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The Garment Center Insider Women's Shopping Tour in New York City takes you behind-the-scenes shopping in the neighborhood where fashion was born. A combination of wholesale showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden sample sales – where discounts on CURRENT SEASON women’s designer and “better wear” will be from 50-80% below retail.
You may have the opportunity to meet a designer in their inner sanctum, learn some history and see Project Runway and other landmarks. This is the perfect off the beaten path tour for fashionista bargain hunters.
Shopping is for women’s items only!
Length: about 3 hours
-Wednesday & Friday
March through December
To order this tour January and February, at a slightly discounted rates, please order Garment Center Insider Women's Shopping Tour in New York City - SUPER SAVER.
Summary: MINIMUM AGE IS 18. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Tours are rain or shine. Reserve online, or call us toll-free at 888-880-9108.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the tour?
This is ALL about shopping. During the 3 hour program, there will be about 10 minutes of total walking. The rest is shopping. Certain showrooms are not open to the public. Your guide will let you know which stops you can return to shop on your own after the tour.
How many people are on the tour?
Group size varies from tour to tour. The maximum group size is 12 guests or less. Your guides aim for a high level of personalized attention on all tours. Your guides are trained to provide a significant amount of guide/guest interaction to insure the best possible tour experience.
• Is transportation included?
This is a walking tour so there is no transportation. This tour requires a significant amount of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress weather appropriately.
• Where will we be shopping?
We will be shopping at a variety of sample sales, showrooms, notion shops, fabric and bead stores. Sample sales vary from week to week so the sale stops vary from tour to tour.
What is a sample sale?
Originally, sample sales existed so designers could make money from selling production samples or samples from their current collections that were displayed for buyers to preview and order. Today, sample sales are primarily overstock/overrun sales at which designers sell items from previous or current seasons that they did not sell to stores. Sample sales usually carry a range of sizes. Sample sales tend to run seasonally with winter clothing sold in November and December and spring items sold in April and May.
What type of payment is accepted at sample sales and showrooms?
Many sample sales and showrooms accept credit cards but it is always a good idea to bring cash as many sales either have a minimum charge amount or give a better discount for cash purchases.
How much time do we spend shopping?
Because you do not want to miss out on any bargains, about 2/3 of the tour time will be spent shopping. Certain showrooms are not open to the public. Your guide will let you know which stops you can return to shop on your own after the tour.
Why take this tour in November & December?
This is Prime Sample Sale Season for holiday shopping!
Why take this tour in January & February?
Showrooms will offer deep discounts on Winter merchandise. Besides, it's cold out. What's better to do than shop?!
Are there any places to stop and rest along the route?
Plan for an active afternoon because there is a lot to see and you will be on the move! A number of your shopping stops have seating, so you can take a break while the rest of the group shops.
Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included. There are some delis and shops in the neighborhood to buy a snack. It is suggested that you eat a hearty breakfast to maximize your shopping time!
Should I tip my guide?
It is a customary and very appreciated gesture to tip your tour guide at the end of the tour.
MINIMUM AGE IS 18. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Tours are rain or shine. Reserve online, or call us toll-free at 888-880-9108.