RT-Sample-Sales

Last week I got ready for the day a bit earlier than usual, hailed a cab and headed down to Soho. As the car pulled onto Mercer Street, I saw a line on the sidewalk longer than I anticipated (by about 150 people). This was the line I was about to stand in.

It was sample sale time.

The specific sample sale I’m speaking of was Proenza Schouler, which opened its doors to friends and family a day before they opened to the public. I anticipated a bit of a line, but as I got into my place around 8:50 for a sale whose doors opened at 9:00, I realized it was going to be a longer ordeal than I anticipated. I patiently waited for the first 30 minutes past opening, then began to feel fidgety. I wondered if I should just leave; I already had a busy day ahead of me and had no way of knowing what would be left when I finally made it inside.

This internal struggle continued for an hour, until it was finally my turn to enter the sale. I figured, okay, it’s totally worth it. I popped down the stairs, gave my bag to the bag keepers (no bags are allowed in sample sales to ward off shoplifters) and went directly to the Proenza Schouler handbag table.

There wasn’t much to be desired, at least not according to my desires. I really wanted a PS1 or PS11, just the straight-forward version, but the best bags had been taken long ago and there were PS1 totes and other one-offs that weren’t what I was looking for. I looked through everything and finally found an orange PS1; it wasn’t the color I wanted or even a color I loved, but I picked it up. I then saw a few PS1 clutches, and ended up seeing someone put a pink suede version back on the pile. I grabbed that one.

There was a lot of clothes, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. I stared at the bags a bit longer and realized this was the best I was going to get. I went to the checkout line and stood there with my two items, not really in love with my selection but feeling like I should leave with something after waiting outside so long.

It was one of those days where the line moved slowly – I’m talking two-hours-to-check-out slow. I made friends with the people in front of me and we all helped one another decide if we should keep what we picked out. Many of us spent enough time standing there that we gave up on items we had picked, and some put everything back and left. After about an hour and 15 minutes, I saw a woman walk towards the bag table and let us know she was going to put back her off-white PS1 and asked if anyone wanted it. I DID. She gave it to me and I put back the orange PS1.

After just over 3 hours in total time, I got to pay for my goods. The PS1 was $399 and the PS1 clutch was $299, which I thought was a tad over-priced for a sample sale. However, instead of leaving the sample sale feeling happy and accomplished, I was annoyed and felt like I had wasted time. Sure, I got a couple of bags and I really do like them, but it wasn’t a fun process.

When I first moved to NYC four years ago, I was so enthralled by sample sales. I loved checking them out, I loved the hunt and I loved the deals. But after attending many sample sales, I realize that, for me, sample sales are more of a hassle. Plus, when I go to them, I buy things I rarely wear or carry.

Sample sales don’t happen everywhere, and many of you may never have shopped one, but I find myself more intrigued by a great online sale than an in-person sample sale. For those of you who have participated, I want to know if you enjoy sample sales; do you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, or would you rather sit comfortably in your home and find the best deals on the web to avoid the line?

  • kindled

    $399 for a PS1, though, is a hell of a deal!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      It really is. The PS1 price was great, especially for this off-white bag. The clutch at $299 wasn’t as great of a deal IMHO

  • Amy

    Coming from Canada where all designer bags are significantly more expensive than their US or European counterparts, I’m in awe that there are PS1 bags going for only $399! Are sample sale items simply out of season stock or is there some other reason they end up there?

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Some of the items are true samples, used by the press department, some have wear/marks on them, and some is just over-flow from the season

  • uadjit

    #firstworldproblems

    • Silversun

      Um, you’re on The Purse Blog, what did you expect? If it’s all too bourgeois for you, you don’t have to read it?!

      • Jadesmusings

        -__- just chill its a hashtag joke

  • missarewa

    I feel the EXACT SAME WAY! Everything in my closet that I don’t use and regret buying has been from one ‘awesome sale’ or the other. i’m at the point where I research what I want/what my closet needs and buy it whether or not it’s sale season. And when I get calls about sales from my SA, I go there looking for a particular item not just a great deal. If I don’t find it, I make my way through all the 99% off merchandise and head home with my money in my pocket.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Yep, exactly!

  • Antonia

    I love that pink clutch, more than the off white bag-I’d be afraid to get that dirty! Congrats on both! :)

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      The pink clutch is really nice! I’m excited about it too

  • C

    I almost always make better decisions when I have plenty of time, either online or in a regular store, to mull over my decision. When I’m looking at something online, I might even think about the purchase for days or weeks before finally plunking down the money.

