The Fashion District is a great place to find some amazing sales on designer apparel. Sample sales give you a chance to purchase high end merchandise at a fraction of the price with markdowns reaching as low as 80% off retail prices. They offer a wide range of sizes and styles making it easy for everyone. The sales listed on our website are all located in the Fashion District, within easy walking distance of one another. We compile the listings from other sources so that you don’t have to!
Clothingline brings you a new sample sale every week! Next up, check out sales for the following brands.
Location: 261 West 36th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Ave), 2nd Floor
Duration: May 21-23; Hours: Tues 11am-8pm, Wed 11am-7pm, Thurs 11am-7pm
“For women, men and kids. Ready to wear and accessories. Samples only from Desigual. Sample sizes vary. Free People all sizes. ” –Clothingline.com
European Classic-Emilio Visconti Made in Italy
Duration: Month of May; Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm
Location: 48 West 37th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue), 11th Floor
“Womens and Mens Clothing & Outerwear Warehouse Clearance Sale. New 2012-2013 Fall and Winter merchandise in stock now. Italian men’s and women’s ready-to-wear. Women’s samples from Prada, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Missoni, Versace, Christian Dior, Balanciaga, Blumarine, Fendi and more. Men’s suits, tuxedos, sport jackets, slacks, shirts and more. Men’s samples from Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Paul & Shark, Canali, Visconti, Brunello Cuccinelli, D & G, Luciano Barbera, Loro Piana, Armani and more. 60% to 80% off.” –LazarShopping
Mark Miller USA Inco
Location: 247 West 38th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), Ground Floor
“Brand name long and short evening dresses. Adrianna Papell collection. 50%-70% off.” -On-street Flyer
Penn Centrall & Azi, Forwear
Location: 209 West 38th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), Suite 1202
“Blow out sample sale. From $5 and up. Novelty tops, sweaters, jackets & contemporary.” –On-street Flyer
OG Oliver Goureau
Location: 209 West 38th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), Suite 1007
“Dresses, jackets, outerwear, pants, skirts, sweaters and handbags.” –On-street Flyer
Location: 209 West 38th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), Suite 1102
“Menswear-sweaters, cardigans, jackets, blazers, shirts, polos, tees & pants. Ladieswear-dresses & tops. $3-$25.” –StreetFlyer
Duration: May 1-30; Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Location: 552 Seventh Avenue (between 39th & 40th Street), Suite 602
“Womens bridal & evening. Save up to 75% off on bridal gowns, evening gowns, cocktail dresses and mother of the bride dresses. Preview Paula’s collection, visit her web site.” –LazarShopping
Duration: May 13-24; Hours: 10am-4pm
Location: 265 West 37th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenue), Suite 904
“Clearance sale on designer fabric. Imported Italian fabrics. $2-$20 a yard. 70% off original price.” –StreetFlyer
Sample Sale Tips & Tricks
An Insider’s Guide to Deal Hunting
Keep in mind that sample sale shopping is unlike your typical shopping experience. Here are some tips to help you shop like a pro:
Arrive early to avoid long lines and the lunch hour rush. Typically, you will have your best shot at the widest array of price-slashed merch on Day 1 of a sale during the opening hour. Some sample sales replenish goods throughout the week, but in our opinion, it’s typically as good as it’s ever going to get on opening day.
Most sample sales DO NOT have dressing rooms. Even mirrors can be hard to come by. Be prepared to strip down fast in a room full of deal-hunting strangers by wearing form-fitting layers (e.g., leggings and camisoles) underneath an easy-to-remove dress, long blouse or an oversized boyfriend button-up. And bring a friend who can be your mirror.
No baggage! Don’t bring your giant handbag or shopping bags from elsewhere. You will be asked to check all “carry on” items at the door, which usually just means you’ll have to wait in yet another line once you make it inside. Carry your cash and cards in your pockets or bring a wallet with a strap so you can keep your hands free to peruse the racks.
If you see something you like but aren’t sure, hold onto it! Wait until you are finished looking around and then decide.
Inspect all items by checking for holes, broken zippers, and marker markings (e.g., garment has “sample” written with a sharpie across the inside of the back). Happy shopping!
Listings are collected from a variety of sources, including: Clothingline, LazarShopping, and from flyers distributed on the street. To add your sample sale to our listings, please contact us. Please note that all sample sales must be located in or near the Fashion District.