What better way to unwind after a long day of final exams than to go shopping? I know. It’s hard to beat. I headed downtown to the Botkier Sample Sale to celebrate another year of college successfully finished. I had strict orders from my mother for what she wanted, and I also planned to get something for my grandmother, who’s currently visiting from Mexico. As for me, I needed to purchase my first Botkier, and I was completely besotted with the Dion Satchel in chamois lambskin.


The sale itself wasn’t mayhem, but there were plenty of women toting more than the four-bag limit, trying to decide which to get and usually going with all of them. The bags and shoes were marked down 50% to 70% off, making for some decidedly awesome deals. For example, the Venice Hobo and Venice Satchel were priced at $295, down from $595, and the Howard Street Crossbody Clutch was a mere $125 down from $375.

Of course, when I got there, there were many a bag and shoe that were already sold out, including the Liza sandal requested by my mom and my beloved Dion satchel in chamois. Luckily, I found a replacement shoe for my mom (but I can’t reveal it here! She may read this post!) and an prim purse from seasons past for my grandmother (shh!). I left without the Botkier that I still want to be my first, but I got something much more important: first Botkiers for two women I love.

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  • Congrats Anna!

    Are those hot pink Venice Hobos?? MY FAVORITE!! :)

    • Anna Cooperberg

      YES! There were so many hot pink Venice hobos there.

  • Natalie

    What a sweet post!! Thanks so much for sharing Anna!

  • annabelle

    goodness if only i know these kinds of news as fast as the writers.
    what a great daughter/grand-daughter you are!!! (fb)

  • If I lived in New York, I would have been on those pink Venice hobos like white on rice. For real.

    • Apparently there were yellow and a blue shade called ocean in the Venice hobo. The amount of jealously I have for whoever got it and how I missed it is INTENSE!!

  • Nola

    Anna, I always love your posts! Thanks for reporting on the sale.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I really enjoyed your post Anna. I was in awe of the bags shown in the photo. I dream of such sale experiences! And it was so nice to hear about your shopping for your Mom and Grandmother.

  • Jane

    I wish I could have been there. I am sure it was so fun and I hope to see photos of what you purchased. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    All those bags look so delicious! (fb)

  • Stacy

    It’s always a great feeling to get something for a loved a one that they desired. To see the look on their face when they receive their gift…fantastic. Congrats on finding them their first Botkiers. So sweet.

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  • Mochababe73

    One drawback of not living in New York-sample sales. So rare here in Houston.

  • Nancy

    I am a bag fan! and live in Milan where I have been photographing the fashion in the streets!
    http://nancyspadarophotography.com/2010/05/05/biking-milan-style/

  • Merve

    Ah man why cant we have decent sample sales in London?? Right im moving to NY…dont get me started on the Minkoff.

  • Tori

    Dear god, those yummy bags!!! I wasn’t much of a Botkier fan but those bags look SO beautiful! I love that pink and the tan bags, what beauties! <3 I hope you will find your dream Botkier one day, you will find it! You are too sweet to get for your mom and grandma though! <3

    Daaaamn it, I'm so jealous of people going to these Sample Sales, these deals are just TOO good! I seriously need to go to the RM SS this year at Frisco. I'm crossing my fingers it'll be on a good day/time. All these SS are driving me insane! Aaah!

  • Sonya

    I would lose my mind if I was there!!! It’s funny because, I will be graduating college at 45 yrs next yr. and I’m informing all family and friends that, I want something wonderful from one of our fabulous high end deigners for a gift. Keep in mind, that’s just one gift. I also need a new car. LOL

    Hey I deserve it, I was a police officer in Philly for 13yrs, worked in the HIV/AIDS field for 7yrs, and finally now I’m walking in my destiny and designing handbags and jewelry. I am soooooo in love with it, I can’t stand myself. (SMILE)

    I hope to one day soon, have you ladies from purse blog as consumers and critics. This site is the absolute best!!!

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    I purchased a pink venice yesterday! (fb)

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