Since I've been gettings lots of questions on the J. Crew Sample Sale I have been
bragging talking about I figured I'd give you the low down.
We live a couple of hours from Asheville, NC. I very cool little town - lots of hipsters and stuff.
One of their main attractions is the J. Crew Warehouse. (there's also one in Lynchburg, VA)
A few weeks back, John & I were making our first trip to Asheville - mainly to enjoy the nice fall weather. We googled J. Crew and found out that there was a Factory Store so we ventured out to it and noticed it looked more like a Warehouse than a store. When I got to the door - I found out that the Warehouse had been opened that day and had closed just 5 minutes prior to our arrival. Que the tears... I was heartbroken. Fortunatly, the outlet was still opened so we went inside to browse and get John a tie.
I inquired about how often the Warehouse sale happened and the little girl working informed me that it's only open on occasion - and that the next time it would be open would be for Black Friday.
So the Wednesday before Black Friday I got this e-mail...
I had to work Black Friday/Saturday so I didn't plan on going... until my friend Morgan asked me on Sunday... we figured we wouldn't find much since it was the last day... boy,were we wrong!
Evidently - they replenish the inventory on Sunday!
So here's what it actually looks like. It's not glamourous - at all.
When you walk in - you are given a piece of paper that lists all the prices and a clear trash bag.
The paper just lists products like...
I could write a novel on tips for surviving a sample sale. Like, what to wear, who to take with you, etc.
Fortunatly - I had on the right clothing. You can't try clothes on - so you have to slip clothing on over your own garments. When Morgan & I walked in - we were overwhelmed. We split up immediatly and since we work together - we already knew what size each other wore. Thus, if I found something I loved - I would look for a second one in the same size for her. We ended up with a couple of the same things.
It's very warm in there - and it's a little tiring because you are throwing everything you might possibly like into your bag.... making you feel a little like Santa.
I tried to avoid any actual "Sample" items - a lot of times you can see the black marker through the other side of the garment.
For the most part - everything we bought was perfectly find - no writing or damages.
I bought 5 items... I spent a total of $46.00 on product. In a second I will break down what the actual cost really is... it'll blow your mind. I was bummed because I saw TONS of Chino shorts - in my size - that I already own...
Morgan spent $120 - she bought 8 things. One of which was a Blazer that's on J. Crew's website for... $220.00. She got it for $10? I think.
When you check out they tally up what you purchased... so the hot pink dress I am wearing today - was supposed to be $20.00 but he called it a "Women's Top" which was only $10.00 We really liked our guy!
All smiles on our way back home! We felt like champs - even my dad can't get that good of a deal!
How we styled our bargains :)
Here's a breakdown of the money I saved:
Pink Dress: $10
Madewell "Wideleggers": $10
Green Skirt: $10
Gold/Cream Trouser Short: $8
How we styled our bargains :)
Morgan's AWESOME deal - her black/white maxi dress is STUNNING! Of course I love it with the blazer!
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