The weeks leading up to Christmas are always prime for sample sales. There are literally dozens scheduled for this week but not all of them are worthy of your time and money. In order to save you energy, we combed through our inbox and favorite blogs to compose a list of Madison Avenue Spy worthy sample sales.
Tuesday, December 14 to Thursday, December 16
9am to 6pm
495 Broadway (@ Broome St), 8th floor
The sale opens to the public on Tuesday, which means Monday is a VIP, press or friends and family day. We imagine that this sale won't be armed with secret service investigators. So die-hard Proenza fans, you know what you need to do.
Prices are reported to range from $70 to $1430, which sounds significantly discounted from full retail. Merchandise will include, samples and unsold stock from fall 2010 and previous seasons. Shoes are always the first to sell out at their prior sales. If you're willing to wait it out, prices are cut on the last day.
Thursday, December 16
Most consumers can agree that the prices of Rodarte are kind of retarte. For this reason, this sample sale is always a reader favorite. You need to RSVP to find out the location of the sale and schedule an appointment. We have an idea of where it is but can't post until we know for sure.
Once you get an appointment, hit the ATM because the sale is cash only. Prices usually range from $40 to $4000. Ready-to-wear, shoes, t-shirts and accessories will be available, in addition to a few men's knits. Some items can be taken home for a just a few hundred dollars but the wow-peices are closer to $1000. As we said, hit the ATM and make sure you know your daily withdrawal limit.
Thursday, December 16 to Sunday, November 19
Thurs-Sat 10am to 7pm , Sun 9am to 2pm
93 Mercer Street (b/w Spring and Broome)
Who doesn't love Alexander Wang? Even better, who doesn't love Alexander Wang on sale! The sale will include merchandise from this season and include, bags, shoes, and T by Alexander Wang for men and for women. Discounts will be up to 80% off retail.
The sale opens to the public on Thursday but in past seasons there is always a day or two of employee and press shopping. Frankly, that's when the $300 Darcy and $250 Rocco bags are gobbled up. Prices for clothing usually range from $60 to $200 and up.