This week marks the start of sample sale season, i.e. the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but pace yourself—Christmas is still five weeks away!
Giuseppe Zanotti shoes—which have the honor of being the footwear I was married in—are up to 80% off. If I were a betting woman, I'd bet this would be an awesome sale. 11/15-11/6; 9:30-6; 381 5th Ave. (35th & 36th Sts.), 2nd fl.
Three hours is really all the public needs to clean out The Row's sample sale. 11/17; 4-7pm; 632 Hudson St. (Horatio & Jane Sts.).
Bring cash to the Thakoon sample sale, where amazing deals abound. 11/17-11/18; 8:30-6:30; 270 Lafayette St. (Prince & Houston Sts.), ste. 1005.
The lovely ladies at Vena Cava and Dannijo are teaming up for a Friends & Family sale. 11/17-11/19; 9-6 Th-F, 11-5 Sa; 457 Broome St. (Greene & Mercer Sts.), #2F.
Shoes, clothes, and accessories are on sale at Loeffler Randall, one of my favorites. 11/17-11/19; 10-8, 10-5 S; 525 Broadway (Broome & Spring Sts.), 4th fl.
I am cursing the fact that the Elizabeth & James sample sale is over the weekend (when I'll be out of town); stock and samples are up to 80% off. 11/19-11/20; 10-6 Sa, 10-4 Su; 1384 Broadway (37th & 38th Sts.), 18th fl.
Fight the hipsters at the always-excellent Steven Alan sample sale; word on the street is that men's button-downs are $78. 11/17-11/20; 8:30-8 Th-F, 11-7 Sa, 11-5 Su; 87 Franklin St. (Broadway & Church St.).
Cashmere sweaters start at $80 and cotton sweaters start at $50 at the Inhabit sample sale (which, sadly, is no longer right across the street from my apartment). 11/16-11/17; 10-6; 320 W. 37th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 14th fl.
Who doesn't love Rebecca Minkoff? Find her ever-expanding range of bags, shoes, and clothes at steep discounts (which tend to increase as the sale goes on). Through 11/20; 4-9 T, 10-7 W-S, 11-5 Su; 14 W. 14th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).
M. Patmos and Leroy & Perry are up to 70% off, with prices starting at $25 for knit sweaters, tops & accessories. 11/17-11/19; 11-7 Th-F, 10-6 S; 425 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 406.
Twinkle by Wenlan is 40%-60% off. 11/16-11/18; 10-6; 545 8th Ave. (36th & 37th Sts.), 17th fl.
Samples start at $15 at Anna Sui's sample sale; stock is 40%-80% off. Through 11/18; 8-9:30, 11:30-2, 4-6 daily; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 6th fl.
Stock up on undies at Hanky Panky's sample sale: thongs are $11 and boy shorts are $12. Through 11/18; 8:30-8 T-W, 8:30-7 Th, 9-1:30 F; 260 5th Ave. (28th & 29th Sts.).
Downtown-friendly labels like Clu, Cheap Monday, and Common Projects are on sale at The News Showroom. 11/17-11/19; 10-6; 495 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.), 5th fl.
Nanette Lepore, a runway favorite of mine, has discounted her girly line. 11/15-11/17; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.
Otte NY, one of my favorite boutiques in the city, is having a sample sale, with prices up to 85% off (the store carries Phillip Lim, Vanessa Bruno, and Rag & Bone, to give you an idea). 11/16-11/17; 11-6; 37 W. 26th St. (5th Ave. & Broadway), ste. 305.
For the good-hearted folk starting their actual holiday shopping, White + Warren sweaters make great gifts—cashmere basics are $100. 11/15-11/16; 8-7; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.
Ali Ro's womenswear is up to 65% off. 11/16-11/18; noon-5:30 W, 9-5:30 Th, 9-3 F; 530 7th Ave. (at 38th St.).
Stock up on statement-making jewelry and accessories for 50%-90% off at Tuleste Market. 11/16-11/17; noon-8:30; 157 Ludlow St. (Rivington & Stanton Sts.).
Cute contemporary sportswear by Charlotte Ronson is 50%-70% off at this usually-promising sale. 11/16-11/18; 10-7; 1071 6th Ave. (at 41st St.), ste. 301.
Classic looks from Max Mara are up to 70% off. 11/15-11/16; 10-5:30; 381 5th Ave. (35th & 36th Sts.), 2nd fl.
Lauren Moffatt is up to 70% off; bring cash if you're spending $250 or less. 11/15-11/16; 8-7 T, 9-7 W; 214 W. 29th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1503.
Stock up on party dresses—they start at $50—at the Thread Social sample sale. 11/15; 11/16; 9-8; 26 W. 17th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 301.
Find vintage samples and current stock for up to 75% off retail at Vivienne Tam. 11/16-11/18; 9-8 W, 10-7 Th, 10-6 F; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 11th fl.
Get your sexy on at Barbara Bui, where women's clothes by the French designer are up to 90% off. 11/19-11/20; 10-7 Sa, 11-6 Su; 115-117 Wooster St. (Prince & Spring Sts.), lower level.
Jewelry, watches, accessories, and fragrances are discounted at the Bulgari sample sale. 11/19-11/22; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).
Vivienne Westwood's clothing and accessories are hard to find in the U.S....until now! Through 11/20; 9:30-6; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.
Soffier Haskin has reduced prices on all of the Giorgio Armani lines at his sample sale. Through 11/16; 9:30-7:30 T, 9:30-5:30 W; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).
Exotic bags and accessories are on sale at Beirn. Through 11/18; 10-5:30; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 8th fl.