Cheryl Shops...the Mayle sample sale
When it comes to sample sales, there's the bad and the good, and there's very little in between. For the former, for example, I went to the Alexander Wang sample sale last week, which I had been very excited about, and while there was some cute stuff, very few items were available in anything above a size 4, plus if you wanted to use a credit card, you had to spend $500--credit-card minimums are a personal pet peeve of mine, by the way, and they are technically illegal (and I'm sorry, I don't carry around $300 in cash). Sample sales can be disappointing for a lot of reasons, but when it's a designer I really admire and appreciate--and, yes, I really dig Alexander Wang, and he's a West Coast designer!--when the sale sucks, it's a huge letdown.

Which brings me to the good. I love Jane Mayle's clothing. It's feminine, it's a little retro, and she uses beautiful fabrics and detailing that you don't see anywhere else. Mayle used to be somewhat affordable, but in the last few years, it's spiraled a little out of my price range--I'm talking $400 for a sweater, $600 for a dress. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I approached today's sample sale--I was expecting a madhouse and prices still out of my reach. Thankfully, I did not have to wait in line to get in, which was good sign #1. There were a lot of girls stripping down to their undies and trying stuff on left and right, but nowhere near Barneys Warehouse Sale levels of mayhem. In short, they had a lot of merchandise--from this season, even!--and it was cheap cheapity cheap. Tops (including sweaters) are $70, skirts are $40, pants and shorts are a mere $25, dresses are $100, and coats are $125; there were a lot of huge shoes (I'm talking size 11) and some of the leopard-print handbags that are on sale at Barneys at the moment. I seriously had to edit my selections; what I wanted to do was say, "I'll take one of everything." But I ended up with a mod shift dress (pictured here and currently $645 at Steven Alan), a leopard-print mini (not as trashy as it sounds), a pair of high-waist wool trousers ($25, man!), and the April "Calendar knit" sweater from Barneys. The best part? For all four items, I paid less than what I'd pay for one Mayle sweater on double markdown at her boutique on Elizabeth Street. And considering that prices had been marked down once already, I have a feeling they might go down again tomorrow. Seriously, if they get any cheaper, they'll be giving the stuff away.

Have I not convinced you yet? Go, go, go to the sale! Thursday is the last day! It's at 95 Canal Street (between Eldridge & Forsythe) from 11-7. Believe me, it's worth the schlepp to Chinatown. What are you waiting for? Go!

8 comments

Felicia said...

I went to the Mayle sample sale yesterday (Thursday) and bought a bunch of stuff as well. There were still some dresses, coats, jackets and skirts but not as much as I would of liked. I'm guessing all the good stuff went in the previous days. The good thing about the sale yesterday was that all dresses were $75 and knits were $50. As you can imagine I purchased a bunch of knits and pants. All so cute! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when her next sample sale will be? How can I find out about these sales?

thanks!!!!

Cheryl said...

It will probably be in November or December. Check back here--I post sale listings every Monday night!

Anonymous said...

It likely won't be for another 2 1/2 years. These big blowout sales are rare--she has sales twice a year and then a big sale (with far bigger discounts) like this one pretty infrequently.

Anonymous said...

Have you guys seen Mayle's black Beatrice cameo bag at the Nolita shop? I really want this bag but it sells for over $500 on shopbop-and that is on sale! Anyone know where I can find this bag for less?

thanks...love the blog Cheryl!

Marc said...

ok if any of you girls want to ever sell any of your MAYLE items pleaseeee let me know I am always looking to buy for my self and i will pay you a good amount. I have 400 next to my name on ebay and paypal my email is Angel2love222@aol.com so for sure email me please
amy ps i am in California so not a lot of Mayle there and NEVER any sample sales :(

Anonymous said...

OMG! I thought I was the only one annoyed by the minimum for credit cards. I'm going to call 311 and put in a complaint if it is illegal.

Also why is it so expensive considering it's ALL made in China? If he's getting a cheap price to make it, pass it on otherwise have it made in Paris\Italy for those prices.

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