The cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Tulips are next. The sun is shining and we couldn’t be happier that it’s finally May. Expect to have a very busy credit card this month as it turns into high season for sample sales.
As department stores and boutiques take their first markdowns towards the end of the month, be on the lookout for sales that include in-season merchandise with discounts that top 60% off. We’ve exclusively listed only the sample sales that we think are worthy of your time and effort. You can browse Chicmi to see a full calendar listing of sample sales.
This sample sale highlight post will continue to be updated throughout the month of May and remain just a click away in the right sidebar. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for sneak peeks and immediate updates. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments section so that everyone can benefit from the ‘Spy’ network.
Wolford Friends & Family Sample Sale
Last season this sale was held at a 260 sample sale space. This season, Wolford is bringing it home. Prices started at $18 tights and stockings with retail values under $100. More expensive tights are $45. Are the stockings and ‘stay ups’ that are $15. We expect that the prices will be even better this time around as the sale is being kept in-house.
Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10
330 7th Avenue, suite 1702
Cash mainly, credit cards accepted for some items
Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
For the uninitiated, this sale is legendary for its amazing prices. Basic pumps and sandals are usually $200, booties are $325 and boots are $375. Women’s shoes run from size 35 to 42 and men’s go from 43 to 46. At the last sale, men’s shoes were priced at $250 or $375 and included loafers, Oxfords, driving shoe and ankle boots.
Wednesday, May 9 through Friday, May 11
Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs & Fri 8am-8pm
RSVP Link Password: ROMY
The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St.
Bonpoint Sample Sale
The discounts will go up to 70% and apply to every clothing collection (newborn, baby, girl, boy, teenager). At the last sale, most items were 60% off the retail sticker. That means that more formal dresses, which are normally priced in the $400-range were reduced to $260-ish. More casual dresses were about $200 in the boutique and come to about $80 at the sale. Boy’s trousers were about $60 from $150 and the collared shirts came to $48 from $120.
Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18
Tues 1pm-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-2pm
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), 5th FL
Veronica Beard Sample Sale
Look out for an assortment of jackets, sweaters, and dresses priced up to 80% off. We are told there will also be a selection of true samples. During a past sale, jumpsuits and dresses were both $195, tops were $125, skirts and pants were $150 and blazers were $295.
Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 17
26 West 17th Street, Floor 7
The last Caroline Constas sale took place at the designer’s showroom. This season, the sale is being hosted by 260 Sample Sale, at it’s Wooster Street space. At the last sale, there were two full racks of samples, all priced at $100. The open stock was a bit more pricey. Blouses were $175, dresses are $295, skirts are $200 and shorts are $75. We expect that prices will be more expensive this season, because of fees associated with a sale host. The good thing is that there is always enough for price drops.
Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3
Thurs to Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm
151 Wooster Street