Sample Sales in NYC: 7 Rules of Engagement

By Carol Di Vincenzo

Remember that although the labels are recognizable, the rules for shopping at a sample sale are different from department or boutique shopping in New York. 

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My friends and family have called me a thoroughbred shopper. I’m always shopping & almost never pay full price for anything in my closet. Hence my love for Sample Sales. But Sample Sales are tricky and you have to have a plan. 

Since I will be sharing with you new samples sales happening around NYC, here are some tips:

  1. Arrive early if you want to have the best style and size selection.
  2. Bring cash and credit cards, methods of payments vary from store to store.
  3. Wear clothing and shoes that are easy for you to slip in and out of.  Try wearing a tank top and leggings too, it’s easier to slip on items over this.
  4. Some of the sale locations do not have dressing rooms or they may close the dressing rooms during the sale, so be ready to try-on things in the aisles.
  5. Prices and selection can vary during the sale duration.
  6. Don’t buy it just because it’s 80% off! Make sure it’s relevant to your style and it fits!
  7. Bring a small purse. They will most likely ask you to check your bag if it’s too large. I suggest a small crossbody or just a wallet.

 I hope these tips will help you not only get the best deals but also shop with a game plan in mind. Listed below are some of the sales starting this week. I may see you there ;)

Club Monaco Sample Sale

October 28 – November 1

Tuesday 8am-7pm, Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm

Women & Men’s Clothing

Sample & stock sale. 

Ready-to-wear and accessories.

All Sales are Final

261 West 36 Street

(Seventh-Eighth Avenues)

2nd  Floor

Credit cards only. 


John Hardy Sample Sale

October 29 Only

Tuesday 9am-6pm

Women’s & Men’s Jewelry

Sample & stock sale. 

New collections in sterling silver.

Prices 65 percent off retail.  

Limit ten pieces per person. 

All sales are final.  

Westin Times Square

270 West 43 Street

(Seventh-Eighth Avenues)

9th  Floor


Credit cards only. Visa, Mastercard & Amex accepted.


Butter & Something Bleu Sample Shoe Sale

October 30 – November 1

Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-6:30pm

Women’s Shoes

Current collections.  

Sample & stock sale. 

Prices 50 to 75 percent off.    

Shoes $120 and boots $300 (retail $250 to $700).  Sample shoes $30. 

307 Seventh Avenue

(27-28 Streets) Suite 2307


Cash only.

Kokun Cashmere Sample Sale

October 30 – November 1

Wednesday-Friday 10:30am-6:30pm

Women’s Clothing

Sample & stock sale.

Up to 75 percent off retail.

 All sales are final.  

Resort and fall collections.  

237 West 37 Street

(Seventh-Eighth Avenues)

Suite 301


Cash and all major credit cards.  

Items may be exchanged by November 1, 2103.


Under Armour Sample Sale

October 29 – November 3

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm;  Sunday 10am-4pm

Workout Gear

Sample & stock sale.  

Priced to move fast!!

260 Sample Sale Showrooms

260 Fifth Avenue

(28-29 Streets)



Michelle Roth Bridal Sample Sale

November 2

Saturday 10am-5pm

Women’s Bridal

Sample & stock sale.

Hallak Cleaners

1232 Second Avenue

(64-65 Streets)


Visa & Mastercard only.

Carol Di Vincenzo is the New Business Development Director at Bella NYC Magazine and the author of “A Girl’s Gotta Eat” an in book column coming soon. Folow @Cat_DiVine27 on twitter!

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