Whether you're living in Manhattan or visiting the city for a couple of days, die-hard shoppers and fashionistas alike should keep a keen eye out for sample sales, where designer and precious goods are marked down significantly for a one or more day frenzy. Sample sales are not for the faint of heart, as they are crowded, competitive, and often don't label sizes or have dressing rooms. If you're a true bargain hunter, however, this is definitely the way to go. I'm including a list of some of the prominent sample sales in New York this July (august list to come later this month), and where to find them.
July (first half)
July 1st- 5th (Wednesday- Sunday): Rachel Zoe sample sale with ready-to-wear and footwear marked down up to 65%. Location: Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave.), 10:30am-5pm.
July 1st- 5th (Wednesday- Sunday): Women's and Men's multidesigner (including Rag & Bone, Goorin Bros., and more). Location: Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave.), 10:30am-5pm.
July 7th- 9th (Tuesday- Thursday): Mackage sample sale with leather handbags marked down up to 60% off. Location: 260 W 39th St., 8th floor, noon-8pm.
July 7th- 9th (Tuesday- Thursday): Desigual sample sale with merchandise for women, men, and kids discounted. Location: Clothingline (261 W 36th St., 2nd floor), 11am-7pm.
July 8th- 10th (Wednesday- Friday): Steven Tai, Nanushka, Nomia, Tia Cibani, Harbison, and Karolyn Pho sample sale with clothing up to 70% off. Location: In Support Of (342 W 13 Street), 11am- 7pm.
July 9th- 13th (Thursday- Monday but closed Sat. and Sun.): Acrobat and Wilt sample sale, with contemporary women's apparel up to 80% off. Cash only! Location: 215 W 40th St., 12th floor. 10am-7pm.
July 10th-12th (Friday-Sunday): Pixie Market sample sale (everything's $20, $30, or $40! Keep in mind it's all cash-only). Location: 252 Elizabeth Street, 11am-8pm.
July (second half)
July 14th- 16th (Tuesday- Thursday): Free People, Milly, Tocca, Figue, with clothes, accessories, candles, and beauty products discounted. Location: Clothingline (261 W 36th St., 2nd floor), 11am- 7pm.
July 15th- 16th (Wednesday- Thursday): Ted Rossi, Canto NYC, Lionette, Sjobeck Malibu sale with women's apparel and accessories marked down up to 70%. Location: 307 W 38th St., Suite 308), 10am- 7pm.
July 16th- 18th (Thursday- Saturday): No. 6 sample sale with women's apparel and footwear discounted. Location: 6 Centre Market Pl.
July 21st- 26th (Tuesday- Sunday): Fivestory semi-annual sale with Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Carven, Jason Wu, Acne, Jil Sander, and other designers apparel and shoes up to 80% off. Location: 151 Wooster St., 11am-7pm (open until 5pm on Sunday)
July 23rd- 24th (Thursday- Friday): Deux Lux sample sale with handbags, wallets, and backpacks up to 70% off. Location: 37 W 20th St., Suite 1204, 11am- 5pm.
Go forth and shop! Remember, the aggressive shopper wins, but try not to pull any hair.