You don’t have to buy anything.
Don’t see something you’re dying over? Don’t get anything. It may have been on sale, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to buyer’s remorse.
“Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale or you waited hours,” advises Sally. “If you can’t find anything you like, walk away. Remember: Most of these pieces are at the sale for a reason. No one wanted them!”
Plus, designer sample sales aren’t the end game. Boutiques have great sales too. “Bird has amazing twice-yearly markdowns, and I’ve done really well at French Garment Cleaners (the Fort Greene store formerly known as Stuart & Wright.),” says Greenspan. “Those are often the best places to get deals on labels that don’t do big public sample sales, like Isabel Marant.”