The Park Avenue tulips have blossomed, the Met Ball is moments away and mothers everywhere are about to be celebrated. Yes, it's May, the biggest month for Spring sample sales. It's the perfect time to plan for long weekends, strolls through town and bike rides to the beach.
We've exclusively listed only the sample sales that we think are worthy of your time and effort. The post will continue to be updated throughout the month and remain just a click away in the right sidebar. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to get quick and immediate updates. Feel free to leave feedback in the comments section so that everyone can benefit from the 'Spy' network.
You can stock up on Spring scents at the Nest sample sale. Usually prices are about half off popular candles but there are often reductions as the sale goes on. We have been lucky enough to stock up on candles and hand soaps for $10 a piece. The problem is always the line to check out. Waiting on line tends to diminish the savings and our patience. The sale is being shared with S'well but if you have more than two bottles, you probably have enough.
Tuesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 6
Tues to Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm
260 Sample Sale: 260 Fifth Avenue @ 29th St
3.1 Phillip Lim
The sale usually includes womenswear, menswear, shoes, accessories, and handbags at generous discounts. At the last sale, we found Pashlis priced between $200 and $300 and 31-Hour totes were $200. Dresses were priced between $175 and $450, outerwear ranged from $175 to $500 and shoes were just $100.
Tuesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 7
Tues 11am-8pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm
260 Sample Sale: 150 Greene Street
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Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana sale never fails to deliver. It's a sale worth getting excited about. Expect to find an offering of womenswear, menswear, shoes, bags, intimates, jewelry, small leather goods and other accessories from past collections. During the fall sale prices were reduced 80% to 90% off retail. The one drawback is that the great discounts attracts great crowds. Shoppers complained of waiting over three hours on the second day of the sale. Be warned. This year can even be worse and Soiffer Haskin shows no mercy.
Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7
Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Soiffer Haskin: 317 West 33rd @ 8th Ave
Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Basic pumps and sandals are usually $200, catwalk styles are $250, bejeweled styles are $325, and boots are $375. Women's shoes run from size 35 to 40 and men's go from 43 to 46. At the last sale men's shoes were priced at $250 or $375 and included loafers, Oxfords, driving shoe and ankle boots.
Thursday, May 16 through Thursday, May 18
Tues 11am-7pm, Wed 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-6pm
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The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St.
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Bonpoint Sample Sale
Expect to find everything you need to make your baby and children fancy. Prices are usually 60% off retail. Last season there weren't additional discounts or restocking.
Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th
Wed 9am-7pm, Thurs 9am-3pm
123 West 18st Street @ 6th ave (5th floor)
Caroline Constas Sample Sale
One of our favorite blouse designers, Caroline Contas, will be offering her playful ruffled tops for up to 70% off. This is the designers first public sample sale. We are told that a $450 ruffled blouse will be $150, stripe shorts will be $100 from $250 and a strapless maxi dress will be $275 from $800.
Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19
584 Broadway @ Prince St, Suite 609