Last Thursday night I attended the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash in downtown San Diego. I've only been to one sample sale previous to this event, which was awhile back so I had a fuzzy recollection of how these events go.
I highly recommend attending a Sassy City Chicks fashion bash because you'll find some awesome deals. (Upcoming events are in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York.) I snagged a dress and a top for $5 each!
If you've never attended a sample sale before, I want to share some tips because it's something you have to prepare for both mentally and physically...
Tip #1: Eat something before you shop. The Sassy City Chicks event had drinks and wine, but no food. Shopping on an empty stomach makes you grouchy! This is a given, but sometimes I forget.
Tip #2: Get there early. There will be a line. Women + Great Bargains on Clothes + Free Spa Services = Need I Say More? For some crazy reason I didn't think there would be that many people, but I was so, so wrong.
Tip #3: If you do drink alcohol, have a drink to relax. When you're surrounded by a crowd of women pushing and clamoring, it can put you in a pissy mood. At one time I got the stare-down from someone who obviously didn't like that I was in "her space".
Tip #4: Wear something that you can easily get in and out of. There's a "community" style dressing room, so if you feel uncomfortable undressing around other women, then you should wear clothes that can quickly be taken off and put back on.
Tip #5: Bring cash. Many of the vendors at Sassy City Chicks events won't charge tax if you pay with cash. I don't know if that's true of all sample sale events, but it's good to have cash just in case you run across a vendor who doesn't accept debit/credit cards.
Overall, I had a good time, but I did realize that sample sale shopping just isn't for me... I'm a low-key, relaxed shopper. I'd much rather shop online or places with minimal crowds.