(Closed) Kleinfelds Blowout Sale

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i’m planning to go plantains! though i literally just found out about it last night, so i’ve had to do some re-arranging of my schedule next week. it sounds well organized though!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

hoping to get there around 10AM. i called the store and was told they are giving out numbers between 11A and noon, so i don’t feel like i need to stand outside in the heat for 3+ hours for nothing. and then based on the number you get, you come back from 3PM onward. for me, it’s totally worth it i think, esp. given that they say on the website more or less what designers they’ll have available at the sale and it’s not a free for all. they may also be having another blowout sale before the year is out, but i’m sort of anxious to tick “dress” off my list, esp. since i’ve been shopping since Feb! maybe i’ll see you in line!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So I just wanted to give everyone a quick rundown of my experience. In a word: awesome. Kleinfeld’s is super organized about this and it was totally worth going. I did walk away with a dress, but even so, it was worth it to go look!

First, I called the store to get details of how the sale worked. I was told everyone needed to get a number and that would determine what order you went in the sale. Tickets were to be distributed between 11A and noon, and you would be directed to come back at 3PM and wait for your number to be called.

I arrived at Kleinfeld’s around 10.05AM and was shocked to see the eerily short line that barely turned the corner. I waited on line for 5 minutes, and was given #89. There were, at most 3 people behind me. Although I was told to come back at 2PM, I figured there was no way they’d get through 88 people in an hour, so I returned shortly after 3PM and my group was already near the door. When I arrived, they were actually still giving out numbers, so for those of you who aren’t morning people, or can’t make it there till lunchtime – go anyway! You’ll still have a good chance at getting a number that around 100, which is good. They let in people in groups of 10 (e.g. 51-60, 101-110), but they had people continue to line up inside, which is great because it’s always better to wait in nice cool A/C than outside in the heat. I waited maybe 30 mins outside, and another 20-30mins inside, and then we were finally given the ground rules and unleashed to find dresses. I was pretty surprised to see how full the racks still were after 70-some odd people had come and gone, so I was hopeful that I’d be able to find something.

I am a plus sized bride, and today was my lucky day, because most of Kleinfeld’s plus size samples are sizes 18-20, my size! I will say I was very disappointed in the larger size selection: only 4 racks out of probably 25-30 racks of dresses were size 16+. My other disappointment was that the site advertized gowns starting at $699, which didn’t really seem to be so true. The “head” consultant told us the lowest price point was $999, and I did see 2 or 3 dress that were $799 or $899. But the lowest price point in the plus size section was about $1500. BUT they were offering an additional 25% off the lowest price, so, in my humble opinion, that made it totally worth it!

In any case, you were given a dressing room, which you had to share (which is fine – you often don’t even get that at big sample sales like this), and a consultant who worked with the other bride sharing your room. I got lucky and the consultant I worked with didn’t really tell the “head” consultant I was her only customer so they didn’t send another bride back right away so I got her full attention for most of my time there. She even scoured the racks for me to help find some additional styles I might like. You were only allowed three dresses at a time, but you could back and search the racks as many times as you liked. Of my initial 3, two of them I totally loved, but decided one would be better for me and the kind of wedding I’m having. When you pay for your dress, they’ll even give you a a list of independent seamstresses that are former Kleinfeld’s employees that you can contact. My dress came out probably a little less than 1/2 of the retail price, is in really good condition – needing only teeny alterations (unless I drop a ton of weight), and the whole process, including going to get the number first, took 2.5 hours!

I believe the sale happens twice a year, so if you missed this one, go for the next one! It’s so super organized and even the other brides-to-be are civilized. People clapped and cheered for me as I left with my new purchase in tow. I hope people find this helpful!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Jaxx317 thank you for that recap!  I have been debating on going and your insight definitely was helpful!!

 

Good luck ladies!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I went to the one in April, received #9, and bought a dress at 1/3 the regular price including taxes.

#1 I got there at 7:50am

#2 Received my number around 11am

#3 Came back at 12:30 because I was told sometimes they start calling numbers early

#4 Paired with a nice consultant who helped me a lot

#5 Ran through the dresses as fast as I could

#6 Found a perfect dress, was told it had a bustle already, but it didn’t (this was my only dress experience)

#7 No one was mean and it was very well handled

If you have any questions, PM me. It was really fun and I can’t wait to recommend to my unmarried friends.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

oh no plantains! that’s terrible! i hope you have a speedy recovery!

my guess would be december, but they are very helpful when you call the store and will probably tell you. they also have monthly sample sales where you can actually make an appointment, but unlikely the deals are as good as the blowout sales.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Everyone knows my dress drama and I was really tempted to go. There’s a running of the brides this weekend in DC as well I’m debating…. sigh… It was so much easier to find my Fiance than my dress. haha

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

KLP – i had actually already made arrangements to go to the DC Filene’s sale, but I found out about the Kleinfeld’s sale late last week and worked it out so I could go. if i didn’t find anything at Kleinfeld’s i was still going to go to the DC Filene’s sale. and even though the Filene’s sale may be a little crazier than Kleinfeld’s, its probably worth going esp if you need a dress sooner rather than later. if you have friends and/or family that can go with you or that live in the area, i’d recommend inviting them to help! the price points are far better than Kleinfeld’s and as long as you can track down a good seamstress around here, you should be in good shape!

 

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Jaxx317: If I go I’ll probably plan on hitting it up around 11 after the chaos and alone. Unfortunately, I have no one in that area that can take off work.. it’s also a 3-4 hr drive each way… 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i’ve heard it is definitely better to go later, and it seems like the other brides-to-be are pretty civilized and may even help you out (they give you signs where you can write what you’re looking for). good luck if you do decide to go! i hope you find something awesome!

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