August 2015 | Le Hoarder
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Burlington end of season clearance and 90% off insanity at Century 21!

So on Monday this happened.

It started like any other day. I took my SIL to Burlington for the first time and was pleasantly surprised to find that they were having end of season markdowns.

Turns out that the Rack isn't the only store with cheap BCBG. Found this $500 gown for just $35. I took one in a 6 just because. No clue what I'll do with it but I couldn't leave without taking at least one. I found piles of cheap DVF, Rebecca Taylor and Rachel Zoe. Time to go check your local stores :)

I also scored this $395 Rachel Zoe dress for less than $10!

After Burlington we headed to Century just to grab a few cheap Wacoal bras (they sell racks of irregulars for $12.99) and got thrown a curveball. 90% had begun! I was predicting it would be the following week and I was wrong. This time everything jumped from 65% to 90% and most pieces were sent downtown. The next day (they open at 7:45AM) I headed in to the City to see what was going on.

This time they changed all the rules. Instead of marking down a department or two every day, they accelerated the sale. On Monday, mens, kids and all shoes hit 90% off and on Tuesday, designer and some accessories dropped. I don't pay attention to home stuff but yesterday (Wednesday) I did notice a bunch at 90% too. At this point your best bet is head downtown where they are transferring in sale goods from other locations. You can also play the guessing game and hunt for pieces that are hiding in plain sight. Not everything is marked 90% but if it has any sort of red markdown sticker it's worth having it checked at the register. Make sure you sign up for C21's rewards card - the top two levels have their own express checkout line and everyone earns free $ just like Nordstrom Notes. I'm a VIP, baby!

I couldn't find my Ikea totes (always bring bags to the City because those tiny baskets fill up quickly...) so I grabbed my oversize Century ones to help lug home all my purchases. Luckily my brother works downtown so he popped in and took some of my bags so I could finish shopping unencumbered.

I didn't do that well for myself this time - most of my dresses don't work for me this round and I pretty much missed out on shoes. I only found one pair of sunglasses for 90% off and I gave them to my very helpful brother. I did find lots of super cheap kids stuff, lots of gifts, and piles of $10 shoes for my husband and son.

So here are a few pics of some of the pieces I picked up. As always, I got a bunch to blog sale (after I finish showing them to personal shopping clients) - so stay tuned for the really good stuff!

Lets start with the cute cheap stuff. Flowers for Zoe, Baby Sara and Little Mass for $3 or less? Insane!

Swimsuits for less than $2 for my girls.

Stuart Weitzman, Tahari and Umis for my girls for $4 or less. Not as good as my penny finds but every so often you have to splurge a little :)

Ava flipped when she saw her giant pony pocketbook. These are HUGE - as in it's almost as big as her. My niece is obsessed with My Little Pony so I grabbed her one too. My sister is gonna kill me when she sees this oversized monstrosity. 

Couldn't leave Hello Kitty for $.99!

 Grabbed a bunch of cheap stuff for my son too!  Yes, that T-shirt is just $.40 LOL.

Stocked up in Spanx - all for $1 and change each.

It's funny, I saw a pile of Lanvin bags for $35 each but I passed because I got a cuter one at previous sale. But there was something about my Marc by Marc Jacobs plaid crossbody...retail $528, scored it for just $29.70!

I figured someone could use a cheap clutch so I grabbed these two - the Franchi was $3.96 and Badgley Mischka was $11.88. Both have a few marks but nothing serious.

I grabbed a bunch of these adorable Kate Spade Limoncello pouches for less than $8 each. Me thinks it's time for another giveaway...

Y'all know my obession with shoes. I missed most but I dug around and found these Givenchy booties for $50!

 Rochas for $30...

Like I said, not everything was marked 90% off :)

These $12.87 See by Chloe sandals need new closures but last time I had a pair repaired it was only about $8.

And finally, Sergio Rossis for less than $30. These have a few marks but nothing the price tag can't forgive. If my SIL doesn't want them I have a feeling my client/friend D will.

The one thing I didn't buy on sale was this adorable Scala fascinator for $22.99.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the designer dresses I'll be showing to clients :)

So yes Century, life is beautiful. (You can admire this piece of art by the visitors center in Century, next to the men's section.)

I also wanted to share that Century featured my pic on their website a couple weeks ago. The love is mutual C21!

Last but not least, I'd like to take a moment to thank TJ Maxx for the $50 giftcard that they sent me for my winning their weekly #Maxxlife contest on Instagram. I can do a lot of damage with $50 there. Thank you! 

