Ralph Lauren Home sample sale returned this Monday but to a different venue. Hosted by Soiffer Haskin the event is actually located at
the Altman Building in Chelsea. Taking up two whole floors the sale is massive and chaotic but the friendly sales staff are there to
help. You’ll recognize the Soiffer employees on the main floor by their green aprons.
I arrived an hour after the doors opened to general public. After a short five minute wait (there was a one out one in door policy) I
found the first floor rather calm and full of large furniture items. There were leather sofas, canopy beds, dressers, mirrors, and more.
Even though the sale has only been open for an hour many pieces were already tagged with Sold or Hold signs. Prices were largely well
north of a thousand but there were a few $100+ chairs and smaller pieces.
Downstairs the atmosphere was markedly different. There were hundreds of shoppers digging through huge piles of towels and bedsheets.
With prices starting at just $1 for hand towels I can’t really blame them. Everything was scattered along large tables and it looked as
though a tornado had just blown through, creating this giant mess. I was pressed for time and couldn’t really delve into the piles but
the patient few were rewarded with plush beach towels and luxurious velvet pillows.
Along the right wall were tables devoted to table and bar ware. There were porcelain plates, tea cups, pitchers as well as plenty of
crystal glasses to satisfy your various alcohol needs.
Also at the sale were silver and leather picture frames and leather remnants. Perhaps all the good stuff was already taken because what I
saw seemed kind of overpriced and too small to turn into a functional piece of clothing.
Unlike the previous sales, this time there were no props from the flagship stores or even statues or mannequins. Ralph Lauren Home
sample sales have become rather synonymous with outrages props and vintage finds to make any interior designer drool with envy but it
seems this summer is the exception. On the other hand, for bargain hunters in search of bedding and toiletries its sheer paradise.
Yesterday there were extra 25% off markdowns on select categories and further discounts are expected today. Remember to follow me on
Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.
If you are buying furniture there is a shipping contractor available but they are not affiliated with either Ralph Lauren or Soiffer
Haskin. If you are getting a smaller piece it is probably best to make your own transportation arrangements. And like all Soiffer sales,
no children under 12 are allowed inside (but I saw pets roaming around).