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The Limited Sample Sale Was a Crazy Mess

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For one day only, The Limited is offering a treasure trove of sweaters, tops, pants, skirts, dresses, belts, and scarves, all for $8 or less, with a portion of proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it kind of is: After waiting in the rain for an hour this morning, we finally made it into the venue and were greeted by something more akin to The Hunger Games than a sample sale.

All the clothes were divided into cardboard boxes, and if there was any semblance of organization, that all went out the window when the first wave of customers came tearing through. At around 11am, clothes littered the floor as shoppers almost cartoonishly rifled through the boxes, shoving handfuls of clothing into their designated paper shopping bags (you're given one for free upon entry, but there's a $1 fee for any additional bags you leave with).

Given the voracity of the shoppers, it's not surprising that a decent chunk of the clothes were ripped and mangled to the point of being unrecognizable. These could possibly fall under the umbrella of "slashed items," which, as an edit on the price list indicated, could be taken home for free.

In terms of scarves and belts ($2 each), it seems like a majority of them got cleared out when the sale opened earlier in the morning. Most of what was left was clothing ($8), and of the clothing, you'll find a lot of pants. For sizing, we saw a lot of mediums and size 8s — but once again, nothing is organized, and it almost feels like you could find anything if you dug deep enough.

You probably won't be surprised to hear there's no fitting room or mirrors, but trying on the clothes didn't seem to be anyone's priority. Most were concerned with getting as much as possible, as quickly as possible, into one bag and making their way to the checkout. Those who were trying on quietly stood around the perimeter, slipping tops and dresses on over their clothes.

You don't have long to keep shopping the sale (it closes this afternoon), and what's left may not be worth the journey. However, if you're itching to hunt for a steal and the prospect of almost definitely getting hit in the face with a bag excites you, check the details in the Dealfeed below.