You’ll find plenty of deals, especially on accessories, at the Alexander McQueen sample sale which started Tuesday. I found a fairly calm scene at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion when I stopped in around 9:30am.Â Surprisingly, there was no line.Â Although, at first, I did think that the extremely long wait for the Sex & the City casting call next door was the queue for the sale.Â Thankfully, I was wrong.
You’ll get 80% off most of the merchandise.Â Handbags were going for $300 (A black patent leather bag caught my eye), clutches $200, wallets $100.Â There were great deals on shoes too!Â Most women & men’s shoes were under $200.Â The McQueen Pumas were under $100.Â Sandals under $200 and party shoes were just over $200.Â Sunglasses were $80 and belts around $100.Â Men’s ties were going for $40.Â There were racks of clothing for both men and women.Â I spotted some cool tops and dresses for just over $200.Â The tees were all $50, but none of them really grabbed me.Â It didn’t take long for me to find some deals:Â gold bracelets ($50), black paten leather wallet for $100 and sunglasses for $80.Â But when I went to pay, there was a major hitch, the registers began to act up.Â I waited 30 minutes and the registers still weren’t working.Â I couldn’t wait any longer so I put my purchases back.
Sale organizers had a peculiar pricing structure.Â If an item ended in “0” or “5”, then you get 80% off.Â If an item ends in a “4” or “9”, you take 50% off.Â It did get a bit confusing so I had to use my calculator.
Sales staff say they will be restocking.Â So I will come back Wednesday – the last day of the sale – to see if they have anything worth buying.
Where/When: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.;Â August 4-5 T (9â€“7), W (9â€“6).