NYC Sample Sale Secrets


DSC_5902I found this jumper at a sample sale on the way home from work last week, and considering the fantastically and unseasonably moderate weather we have been having, I took the opportunity to make this summer romper a bit more “fall-appropriate.”

The fall sample sales are certainly one of the biggest perk to being a fashion-obsessed 25-year old living in New York City. Sure, they happen in other cities, but not quite to the same degree, nor with the same “Sex And The City” ambiance to them. The main location for samples sales for those in the know in New York are at 260 5th Avenue (heads up, Rebecca Minkoff is going on there this week!) or at random places in Brooklyn, Soho or inside the Chelsea Market. I love and frequent these, but my favorites are the more obscure sales that require you to know and plan for them in advance. These are often invite-only and feature such amazing mind-boggling deals on designer duds that they will give any full-fledged fashion lover a heart attack. My personal favorite is coming up next week, and despite  the selfish part of myself that doesn’t want more people to know about it, it is really worth sharing because it is for an amazing cause.

Every year, one of my favorite thrift stores hosts a blow out sale of donated NEW designer duds to donate money to AIDS research and their youth program initiatives. This event is none other than Housing Work’s Fashion for Action event. And I will be there (15 minutes early) to shop the sale and you should seriously consider coming too! Last year I bought new DVF Oxfords for $75 and silk Ted Baker jumpsuits for $10 and $15 respectively. It is by far the most fun sample sale I have been to with the widest selection of designers and the best prices.

Sample sales can be intimidating, but your closet and your wallet will thank you. Just go in with your game face on, and don’t be embarrassed to change in public and you will likely find your favorite wardrobe items!

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From Head to Toe:

Hat: Thrifted (similar), Jumper: Pinkyotto Sample Sale (similar), Bag: Asos, Jacket: Nasty Gal, Boots: Vince Camuto

Photos by Anabella V Photogrpaphy

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