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It was an odd and erratic year for sample sales. Designers and retailers wrestled with new ways of doing business, shoppers wrestled with each other over Jimmy Choos, and everyone seemed even jumpier than usual. Over on Guerilla Shopper NYC, Nancy Brenner rounds up the effects of these changes in her year-end list of sample sale trends.
Sales had longer hours, more final-day markdowns, and less merch, she writes—all evidence of sale organizers working hard to move a high percentage of their inventory. As for shoppers, they seemed more eager than ever to get their hands on bargains, hence the nudity at Proenza Schouler and NFL-level body checks at Nanette Lepore. The most colorful detail has to be the rise of organized sample hoarding: "Highly orchestrated teams of four or more that stripped the shelves" in "antics that would rival the opening scene of James Bond flick." We're never going to be able to see an eBay hoarder again without expecting them to break out into some parkour.
· Sample Sale Trends for 2010 [Guerilla Shopper]