6 Things I Do To Save Money and Time At Sample Sales

I typically attend atleast one sample sale per week. Here’s what I’ve found are best practices and reminders when shopping at a sample sale so that you maximize your time and patience!

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Pack light

With the number of people hunting to scoop up deals at these sales, the spaces can get cramped. Also, there could be a line to enter the sale depending on the capacity of the space.

Best practice: Pack light to maneuver around easily and to more comfortably be able to transport your newly purchased items home (this is important in NYC, where public transportation is the norm).

Go during off-peak times…

Naturally, hitting up sales over lunch or right after work is ideal, but those are also peak times. There will be fewer people and shorter lines during other times (right before the sale ends for the day or in the mornings/afternoons).

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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker sample sale

…but Plan sufficient time to browse

Depending on the size of the venue where the sale is being held, there could be a line to enter (wait times vary). Also, sample sales don’t come around that often so you want to have ample time to browse and try on items (many purchases are final sale).

I plan for 30-45 minutes to shop, although on two occasions, I waited 30 minutes to enter Mackage’s sales. Their sales are hugely popular, so the line is a crowd control measure.

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Line at the Mackage sample sale

If the brand is popular, try to go when the sale first starts

For popular, accessible brands, go as soon as the sale starts because
merchandise goes fast.

By popular, accessible brands – I mean brands that are well known and generally have accessible price points that – once marked down – become really affordable. Recent sales that are top of mind include: Frye, Paul Andrew, Elie Tahari. On any normal day, these brands are expensive and would not qualify as accessible for many but the sample sale prices were quite reasonable. Therefore, good selection goes fast!

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Scarce options one hour after Paul Andrew sample sale opening

…but stay tuned in case prices are discounted again

Sometimes, over the length of the sale, items are further discounted. To stay clued in, subscribe to the email lists of these sites, as well as 260SAMPLESALE which hosts alot of NYC sample sales.

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Further reductions at the Parker sample sale

Read the reviews

Sample Sally has sample sale reviews. This helps to see pics and get an understanding of the merchandise, quality, prices, etc. I occasionally write reviews on this site.

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