    But in a sample sale setting, I’m so overwhelmed with the “WOW WHAT A DEAL…it’s kind of wonky and not at all practical…BUT I CAN LEARN TO LOVE IT” feeling, in addition to the “I need to grab everything before everyone else does” compulsion. This usually results in me spending far too much for stuff that I probably won’t use more than a couple times. Same goes for online sales on websites like Hautelook, where you might find a great deal, but your cart also times out in 15 minutes.

    • C

      PS: Megs and the rest of the PB team- I love the Real Talk posts!

      • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

        So glad you like these posts! We are always thinking of different topics to discuss with you

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I love online shopping for this reason – you can put items in your cart and think about it, and always come back to it, and there really isn’t as much pressure.

  • Cbl

    I would kill 3 hrs and pay $1000 for that white ps1!!! Awesome score!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      It is a good score, and this one doesn’t have marks on it either – kinda shocked!

  • Marnie

    I’ll stand 3 hrs. in line for a great used books/music sale, I’ll in line 3 hrs. for concert tickets or a great restaurant. To buy an over priced designer bag? Not so much.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I guess we all have the things that we love most and will wait in line for!

  • Hannah R.

    I bought a PS1 from The Real Real for $700 and felt great about that price.. I would be dancing in the street for one at $399! Even the clutch at $299 is great, but doesn’t feel like much of a steal when the whole bag is only $100 more. A white bag can be a little impractical, so I bet you’ll be less anxious wearing it knowing that you didn’t shell out a ton for it. Beautiful choices! xx

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I love the prices of the items I got – especially the PS1. And you’re right, a white bag for that price is great because I won’t feel as bad about using it and it showing wear!

      • Regina George

        A ps1 for $400!!?!?!?!?!?!?! MY EYES NEARLY POPPED OUT READING THAT. It sounds like a dream come true.

      • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

        YES! The PS1 was the score for sure!!! Especially because I really like this off-white color and it’s unmarked

  • NEVER.

    this might be a really unpopular opinion, but if you are willing to wait 3+ hours just to get a good deal on a high-end bag, maybe you really don’t deserve to wear/carry the item.

    vice versa, if you’re a company (in this case ProSchu) willing to cut over %50 from original price just to make a buck (regardless of who ends up carrying/wearing your company’s product), well then, that company really doesn’t qualify to be called a true, luxury, high-end line – far from being on the same par as hermes, chanel, dior, ford, etc. etc…. ProSchu might as well be on the same level as the GAP, Michael Kors, T.Burch, or Kate Spade…

    my opinion doesn’t really apply to high-end dept. store sales, but rather the horrifying chaos that is the in-person sample sale:

    even if it hurts my wallet, i’m willing to pay original price at the boutique for a luxury good (or even at a sale at bergs/saks/neimans) b/c i want the QUALITY that comes w/ that price tag: the mint-perfect condition of the product, the impeccable packaging/boxing, and the after-service and care.

    i would never pay $399, not even $39, for a bag hundreds of people have touched and having to wait in sticky nyc heat amidst women clammering on top of each other – NO MATTER WHAT BRAND…

    you’re out to buy a luxury good? you don’t go to a flea market.

    • C

      OMG I can’t agree more. O the mint-perfect condition. Makes every penny worth it.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I don’t think your opinion is unpopular – it seems to be popular actually.

      And yes, the experience, the items, etc make it much less of an enjoyable experience on a whole

    • ET

      “if you are willing to wait 3+ hours just to get a good deal on a high-end bag, maybe you really don’t deserve to wear/carry the item.”

      Did I read that sentence correctly? If I’m not able to buy an item full price, then I shouldn’t have it and/or don’t deserve it? Not everyone has thousands to blow on handbags, not do they have an extra $500 for a pretty box and bow. Your sentence reeks of privilege; not everyone shops luxury for the same reasons as you. For some, the opportunity to get a great bag at an awesome deal is a huge draw of being a handbag lover. If the main reason why you buy expensive handbags is because they’re exclusive and no one else has them (vs. owning a beautiful, well-made handbag), maybe you should be asking yourself whether you deserve it. When your joy/thrill stems from having something that no one else has, that’s a stone’s throw away from pure greed and selfishness.

      If I buy something a full price and a few weeks later someone else gets it for half off, I congratulate them on a great find and scold myself for not being more patient. It’s on me, not them or the designer. (Oh, and this idea that you’re only truly high-end if your bags never go on sale? Give me a break. If what you want is an expensive bag, just vow to yourself to never spend less than $3000 on a bag. Simple.)

