Shopping. More Good News: You Pay Retail? Sample Sales Are Becomming the Norm. Second City Style Fashion Blog

March 26, 2007 • Shopping


In a world where nobody seems to pay full retail anymore, it’s no wonder the sample sale has become expected. One no longer has to be a VIP or ‘on the guest list’ to attend one or reap the benefits of finding a brand new Diane von Furstenberg string bikini for $70, a Baccarat
crystal wine glass for $36 or a $10,000 Tourneau woman’s watch for

According to an article in today’s New York Times, these events now offer unbeatable deals to shoppers of all sizes
while giving retailers a way of selling overstock and end-of-season
merchandise. Today one can even expect to find everything including men’s and
children’s clothing, housewares, jewelry, shoes, stemware and furniture.

estimated 70 % of sample sales are in New York, and are
growing in popularity in Los Angeles. A few companies run traveling road shows (like Billion Dollar Babes) in other
cities, some with better discounts than others.

sample sales dispensed actual designer samples, created for models who
would show off a clothing line to department store buyers. Some fashion
houses still run their sales that way.

Read whole article: "Attention, Fashionistas: Sample Sales Are Expanding" by Hillary Chura

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