My Favorite Sample Sale Finds + Sample Sale Tips

Rebecca Minkoff Dress 2 - Downtown Demure

Rebecca Minkoff Dress - Downtown Demure

Rebecca Minkoff Dress 4 - Downtown Demure

Dress: Rebecca Minkoff // Clutch: Clare V. // Shoes: Banana Republic

Headband: Zara // Jewelry: Rocksbox (Get a month FREE with code: Downtowndemurexoxo)

Rebecca Minkoff Dress 3 - Downtown Demure

Rebecca Minkoff Dress 5 - Downtown Demure

Friends, I have a confession to make: I really don’t like shopping at thrift stores. I don’t mind getting pre-loved clothes at fantastic prices (that’s why I frequent Poshmark). I DO mind how cluttered and unorganized most thrift stores are. Shopping is somewhat therapeutic for me, and I find zero comfort in sifting through piles of unsorted and racks of goods. But you know what I surprisingly do like? SAMPLE SALES. If you’ve never gone to a physical sample sale, you’re depriving yourself of a great (and sometimes entertaining) bargain hunting experience.

One of my latest sample sale acquisitions is this darling Rebecca Minkoff maxi dress that originally retailed for $448.00 (!!! I don’t know WHO in their right mind would pay such a price for any dress). Wanna know what I got it for? 75 bucks. That’s still a bit expensive for me, but totally worth it for this well-made dress. The digital mixed prints and the subdued colors make it a versatile dress that can be worn in any season. In fact, I’ve been wearing it consistently since I purchased it in July. The layers of airy georgette fabric give it an almost ethereal essence. I literally feel like I’m gliding as I walk when I wear this beauty. I actually have another sample sale find in this photo: The purple Clare V foldover clutch that typically retails for $235.00. I got it for $80.

True, both purchases were not cheap. My philosophy: you can spend a bunch of money on cheaper clothes, or you can splurge on a few well-made, beautiful pieces that you can wear everywhere.

If you’re new to the same sale scene and need a few good resources, here are my go-to sites for sample updates:

  1. Racked
  2. Refinery 29
  3. Warehouse Weekends
  4. Sole Society’s Mailing List (I scored the leopard pumps in this post for $30)
  5. Cooper Building Mailing List

Or you can skip the lines and shop the outfit here:
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    Alecz
    10/28

    What a beautiful, elegant dress! Love that purple clutch that you added, too.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    chel
    10/28

    As always you look beautiful and I myself if fortunate would spend money on higher end quality clothes; however it is a extra blessing to pay over half price for quality clothes…little splurges and luxuries are sometimes a need indeed…it’s good to treat yourself if able from time to time xx

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > chel
      10/28

      As log as it’s on occasion haha. Thanks for the sweet words, Chel!

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > chel
      10/28

      As long as the splurge is on occasion haha. Thanks for the love, dear!

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    Ada
    10/29

    This floral maxi dress is an art piece. I want it. I also love the headband and your clutch. You look like a Bohemian Goddess in this.

    Hope all is well. <3 Ada.

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Ada
      10/31

      You are always so sweet, Ada! Thank you!

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    Charu Fashions
    10/29

    Beautiful! Looking pretty in this flattering gown 🙂

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    Kirsten Wick
    10/30

    I’m seriously in love with this, you look so so beautiful in that long dress! Love, Kirsten xx

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

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    Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades
    10/30

    You look beautiful as always, Liz. Love the digital print on that dress. These are some amazing finds!

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades
      10/31

      Thank you, my dear!

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    Happiness at Mid Life
    11/01

    Living in SoCal, we’ve got some great sample sales. I drive a lot of for work so I rarely want to drive out to LA where all the great sample sales are. Love your dress and a great price you paid for it!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Happiness at Mid Life
      11/07

      Thanks, Alice! Driving to sample sales is definitely a pain, but depending on the brand it can be totally worth it!

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    Sheela Goh
    11/02

    I’m a huge Poshmark groupie myself and have scored many a bargain on the app which is a boon considering that sample sales aren’t quite the norm here in Houston. Or either they are and I’ve been living under a rock GRIN which could very well be. In other news, your dress is magnificent. Simply magnificent.

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Sheela Goh
      11/07

      Thank you so much, Sheela! Nice to meet a fellow Poshmark groupie! Haha What’s your handle on Poshmark?!

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    Adri
    11/04

    This dress is totally worth the $75! You look stunning in this dress!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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    Shawn Michaels
    01/07

    Wow! what an outfit you wore. I love the color. and the jewelry on head. Overall looking amazing. Great post.

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Shawn Michaels
      01/10

      Blushing! Thank you for your sweet compliments, Shawn!