Is it a SAMPLE SALE or a WAREHOUSE SALE?

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6 January 2009

What are “Sample Sales”? The term could mean several things and is used frequently these days, often inaccurately. The original term meant just that, a designer getting rid of whatever samples they had in the showroom.  The sample sales were used to preview a line, they were used just for show and they didn’t come in all sizes.  However, our constant desire to score good bargains has created a market and the retail business has decided to use the term to also discard excess merchandise. 
 

What are “Warehouse Sales”? Warehouse Sales are organized by agencies of a brand or department stores to get rid of previous season(s) overstock or things they overproduced.  The term comes from the location of the sale, traditionally a warehouse.  One of the most popular warehouse sales is organized by Barney’s which draws long lines for bargain seeking stylish New Yorkers.
What is the difference between a sample sale and a warehouse sale? The difference between a sample sale and a warehouse sale is that at sample sales, the clothes might be worn already and unless you are a perfect size TWO they might not be your size.   Warehouse sales have a larger stock and although some clothes might have been tried on before at a warehouse sale as well, you will find some brand new ones as well. The chance to get a more recent model increases at a true sample sale as show rooms need to be emptied at the end of a season, while a warehouse sale will most likely have items from a season or more ago.
 

What are the new trends in the “Sample Sales” field? Increasingly popular, especially in New York and LA, a “Sample Sale” has become a generic term for sales events for designer merchandise.  They are organized by designers, PR agencies for designers, agencies or just third party companies who are in the business of organizing “sample sales”. There are venues in New York dedicated to this kind of sale event and websites dedicated to informing people of them.  It is important to understand what kind of sale you intend to visit, who is organizing it and to check for reviews for previous events for that brand/designer/agency to find out before you make the trip if it’s worth it.


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