% off. We have a feeling that this will be one of those o-m-g sales–unmistakable fashion for unbelievable prices. That’s one way to get your heart pounding!

Brian Atwood
Monday, December 6
9am to 6pm
444 West 17th Street (between 9th &10th Ave.)

As of last week, the Brian Atwood sample sale was running under the radar but it appears that everyone and their grandmother is pumped up about snagging a pair of edgy heels for just $150.

We have a feeling that this sale could be madness but would remiss to exclude it from our listing. The sale is just one day. We would normally suggest going late and bypassing the lines. In this case, if you want a chance at a winner pair of shoes you’re going to have to get there early.

Diane von Furstenberg
Tuesday, December 7 to Friday, December 10
Tue 9am to 6:30pm, Wed 10am to 8pm, Thur 10am to 7pm, Fri 9am to 3pm
260 5th Ave (between 28th and 29th St.)

The DVF sale is legend, not especially for prices but for selection. The first day is always the most crazy. There are lines to get in. Lines to try on clothing. Lines to pay. We suggest waiting to at least the afternoon or until the second or third day of the sale.

In past seasons, wrap dresses and vintage styles were $150, coats $350, cocktail dresses $250 and sweaters $80. By Thursday, prices are usually cut significantly. The only problem is that inventory isn’t usually replenished. If you’re looking for a simple wrap dress we would suggest hitting the Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio where there were several styles for just $179.

Cesare Paciotti
Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9
10 am to 6pm
12 West 57th Street, suite 901

If you haven’t blown your yearly budget on shoes yet, you may be able to make up for lost time at the Cesare Paciotti sample sale. Men’s and women’s shoes and accessories will be discounted up to 80% off.

We don’t have many details on this sale but hope that showroom employees are warmer than the Madison Avenue boutique sales help. Someone has to tell those women that nasty does not sell shoes.

L.A.M.B. & Harajuku Lovers
Wednesday, December 8 to Friday December 10
Wed 8am to 8pm, Thus 10am to 8pm and Fri 8am to 6pm
144 Fifth Avenue (Between 19th & 20th St.), 2nd Floor

Don’t worry, we weren’t expecting you to fill your closet with Gwen Stefani’s designs. But we know your niece, little cousin and friends’ daughters will love the edgy styling and grown-up feel of LAMB or the fun anime of Harajuku.

Prices will be up to 70% off. A LAMB Maria Messenger Bag will be $75 from $228 and a Harajuku Lovers Candy Bar Tote will be $25 from $88. Just add a lip gloss and you will be sure to be to win hearts without spending a bundle.

Temperley London
Saturday, December 11 to Friday, December 17
Sat 11am to 7pm, Sun 12pm to 6pm, Mon to Fri 11am to 7pm
453 Broome Street, 2nd Floor

Okay, this sale is all about you. We’ve been to the store and know there is an abundance of amazing pieces. It’s going to be hard to choose. At least you know the prices will be great.

Prices will be up to 80% off. We know from the past that this DOESN’T mean that there’s a small rack of steeply discounted merchandise. For example, a Temperley London mini dress will be $398 from $995 and a Temperly London jacket will be $880 from $2200.


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