Inside: Rent the Runway Sample Sale

September 29, 2014 by Lila Delilah

Today we went early this morning to check out the Rent the Runway sample sale. Don’t be mistaken, although this markdown event is being coined as a sample sale it much more resembles a designer garage sale. Samples are normally new or showroom used. The merchandise from RTR is very much well used and some if it is very expensive considering its condition.

When you are in the habit of shopping great markdowns it’s hard to put a number value on pre-worn merchandise. Should it be priced at 70% off, 80% off, 90% off? You will have to be the judge.

Inside the sale you will find a huge variety of dresses and gowns. The best of the bunch was a shift from Yigal Azrouel marked $351 from $995. Priced better is a Preen dress for $281 from $2225 but it did seem to have a dusting of wear. An MSMG summer dress is $191 from $995 and a Clover Canyon classic print is $72 from $265. (Pics inside here.)

The most popular dresses are the Herve Leger dresses, which range  from $87 to $500. The red $87 variety has a neckline so plunging that it should come with a fake boob option and another blue ombre variety for $105 has an off-the-shoulder neckline that was stretched out on all of them. Other Herve options include a black classic with a racer back for $403, a blueberry stripy style for $196 and an aqua style with a deep scalloped plunging neckline for $225.

The sale also includes a small assortment of evening bags and jewelry. The discounts for these are about 70% off. Oscar de la Renta earrings were $83 from about $300 and a damaged Kate Spade Mr. & Mrs. clutch is $85 from about $400.

You can click on the jump to see picture from our shopping Rent the Runway sample sale shopping trip.

Rent the Runway
Monday, September 29 through Sunday, October 5
Mon 12pm—8pm, Tue—Thu 11am—8pm, Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—4pm
260 Fifth Ave (btwn 28th and 29th St)


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