Happy Friday everyone! It’s almost the weekend and if you’ve planned on doing some shopping during the next few days I suggest that you add Century 21‘s downtown store to your list. Their annual winter clearance event is winding down and discounts reach as high as 95%-97% off retail. At this point majority of the merchandise has been consolidated to the downtown flagship store. There you’ll find women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, shoes, and accessories priced anywhere between 75%-97% off the original retail value. I had a chance to quickly check out what is currently on hand so follow me after the break for more info!
I’ve been to Century 21’s downtown store several times in the last week, keeping an eye on markdowns as well as any new additions to the clearance section. As of yesterday morning there was a huge new shipment of merchandise added to the sale. The best deals can be found in the clothing sections (for the ladies that’s floors 3 and 4). European designer apparel and accessories are located on the third floor, look for racks with the clearance signs. Everything is arranged by size although as I’m sure you know things get moved, sometimes euro sizes aren’t properly converted, etc. so it’s best to sift through each rack if you are serious about finding a bargain. Among the designers I’ve spotted Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Moschino, Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, and many more. A word of caution if you find embellished or knitwear items because more than likely those will be heavily damaged. Case in point, the formerly gorgeous white Lanvin dress (5th photo) that’s now missing all of its embellishments. It’s discounted 96% off (retail $5,240) and is now $189 although looking at the damage it should be discounted by 99% lol Honestly I would only contemplate buying something like that if it was in the $25 damages bin. Meanwhile there were still plenty of items in great condition like Love Moschino print dress for $48 (retail $330), a skirt from the same collection for $41 (retail $285), McQ matching leather jacket and mini skirt (7th photo) for 85% off, Alexander Wang mini skirt for $33, Jay Godfrey gown for $55. If you can devote at least 2 hours to digging through the racks you will find something! For outerwear and intimates head to the fifth floor. The coats and jackets are fairly picked over by now but I saw a couple of nice deals like Mackage wool jacket with leather trim for $94, SAM fur trimmed vest, and Post Card cream puffer coat for $125.
Don’t forget to check out winter accessories like scarves and hats. I’ve found some really good deals on Zadig & Voltaire, Sonia Rykiel, Versace, Lacroix, Moschino, Eugenia Kim, as well as cheaper contemporary brands like BCBG. You can find women’s accessories on both 3rd and 5th floors. They also have those YSL “outlet quality” scarves for $35. I know some people go crazy over them when they see the label and price but imho it’s not as great of a deal as you think. As for other accessories there were lots of tech items like iPad/iPhone cases and pouches by Valentino. Yes, I’m talking about Valentino Rockstuds at affordable prices! So why aren’t I telling you to run like crazy? While the prices aren’t bad unfortunately it’s all for really old and outdated items. For example who here still rocks an iPhone 4? …….. yeah that’s what I though lol I think some cases may fit a 5 or perhaps an older blackberry but for anyone using iPhone 6 or above none of these cases will work. I even tried convincing myself to possibly repurpose it as something else but couldn’t come up with a single idea. The iPad pouches might be able to work for some people, especially if you have one of the larger devices. You can see all that’s available in the photos below. As far as handbags are concerned I did not see anything marked down lower than 65% off retail. The display case lists up to 90% off but I only saw some Armani, Pucci, and Fendi handbags marked down 55%-65% off retail. The one exception were there Valentino plastic clutches with circular studs. Priced at $349 (retail $3,395) which is 89% off I found them to still be grossly overpriced considering how damaged they were. Nothing exciting in designer jewelry section either but there were plenty of cheap bargain pieces from no-name designers for $3-$10.
For shoes head downstairs. There are still a few items marked up to or over 90% off but you’ll have to get lucky with sizing. European designers are separated by size and can be found on shelves marked with clearance signs. Boots and contemporary designers were spread out among various sections so once again be sure to devote enough time. I was unable to find anything for myself but perhaps you’ll have better luck! Let me know what you find in the comments section. Good luck and happy shopping!