(Closed) Kleinfeld sample sale – worth it?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

YES!!! I went and it’s not hectic or crazy at all, you just only get an hour appt instead of the normal 1 and 1/2 hour and I had 2 friends with me…Granted, I’d already been to a few stores to try some dresses on, can you make an appt somewhere else beforehand just to try some styles on so you have a general idea of what you like, what looks good, etc? Kleinfelds was my 3rd time dress shopping, my consultant was AMAZING (we totally bonded, I got her email address to send her a pic from the wedding) AAAAAAAND I got my dress! It’s Claire Pettibone, originally $3,900, would NEVER in a million years have been able to afford it but at the sample sale, I got it for $1100….WORTH IT~

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yes I say definitely worth it; I had shopped at bridal garden an hour before my trip; also designer dresses worn in fashion shows the quality was beautiful but you can tell it had wear and tear

 

went to the kleinfeld sample sale; bought a designer dress for $599! the consultant was helpful, I had my own space; I wasn’t rushed; although she did point out it may not be there longer if I waited –which is true there were so many brides there with the same idea

 

the quality was much much better than davids bridal or bridal garden; it was brand new

 

I ahd a positive experience; I cried when I found my dress; my mom liked the other which was $1000; the one I liked was $599; the consultant said stick to my original choice; I have to like other dress 500 more–she could have easily tried to sell me the more expensive one; I cried when I wore it I knew it was the one–my consultant gave me a hug when I decided–I was very happy with my choice–princess gown, strapless fitted bodice with elaborate beading and embroidery on the bodice–exactly what I have been drawing for 15 years

 

only problem is alterations–just make sure you get it closest to your size!!!!!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t been to a sample sale, but from what I’ve heard the dresses are stock that aren’t selling anymore (usually a couple years old), not because they’re in bad condition. Which works out really well if you want a unique designer dress on sale! I know at Kleinfeld you are still assigned a consultant and your own dressing room at the sample sale, so it’s probably not as crazy as some other situations.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I have to get mine altered, Kleinfeld’s won’t do it themselves (they only do alterations on gowns over $4000) but they’ll give you the name and card of a seamstress they recommend…but I’m planning on shopping around with seamstresses for the best price…but you can pretty much get any dress altered to fit you, I would just wait until maybe 3 months before your wedding, when you have lost some weight before taking it in! I’m serious, you really should go, it’s a fun experience and you could definitely find a designer dress for so cheap! and even if you dont, at least you can say you’ve been to kleinfelds!

Post # 9
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Worker bee

GO! 

 I was totally slacker bride and had not been dress shopping since we got engaged.  A girlfriend came up to NYC and we had planned to goto Kleinfield’s and some others, but I found my dress so we stopped!  It’s not crazy at all….they even brought veils and stuff for me to try.

 You get an hour appointment, but i think we were there for more like 2….we had tried on all the dresses already, but i was being indecisive.  You get a consultant, and a fitting room….and you can bring friends too.  Near the end of the time, the consultant kept leaving the room cuz she said her next appt was there.  You basically talk to the consultant for a few minutes, then the samples are split up into racks by price.  She points you in the direction of your price range and you just pull dresses off the rack to try.  I think i pulled out like a dozen or so (ended up trying maybe 2/3 cuz some were similar)  

 They do have a seamstress there (she’s not in house, she’s a lady who has her own shop in NYC who can give you and estimate on the spot).  I was deciding between 2 dresses – one needed alot of work (had beads and stuff missing) and the other was in perfect condition and just needed to be shortened and taken in a little and i ended up with the one which needed less work.  

 totally worth it…..just know that they won’t hold dresses for you, so you should have an idea what you want.  I think they actually have these about once a month, so if you’re not ready yet and need to shop around, go next month!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

they have seamstresses there or some outside they contract with just be prepared to pay an arm and a leg; whew my alterations are more expenisve then my gown–but I love my gown

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

this sample sale you can’t make appointments for though. you just show up. i think i am going to try to go too…but i fear it will be a madhouse.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

it wasn’t too much of a madhouse; I made an appointment for one hour for the sample sale; you see the difference in quality compared to the other; I love my gown

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t see any harm in going.  If you get there, and it is not what you were expecting you can just leave!  No one can force you to stay and try on dresses in a situation that is not comfortable for you.  I would find it hard to pass up the opportunity to find your dream dress at a fraction of the cost!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

what are the dates of the sample sale?

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