I heart sample sales.Posted: 04/30/2011
After a pretty craptastic start to the week, I was in dire need of some major retail therapy. Luckily, it’s springtime and you know what that means: sample sale season. Some of my favourite sample sales occur only twice a year — once in the spring and the other in the fall. This week was full of ’em and I gotta say, I’m pretty pleased with my purchases.
First stop? The Plenty Warehouse Sale. Now, usually this is a hit or miss. It was a miss the last time I went because, well, I went late and ended up having to wait 2 hours in line and I don’t even wear my purchases from then (I bought out of remorse cus I waited so damn long in line). Thankfully, this year’s warehouse sale was hosted at a much bigger venue on Main St. I got there an hour early before the sale started and managed to pick a pair of neon yellow Dolce Vita sandals from last summer and a Lipsy dress that I had my eye on before but had sold out. Win!
Next was the infamous Dakota Group Sample Sale. One of the best, this agency carries luxury brands such as Factory by Erik Hart, Matt & Nat, Mackage, Soia & Kyo, co-lab, Christopher Kan, Graham & Spencer, Velvet, Pour La Victoire, Matiko, Farylrobin, Chinese Laundry, Kelsi Dagger…and the list goes on. I love this sale. I gave myself a budget of $200 (which is a smart thing to do since I literally want to buy everything there) and amazingly only spent half of it on a pair of Pour La Victoire Paley gunmetal heels (the beauty pictured above). Double win.
So happy that I got that invite to the pre-shop because my favourite favourite sample sale started the next day at 10am which was the slated time that the Dakota Group sale was open to the public. Let me introduce you to the Skout Agency sale. Super cheap prices. This was the sale where I got two pairs of Sam Edelman boots for $40. Yeah. It’s crazy like that. I have to admit I went for the Sam Edelman shoes but there wasn’t much selection this time around. Sigh. BUT they were having a crazy sale on the brand Motel (carried at Plenty). I pretty much bought 3 dresses for $60. Hello Vegas! AND I got this beautiful taupe/cocoa silk dress by Erin Brinie (carried at Aritzia) for $68. Going to be wearing that with my PLV heels at my friend’s wedding at the end of the summer. Triple win.
And yesterday, I checked out the bigtime agency sample sale in Yaletown. Another one of my favourites, they carry J Brand denim (not like I wear jeans) and my favourite line from Denmark, Soaked in Luxury. But, to my dismay, they stopped carrying the brand!!! Left with nothing.
All in all, only spent like $325 wholesale (retailing approximately around $910). And this is why I no longer shop in actual retail stores anymore. And plus I’m a poor, starving student. Until next season!