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Last night, we stopped by the David Yurman sample sale taking place at the Altman Building. The first day always draws a crowd, but many were surprised at the mass that gathered after work hours. 10% of the proceeds from the first day of the sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and we have a feeling it will be a generous one.
There's a lot of stock inside the sale, and many pieces are from previous sample sales. The jewelry is organized by category of discounts, which were between 40% to 60% off. Some cases contain items that are color-coded for discount: those marked with a yellow dot are 40% off, and red dots are 60%. (Some pieces are also priced as marked.) There are also items marked with removable red pen to indicate small cosmetic flaws (often a scratch that's negligible or barely visible).
There was a flurry of ladies surrounding three different cases of Cable collection bracelets, Albion rings (size 5 and 6 selections were dwindling), the Waverly bracelets, and Cable Classics bracelets. They were going fast. We were told there would be some restocking, but only for a very limited amount of styles. There were also no bracelets in size small, and most were in sizes medium or large. We did find a Curb Large Link bracelet in size small, though it was the last one.
A few noteworthy bracelets at 50% off include the Sculpted Cable in Narrow and Wide cuff; many variations of the Waverly bracelets, Cable Buckle bracelets; and Confetti bangles with diamonds. We also spotted Color Classic bracelets and Elements Three Row bracelets.
For earrings, we liked a pair of Mosaic Chiclet earrings for $487.50 (from $975) and Cable heart shaped earrings for $475. There were plenty of chandelier and dangling earrings with precious stones for 50% off.
It was especially calm in the watch and eyewear area—which includes both sunglasses and optical eyewear—which were 50% to 60% off. The men's section was pretty desolate, since 98% of the shoppers last night were ladies. It includes cufflinks, money clips, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
The cases of special priced merchandise didn't get too much attention, and appears to be the same old stock from previous sales. Here, you will find Figaro chain bracelets for $200 and necklaces at $395. A couple of gold and silver cufflinks are going for $495, buckle rings are $395, and Six Row Chain Bracelets are $695. There were also three photo frames and two mini silver mugs going for $195.
Each salesperson is only allowed to serve one customer. They will bag up your picks and give you a ticket number, which you will bring to another section of the floor to pick up your item. Here, you may try on your pieces again and make final cuts before heading to the cashiers, where they will polish your pieces before you pay. All purchases come with a David Yurman marked pouch and cleaning cloth.
Take a closer look at the merchandise in the gallery above, and if you spot something you like, you should visit the sale sooner than later, as stock was already depleted for certain items last night. The sale runs through Sunday, and cash and credit are accepted.—Hsini
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