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The Opening Ceremony sample sale kicked off for friends and family today (it opens to the public at at 11am tomorrow morning and we know at least one young man who will be on line at 7am, so there's that) at 76 Mercer Street. As per usual, the sale is loaded with overstock womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, shoes, accessories—virtually everything from super basic T by Alexander Wang tank tops ($20) to a fuzzy white sneaker collab between Terrance Koh and Opening Ceremony ($30). Price points sound refreshingly palatable? They should—this sale is up to 90% off, and it shows.

That isn't to say everything is dirt cheap. Among the higher priced goods were a few leather jackets, including a men's Undercover style for $780 (marked down from $3,815) and a handful of cropped Mugler jackets for the ladies, priced at $670 (from $2,695).

Womenswear is largely Opening Ceremony product and their various collaborations and exclusives (Chloe Sevingy, Rihanna for River Island, Keds, etc.), running the gamut in sizes and product categories. There is a lot of spring merchandise—think gingham, bright colors, and taffeta. Among more winter-friendly styles were beaded sweater skirts for $110 (from $370), a popcorn sweater for $75 (also from $370), and a vest from the Where the Wild Things Are collab for $90 (originally $460 and worth noting that the zipper was stuck).

Ladies will also find a good amount of Kenzo including a $122 embroidered peplum and a $290 trench. Nearby, there are basic Acne denim styles at an impressive $40 price tag (don't confuse these with the epic amounts of Opening Ceremony bellbottom jeans). Non-Opening Ceremony brands/collabs/private label include a handful of pieces Proenza Schouler, a whole rack of Christopher Kane tank dresses ($120) and tees ($70 to $90), and a smattering from designers like Carven, Tsumori Chisato, and Boy. by Band of Outsiders.

As far as women's shoes go, it's pretty much the same story: plenty of spring/summer styles and OC collabs. The upside? There are a lot of styles priced under $100. Examples include pretty suede Rodarte x Opening Ceremony sandals in four colors for just $65 (originally $740).

Men's shoes are in the back of the room and are heavy on stuffed animal festooned Jeremy Scott x Adidas styles including camo teddy bear, tie dyed teddy bear, and a gorilla topped styles. Those will cost you $65. For the more conservative fellow, there are a fair amount of Mark McNairy suede boots for just $30.

Much like the women's apparel offerings, menswear is heavy on the OC collabs, featuring a good amount of inexpensive Keds items as well as lots of leftover Spring Breakers wear. For the rest of the inventory, you can count on the store's typical quirkiness to prevail: palm-tree printed shirts, bright sweaters, more Jeremy Scott for Adidas merch. On the low end, there are a ton of Warriors of Radness striped tank tops for $20 and Keds apparel hovering around the $25 mark. The most expensive thing spotted was the $670 leather jacket mentioned above.

Accessories and bags are worth a dig. Included in the mess of belts, books, and sunglasses were gems like Opening Ceremony's cute satchels for $110 (small) and $155 (large), a ton of cute baseball hat options, and printed Postalco notebooks for $9 and $11.

Items of note: there are no fitting rooms, just mirrors scattered around, so dress accordingly; credit card minimum is $100; there is a coat and bag check; the door is run by the most fashionable door guy this reporter has encountered.
· Dealfeed: Opening Ceremony [Racked NY]
· The December Sample Sale Calendar [Racked NY]

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