J.Crew is having yet another sample sale at Clothingline.Â Like previous sales, the brand’s castoffs are up for grabs. I stopped in on Sunday afternoon when there was not much of a line and only a few minutes wait.
This sale had actual samples, which all tend to be small.Â While looking through the racks of cashmere sweaters (long-sleeved at $60 and short-sleeved for $40), tees & tanks ($10), woven tops ($30), cotton & wool sweaters (also $30), I spotted mostly size small.Â There were some mediums, very few XS, Ls and XLs.Â Beware:Â some of the tops, particularly the cashmere sweaters have “sample” written in black marker on the inside of the garments.Â Sizes for other merchandise such as denim ($30), dress pants & skirts ($40) were spotty.Â The dresses were uninspiring.Â I didn’t really look at the wedding gowns.Â Yes, they actually had wedding gowns there.
Be prepared to spend time digging through the stuff.Â There’s no real order in the sizing. The racks are separated by type of garment.
A major negative for some, no fitting room. Although, that didn’t stop a few shoppers who tried on merchandise in the open only to be yelled at when they were caught.Â And you will get caught there, the employees circle the place and they tend to be rude.
In the men’s section, you’ll find lots of button-down shirts (a rack of Thomas Mason’s for $45) and good deals on cotton bottoms ($20) and dress pants ($30).Â However, the selection and sizes are limited.Â I did speak to two customers who scored on two pairs of chinos in 32×32.
In another section, there were lots of boxes of swimsuits ($15).Â I actually picked up a cherry red halter one-piece swimsuit for the pool in my gym.Â The limited selection of accessories – shoes and handbags – were not really worth my time.
Where/When: 261 W. 36th St., nr. Seventh Ave., second fl.; Thru July 16 Mâ€“Th (10â€“7)