Sample sales were created so that designers could sell production samples and the pieces from their latest collections they used to show store buyers. Today, most sample sale items are overstock, and therefore sold at steep discounts. Look for regular sales throughout New York City. Here are some shopping tips:
Sign up for mailing lists to get invitations to private presales. We like DailyCandy.com's list. Sample sales are held in season: Sales on fall and winter merchandise, for example, are generally held from September through November, so you can walk out wearing your finds. Cash is the preferred method of payment. Get there early for the best selection, and avoid shopping during lunch hours. Try things on if you can. Sometimes a strange fit is the reason the garment is on sale. Dress for easy access with slip-on shoes and no-fuss wear. Most sales are final, so be sure to inspect the merchandise closely!