Two words everyone loves to hear: sample sale. Whether you're looking for a deal on the pieces from your favorite brand or you're searching for the perfect wedding dress, there's nothing quite as exciting as scoring something you've been eyeing at a fraction of the full price.
With that being said, sample sales are not for the faint of heart, so expect long lines, fierce competition, and limited sizing, especially if you're adding wedding dresses to the mix. Expect to feel at least a little bit overwhelmed. The solution: In a fast-paced environment like this, you'll want to head into it prepared and ready to make a decision at a moment's notice. So we asked designer Sarah Seven for her best tips on how to prepare yourself to find the right pieces at any type of sample sale, including those of the bridal variety, you may have penciled into your calendar.
Be Ready to Buy
Due to the nature of sample sales, you'll want to be ready to buy as soon as you find the right pieces—especially if there's no option to hold. "It's best to have your credit card in hand and arrive ready both mentally and emotionally to say yes if you find what you've been looking for," she says. "If you find the gown of your dreams, you will need to decide while it's in your hands. Once it's back on the rack, it may not be there later."
Dress the Part
Seven suggests wearing proper undergarments, hair, and makeup to help you envision yourself in the items you're interested in. Once you picture yourself, you'll be more likely to say yes. If you're shopping for a wedding dress, add the cherry on top by asking for a veil.
Get to the Sale Early
As recommended by the designer, try to be the first in line or set up an appointment early if they offer appointments. "Great-condition items will always be loved and go first," she says.
Now take these tips and use them at the next sample sale. To get an idea of what you're looking for, see some of our favorite pieces on the market below.
If you haven't already, jump on the colored denim train.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
We're obsessed with this wash.
Available in sizes 23 to 30.
Take this on your next summer vacation.
Available in sizes 14 to 18.
Yes, you need a pair of pants in this year's It color.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
Kombu green is an unexpected color for a handbag.
Stay cool in this little white dress.
Available in sizes 14 to 20.
Say hello to the perfect jeans.
Available in sizes 23 to 30.
Swap out your standard black for this off-white one this summer.
Available in sizes 1 to 3.
These will be a summer staple.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
How cool are these shoes?
Available in sizes 36.5 to 39.5.
Everyone needs a classic denim jacket.
Available in sizes XS to L.
These wedges will easily make you smile.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
Available in Mango sizes XS to M.
How can you say no to these embroidered pants?
Available in sizes 23 to 29.
An everyday tote.
This dress looks so chic and comfortable.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
With these tips, you'll be heading into your sample sale fully prepared.