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Springtime Hues and Bargain Bins at Lauren Merkin

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We may still be waiting for springtime to arrive outside, but inside the Lauren Merkin sale, the situation is positively springy. The sale, which begins in Chelsea at 11am, offers up to 70% off bags and small leather goods in bright and cheerful colors and patterns. Then there are the bargain bins, which start at $20 and top out at $60. Let's admit it: Bins full of lovely and massively-discounted clutch bags tend to lighten up the darkest of moods.

We were the first to arrive at last night's preview and if the sale remained as quiet as it was the first hour, then you ladies are in luck today.

Definitely hit up the bargain bins first. The $20/$30 bin was a bit too good to be true, only holding a few styles. There was better luck in the $40 bin, featuring a creamy Ingrid snake-embossed clutch with black piping and the $50, offering a diminutive and adorable variegated weave raffia Eve pouch. The bargain bins will not be replenished, so make this your first stop.

Next up, take a look at the larger bags. Now, we definitely saw some repeats from the last sale, but the prices are lower this time around, so it's a trade off. Prices for the leather bags start at $75 for some "as is" Cecilia woven strap zip-close hobos in a bin toward the back. (We took a cursory check and didn't see any obvious damage, but still look carefully). The other Cecilias are priced from $150 to $195 (priced at $225 at the last sale) and we liked the teal and mustard hues the best. There is also the Bailey saddle bag in two seasonal shades—lilac and camel—priced at $125.

There are a smattering of Phoebe braided-strap hobos in Easter-egg hues, plus chocolate brown, priced at $125. The Alice handbags (looking suspiciously similar to the oft-copied Foley & Corinna mid-city) is just $95. Standouts were the buttery grey and bronze woven styles.

The structured Stella double-zip tote is priced from $100 to $125 for a variety of hues and the Paige duffle is priced from $150 to $250. Oddly, the vivid croc and lone ostrich-embossed styles are on the low-end of the price spectrum, while the basic black is $250. On second thought, we suppose that makes mores sense.

The sought-after clutches and pouches are the styles that populate the majority of the sale. The styles—the Diana, the Lucy, the Tess, etc—are mostly organized by color groups, on various tables throughout the room. Highlights included a midnight-metallic-blue ruffle jacquard Georgie ($90), the elegant snakeskin-print Tess ($125), a blush python-embossed Diana ($195), a chain-strap black and white chevron print Iris ($150), a perforated leather camel Caroline ($95) and a Swarovski-studded pink Diana ($160).

Small leather goods, which are found at checkout, start at $15 for a gold-studded card pouch and run to $95 for a large wallet. There are also press samples randomly sprinkled throughout the floor, but the pricing is comparable to the overstock bags, which was kind of a bummer.

Both cash and credit are accepted. All styles are out on the floor and the stock will be replenished as the sale goes on. There were a few price reductions toward the end of the sale last time around, but definitely go early for the best bargain bin selection.
· Dealfeed: Lauren Merkin [Racked NY]
· Bargain Bins and a Plethora of Styles at Lauren Merkin [Racked NY]
· Lauren Merkin [Official Site]