By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Lusting after a luxury slipcover? Holding out for a cordless cookie press? The Friday after Thanksgiving is your day, Frugal Franny. Bust through murderous mobs fighting over half-off toaster ovens and that $9.99 Cool Water fragrance can be yours! Of course, the truly sweet loot is in the suburbs, where the Costco Santie Claus dwells. Yet beyond our laughable Astor Place Kmart, there is hope. We offer up a few noteworthy sales weve found out about from the larger retailers, as well as some choice sample sales this weekend and into December.
H&Ms entire stock is 25 percent off this Friday from 7am-10am; from 10am-2pm, it drops to 10 percent.
Warner Home Video, Universal Home Video, and select Disney DVDs are priced at special low rates; take an additional 50 percent off all clearance items through the weekend; and search through hundreds more CDs added to Virgins Gifts Under $10 section.
Apple Store One-Day Sale
The annoyingly secretive Apple Store kept the exact details of this Friday-only event under vaulted lock and key (i.e., they didnt get back to us). But with this much mystery, its got to be good. When does the Apple Store ever go on sale?
Were not sure how picked over this is by now, as its been going on for a week already. But its 40 to 70 percent off selected fall merchandise, and it runs through the weekend.
Take 25% off all sale merchandise, including mens, womens and juniors denim. Sale will run through the weekend.
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Starting Friday, take 30 to 50 percent off selected items.
EMG Vintage and Designer Clothing Sale, Sat Nov 26
Wed hit this one ourselves, if we were in town. EMG (Everything Must Go), a monthly vintage and designer sale, is celebrating its second-year anniversary this Saturday at the Tribeca Grands Church Lounge. Look for surprise giveaways courtesy of designers Surface 2 Air and Christopher Deane, and special guest vendors I Heart and WOWCH. Tempting buys include Marc Jacobs heels for $45; vintage Levi's for $20; Miu Miu loafers for $45; YSL Rive Gauche silk dress for $140; an Adidas originals handmade tutu dress (!) for $80; holiday dresses for $25-$30. Cash only. The night continues at 10pm, with a dance party with DJs Steph Dewaele (Soulwax, 2 Many DJs) and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). RSVP at rsvp@houseofgood for that.
Petit Bateau Warehouse Sale, Nov 29-Dec 2
Mens, womens, and baby clothing, up to 50 percent off.
128 W 27th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave; 212-239-7272; 8am-6:30pm.
TSE Sample Sale, Nov 29-Dec 4
TSEs luxury cashmere sweaters for men, women, and children go for below wholesale at this semiannual fall sale, but keep in mind that this doesnt mean $40 a cardigan. Stock includes a womens cashmere zip hoodie for $200 (retail $625); and a mens cashmere long-sleeve polo for $135 (retail $365).
72 Greene Street between Spring and Broome Sts., Ste. 405; 917- 606-6700. Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-6pm.
Hugo Boss Sample Sale, Nov 29-Dec 3
Mens and womens suits, sportswear, furnishings, shoes, and accessories discounted.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 4th fl. Tue 8am-7pm; Wed-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm. No children under 12 admitted; no cash or checks accepted; all sales final.
Lai Sample Sale, Nov 29-Dec 1
Score one of Lais exotic-skin bags (crocodile, alligator, python), leather belts, or other holiday gifts for up to 70 percent off retail.
12 W 57th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-245-4675. Tue-Thu 10am-6pm. Cash and credit cards only.
Meatpacking District Designer Co-op Sale, Dec 15-18
Vivienne Westwood Angolmania, for $350 (retail $700-$900); Tani Keller couture leather jackets and shirts $50-$400, runway $180-$400, dresses $40-$110; and more. 17 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St, 2nd fl. Noon-8pm. Cash or major credit cards only.
Catherine Malandrino Sample Sale, Dec 12-16
Catherine Malandrino merchandise is priced at wholesale and below, $99-$599 (retail $300-$1,500), including a cowl neck sweater for $99 (retail $325); and a silk chiffon dress for $199 (retail $595).
589 Eighth Ave at 39th St, 2nd fl; 212-840-0106. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm. Cash and credit card only.
Showroom Seven Sample Sale, Dec 6-17
Finds include an Imitation of Christ red velvet shift dress for $189 (Barneys retail $450); and Orla Kiely printed laminate totes for $75 (retail $165).
498 Seventh Ave between 36th and 37th Sts, 24th fl; 212-643-4810. Tues-Sat 10am-7:00pm. Cash and credit card only; photo ID required for entrance.
Paul & Joe Sample Sale with Salt Works Jeans, Dec 8-11
Paul & Joe fall/holiday collection is 50 to 70 percent off retail, and even better, fall styles from fit-like-a-dream Salt Works Jeans will go for $49 a pair (retail $125-$134), including the "Avenue A" low-rise cords and the "Mercer Street" distressed denim. Find Outlet. Thu-Sun Noon-7pm.
Carlos Falchi Stock and Sample Sale, Dec 6-8
Designer Carlos Falchis luxury handbags have a cclebrity following (Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria, and Susan Sarandon are fans), and usually retail from $325-$1500. At his stock and sample sale all merchandise will be priced at wholesale or below, including the Baby Barrel bag in Soft Nappa Buffalo for $165 (retail $365).
260 W 39th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 7th fl; 212-921-2935. Tue-Thu 9am-6pm. Cash or credit card only.