If you’re a sample sale newbie, no problem! Check out the full lowdown on shopping sample sales for all the important tidbits to know before you go.
What is a sample sale?
Sample sales are used by stores and brands to get rid of excess (brand new) inventory, typically offered at a discount. The term ‘sample sale’ is used to describe true sample sales (samples for upcoming/recent collections that may not be sellable via retail), as well as warehouse sales (merchandise left over from previous seasons).
Where are They located?
They take place frequently in NYC, as well as in LA, San Francisco, and London. Sales are generally held in the brands’ showrooms or design studios but, sometimes, they are outsourced to vendors (such as 260SAMPLESALE) who hold them in warehouse spaces.
How often are sample sales held?
Everyday (atleast in NYC). Some sales last for days, while others are one day only. The frequency varies according to the brand. Some have them once a year, while others do them bi-annually.
How does the pricing work?
It depends on the sale. Many times, the price is a flat discount off the retail price and the discount may vary depending on the item. For example, pants are 50% while tops are 75% off. Other times, items are a fixed price.
Unfortunately, there are no secrets (that I know of) to get deals beyond the prices as marked.
how can i pay?
You can research ahead of time on these sites but, normally, cash and credit.
Can i try on the merchandise?
Yep, but don’t expect individual fitting rooms….atleast not in NY! The fitting rooms are communal. In other words, an empty room/space sectioned off by a curtain with multiple people changing.
MORE INFO ABOUT SAMPLE SALES
Check out other posts from the “Are You Sample Sale Savvy” series:
- Best Websites To Locate Sample Sales
- 6 Things I Do To Save Money and Time At Sample Sales
- Shop Sample Sales For Tall Sizes and To Save Money
- My Best Sample Sale Finds
Also I write reviews after attending the sample sales that you can find on Sample Sally. Enjoy!
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