When I got there at 8:15 for my 8:30 am time slot, there were at least 50 people ahead of me. As this was day 2 I should not have made such a rookie mistake. On line I kept hearing about all the things people found the day before. Ugh. All the bags pretty much went on day one but there were still a few pairs of shoes and lots of clothing left. Problem is, they didn't have mirrors or dressing rooms so I found it hard to shop for pricey designer goods without seeing them on. People stripped down and took pics of each other but frankly for $400-500 a pop I wasn't willing to shell out that kind of cash without a mirror - even if it was for $1,500 Pucci or $5,000 Valentino dresses.
I spotted one girl with a pair of Rockstud sandals and I put back a pair of Charlotte Olympia kitty flats in a giant size, but sizing in shoes for the most part was spotty. Lots of 41 or 35 and a handful in between. Case in point, these Jimmy Choo black Yule leather fur lined moto boots that retailed for $1,195. I've lusted after a JC moto boot for a while and almost got a pair at TJ Maxx when they were marked down to $375 but I was decided to be cheap and passed. When I found these for $130 I snapped them up, even if they are size 41.5 (I'm a 40). With a heel or even flat you can't go up that large but with a boot you shove a giant insole inside and call it a day. I did find a 38 that I was gonna pick up as an extra but I gave them to another friend at the sale.
These glitter square heeled shoes by Pierre Hardy (retail $695) caught my eye and I almost didn't get them because they were $90 but I like that they're a wearable heel...and actually my size.
I initially found these $960 Emilio Pucci shearling-lined suede and leather knee boots in black in a size 41 but they were HUGE. I had remembered that they had a tan in 39 but when I went back they were gone. Luckily someone edited them from their stash and I snapped them up. I prefer this color but they're gonna get pretty dirty (and they already have a few marks) but for $120 I decided to go for it. My daughter already claimed them as her future boots LOL. She asked if they had any in her size but I told her no designer shoes unless they're a penny or her feet stop growing.
This $895 Kotur Fitzgerald perspex with dragon and tassel clutch was an impulse buy at $100 but I probably got it because it was one of the few bags left. I spotted some beaten up Valentino totes and broken Sophia Webster watermelon backpacks but that was pretty much it. Probably didn't need it but it is a special piece.
They had a few inexpensive beauty products that I passed on but they had these Uslu Airlines lipsticks for $1 at the register so I grabbed a BIR (bright pink). Looks like they retail for $25 so I'm kicking myself for not grabbing more.
Gilt City sale was actually next door but the buzz was how expensive everything was so I didn't bother going in and ran to the Rent the Runway sale hoping for last day discounts. I didn't take pics because it was chaos and it's pretty much everything I've shared in past sale reports (here, here and here). Gowns and jewelry were a whopping 70% off and dresses and accessories (i.e. bags) were 50% off. I stuck around to see if they were marking down further but everything was pretty beaten up so I just headed out.
My last stop for the day was the Rachel Zoe sample sale at Clothingline. I usually find cheap Rachel Zoe at the Rack or Burlington but I was curious to see what they had. I'm kicking myself for not heading straight here after NAP because they have actual samples! Tops and bottoms were priced at $25, dresses and coats were $50 and gowns were $100.
My advice would be to head right to the back to see what's left on the sample racks.
Love this $25 maxi skirt. Too bad samples were all size 0-4 so I was only able to squeeze into her tops and looser boho style pieces.
$50 sweater coat. I don't want to think about the coats I missed...
Tops and dresses.
Gowns and dresses.
I thought this lace number was pretty and I believe retails for about $1,000.
Samples were marked with these solid white tags.
Linking up a few pics of pieces I saw at the sale, sample and stock:
Stock was arranged by size and I saw them pulling from the back if you couldn't find something in your size.
To give you an idea of stock pricing, this coat retailed for $965 so it came out to $208.50 at the sale.
I saw a few girls trying on this collared LBD, retail $295, sample sale priced $88.50.
They had some beautiful leather jackets but they were all over $1,000. This studded leather retailed for $1,395 so it came out to $418.50 at the sale. Frankly that's way to expensive and you can find them cheaper at a discount store.
This pearl trimmed gown (they also had a jumpsuit) caught my eye - it reminds me of vintage pieces my very chic grandmother has in her closet. Retail $595, sale priced $178.50.
I would watch for further discounts - I would check in Tuesday if you can :) Looks like they will be replenishing and they didn't have any shoes or accessories other than a couple fur scarves at the register. They might have had a few change purses too.
Sunday, April 10th through Wednesday, April 13th.
Clothingline, 261 W 36th St btwn 7/8th, 2nd fl
I should mention there are several sales of note this week. I'm listing them in alphabetical order:
Elizabeth and James (one of my personal faves)
Tu-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm.
260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Ave btwn 28th and 29th sts
Oscar de la Renta (first time at 260 - will LYK what I think!)
Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
260 Sample Sale, 150 Greene St between W Houston and Prince sts
Shoshanna (sweet dresses but not crazy cheap)
Tue 1pm-5pm, Wed 9am-7pm, Thu 9am-6pm.
231 W 39th St btwn 7/8th, #422
Tahari (great work basics at decent discounts)
Tue-Fri 8:30am-7:30pm, Sat 10am-6pm.
501 Fifth Ave btwn 41st & 42nd sts, 2nd fl
Thakoon (90% off retail may be worth a peek!)
225 Varick St btwn Clarkson & Downing sts, Suite 300
Veda (love their leather jackets but prices aren't crazy cheap)
Thu-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.
271 Canal St btwn Lafayette St & Broadway, 5th fl
Yigal Azrouel (80% off retail - they had a preview last week and my friend found a couple pieces)
Tue 11am-7pm, Wed-Thu 9am-7pm.
225 W 39th St btwn 7/8th, 5th floor