The most popular bags at the editors' preview, however, were Botkier's signature zipper bags -- rendered in a rainbow of colors -- available at the sale for a mere $175.
Snap up tantalizing zipper bags and slouchy shoulder totes for up to 75 percent off at this weekend sample sale, where a Logan shoulder bag in distressed black is now just $225, while the Taylor large satchel in brown, black, or sand pearl is $250. Thursday-Sunday at 195 Lafayette Street; Thurs-Fri 11AM-7PM; Saturday 11AM-6PM; Sunday 12-5PM.
An incredible roster of downtown indies -- including Band of Outsiders, Vena Cava, Cheap Monday, and Shipley & Halmos -- will be seriously discounted starting Thursday and running through the weekend. The real surprise of the sale -- in addition to the $40 Cheap Monday jeans and spectacular Wayne silk dresses for $185 -- was the rack of Vena Cava for Via Spiga shoes in the back, all just $75 (originally $300 and up). Thursday-Sunday at 495 Broadway; 10AM-6PM
Gorgeous, statement-making jewelry from this insider-favored designer will be available at up to 70 percent off at this weekend sample sale. Through Sunday at 30 West 21st Street, 9AM-6:30PM
Penfield, provider of cuddly down-filled winter coats, will be hosting a sample sale this weekend at the Reed Annex. The flyer promises up to 70% off with prices starting at just $5 (for what exactly we're not sure--maybe a sock?). If the 70% discount is being applied to Penfield's signature outerwear, which normally retails between $250 and $300, then one could feasibly snag a new winter coat for just under $100. If nothing else, it's a good opportunity to stock up on thermal gloves, hats, and scarves to get you through the brutal weather ahead. Friday-Sunday at The Reed Annex at 151 Orchard between Grand and Broome; Friday, 11-7PM; Saturday, 12-7PM; and Sunday, 12-6PM
For the generous feminist in all of us, head to the one-day BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Sunday. With over 200 vendors, you'll have no problem finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list with jewelry from Verameat, Digby and Iona, as well as adoptable pets from Animal Care and Control NYC. Also present at the event: local charities City Harvest, the L.E.S. Girls Club and others -- and you'll also get free coffee from Joe all morning, snacks, and goodie bags for the first 500 attendees, according to the BUST Web site. Metropolitan pavilion is located at 125 W. 18th St.; Sunday, 10-7:30PM
If BUST isn't your thing, check out Public Assembly's one-day winter market on Sunday. The bonanza will feature Brooklyn-based In God We Trust, Kill Devil Hill, Sweet Virginia, Dalaga, Old Hollywood and more -- as well as great jams brought to you by DJs Dirty Jean, DJ:Unknown, Cowboy Mark and more. The flier advertises gifts, wearables, antiques and edibles from $1 to $100, so we can't see how you could go wrong. The winter market is located at Public Assembly on 70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY; Sunday, 12-6PM
Don't miss your chance to pick up great shoes and clothing at Dolce Vita's warehouse sale this weekend. Discounts up to 70 percent off include items from Dolce Vita, as well as clothing from Tsesay, Dolan and more. The two-day only sale is Saturday and Sunday at 156 Ludlow St, 4th flr; 12-7PM
Theory's one of those sample sale's where it's really tough to go wrong -- the separates are perfect for work wear (trousers are under $100, button-downs are under $60), and the suits are stuff of legend (going for under $400 at the sale). The sale will run through the weekend, providing ample time to check out the wares, which include women's clothing only from the fall collection -- 261 Wednesday-Sunday at West 36th Street, 2nd floor; Wednesday, 1-7PM; Thursday-Friday, 11-7PM; Saturday-Sunday, 11-5PM; Monday-Wednesday (December 7-9), 11AM-7PM
You have until the end of January to check out huge discounts on the lower-priced LeShack line by designer Tracy Feith. Dresses and separates are $75 to $180 (down from $250 to $400), with more discounts on accessories, boots and coats, including pieces from past collections. The sale runs through 1/31 at 64 Grand St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Daily, 12-7PM
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
If you're planning a wedding any time soon, you'll find a variety of top designers at this bridal sample sale. Hundreds of gowns from Vera Wang, Amsale, Kenneth Pool and more will go for up to 70 percent off. The sale runs Wednesday-Sunday at 611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St; Wednesday-Saturday, 10-8:30PM; Sunday, 10-8PM
CHRISTOPHER FISCHER CASHMERE
The Scottish cashmere line is offering up to 80 percent off on an assortment of men's, women's, baby and home items at this weekend's sample sale. Men's and Lady's cashmere and blended sweaters will go for $40 to $150 (down from $195 to $495), with home accessories marked down from $150 to $295, to $50 to $95. The sale runs from Thursday to Saturday at 200 W. 39th St.; Thursday-Saturday, 10-7PM
Don't forget to treat yourself for the holidays -- Head to Frette to pick up fancy, high thread count sheets, table linens and bath accessories at up to 80 percent off. The sale runs Sunday through Dec. 10 at Soiffier Haskin on 317 W. 33rd St.; Sunday-Wednesday, 9-6:30PM; Thursday, 9-5PM