Jul 15, 2015

*SAMPLE SALE* The Limited Unlimited

As much as I find pleasure in luxury shopping, there's something very gratifying and indulging about finding cheap thrills. The Limited, known for everyday fast fashion apparel, is holding their 2-day long sample sale this week and I decided to drop by this morning to see what bargain basement goods I could find. I have never had the chance to check out one of their notorious sales before so I was eager to see what was on hand. Boy, oh boy, little did I know I would be stepping into pure pandemonium.

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.

19 comments:

  1. OMG looks like a bloodbath! Rawr is right Eek!!

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  2. Wow! That looks insane! Were there any of those high end designer items that El R mentioned in another post? Otherwise there's no sense enduring such madness.

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    1. Hi Nara,

      It was! No, I didn't see any high-end brands.

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  3. Thank you for sharing the report. I literally just laughed out loud reading your article. Sometimes, it's just better to step aside.

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    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you for always reading! Yes, this was definitely above my league and I was perfectly happy being a bystander.

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  4. lol at the lady holding her head in photo 5 haha

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  5. Hahaha that lady looks exhausted. Great catch! Thx for the hilarious report Miz. It was a fun read.

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    1. My pleasure! Thank you for reading!

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  6. Miz, thank you for indirectly saving my life. I don't think I have enough self-defense classes to go to this sale.

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    1. Hi Aparnaa,

      Timid and fierce alike, I would recommend definitely staying away from this one. This was some next level craziness. Thank you for reading!

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  7. One to skip. I went last year or earlier this year, and 95% of the clothes were damaged.

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    1. Yes, you're totally right. I forgot to mention that point. The quality of the merchandise wasn't good at all.

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  8. YOUR writing = Great post!

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  9. I was in the neighborhood so I stopped in. Everything is now 4 dollars and there are definitely non Limited items mixed in. I got an Equipment silk blouse and a few Maje pieces. Each for 4 bucks. I wouldn't go out of my way to go but if you're nearby it want crowded at all. And damaged items are now free.

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    1. Hi JS,

      Thank you so much for the update!

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  10. "Plus, you would be eating alive." - you meant eaten alive, I presume :D
    Even their outlets are crazy on major shopping weekends; looks like the sample sale was much much worse.

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    1. Hi sanaenver,

      Thanks for the catch!

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