I was surprised to find a line outside the Elie Tahari sample sale Tuesday night.  According to one of the security guards, at least 1,000 customers had walked through the doors on this first day of the sale.  Inside, it was bustling with shoppers looking through the racks.  An abundance of clothing is on offer, mostly for women.  However, I did spot a couple of racks of shirts, blazers, trousers and jackets for men. The sale is pretty well organized with the garments separated by design.

You can find some real deals here at up to 85% off the retail price; cocktail dresses that used to be $600 now just $99, pumps for $79 (were $500) and leather jackets at $279 (were over $1,000).  If you’re looking for items for the cooler temperatures ahead, you’ll find plenty of coats for $279 (were $550) and cashmere sweaters starting at $69 (were $398).  Also on offer are dresses which start at $99 as well as blazers (also $99), pants and skirts are $59, blouses range from $49 to $59, knits from $19-$29, shoes (flats, pumps and sandals) start at $59 and are available in size 6 to 9; a limited selection of boots are going for $129 (I only saw two styles of boots in small sizes).  A plethora of handbags in a variety of colors can be had starting at $79 for small bags, $249 for the large ones.  As far as sizes, I noticed a lot of sample sizes (6 & 8). However, there were quite a few smalls and larges mixed in, but I had to look hard.  With the amount of merchandise at this sale, be prepared to spend time looking through the racks.

Where/When: 510 Fifth Ave (42-43 Streets) Ground fl Entrance on 43 St. 10/20-24 T-F (830-730) Sat (10-5)