What are the eight words that tug at our heartstrings and our wallets? "Price tags slashed up to 90 percent off!" If you’re a fashion-forward Gothamite, you already know about the most-anticipated sample sales in NYC. But in this town there’s a sale going on every week—if not every day—and sometimes it’s tough to keep up. Fret not, shoppers. We’ll always keep you in the know, whether you’re into vintage clothing stores and thrift shops, seasonal attire that, say, follows the summer trends or high-end designer labels. So skip all the department stores in NYC and check in with this page often. Your closet will thank you for it.
Sample sales in NYC
We’re so sad to report that infamous costume designer Patricia Field is closing the doors to her beloved Soho boutique. But as a token of her gratitude for shopping, she’s marking her stock 50 percent off, with great buys from small designers including new one-of-a-kind pieces. Snag a hand-painted Broke Girl bag from These Pink Lips ($75, once $150), a vinyl Spy trench coat by Terra NYC ($188, formerly $375) and a silver disco jumpsuit by Motel ($50, instead of $95).Read more
Score 75 percent off feminine threads from this popular label, seen on the likes of Sienna Miller. Black crêpe sleeveless dresses are lowered from $1550 to $199, one-shouldered silk gowns are $499 (were $2,195), and black wool blazers are chipped from $1150 to just $169.Read more
After 18 years at its Mott Street location, this vintage treasure trove is relocating to 45 Great Jones Street—which is good news for us all, since the brand is holding a massive moving sale right now. Men’s and women’s throwback clothing, accessories, shoes and bags are tagged 70 percent off, including stellar brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons.Read more
Get your hands on designer vintage for next to nothing during this Upper East Side boutique’s winter blowout. We hear there will be Prada black-leather wedges ($59, once $500), Manolo Blahnik black-leather pumps ($45, once $600) up for grabs, a Chanel embroidered A-line skirt ($89, formerly $500) and if you’re able to splurge, there’s a fierce snakeskin Prada bag for $570 (was $3,000).Read more
Anti–Valentine’s Day shoppers be warned: There will be free chocolate, champagne and poetry in honor of the love holiday at this vintage treasure trove. Oh, wait—that actually sounds awesome, right? Swing by the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, joint for 25 percent off awesome retro merchandise like dresses ($9, instead of $12), flannels ($6, once $8) and Levi’s jeans ($11, usually $14) while sipping champagne. Haute Chocolate offers a sexy chocolate tasting (all candy available for purchase for one day only) and the Haiku Guys stand by to craft the perfect typed haiku for you or a special someone.Read more
Snag samples and deeply discounted irregular duds from two all-star brands, with price tags slashed up to 85 percent off. Standouts include gray short-sleeved shift dresses ($65, once $415) and white structured blazers ($85, formerly $415) from Theory. And Helmut Lang lovers can snatch women’s black jersey jackets ($85, once $230).Read more