Seen at the Spring ’10 District Sample Sale

The District Sample Sale happens but twice per year. If you didn't make it (SAAAAAD!), here's what you missed.

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The twice-annual District Sample Sale is the one time we say it's OK to pay to go shopping -- regular admission is $40, and the hour-early VIP is $100. But the bargains to be had are well worth it.
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SimplySoles had fantastic footwear for as little as $25-$50 for items from their in-house lilybee line.
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Food came from CoCo Sala, Guarapo, Peacock Cafe, Sweetgreen and more.
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Twenty of D.C.'s hottest boutiques -- including Proper Topper, Urban Chic and Sassanova -- bring in clothing, shoes and accessories on discounts of up to 80 percent off.
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Local designer Queen Bee Designs sells her jewelry at DSS-approved shops like Hysteria and Sugar. She had a huge set-up right next to Hysteria.
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While jewel tones were the colors of note at the last District Sample Sale, we noticed bright pops of red were everywhere this time.
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Imagine Boutique's area is always packed. They tend to separate clothes into graduated price points for easy grabbing.
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Since shops do their spring cleaning at the DSS, lots of merch is one-of-a-kind. Fortunately, the shoppers tend to work together.
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Chunky necklaces: still big. (Literally and figuratively.)
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What?! An unattended display? Shoppers, get to it already!
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The sale inhabits an impressively gutted space on M Street in Georgetown -- perfect for a party.
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Jewelry from Georgetown boutique Fornash was heavily marked down.
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As always, Georgetown Cupcake was lining up the goods. Our fave from last night? The cookies-and-cream cupcake.
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Sugar's delicate chains were threaded with beads, from the simple to the ornate.
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Sugar's delicate chains were all at least 20 percent off.
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Lots of boutiques had discounts on Spring 2010 merch -- generally from 20 to 50 percent off.
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Pink champagne was just the start -- our fave for the night was definitely the mango mojito.
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Poppy and Stella had major steals on footwear, including Frye boots for just $99.
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Silent auctions were about the only thing quiet about this event -- DJ Neekola was spinning, and once general admission began at 6:30, all bets were off. The place filled up rapidly after that.
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Although many shops were trying to get rid of too-warm winter gear, there were still plenty of summer finds to be had.
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