After years of sample sale reporting, I thought I'd seen it all but this morning's The Limited sample sale proved me otherwise. The event was a true to word "sample sale" with heaps of pre-production clothes strewn on top of multiple tables and dirt cheap prices to boot. The ensuing concoction of cutthroat bargain hunters and cut-rate prices created a commotion on a level that I have never experienced before. Each shopper was given a nondescript paper bag (a dollar more for additional bags!) and off to the races they went. And when I say the venue was completely rocking with bargain hungry shoppers aggressively rummaging through the discounted merchandise, I'm. Not. Exaggerating.
As for prices, belts/scarves/accessories were $2, damaged items were $3, and everything else was marked at a flat $8. Aside from the brand's unmarked suppliers' samples, I found random items from other labels like Forever 21 and Vince Camuto mixed amongst the piles.
Alas, because of the aggressiveness of shoppers, I was quickly relegated from a battle-tested sample sale veteran to a meek onlooker. As such, I gleaned a new insight into the highlight of the sale. It wasn't the clothes or the prices but rather when the staff brought out additional boxes of apparel from elsewhere in their corporate office. These unannounced, sporadic, yet continuous and seemingly limitless unloading of goods triggered manic swarms of shoppers who hungrily pounced on the newly introduced merch. This was a shitstorm of the highest degree and entertainment fodder for the staff who took recordings of the chaos as it unfolded. Think feeding time at Jurassic World. Rawr!
As a closing note, I can only say that I would NOT recommend this sample sale even to my worst enemies. Simply put, the level of craziness isn't worth your time and trouble. Plus, you would be eaten alive.