If you're in the NYC area the Century sale is a can't miss this week! If you go, I'd love to hear about your best finds!



Friday, August 21, 2015

Ready for some shoe porn? Check out my Christian Siriano & Korres sample sale haul, Nordstrom Rack BCBG find and C21 designer sale report :)

Like Dannijo, Christian Siriano is another sample sale that eluded me. Yesterday morning I headed in bright and early to check it out. The doors were set to open at 10am but as always, I got there super early. I can't say it enough, rule #1 of sample sale-ing is to always be first in line. I arrived at about 8:30, just as the manager was heading in and he asked me if I wanted to come in and shop. Yes, please! For over an hour I had the store to myself :)

They didn't have a price list so I'll share what I remember (and I could be wrong so don't quote me). Current season in the front was 20% off, Spring was 50% and as you headed to the back, pieces were marked $40-300 for older collections. And the most exciting part, all the shoes were $50!!!!

I had only snapped a handful of pictures when he asked me to stop (he did say I could have these) but it's enough for you to get an idea of what they had. Plus you can look at pics from past sales, it's not too far off. So I teased a little on Instagram and Twitter but let's start the big reveal now...

None of the clothing worked for me (I was tempted by some $100 coats and a $40 long evening skirt) but I killed it in the shoe department. These raffia heels were so different that I just couldn't resist. I showed them to someone and she described them as mermaid shoes :) If you are going please note that the shoes ran big. I'm typically anywhere between 9-10 and Eur 40 but here I took a 8.5/9.

Here's the kicker, all of Christian's "Gold" runway shoes are made by Payless. Had I realized I probably would have bought a little less. Don't get me wrong, they are amazing and do not look like his $30 pieces you see at the mall but they are still made in Payless factories. All of a sudden $50 for used Payless shoes (some pairs were new) is a little less exciting. This is why it's so important to do you due diligence. Had I researched past sales a little better I would have known. But in my defense, sometime I like to go in there with a fresh perspective so I don't go looking for specific pieces and get disappointed.

They had me at fringe. The beading on these shoes is unbelievable. So what if I can't really walk in them LOL.

For these minty numbers, I really have to thank Shira of A Sequin Love Affair who asked me to find her a pair of similar beaded shoes. I didn't see any on the floor so I asked the manager and he pulled these babies from the back. They were the only pair...and my size. These are the only shoes that I got that were not marked Payless and the tag on the bottom reads $565. If you want a pair too they still have them online in size 6 & 7 for $470.

And last but not least, my orange beaded shoes. They are a size too big but I could not leave them behind. I can't believe these were made by Payless. Spectacular.

 Now altogether...

August 21-23, F-Sat 10-7 Sun 12-6
252 Elizabeth Street, NYC
Cash or Charge


After Christian Siriano, I walked around the corner for the last day of the Korres sample sale. I swear by their mascara and eye pencils because I have hyper sensitive eyes and I really can't wear anything else. They were out of mascara and the only eye pencil they had was yellow so I decided to try their eye cream for $1 (full size is around $45 and this is half of that) and moisturizer for $15 (retail $38). Most of the lip colors were not for me so I grabbed this bright pink lip butter because it was $5 (usually $14). It seems they are discontinuing my mascaras (I asked to even buy one at full price) so they said if they find any in the warehouse they will let me know. Fingers crossed.

My last stop was 14th street to hit Nordstrom Rack. I heard they've been getting a lot of cheap BCBG again so I popped in and scored this adorable capelet for just $19.97 (retail $248). It's time to start thinking about Fall!

A couple friends mentioned they found some cute cheap designer shoes at Burlington Coat Factory so I went next door and didn't find anything. I'm gonna try again at another location today.

And then I went home and passed out. It's just too hot to be running around the City and I did it twice this week.


I shared a few days ago (on Instagram) that Century 21 would be having a Fall designer preview. I stopped by to see what they had :)

I'm on the hunt for a new signature coat so I took at peek at this Burberry shearling. Then I saw the $2000 pricetag and walked away. It's a great price for a $9000 coat but I can't justify that kind of money on one piece these days.

$3000 Balmain, anyone?

Most of it was still pretty expensive but they did have a few better priced pieces like this Giambattista Valli dress for $239.

I was on my way out when I spotted this gorgeous Chloe. This is so what I'm looking for for Fall. Too bad it comes with a hefty $1,300 price tag.

Tomorrow's the last day if you're interested!

Century 21 Department Store
200 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ
August 20-21, F-Sat 10-10

And that's all folks! Have a great weekend and happy shopping!
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