From the look of the long line outside 260 Fifth Avenue this morning, the J.Crew sample sale continues to draw a massive crowd.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, sale organizers were kind enough to let me inside an hour early to do a review.  They were still setting up when I came in to check out the goods… There really is a large assortment of apparel, shoes, accessories, and winter coats from both J. Crew and Madewell. If you’re familiar with this Flatiron space, you’ll know how large it is… and sale organizers managed to fill it.  There are actual samples and stock for men, women, and a limited selection of children’s wear at up to 60-percent off.

The set up is well organized with women’s JCrew collection pieces right in front next to the entrance, men’s to the side along the wall, shoes and accessories (handbags, belts, etc) and kids in the back. There are a couple of chairs where you can try on the footwear and the dressing room in the back.

As for pricing, here’s the breakdown (and it’s fairly simple for both men & women):  Sweaters range in price from $35 (wool and wool/cotton blends) to $90 for cashmere; Outerwear starts at $60 and goes up to $150 (great selection of wool pea coats for men at $150.. and the same price for wool jackets for women); Trench coats are $90; Dresses starts at $30 and goes up to $90;  Tops (silk and woven) are ranging from $15 (for tanks) to $25 for plain shirts; Pants are priced from $25 to $70.  There’s tons of jewelry up for grabs (I’m told more than they’ve had on offer before) starting at $5 to $60 for embellished pieces.  Handbags are tagged from $20 to $120.  As for shoes, there was lots on display in a range of sizes (flats are $65, heels at $100 and boots at $120).  Madewell leather vests are $150 and a leather jacket is $250.

Sale organizers will be restocking daily & throughout the sale, which ends this Saturday December 3rd.  If you can’t make it today, there’s plenty of opportunity to check out the sale this week.

Where/When:  260 Fifth Ave (b/w 28th & 29th Streets); Nov 29 to Dec 3rd, Tues-Fri (10-8p), Sat (10-6p).