      • Agree with “NEVER”

        LOL did we read the same comment??

        “NEVER” clearly stated that he or she’d rather spend the extra $$$ for the quality, care, and attention to detail that comes with buying a product at original-value.

        I think you were definitely reading into your own insecurities and your defensiveness shows.

      • Regina George

        uhh, Agree with “NEVER”…..wouldn’t happen to be the same person. Nah, couldn’t possibly be….

      • ET

        Seeing as a number people liked my comment, there must be some truth to my interpretation and reaction to NEVER’s comment. I don’t think I’m out on a limb by myself here.

      • Oh, Please -

        ET, please be honest with yourself:

        If you’re seeking a bag for its beauty or quality construction why do you even buy the exclusive, brand bag on sale when there’s a plethora of equally “beautiful, well-made” bags at the mall priced at a fraction of the cost?

        Clearly, (and this is where you need to be honest with yourself and take that good, long hard look in the mirror) you’d rather buy the luxury good on sale rather than buy the no-name bag because you want to be SEEN BY OTHERS carrying the upper echelon brand bag (for whatever god-forsaken reason: vanity, inferiority complex, you weren’t hugged as a child, the list goes on.)

        So please get off your patronizing high-horse and take a trip over to Macy’s where you’ll find that beautiful, well-made bag right in your budget. And you won’t even have to buy them on sale!

      • ET

        Hard as it may be for you to believe, I actually don’t buy bags so everyone can see me with them. And I don’t buy anything I own bc no one else will have them. That clearly must be a thing you do since you’re so convinced, without knowing me at all, that that’s the reason why I buy what I buy. I buy items because I love them, because they’re beautiful, because I look good with them, because I’ve wanted them for a long time…etc. If I’m buying a name brand, the name brand is probably a factor, but NOT so I can tell every other person that I’m carrying a ________ handbag on my shoulder. And contrary to your point about my potential vanity/inferiority complex/experience with bad parenting, I’m really not concerned about what everyone else owns. I wasn’t raised that way (good parenting!).

        My point is that luxury/high-end doesn’t have to be and isn’t always synonymous with exclusive and unattainable. And it shouldn’t necessarily be. While you may be able to throw $1500 at something easily, another person might work hard and save up months to buy the same bag on sale or pre-owned for $500. People on PurseForum talk all the time about the great sales they scored! Doesn’t mean that the luxury of it has somehow gone down bc a person that doesn’t have as much money as you has the same bag, or bc they got the same bag for less. And again, if it does for you, you need to take a hard look at yourself, the way you think about money, and the relationships you have with other people.

        I see folks on the PurseForum lamenting ALL THE TIME about how high-end designers have inflated their prices of the certain bags over the last few years and how mini bags are only slightly cheaper than the larger sizes of the same handbags. But then you turn around and complain when items are available at sample sales? How does that really work?

        Just because someone’s budget may be on the lower end, doesn’t mean they’re only allowed to hang out at Macy’s. Again, the more you type, the more privilege just oozes out.

    • ebun

      Living in NYC, EVERYONE has a sample sale (Oscar de la Renta, Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, etc), so I have to disagree that a brand isn’t truly a luxury brand because they offer a sale. I mean, even Chanel offers sales on not only their shoes, but their bags as well. I do see the point you’re making about the experience, but perhaps your delivery just comes off a bit privileged/entitled.

    • Heiress

      Your elitist obnoxious comment is very telling. Many “commando” experienced shoppers such as myself enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the affordability sample sales provide. “Maybe you don’t really deserve to wear/carry the item .” Quick tip: People with money like to hold onto it and anyone with a buck can buy whatever they damn well please. Educate yourself about capitalism and economics and you might understand the process of retail vs. wholesale a little better. Get off your high LV horse and come come back to earth with the rest of us- you will be a lot happier and we may even save you a place in line.

      • HC

        And who really “deserves” to buy or carry a designer bag. Well, no one. None of us “deserve” it. It’s not a prize you win for being in possession of a certain amount of money. It’s an item for sale that you can choose to buy or not buy and whether you get it at a discount or on sale or pay full price doesn’t mean you “deserve” it any more than anyone else who has the money to purchase it. Deserve it? What nonsense.

    • BagFan

      Wow. Comparing someone going to a Sample Sale to someone shopping a
      flea market for a high end purse? Are you kidding? What about picking
      up a true sample? One that you can’t find anywhere else because it was
      not put into mainstream production? I have 2 bags like this, and it’s
      great knowing others aren’t walking around carrying them.

