Don’t Miss This Ridiculously Good Holiday Sample Sale

If sample sales had a smell, it would be the scent of fresh, buttery leather–that you can actually afford. Come take a whiff with your fellow fashion-worshippers at Washingtonian‘s Wear It Washington Sample Sale on December 13.

Who’s going to be there?

Some of the best local boutiques in the city. That Rebecca Minkoff bag you’ve been eyeing at South Moon Under or the shirt dress your sister would love from Britt Ryan or the yoga tank your mom needs from Core 72 will all be more affordable with 25 to 75 percent discounts. You can #ShopSmall for all your gifts this season while getting great deals from the local retailers who will be present, including Hanuel, Ella Rue, Periwinkle Shop, Sophie Blake, Lynn Louisa, Mars Vida, ADMK Jewelry, Emporium DNA, and more.

Where is it?

The ever-Instagrammable Dock5 at Union Market (1309 5th St., NE).

When is it?

Well, that depends. Are you a shopping VIP? Whether you’ve always dreamed of a day in the life of Anna Wintour or you just want to feel Very Important for an afternoon, you can purchase the $50 VIP ticket to the sale, which includes an hour of early access to the sale at 11:30 AM and a gift bag. Not feeling quite so fancy pants? General admission is $30 and offers access to the sale from 12:30 to 2 PM.

Why should I go?

There will be mimosas. And Root & Stem brunch bites. And it’s only $30, which, TBH, you were going to spend on Sunday brunch anyways. Why not do it while nabbing deals and knocking out your gift list to the tune of a live DJ? Yeah, we can’t think of any reasons not to go either.

Buy tickets here. Are you an interested vendor? Contact Jessi Taff at

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.