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Above the Fray: A Guide to This Week's Sample Sales

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A Racked tipster with an enviable schedule sent us her report on four of the many sample sales taking place this week. The takeaway: If you can only make one sale, and if you can be in midtown before 5pm tonight, definitely stop by Walter. If you have time for two or three, add Generra and Tracy Reese to your itinerary. But unless you're a really big fan of waiting in line, maybe skip Shoshanna and Anlo. To the details!

The Shoshanna and Anlo sale is a shitshow. Went there during lunch and the line was out the door. These girls who were leaving told me that the line stretched down the hallway. Didn't even bother.
The Generra sale is pretty good. Lots of nice basics. There's a rack of sporty tshirt/tops that sell $15 for one or $25 for two. Nice rack of samples for $25 each. Other stock is pricier, but pretty much everything else is 60% off. Lots of leather belts and cuffs. Mens stuff was nice (60% off), but majority of the merch seemed to be in size XL. Staff is very nice and there's even a secluded section in the back with mirrors where you can try stuff on.
Walter sale is NOT TO BE MISSED. Staff is incredibly nice and it's so organized and spacious. Loads of summery silk dresses and tops in an array of hues and lively prints for $80 (sizes 0-12 and everything inbetween). Really gorgeous, well made stuff. Samples come in size 0-4 and are priced at $50 for dresses, ~$40 for bottoms, $55 jackets. Large, open changing area with mirrors available.
Tracy Reese sale is decent. Prices are still way too high for me. Still, bought a real cute jersey dress for $45 (there's one left in size large, I got the last small). The temp staffers are quite nice and keep the changing room area tidy. There are four big rooms each with a big mirror, although you have to wait FOREVER for these middle-aged guido guys to try on a bajillion hideous button ups that look like they came from the Ed Hardy formalwear collection.
Our tipster also snapped a photo of the Tracy Reese gift bag, which contains nail polish, lip gloss, and Laura Geller baked body frosting—useful if you're feeling insufficiently frosted these days.

· Dealfeed: Shoshanna and Anlo [Racked]
· Dealfeed: Walter [Racked]
· Dealfeed: Tracy Reese and Robert Graham [Racked]