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It's often the case at sample sales that all the good stuff gets snagged at the previews, and what's left for the general public who loyally queue in the early hours of the morning can be disappointing. However, it's safe to say that's completely not the case at the J.Crew sample sale, which we checked out this morning.
Lots of great buys remain, and according to the staff, they're restocking "all day, everyday." After the jump, we've broken down the highlights from the men's, women's, and children's section, with detailed pricing included for the noteworthy categories.
The busiest section was probably the rails of sweaters and tees, and we can see why at prices like these: Cotton and wool sweaters are $35; cashmere sweaters are $90; cashmere tees, tanks, and vests $65; and cotton tees and shirts are between $15 and $40.
As we mentioned in our previous report, the rack of pencil and mini skirts in the center of the floor is definitely worth a look, and there are still some great styles up for grabs for $40 to $60.
The jewelry section along the right of the room is big, bright, and bountiful. Bangles are $15, rings are $20, bracelets and earrings are $25, necklaces are $35, and the stunning embellished necklaces are $60.
The shoe and accessories sections are pretty crazy, seeing as there are no fitting rooms and shoppers with armfuls of clothes have been charging down the narrow aisles to try stuff on in the back of the room. If you manage to navigate past them, however, the shoes are worth a look. We found that the best bets were the tall boots, which were are going for $130. Heels and ankle boots are $100, the flats are $65, and the flip-flops and light canvas shoes are $10 and $25, respectively.
The accessories bins are priced like this: Socks, tights, and small goods are $10; belts, hats, and scarves are $20; fabric bags are $20 to $45; and leather bags are $90 $130.
The Collection rack still had some good finds as well, like a sequined jacket for $450, an embellished-collar blazer for $120, and a great LBD for $170. Casual and workwear dresses are about $30 to $60. And if it's a winter coat you're after, a large selection of puffers vary from $60 to $90, and heavy wool coats are $150.
The men's price points are pretty much the same as the women's. The stand out items have to be the No.3 shirts ($25), No.4 cotton tees ($15), and the casual coats ($60). Dress shoes are $100; ties and pocket squares are $20; and large fabric bags are $45. And just like the women's, jeans are all $40 and chinos are $25.
Two racks on the left toward the back are packed with clothes for little ones. Prices are reasonable, as everything is one of three: $15, $30 or $50.
The $20 Weekend rail stands alone in the back left, and includes sweat pants, lounge wear and pyjamas.
Overall, we're impressed. A couple of notes: The line is long so dress warm and bring an umbrella. And as always, a friend will make that wait less boring, and will also come in handy inside, where there are unfortunately no mirrors.
The sale ends this Sunday, December 2. See the Dealfeed below for all additional details.—Klara Heron
· Dealfeed: J.Crew [Racked NY]
· Dreary Weather Didn't Stop the Line at Today's J.Crew Sale [Racked NY]
· Goods at the J.Crew Sample Sale are Current and Well-Priced [Racked NY]