Sample sales are a great place to search for fun pieces at reasonable prices. If you’re in New York, you have access to tons of great shopping, and if you know where to look and what to watch out for, you can find some great deals on some cool clothes.
Sure, Zara, Uniqlo, Urban Outfitters, Top Man, H&M, and other trendy stores will always have their usual selections of basics and trend-wear, but there’s another place to hunt for cool clothes if you’re willing to go one level deeper in your shopping exploration.
260 Sample Sales
You may have heard about it already, but 260 Sample Sales is definitely worth checking out. There are a bunch of sample sales happening around the city, most of which are exclusive “members-only” sales that the general public doesn’t have access to. The great thing about 260 is that you can go whenever and you don’t need to be on a list or anything. Just show up and shop. Sure, if you’re going to an uber popular designer sale (Marc Jacobs, DVF, or Phillip Lim) on opening day you’ll be met with a long line, but if you have that time, it’s worth it. Or come back in the afternoon (around 1PM-3PM – while most people are stuck at work).
What is 260 Sample Sale?
260 Sample Sale is a family owned sample sale space which houses sales for numerous fashion brands, including: DVF, Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, Alexander Wang, The Kooples, Hudson Jeans, James Perse, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Sandro, DKNY, Scoop Warehouse Sale, Elizabeth and James, Gant, Rebecca Minkoff and more.
How sales work:
The sale will last between 5-7 days. At the start of the sale, you’ll find items priced up to 80% off the original retail value. Over the course of the sale, there will be further reductions in an effort to sell through all the items. In my experience, there are typically two price reduction phases. The first usually comes on day 2 or 3 of the sale. The last markdown comes on the final day of the sale. Not all items will be reduced and this timing may not always be accurate, but it is certain that there will be further reductions as the sale progresses. In my opinion, it adds to the fun of shopping, and if you’re clothing-crazed like I am, you’ll swing by the sale and day 3 and again on the last day to check out what’s left and pick up anything you might have missed prior.
It is uncertain if new items are added to the sale throughout the week, however, I have on many occasions, come back to the same sale later in the week and found new items added to the rack that weren’t there when the sale initially started. This is what makes 260 so exciting for me personally – never knowing what you’ll find. I shopped the Phillip Lim 3.1 sale, and on the last day of the sale, I came across this awesome winter jacket in a size XS (which is typically the first size to sell out) that I didn’t see earlier in the week.
My favorite is when I find an item and think “WHY HAS NO ONE BOUGHT THIS” and then smile knowing it is now mine.
Where can I shop a 260 Sample Sale?
There are 3 NYC Locations:
260 Fifth Ave (28th/ 29th Sts)
225 Fifth Ave (26th & 27th St)
151 Wooster St (b/w Houston and Prince)
Opened in September 2017, you can now find 260 Sample Sale in Los Angeles:
265 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90210
My first time shopping the Marc Jacobs sample sale, I went on opening day in Soho. There was a long line, but I decided to wait. The line went surprisingly fast and I was in there in about 25 minutes. I walked straight to the Mens Shoe rack and there was an awesome pair of lime-green leopard high top sneakers sitting there. I snagged them and amazingly enough they were just my size! Come to learn a few minutes later that they were only $50! SCORE!
I’ve been to the last 4 seasons of the Diesel sample sale and every season I come across racks of awesome clothes that I’m excited to sift through.
Every week, 260 features different brands, and if you join their mailing list, you’ll be notified as sales are announced. They make it easy to follow along…
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Phillip Lim 3.1