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.  Surprisingly, there was no line.  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.  Thankfully, I was wrong.

You’ll get 80% off most of the merchandise.  Handbags were going for $300 (A black patent leather bag caught my eye), clutches $200, wallets $100.  There were great deals on shoes too!  Most women & men’s shoes were under $200.  The McQueen Pumas were under $100.  Sandals under $200 and party shoes were just over $200.  Sunglasses were $80 and belts around $100.  Men’s ties were going for $40.  There were racks of clothing for both men and women.  I spotted some cool tops and dresses for just over $200.  The tees were all $50, but none of them really grabbed me.  It didn’t take long for me to find some deals:  gold bracelets ($50), black paten leather wallet for $100 and sunglasses for $80.  But when I went to pay, there was a major hitch, the registers began to act up.  I waited 30 minutes and the registers still weren’t working.  I couldn’t wait any longer so I put my purchases back.

Sale organizers had a peculiar pricing structure.  If an item ended in “0” or “5”, then you get 80% off.  If an item ends in a “4” or “9”, you take 50% off.  It did get a bit confusing so I had to use my calculator.

Sales staff say they will be restocking.  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.;  August 4-5 T (9–7), W (9–6).