      Take a
      friend, do lunch, make a day of it if you’re not living in NYC.
      Unpopular opinion? meh. It’s not so much your opinion I object to, it’s
      the mixture of smug and snark with which you dish it out.

      Don’t do anything if it’s ‘beneath’ you, but don’t sit behind your keyboard judging others. Flea market my Aunt Fanny.

    • fashion.foward

      I hope that understand that the brands you list above such as Chanel,Dior, and Ford all have outlets so its the same exact thing as PS sample sales so maybe YOU aren’t getting a bag that matches your standards for high quality. Also I do hope you know that many brands that you listed such as Chanel, Dior, and Ford all are made in sweat shops in China or other Asian countries, the only reason why they say they were made in France or Italy is because they all the handles on there a WOLAAAA they are now made in Italy or France. The only reason why people pay the extremely high prices for bags is because of the exclusivity that comes with bag to make your bag stand out from the others. So basically the only thing that is separating you and that cheap Kate Spade bag is the price and label. For this reason who really gives a damn if she got it for $4,000 or $300 dollars, the bag is a bag and now the smart one is able to get more purchases and flash it around. No one knows the difference between the full price one and the discounted one and now she has more designer bags than you… sucks huh?

    • Jadesmusings

      Sorry to see so many people bashing your comment. From (an eerily similar) personal experience, you have to phrase somewhat controversial opinions in a more stoic and less personal manner unless you want to be crucified.

      But back to your post, I very much agree that sample sales differ from dept. store sales. An extra point to note is how often (and in how many places) these sample sales occur – if a luxury label held greatly-discounted sample sales all the time all over the world featuring all of their products, in effect they’re lowering their overall price point and attracting a different sort of clientele. I think everyone here would agree in this case that the brand would cease to be “high-end”. But if a certain brand holds randomly-timed/rare sample sales in only one city/location and only a few items are put up for sale, I think its high-end image remains intact because the nature of sample sales is still somewhat “exclusive” – it’s pretty much only accessible by New Yorkers in the know, and only for a very short period of time :-)

      Another point I’d like to note is whether we like it or not, our current world is marked by scarcity and exclusivity. Just think of precious metals like gold or platinum. There’s a reason why they’re called “precious” instead of something like pretty metals (hahaha). Same with diamonds, same with Hermes refusing to have a presence at outlet malls, same with Dolce & Gabbana deciding to kill off its diffusion line… That’s just how a big part of our world works. People may not consciously embrace it, but if you pay a bit more attention to your daily life, you’ll see shades of it lurking in every corner.

    • Jennifer Eddy

      I hate to break this to you, but those exclusive never go on sale brands you talk about often end up at consignment stores, ebay, garage sales and thrift stores. It is true that you wont see the latest season there but eventually many women get tired of their bags and want new ones so they sell them or donate older ones. And to a lot who do go to the thrift stores it’s the hunt that’s the fun part, looking for an amazing find. I get you don’t want ‘common’ people with high end lux goods, just like you would wear, but blame the brands not the people. In the end its about money to them, and if they see there’s a demand for their product they are going to entice you anyway they can to buy it. Even if it’s just a $50 keychain or perfume.

    • http://www.curvygirlsarechic.com/ Sip the Diva

      Then you might not want to be on this blog. Clearly its for those who love luxury handbags! If the person chooses to wait 3 minutes or 300 its their choice. She was suited with a job to post what she liked or did not like about a sample sale, people are complaining about her choice on a blog that is visited by choice.. #byefelicia we ain’t got time for that!

  • Sandy

    In my experience with sales, and pretty much any sale, you are never purchasing the things that you really really want. You are purchasing for the sake of purchasing, because that specific item is a good deal, you stood in line, you can get in the sale early because you are a preferred customer etc…I prefer to spend whatever I have to that will obtain the items that truly make my heart sing, that is a good deal to me!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      There are very few sale items that I have purchased that I needed or loved for a long time. Sometimes the idea of a deal is more alluring than the item itself

  • Silversun

    I totally agree. Sample sales are never as good in reality as they are in theory. At the end of the day you’re usually just standing around in the crowded room (always with such crappy, un-private changing rooms too) clutching a handful of stuff that you don’t really like but feel like you have to get to make all the queueing worthwhile. Definitely over it. Pretty much the antithesis of a luxury experience, actually.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Ya, the crowds really get me – I’m not a huge crowd lover as it is, so the mayhem that happens in sample sales is a bit overwhelming.

