Inside The Shoebox Sample Sale

UPDATE: 3/3 Extra 30% off.  3/2 Extra 20% off sale prices.
My final stop for the evening was The Shoebox sample sale at 260 Fifth Avenue. The sale runs through Sunday and offers significant savings on women’s shoes, handbags, accessories, and clothes. The Shoebox officially relaunched in 2016. Their stores are located in New York, Long Island, and South Florida and carry 70 different luxury and contemporary designers. This sale turned out to exceed expectations for many bargain hunting shoppers and as the word of mouth quickly spread, the crowds were lining down the block to get a look inside. So let’s take a peek!

I arrived about half an hour before closing meaning that I missed out on all the major deals. With most sample sale newcomers you never really know how good or bad the sale will turn out although in this case it certainly proved to be a winner (if you shopped early). All shoes were priced by style regardless of designer. That sentence right there should already make your ears perk up. We all know that not all designers and labels are created equal so while $99 can seem high for one brand it can be a total steal for another. Early birds were treated to high-end designers like Giuseppe Zanotti, Sergio Rossi, Casadei, See by Chloe, and Jerome Dreyfuss just to name a few. Pricing was as follows:
Tall Boots $199.99 | Booties $129.99 | Heels $99.99 | Flats $99.99 | Sneakers $79.99 | Sandals $49.99

Handbags $59.99 | Accessories $25 | Hats $15
Clothing was priced as marked
By the time I got there  it was a familiarly chaotic scene, shoeboxes all over the floor, crowds of people trying on shoes or attempting to take a peek at a particular style. The hot items were mostly gone. What was left consisted primarily of boots and booties from contemporary labels like Marc Fisher, Vince Camuto, Schutz, Sam Edelman, J/Slides, Joie, and their own house label. There was everything from high heel over the knee boots, chunky heel suede booties, colorful velvet boots, block heel and cut-out boots. Sandals being the lowest price point were totally cleaned out. I spotted several pairs of Ancient Greek Sandals jelly sandals along with Jill Sander Navy slides and lone damaged Giuseppe Zanotti mules. Certain styles (like Stuart Weitzman and Sergio Rossi high heel sandals) begged the question of whether they qualify as sandals or heels and the answer is of course that they’re heels. That’s not too bad since these Sergio Rossi shoes retail for $950 but at the sale they’re only $100. Of course being a seasoned sample sale shopper I already purchased this exact style for just $25 at the brand’s own sale two years ago. There were pumps, flats, and sneakers but boots and booties were the most abundant styles. The staffers informed me that they’ve already brought out most of the back stock and all that remains are a few extra sizes for some of the already displayed styles. There is no word yet on restocking but it is possible they might get a new shipment by the end of the week. Personally I don’t think that Marc Fisher or Vince Camuto are worth $129-$199, you can easily find them much cheaper elsewhere. I’d say hold out until markdowns but if there’s restocking then run like the wind!
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The sale also offered a small selection of bags. There wasn’t much to look at last evening but if you were one of the early shoppers you probably walked away with $59 See by Chloe handbags. Contrary to the original press release all bags ended up being just $59 (instead of $149) regardless of size or designer. Of course this means that everything is gone already. What is left consists of small clutches, and  pouches from the likes of Sondra Roberts, Rebecca Minkoff, and Quilted Koala.

All the way in the back, opposite the dressing room you’ll find several racks of clothing. All apparel was individually marked and to be honest I found pricing very confusing. Each tag had at least 2-3 prices either typed or written in marker. I’d like to assume that the lowest price is the correct one but with minutes before closing I didn’t have time to delve into things. As far as selection goes there were sweaters and sweatshirts, trousers, shorts, dresses, blouses, and even a few outerwear pieces. Designers included Alice and Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Iro, Mother denim, and more.

BOTTOM LINE: The sale runs through Sunday but after such an eventful opening day things are fairly picked over. Particularly when it comes to sandals and handbags. If you’re in the market for boots it’s definitely worth a look but be mindful since some designers can be found cheaper elsewhere. My advice though is to wait for restocking or additional markdowns that should hopefully come towards the end of the week.

260 Fifth Ave
Tuesday  10am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday  10am – 7pm
Sunday  10am -5pm

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