On the last Friday of each month, showrooms in DTLA open their doors to savvy shoppers looking for hot deals.? Scoring an awesome designer sweater that retails at over $200 for just $25 can certainly be considered a steal. Samples starting as low as $5 draw a dedicated crowd who show up with empty suitcases in hand at 8am. With the elevators of the California Market Center and the New Mart packed with girls in the know, samples fly off the shelves by noon. You can usually find sign boards in the lobby with participating showrooms and specialty parking rates around the fashion district.

Some tips to make it a successful sale: arrive early, bring an empty tote for your purchases, bring cash, wear comfy shoes and underwear you can strip down to.

When: Last Friday of the Month, 8am to 1pm-ish

Location: Los Angles Fashion Intersection. 9th and Los Angeles St.

Participating Buildings: The California Market Center, The New Mart, The Gerry Building and the Cooper Design Space

Some? favorite designers I’ve come across at Downtown Los Angeles Sample Sales: Tarina Tarantino, Mink Pink, Urban Behavior, Chan Luu, Hard Tail, Hale Bob, Joes Jeans, Costa Blanca, Voom,? Gold Hawk and many more.