If you live in New York or LA you’ve probably been to a sample sale. They’re a fashionista’s dream come true! It’s like you walked into your favorite designer’s boutique and they announce that everything’s half or more off. Now that we’re in a recession, everyone is looking for a way to get a little piece of luxury into their lives. Shop wisely and you can get that Saks look at Filene’s Basement prices!
You don’t have to be an editor to find out when your favorite designers are having samples sales, promotions and private shopping events. You can go to their websites and sign up for their mailing lists or do a quick Google search of sample sales in your city. You can also join the designer’s fan page on Facebook to get a head’s up and potentially get invited to the pre-sale â where you get first pick of the best merchandise.
Stick to sample sales for designers you know you like. Once you’re at your sale of choice, a panic can set in but keep a level head. Set a budget for yourself before hand that is set in stone. It may be hard to walk away, but you should not be making life decisions at the cash register. The temptation to buy nonsense is heightened when prices are halved. Also, it’s helpful to go into the sale with an idea of what you want and how much it costs at retail so you know if you’re really getting a good deal or not; do some research before-hand. Sometimes the sales associates are very helpful and can help you find something if you walk in with a photograph of it or you know the name of the item.
Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to take off because there’s usually a no return policy so you’ll want to make sure what you’re getting fits. It’s best to wear leggings so you don’t have to strip all the way down. Sample sales can really test your patience, especially if you have personal space issues (as I do). Be prepared to snatch and grab what you want because the other unruly shoppers may be grabbing and pushing to get to the best bargains. You usually can’t put things on hold at sample sales and if you put something down it won’t be there when you come back. So hold on to your treasure until you’re positive you don’t want it.
—— By: Cynthia G. Caban