It Was Found at the Find Sample Sale

Arson Vlad from Kendo

Find did it again by assembling another great lineup of independent designers/creatives for its second Fashion Sample Sale. One-of-a-kind garments, shoes, and accessories were available at 40 to 70% off retail.  Unlike other samples sales of Los Angeles, Find had designers who were representative of the Los Angeles scene, in clothing, art and taste.

Cathy Tamkin DJin'

The sale was on Saturday August 21st at the Avalon, what used to be the Palace.  DJs, free goodies, art, generous door prizes, and more were part of the mix.  The day was all about shopping, absorbing fashion, music, and design. The event was sponsored by Orly Beauty Products, American Apparel, SOMA, Hint of Mint, Chimni, Din Mak, Step Up Women's Network, Stones Throw, and Cricket Cola.

Birdseye view of the sample sale

The company Find has brought together an interesting idea that represents the individual and creativity.  Find represents a special opportunity that can greatly benefit you, the creative individual. Its purpose is to connect highly talented and creative personalities that are just below the radar , be they designers, musicians, artists, or DJs , to share in on an abundance of valuable materials and business savvy through networking and interchanging of ideas. Find pursues its goal by staging frequent public events to highlight and promote prized designs and concepts directly to those that seek unique and exclusive works. This creative synergy will summon collectors, fashionistas, taste makers, and connoisseurs of one-of-a-kind items, limited edition fashion wear, accessories, artworks, etc.

Girls shopping

When I go to sample sales, I like to get there right when the doors open and the crowds are non-existent.  So at nine AM I arrived, well more like nine-thirty, really who can get up so early on a Saturday morning.  I went with my sister and met my other friends there.  It seemed like everyone knew about this amazing sale, but only the pros were there in the morning.  When I got to the entrance, we paid for our two dollar raffle ticket, in hopes for more free goodies. 

Not Rational purses and bags

Then we went to the main floor, and amazement and glee filled my eyes.  All around me were booths set up waiting for my investigation. There were tables full of accessories, purses, jewelry, etc.  There were racks full of priced down clothes.  All the cutest designers seemed to be there waiting for me to try on their clothes, and I did!  Though I did not buy everything I saw, I did try on a jacket that is sold for around four hundred dollars in the Los Angeles boutiques and they were selling it for one hundred and fifty dollars!!  You ask the designer, well it was Michelle Mason.  She usually sells her designs to stores such as Barneys, Curve, Planet Blue and Madison. 

Michele working with Sceptre

Let me tell you something, my one weakness in the world, well lets just say I only have one, is my affection for accessories.  In the end I could find myself buying one hundred and fifty dollars worth of accessories rather than the amazing Michelle Mason jacket I tried on.  Luckily on Saturday I had some sort of restraint, or maybe it was just my sister.  Even though I had a "blocker" next to me the whole time, I did browse through the accessories tables and came out with an amazingly beautiful, white leather beaded bracelet, and an amazing tweed with gold thread purse, oh yes and a ten dollar t-shirt, hey it was ten bucks with a purple unicorn, I couldn't resist!  The bracelet was made by Guruli, a leather line by Esartia designs.  My new beautiful purse was made by Buttercup Bags.  They were selling there bags at half the price of retail.  My ten dollar unicorn shirt was by the company Champion of None and the reason why this silkscreen shirt was so cheap, it was last season…not like anyone cares.

Oliver Peoples booth

My sister though found the deal of the day.  She got a great pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses for one hundred dollars.  Though I had to convince her that big glasses are better than her others, and the color was not too light for her, it was a great buy.  These glasses were probably originally priced somewhere around three hundred dollars, what a steal!  Another cool designer that I fell in love with was Spectr.  This company was created by a cool L.A. designer/artist who considers shirts as his canvas.  He expresses himself through his silkscreen designs.  His art/shirts is a great idea that anyone can fall for, especially art students and lovers.

Raffle winner with prize

After two hours of walking around the Avalon and looking at everything possible, it was time for me to leave.  I was happy with my purchases and did not forget to pick up my free goodies when I left, a few magazines, chocolates and a CosmoCard, a thirty dollar value!  All in all it was a good day and a great sale, totally there for the next one.

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