(Best?) J.Crew Sample Sale (Ever?)

— Fri, 25th November 2011 —

You might plan ahead for this one. Tuesday through next Saturday, 11/29-12/3, 260 5th Ave is hosting another J.Crew sample sale (officially) featuring up to 60% off F/W samples and overstock. Just between us, though, a well-place spy swears this will be the best J.Crew event to hit NYC in years. (For men, anyway.) We’re talkin’ 90% off suits and jackets made of Loro Piana wool; eight racks of “amazing” wovens and dress shirts; sample patterns that aren’t expected to hit store shelves until next season; … Yeah, our spy promises, it’s like that. Here’s what readers had to say about the last sale.

J. Crew Sample Sale – 260 5th Ave btw 28th & 29th – Tues-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm – Map

  1. Got there at 12:30, super long line but worth it since i am a 40L, found a wool overcoat in a tall long that fits perfectly and a pair of longwings for $100. I’m happy.

  2. There are plenty of size mediums and size larges. Smalls were sparse and extra smalls were non-existent.

    Prices ranged from average (40-50% off coats) to good (66% off+ for sweaters). The best deals were on sweaters and shirts. I suspect you can get the same deals post-Christmas.

    I went at 5:00 and waited for 15 minutes. When I exited at 6, the line was 4 times as long. I suggest going any time except during lunch or after work.

    Personally, I wasn’t impressed with the prices or selection. I think you’re better off waiting until the last day for the best discounts.

  3. Sale deserves credit, especially for the button downs. Yes, they may go down to $25 in the stores, but we all know the only sizes left are xs.

    Nacho Broadway

  4. Was able to slap together a full Charcoal Ludlow suit for $200 – even with a rare 38R jacket (It was mostly 40R, but there were some other sizes, both larger and small). Not bad for a suit that retails for ~$650

    Also found some lightweight dress slacks for $25 and a Thomas Mason shirt for the same price. Ties are more spring-like but only $15. Got what I needed there, but may go back on the last day to see what’s left at deeper discounts.

  5. Grabbed a cashmere topcoat for $150. Unlike many of the wool/cashmere blends, this one had a silk lining and I have my suspicions that it was the $1500 Mayfair topcoat. Still have a few on the racks, and you’ll instantly be able to tell the difference between the regular and more expensive ones. Good deal though overall!

  6. just got back – was trying to put together a ludlow charcoal suit but couldn’t do it – surprisingly, no jackets left in charcoal in a 40R that didn’t have sample written on them.

  7. A lot of restocking. A worker told me the basement is filled with clothes. Saw.more topcoats that were not there yesterday, camel color looked great.

    Nacho Broadway

  8. Ugh, I wanted a cashmere coat but could only find the wool/cashmere blend in my size. I wish I lived in NYC, could only stay for a day.

  9. Meh sale is okay in that they keep brining stuff up, size l and m but the prices were pretty lame and there wasnt really much of yhe collab stuff worth going for… That said, got a cardigan cause I didnt want to leave empty handed

  10. @samjacobs I was just reading Crabapple; how did you fair on your wish list?

  11. i waited about 10 minutes to get in. this was around 3pm today. they sure have a lot of stuff. very little of which is worth seeking out. do you want a chintzy looking made in china v-neck sweater in several dark colors for $35? then by all means, run to this sale.

  12. I know that this is called the Choosey Beggar, but when did people get so damn picky. Maybe it’s the title of this post that set people off. Perhaps not the best sale of all time, but hard to say it wasn’t good, in terms of selection and decent prices. Yes, there are some sales where everything is 80% off all beautiful merch, but those are few and far between.

    Also, even though online sales can be equally as good, what’s great about this site is it let’s you go and see the clothes in person. There’s no substitute for feeling the clothes in your own hands or trying them on in person. I say that’s like adding an extra 20% off the online price because you know exactly what you’re getting.

    Mr. Realistic

  13. if you’re looking for a sale where ^^ “everything is 80% off all beautiful merch” then check out Gilded Age (granted, their stuff is expensive to begin with). Amazing jeans and some of the thickest cashmere I’ve ever seen.

  14. @Mr Realistic… Is that seriously worth 20% to you? When you buy something online you can easily return it to the store. Its nearly impossible to even try something on at this sample sale.

  15. yeah, I went for the first time, wait almost 20 min. cold, not great selection inside, very scattered for size and style. Boots were $120, not cheap! I’d rather get the Camper ones for $170. Odd designs, like all rejects. Nothing reduced much in price to tempt me to stay in the ‘pay’ line. Waste of time.

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