What is a sample sale?
Designers wanting to liquidate stock at a fast pace will hold sample sales. Brands (both high and Low) will hold sample sales in rented venues, hotel conference rooms etc. The highlight of the sample sale is the deep discounts you get. Often time the percentage of discounts will reduce each day of the sale. If your lucky enough you can find items from current seasons but its usually past season goodies up for sale. Sample sales tend to last only a few days and once an item is gone there is no grantee of it being restocked.
When are sample sales?
Although I’ve heard of sample sales I didn’t know where to find them ahead of time. Thanks to great sites like NYCracked, Samplesally, and Lazarshopping, I can track all the current sample sales. Some sample sale venues have social media accounts that also feature sale dates and times.
MCM SAMPLE SALE:
MCM had there ever popular sample sale a few weeks ago. This was the first time I’d attend, and my third time going to a sample sale. I went on Friday (the third day of the sale). There was no line, I checked in my bag, and bam I was in. There was a good selection of bags, backpacks, scarves, clothing, small leather goods etc. There was a crowd but every one was civil for the most part. I picked up three items. I originally just wanted to go the last day but I’m so glad I went on Friday. I also went on Sunday( last day of the sale) being a novice I didn’t know what to expect. I got there at 11AM when the sale started, there was a line. I waited on that line for two hours only to go and see nothing I liked. But it was a good experience overall. I made friends while waiting and learned a few things about sample sales in general. What was even greater satisfaction was learning that MCM’s website is currently is featuring some items that were at the sale.While the website is offering a 20% discount I still saved more buy purchasing at the Sample Sale.
WHAT I BOUGHT:
1.Wallet- This was one item I kept forgetting original sale price after some research on line I believe this it’s original price ranged from $200-$350 (USD).
Sample sale Price: $148.00 (USD).
2.Wrislet-They had this in large but I thought the large was a bit much so I opted for medium. Original price: $330.00 (USD).
Sample sale price: $99.00 (USD)
3. Swing pack. – This was my favorite find because I was going to buy this swingpack last year when they were having a winter sale. I debated until I didn’t see it on the website. Low and behold it was sitting there on the shelf that Friday afternoon asking me to buy it. Original Price : $550.00 (USD)
Sample sale price: $165.00 (USD)
I spent almost $500.00 (USD) which for me is still pricey but considering the Brand and the orginal cost of one of the items I purchased I believe I did very well.
Sample Sales are a great way to shop for quality items at a great price.