  • rhiannonmr

    I do most of my shopping online. The idea of waiting in line for hrs to get into a sale like this is something I pass on. Now I HAVE waited in line at outlet malls on occasion but not for hrs on end. I’ve also waited in line for tickets to a concert or movie or even a new restaurant. Nothing against those who will wait like this, gotta admire the tenacity of it, but it’s not my thing at all.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I remember waiting in line for concert tickets before, and I was so excited about it – it didn’t bother me, it was a thrill. I loved the musician/band so it seemed worth it. But this type of wait for a sample sale isn’t for me

  • Maice

    Those 2 are really nice bags, but I agree that the experience almost negates the win. I’ve never shopped in a sample sale before… Based on this story, I think I will pass, should I ever get the opportunity to do so. I also prefer online shopping, or going to a boutique on a regular day. :)
    P.S. This is a well-written piece… I almost felt like I was in the shop when this was happening. LOL.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Glad you like the piece! There are amazing online sales, and they are so much easier. I think a sample sale can be fun to do once if you can, just to experience it

  • loulou

    amazing! enjoy your purchases!!!
    can you do a purseonal on the ps1?

  • ebun

    Having shopped the mayhem that is Christian Louboutin and Manolo sample sales, I have to say that I agree with you. (side note: Megs, aww you’re so cute! you got there late in sample sale terms. Need to be there by at least 7am lol) What I’ve learned though, for both sample and regular sale shopping, is to have a list of exactly what I want for sale season (be it exact items or styles) and to constantly remind myself of the list. That way, I don’t stray or buy things I don’t want/need.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      HAHAHAHAHA you called out my major mistake, what a rookie mistake I made!!!! I am spoiled by a few other sample sales because they have editors dates and it is so calm and easy. This was friends and family day, but I guess Proenza has lots of friends… and family ;)

  • joanheminway

    Both lovely bags at great prices. Congrats. Sometimes, I view sample sales as an adventure and treat them as such. I don’t plan anything for before or after them, except maybe rewarding myself with a nice beverage or snack (or both). Since I typically keep food bars in my tote and carry water, I am good to go for a few hours.

    But other days . . . well . . . meh. It’s just not worth it. And since I no longer live in or near a big city, I mostly use online comparison shopping and discount sales to get good deals on handbags.

    Thanks for the interesting post.

  • Skid Rose

    I’m having a hard time with where this thread is going. I think there are a lot of financially well off people who still love to get a good deal. They appreciate high quality and luxury but want to feel like they got the best deal possible (myself included). They don’t mind paying full price for an item they really want but feel accomplished when they get the item they want on sale. For that reason, I stalk items online, have developed relationships with Sales Associates and set online alerts to get the best deals. This means I have more money to spend on travels, gifts for friends and family and experiences like concerts, plays etc. Having said that, I recognize that time is money. For some people who have the time and patience, the sample sale is great. Its like a scavenger hunt and some people enjoy the “thrill of the hunt”. For others, like myself, I would rather have my 3 hours to do something else. But I don’t think anyone should be faulted or looked down upon because they want to get a good deal on a luxury item. I would recommend the book “Bargain Fever” by Mark Ellwood . It discusses the shift in retail to the bargain mentality.

  • http://www.asequinloveaffair.com/ Shira

    Haaaaa oh boy do I hear you! So many of my regretful purchases are from sample sales. Now at least I get early access with press because of my blog but I still try to limit myself because all too often I and up with pieces I never really use because I got caught up in the sample sale frenzy no matter how much I try to stop myself. ;)

  • http://www.visualimaginings.com MrMotivations

    “The old guy at the ‘Other End of the Leash’ used to work for a ladies shoe manufacturer. He even went to trade shows in NYC from time to time to represent the line. The samples were often nearly irregulars, always only one size, and were usually sold of in lots to ‘jobbers’ for pennies on the dollar regardless of how well the item sold. He says it was peculiar to that industry. Actually, I like to chew on some of the old ones….”

