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Stock Up on Under-$50 Workout Gear at the Asics Sample Sale

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Cheap tops and shorts are the name of the game at the Asics sample sale. We checked in on day three of the sale this morning, and although they are fresh out of sports bras (sorry, ladies) there are plenty of colorful tees, tanks, and long sleeves to expand your activewear collection.

Walking in, men’s clothing is on the left-hand side, while women’s racks cover the middle of the floor. Shoes and socks are at the back, and bags and accessories are in bins on the way to checkout. For most styles, there's a healthy choice of sizes and colors. There are no dressing rooms (or even mirrors), so bring a friend to snap your photo or resort to shameless selfies if you're curious about how something looks on you.

Prices for women's merchandise have been further reduced, as has the selection: What's out on the floor right now is pretty much all that's left. There’s a small rack of pants and tights for women, all $19 (originally as much as $90). Shorts and capris are $15, and there are plenty of them in XS to XL. Sleeveless tops are $12, a major bargain for styles that run up to $50 normally. Cotton tees are $8, short sleeve tops are $15, and long sleeves are $23.

In the jackets section, you may have to sift through NYC Marathon-branded items (if you ran it, good for you! If you didn't, now's your chance to pretend!). All jackets, fleeces, vests and hoodies are $30.

For women’s sneakers, colorways are all very bright, and most often a turquoise-and-pink combination. Prices are designated by blue or green ties holding the pairs together; blue means $60, while green is $50. Sizes run from 5 to 12, though 8.5 and above is most common. Similar styles come in each size. The socks in bins are all $6, and you'll be hard-pressed to find mediums (for sizes 8—9.5).

For the gentlemen, you’ll have a few more New York and LA Marathon items to look through, particularly in the long-sleeve ($30) and tee shirt ($8) sections. But beyond that, there are plenty of tech tees ($20), sleeveless tops ($15), and hoodies ($40) still on the racks, with apparel sizes ranging from XS to 2XL. For men’s sneakers, the same blue/green price categories apply; sizes ran evenly spread from 7.5 up to 13.5.

There are only a few accessories options: backpacks for $25, bags for $10, and the odd lacrosse bag for $25. Hats and golf knickknacks are in bins and go for $10.

The sale is open today until 8pm, and goes through Sunday at 4 PM. There was barely a crowd today, so styles are yours for the taking today and tomorrow. We suggest getting in before the weekend if you want to find the right size, or, perhaps more pressing, colors—the black items are selling fast, because New York.

Thu through 8pm. Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—4pm.

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