If you’re in need of an affordable lightweight handbag at a great price the Tusk Sample Sale is definitely the place to go. While the handbags may be manufactured in India – fine Italian leathers are used in combination with handcrafted hardware from Italy or Japan. Each piece is sturdy yet super lightweight so the bag itself won’t weigh you down.
As for the sale itself it was brightly lit and well organized by bins and racks with clearly marked prices. Staffers were super friendly and knowledgeable about the products. Everything is marked significantly off retail at 50-75% off and if you spend $300 or more you get an extra 10% off!
There are also plenty of small leather goods at this sale that start at just $15. With a wide assortment of affordable items like card cases, jewelry boxes, iPod cases, wallets and clutches – the Tusk Sample Sale is a great gift giving destination. Most of what is available to buy is carefully wrapped in plastic to protect the items from being touched and torn apart by rabid shoppers. An example item of each is displayed on top of each bin so you can look inside and get a feel for the item. The same goes for the handbags – everything that is currently out on the floor are “display models” - the staffers have brand new inventory in the back that they will bring you for purchase until they reach the last item/floor model that they will offer at a discounted price.
The $15-20 items mostly included coin purses and card cases while true wallets were priced from about $25-40. Jewelry boxes were around $40.
At the top of the price spectrum you will find really extra large handbags and totes in croc, snake and ostrich embossed look leathers for $150. For $125 you will find buttery soft leather or patent leather large size satchels and totes.
Men aren’t left completely in the cold at this sample sale! There are a couple pieces great staple pieces including large leather messenger bags in black or brown for $225 and small leather messenger bags for $150.
For $75 there are plenty of super cute cross body bags in a wide assortment of color.
In the $75 section there were also an assortment of bags that are much smaller or using other materials including nylon travel bags. The smallest selection of bags was in the $50 section with patent look and significantly smaller pieces.
There were also an assortment of oversized wallet/wristlet/clutches that were priced around $60. Many of the feature extra straps so you can change the function from wallet to wristlet to perfect going out bag. Including the ever popular and versatile Orissa Metallic Disco that is about 50% off retail.
The current season merchandise is still for sale at the front of the store for a 15% discount. There were quite a few men’s pieces in addition to The Mayfair Bag – which was recently featured in People Style Watch.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself to the Tusk Sample Sale – seriously gently priced leather goods for both men and women.
Who: Tusk Sample Sale
What: Score 50-70% leather bags and accessories for men, women and travel. Receive an extra 10% off for purchases of $300 and more. All regularly priced merch is 15% off.
When: Oct 14-22, 2011. 11am-7pm (closed on Sunday October 16, 2011).
Where: 242 W. 26th St (b/n 7th & 8th Ave). 212-242-8454