Sure, Black Friday looms just a few short weeks away. But real shopping pros can get a leg up on the deals with this week's overabundance of sales.
Shop the designer's perennially pretty separates for equally attractive prices: Dresses are marked down to $145 from $398, jackets and coats to $195-$275 from $448-$698, and skirts, pants and tops to $95 from $298. 225 W. 35th Street: November 9-12; Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-7pm; Wednesday, 9:30am-6pm; Friday, 9:30am-7pm.
Congrats to Kathryn on her first-ever sample sale. Congrats to all of us for getting such prime deals on the designer's super-chic shoes at up to 80 percent off. Note: it's cash only. 195 Chrystie Street, Suite 809G: November 9-10, 11, 3-8 p.m.
We're obsessed with the sassy jeweler's edgy-but-wearable pieces -- even more so when they're discounted by 50-80 percent. 350 West 38th Street, Fifth Floor: November 9-11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
More jewelry! The designer's decadent-with-a-downtown-flair baubles are marked down 30-80 percent at the sample sale. Think Tycoon bracelets for $100 (reduced from $310) and Stella snakeskin bangles at $10 from $66. (That's right, we said $10.) 252 West 38th Street, Suite 902: November 9-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Beat the winter doldrums by stocking up on Tibi's cheerful-chic outerwear, with sunny prices to match. The Melange sweater coat, originally $495, will go for $248 and the Muse applique coat for $310 -- half off its original $620 price tag. November 9-11: Coolture Showroom, 409 W 39th Street, 10am-6pm.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN V. MANOLO BLAHNIK
It looks like the two shoe heavyweights might be going head to head. The die-hard NYC shopping community breathed a collective gasp when rumors started to circulate that Manolo would be hosting his own sample sale the same day -- November 11 -- as Christian's invitation-only event this Wednesday. Both are veiled in insider secrecy, so our strategy is go-with-what-you-know. On that note? Stay tuned. Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54th Street (at 6th Avenue): Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cash only.
If you're in the market for an ultra-flattering, ultra-feminine party dress (or sweet separates and perhaps some swimwear), the Shoshanna sample sale, with prices reduced up to 75 percent, is a solid bet. 231 W. 39th Street, Suite 422: November 10-11; Wednesday, 10am-6:30pm; Thursday, 10am-6pm.
Everything from spring/summer and fall/winter to, for the first time, Malandrino right off the runway, is up for grabs at the designer's sample sale. Discounts include blouses for $95 (originally $395), skirts for $65 (originally $275), dresses for $155 (originally $525) and last, but certainly not least, leather jackets reduced to just $295 from $1,200. Additional incentives include an additional 10 percent off if you RSVP here, and gift certificates when you spend a certain amount ($25 for $250, $75 for $500 and $125 for $1,000). Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th Street: November 10-12, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Seasoned fashion veteran Tam will host a seasonal sample sale with markdowns up to 75 percent off retail. Now's your chance to snag urbane, lovely wares at a steal. 240 W. 39th Street, 11th Floor: November 10-12; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING THRIFT SHOP HOLIDAY BAZAAR
And in less hostile, and more charitable news, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Thrift Shop -- which stocks covet-worthy hand-me-downs from Manhattan's Upper East Side glamazon set -- will host its blockbuster holiday bazaar. The benefits are two-fold: You'll find knockout bargains, and the hospital gets the dough. November 10-14: 1440 Third Avenue: Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11am-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Cashmere coats, accessories and clothes (perfect leggings, dreamy dresses) for pared-down sophisticates are on sale for up to 70 percent off during this prime sample sale event. 97 Crosby Street: November 10-14; Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
LAFAYETTE 148 WAREHOUSE SALE
Sweet deals abound at the Soho shop's big-deal sale, including 75 percent off retail on dresses, coats, separates and leather. Prices on pants dip below $50, tops start at just $25 and leather goes as low as $108. 148 Lafayette Street: November 11-12; 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The showroom/gallery hybrid with a retail spin is offering significant markdowns on their stellar lineup of designers, including LnA, Surface to Air, Won Hundred, Iro, Oak, Kai-Aakmann and more. 676 Broadway, Second Floor: November 12-13; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 12-6 p.m.