Weekend Shopping: Impulses & Obsessions

April 19, 2020 by Lila Delilah

This is the time of year that the sample sale season usually begins to heat up. This coming week 260 Sample Sale will attempt their first online sample sale with Oscar de la Renta.

Usually, the sale attracts enough shoppers to accumulate lines that span up to an hour to get in. This sale is prized for having ornate gowns priced between $600 and $1000 from retail prices that extend upward of $3000.

I’m wondering if an online sale can offer the same savings when there is the added expense of photographing, measuring and describing each item. I also question if shoppers will be willing to purchase items that aren’t returnable. Fit can quality defects can widely range when it comes to samples.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this sale will unfold. In the meantime, there are more than enough sales happening at established retail stores. The LVMH-owned site, 24S, is running a promotion where you can save 20% off full-price items with the code SPRING20. The big designer names like Dior, Celine, Gucci, and YSL are excluded but there are still lots of great finds.

This Bottega Veneta small pouch is $1080 from $1350, a Givenchy mini tote bag is $880 from $1100,  and Valentino sneakers are $556 from $700. The 20% off code can also be applied for beauty and fragrance brands like Diptyque and Byredo.

Italist is where we look for designer items that are usually excluded from sale promotions. Discounts on the site are hitting what would normally found at a second markdown. This Fendi tote is $1871 from $2800, Saint Laurent Tribute slides are $400 from about $600. You can click here to read the full story.

Beauty addicts can rejoice with discounts up to 20% off during Sephora’s Spring Savings Event. The savings can be significant when applied to more expensive and hard-to-find-on-sale items like a Dyson hair straightener that comes to $400 from $500 or the Airwrap curler. You can click over to the full blog post to see my favorite beauty items, the different discount levels, and phase-in dates.

If you’re looking to expand your stay-at-home wardrobe, you should check out the markdowns on Shopbop. Post-COVID shoppers can browse Ssense for savings on more designer items.

Last but certainly not least, this week, we saw some great sale offerings from Nordstrom. The site is offering discounts of 60% off. As an added bonus, the store periodically adds a few designers to the sale assortment. You have to be fast to catch them but isn’t that always the case with a good sale. Details can be found here.

This coming week we can look forward to Saks and Neiman Marcus starting spring sales for contemporary brands. Until next week… same time, same place? Cheers!


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