Alice and Olivia Sample Sale

by Tinner

HII guys! By way of introduction, I'm Leigh, a friend (and now fellow coworker) of Lindsay and will be blogging for Tinner every now and then! As I spend almost all of my free time searching trends online and trying to find the best stuff at a discount, I thought I'd give some of my insight with my guest blog to save you some time and hopefully some mula. 

For my first post, I wanted to share with you all an opportunity you absolutely cannot miss this summer: The NYC Alice and Olivia sample sale. Alice and Olivia is without a doubt my favorite brand as they are constantly releasing items that are unique, professional, flattering and on trend. However, their price point, like a lot of my other favorite brands (Zimmermann, Rebecca Taylor, Jonathan Simkhai, Self Portrait, and many more),  is definitely not realistic for me being twenty and still on my parents “payroll.” Because of this, I follow a Facebook page called 260 Sample Sale (definitely recommend) that notifies me of all sales in my area and that informed me this weekend about the Alice and Olivia sample sale. 

After my first day of work, the third intern and I rushed a couple blocks over to the sale and were ecstatic about what we found. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of beautiful pieces they had, including some of this summer’s items at an extreme discount, The sample sale was the perfect way for me to indulge in Alice and Olivia’s clothing without feeling guilty.

Equipment Top (see other tops that would work here and here) ||

Zara Shoes (check out these Schutz pairs  here,  here, and here) || Alice and Olivia Shorts (similar)

The sample sale is being held at 260 Fifth Avenue (about a 10 minute walk from Penn Station). Today was the first day it was held and it was open from 12-8. I arrived after work around 4:30 P.M. The venue was packed but I didn’t have to wait online to enter the store. I purchased FOUR items for $216- most Alice and Olivia items cost far more than $216.

The front of store was ready to wear items that were drastically reduced and arranged by size then style (I attached many photos of this sale area and of the price break down). The back of the sale space included a cramped area of sample items- this is where the real sales were. Sample items range from a size 0-6 (according to a sales woman working the event) but I would HIGHLY recommend trying a sample on. I was too lazy to wait online for the dressing room (the line is extremely long so budget in time for that and shoppers are only allowed 8 minutes in a dressing room at a time) and I paid the price- literally. I tried on a few of the items I purchased over my clothes, but I took a risk and bought an adorable pair of silk striped sample flare pants without trying them on. They’re too small!  So learn from my mistake and wait on the awful line to try on. Luckily everything else I purchased fit! The find that I am the most proud of is a sample of a black skirt with real leather on it for $49 (paired above with simple but trending black flats and white button-down--perfectly comfortable and appropriate for work). The prices for sample merchandise were simply unbeatable.

This sale is worth trekking to, waiting on line for and emptying your wallet for. The sale is continuing for the rest of the week Tuesday-Saturday 10 A.M.- 8 P.M. Definitely set aside time to go to it- I’m going back tomorrow!