The bi-annual J.Crew/Madewell sample sale has arrived early this year. This time, women’s, men’s and children’s merchandise is under one roof at 260 Fifth Avenue. Mushkie has our report:

“Setup is the same as previous sales. Bins of accessories line the left wall. Scarves ($20) are hanging near the coat check. Jewelry is near checkout, shoes are in the back, and racks of apparel are in the center.

Pricing is on par with previous sample sales. Cotton/wool sweaters are $35. Pajama separates are $20. Cashmere is $80. Party/work dresses are $60. Tops/buttons downs are $25. Embellished/dressy tops are $40. Blazers are $90. Collection items are priced individually. Some tops and sweaters I’ve seen at past sales.

In the accessories bins, I spotted illestivia sunglasses ($50), bejeweled headbands ($5), fedoras ($20), and belts ($20). In addition, handbags ($90/$45) are in buckets. Some look like returns as they are monogrammed.

I’m impressed with this season’s shoe selection. Lots of current footwear that’s selling online at full retail price are available here at up to 70% off!

Also, pricing is lower on footwear this time around. Ankle boots and heels are $70. Flats are $50. Sneakers are $25/$35. Mid calf and tall boots are $90. Kids shoes are $30 and boots are $50.

Jewelry pricing is also lower than previous sales. Earrings are $20. Embellished necklaces are $50 non embellished are $20. Madewell bracelets and bangles are $15. JCrew bracelets are $20.

There are lots of boxes downstairs that staff will open and stock as items sell. Expect markdowns midweek with the final markdown on Sunday when everything is an additional 50% off. – Mushkie of Holy in Mundane

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