  • Julie G

    I remember going to sample sales in the early and mid 1990’s when sample sales were sales where designers and brands sold samples. You know, actual samples, and they cost between $5 and $50 at the most. So many so-called sample sales today seem more like warehouse sales where the most unpopular colorways of a style get off-loaded at still-high prices. Maybe there’s just too much product out there; it sure seems that way. These days I get better deals at gilt, ideeli, hautelook, vente-privess, modnique, etc., and I don’t have to fight brand-obsessed lunatics.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Ya, times have changed – they are def overstock sales for the most part

  • eye4style

    I’m with you, Megs. True sample sales barely exist anymore – instead they’re overstock sales, in most cases. I only hit a sample sale if I know or have it on good word that it’s generally well-assorted, organized, etc. – e.g. it’s not a bag sale, but I always make out like a bandit at the Joie, Equipment, Current-Elliot sale. In the past, I’ve also made too many mistakes at sample sales – spending what is, in many cases, still a substantial amount of money on something I would NEVER have purchased a full price.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      I LIVE for the Joie/Equipment/CE sample sale too! It’s probably one of the best SS there is and the lines aren’t insane!

  • Anastasia

    Wow…holy judgemental people out there! Women are just so hard on each other, such a shame. Your 2 bags are gorgeous, enjoy them! Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience too :)

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  • Jen

    In person…no but online..heck yes! Mara Hoffman recently held an online sample sale before the one in LA and it was great. Same with Rebecca Minkoff. Probably not the same selection but I would rather go online and be disappointed than wait in line and buy mediocre items to justify the waste of time.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      More designers are having online sample sales and it’s great!

  • yeahilikemysales

    I love and hate sample sales. SoI have gotten some pretty amazing bargains off sample sales (a Melissa Obadash sarong for $8.50!), but have also succumbed to buying stuff I wouldnt really use. Net positive though as it gets me to step outsie of my fashion comfort zone a little and some of my most beloved items are super sale/sample sale ones. Though I really, really hate it when the shopgirls show you major snub attitude, just because you shop in the sample sales (Vickisarge was one, where she suggested that if I bought a 2k necklace, then the service might be a bit different. Awful store manager).

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      A Melissa Obadash sarong for $8.50… that is insane!

  • denton

    Sample sales are great, I go to them, but you have to have discipline. You have to have the discipline to walk out if there is nothing there, or if what is there is weird, or over-priced. I’ve never been to a sample sale with a two hour checkout line, but if I did, I would take that as a sign of disrespect, and put whatever I chose into the nearest bin and walk out. Like I said, discipline!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      Completely agree – I over-bought sooo much for my first sample sales, now am much better about it

  • Socialite Auctions

    Totally agree…I do not want to fight for a bag! I’d much rather find a great deal at the Net-A-Porter sale.

  • beachbumsta

    I adore your purchases. Sure, it’s a long wait and haul but it’s not a daily thing!

  • Madison

    You definitely went too late for a sample sale. ;) I went to the Alexander Wang sample sale last year, got there early, got my bag, and got out. Definitely worth it if you go early enough, for the brands that you love. As a side note, I also buy high end handbags (e.g., Chanel) at boutiques at full price – it’s all a matter of what I want. It’s not because I can’t afford something at full price, it’s because even when I can, I enjoy the hunt.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

      For the amount of time I spent there, I should have just arrived an hour plus ahead of time. Learned my lesson on that front for sure!

  • Aida

    Luxury is a figment of companies imagination & they laugh behind our
    backs…

  • Newyorking

    I don’t do sample sales, I just can’t wait in line and I hear they don’t even have changing rooms or anything. I remember going to one once, I didn’t wait in line, it was just in the area I was in. I walked in, nothing was worth buying, there were measly “fitting rooms”, and I walked out. I just can’t wait in line for sample sales. People can get competitive in there and you have to check to see if there is any damage before buying. I would rather just visit store sales.

  • bitchwhat

    never attended one but would like to some time :)

  • Daniel Wong

    Oh complain complain complain most of the world have no chance to get sample sale and for that price, it’s worth it. Most of us fork out more than that for so called sales back home

  • http://www.curvygirlsarechic.com/ Sip the Diva

    Thanks Megs for providing a gleaming look into sample sale shopping. I do not live in the NYC area anymore but I do receive emails about the sample sales and I always wonder how good they are.

  • http://www.beautifymylifeblog.com Jessica

    I don’t live in NYC, but I happened to be up there during a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale a few years ago. I really wanted a MAB Mini or Nikki, but walked away with a fuschia croc Swing that I think I’ve used once. That said, I’m WILDLY jealous of your $399 PS1, and if I was based in NYC or LA, deals like that would probably keep me coming back for more.

  • Layla

    Wow I’m drooling all over my keyboard reading your post. You NYC peeps are so freaking lucky to get all these sample sales…how could you hate it? I would be happy to wait two hours plus in line to get in earlier so that I could secure a PS1 for $399… It’s a matter of personal choice!