Samples Sales 101

Shoppers and fashion lovers often crowd the streets of New York City waiting outside showrooms for the latest sample sale. Many tourists come specifically to New York just for the shopping but have no idea how to find these great fashion steals. Even locals may be a little confused about the mythical sample sales that occur in downtown Manhattan. So, what is a sample sale? A sample sale is a way for the retail businesses to discard excess merchandise by selling these near perfect items at a fraction of the price. These sales often occur at impromptu locations with temporary signage.

Are you a soon to be bride looking for discounted wedding gowns? Then, you’re in luck. Sample sale are extremely popular in the bridal industry. Bridal salons generally carry two collections a year, spring/summer and fall/winter, and will sell the past season’s gowns at deep discounts in order to make room for their new season of wedding dresses. One of the most famous bridal sample sales is the Kleinfeld Bridal sample sale.

If you’d like to attend a sample sale, the Internet is your best resource. Websites like, Racked NY and Here Comes the Guide offer calendars and insight for upcoming sample sales in the New York City area. Sample sales are a great way to get that fashion editorial look for a fraction of the price. Just remember, the bigger the brand, the bigger the shopping competition, so get there early, you may have to wait in line. Happy shopping everyone!

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