Photo by myself, around 29th Street and Fifth Avenue in Midtown.
A line snaked down the sidewalk for a sample sale of designer clothing. A man in a suit acted as a bouncer.
Rebecca Minkoff ready-to-wear clothing and accessories were being sold 75% off list price. Often, designers rent ground floor spaces for a couple days to get rid of inventory.
It's a win-win scenario - the designers save money selling the items to the public directly, rather than going thru a third party. Landlords are paid for a couple days for spaces that would go un-rented. The public gets inexpensive designer clothing.
There are various on-line websites you can subscribe to, to find out when and where sample sales are.
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