As always, I headed right for the samples. They were all priced at $50 regardless of size or damage. They had lots of tape marking small flaws. Most of the larger totes had broken handles but there were some hidden gems to be found. They had colorful zipties on all sample bags.
I was a little disappointed at the condition of most of the bags on the tables but I was informed that more samples in better shape were due to arrive later in the day.
I then headed to small leather goods where I found plenty of cute pieces for $25. For these items you had to refer to the pricing sheet but most of the pieces in the bins were $25 or $55.
All of the following were just $25:
After a little digging I stepped to the left to shoes (priced $50-100) where they had a very sad selection. They also had a few sample size shoes for $50 but nothing exciting. A little birdie told me that they would be getting a shoe shipment on Wednesday. Might have to pop back to check it out.
I usually don't tempt myself by looking at full price bags but I saw someone put down this fringed Kinga clutch and I ran to snap it up. Turns out it was a runway piece priced at $395 so it would have been $185 (that's almost four sample bags!) so I put it back. Holding it is the super cute Shira of A Sequin Love Affair who shopped with me until she had to head to work.
Here are more full priced bag pics from the sale. Most were $125 thru $405.
I'm a total sucker for her fringe so I had to snap a pic of this $895 Rylan tote for $405.
They had a small corner with Ben Minkoff bags too.
The best deal for clothing (no samples) was the $200 leather for sure. These babies were selling like hotcakes. At most sample sales stock leather starts at $250 so these were a steal.
The clothing was priced from $25 to a T shirt and maxed out at $200 for the leather. Outerwear at $125 was pretty popular too.
I then circled back to accessories where I found $10 jewelry and $25 hats and scarves. I grabbed a couple fur scarves because the retail was a whopping $398! By the time I took this pic they were cleared from the shelves.
I did hang around for several hours and that's when the magic happened. After their shipment arrived, they kept putting out new samples so I patiently waited and scored tons of great stuff. I always bring empty tote bags to sample sales just to lug around my haul. I highly recommend the IKEA totes. Here is a sneak peek of some of my finds!
I'm linking up a bunch of discounted Minkoffs that I found online - just in case you can't make it to the NY or LA sales :)
260 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tue—Fri 10am—8pm, Sat 10am—5pm
Cash and credit cards accepted.
Historically, later in the week they start marking down prices. Towards the end, sample bags have gone as low as $25! Would love to hear what you get if you go. Be sure to say hello if you see me there :)
ETA: Samples were slashed to $25 last night! Augh!