If you’re like me, you like to dress sharp. It’s not the cost of the clothes that matters, but the quality. The problem is that high quality clothes usually come with a high price tag. The good news is that if you’re patient and don’t mind wearing last seasons styles, you can save a pile of money by purchasing your clothes at sample sales.
Sample sales are usually organized by vendors looking to sell off extra merchandise, or merchandise used as samples to show local retailers. This merchandise (usually shoes and clothing) is almost always flawless, but sells at a fraction of retail value.
Because sample sales are usually held at impromptu locations using temporary sign-age, they can be a bit difficult to find out about. I generally find local sample sales by visiting http://www.ilovesamplesales.com. The site covers a few major cities, and provides an optional mailing list which you can sign up for to receive notifications as sample sales are posted. The other option is to frequent forums such as http://www.styleforum.net and http://www.superfuture.com/supertalk. Members usually post sample sale dates and locations (with scanned posters) as they find out about them.
If you happen to miss the sample sales themselves, the clothes are often resold at double the price (still a fraction of retail value) on the previously listed forums, and many others.
Do you have any great tips on finding discounted clothes? Leave a comment; I want to hear from you.