New York is a sample sale hot bed. Every single day there is at least one happening somewhere in the city. I’m no stranger to sample sales (or any sales for that matter). I’ve been on both sides of the table and it is a double edge sword not everyone can handle.
Jimmy Choo is one of the major events this week. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), the location is very close to where I work. Yesterday was the first day and I managed to squeeze myself in before they closed for the day. The event is held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Flatiron. If you’ve ever been to that place, then you know how huge that place is. Thankfully, they held the place in one big loft on the 4th floor, away from the other conferences that’s also taking place in the pavilion.
To say the least, this sample sale is much like going in a Gap mall store offering 50% off everything on Black Friday. It was chaotic. Shoes strewn and thrown around by shoppers. Shoes stacked so high that you’d really have to dig through the pile in order to find those pretty treasures. Few of the shoes even have scuffs or look worn out; I don’t understand how they justified adding those in the pile and pricing them at >$200. For a luxury brand, Jimmy Choo sure does not care about how their sample sales are implemented. I understand it’s a sale, but if you brand your goods as “luxury” you gotta implement your branding, even at the lowest form.
Aside from the craziness, I managed to find some jewels to share with you all. Zip ties signify the shoe price. Green = $200; Pink = $250; Orange = $325. In love with the bottom 2 pairs. They were the rarest pairs (i.e. couldn’t find it in other sizes) I found.
The sale ends tomorrow at 6pm. I’ve read from multiple sample sale blogs that from previous years’ sales, markdowns tend to happen during the last 2 hours of the last day. If this sale follows the trend from previous years’ sales, then I highly recommend getting your behind to the Metropolitan Pavilion and snag yourself some Choos.
My top 5 tips:
- Do NOT go during lunch time (read: long lines!). Try to leave work early or take a late lunch if you can. This will lower your chances of waiting too long in line.
- Wear sandals you can easily slip in and out of. Plus, it’s hot tomorrow, so it’s a 2-fer benefit.
- After your first go around the room, try on your stash. Return the ones you don’t like (respect the shoes though, don’t just throw it back) and then go another round. Shoppers and sales peeps tend to return some shoes that are not bought. You may find the one, if you didn’t already find it the first time.
- The window by the men’s smallest shoe size table is a gold mine. Walk by to see if you can find some jewels in your size. Also, don’t hesitate to check other sizes, sometimes you may find a pair that’s actually your size.
- Quadruple check the goods you’ll buy. Once you buy, you can’t return.
Jimmy Choo Sample Sale
Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, May 18
Tues 11am-7pm, Wed 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-6pm
The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St