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The Sample Rack

Philadelphia , PA

LOCATION

918 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA US 19107 (map)
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ABOUT US

A wide variety of high quality wedding gown samples in great condition at unbelievable prices. The inventory changes frequently but designers often include: Vera wang, Lazaro, Pronovias,... Read more
A wide variety of high quality wedding gown samples in great condition at unbelievable prices. The inventory changes frequently but designers often include: Vera wang, Lazaro, Pronovias, Matthew Christopher, James Clifford Collection, Jim Hjelm, Jasmine collection & Couture, Alvina Valenta, Manale, Christos, Janell Berte'....and many more. Sizes from 4-26. Read less
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride
What accessories do you provide?
Veils
Does a client need to schedule an appointment? How do the client appointments work?
YES, Hours are by appointment. The shop is small and we try to have 1 bride at a time for the best experience.
What is the typical turn-around time for a dress?
Inventory is entirely "Oh Hand".
How often do you receive new dresses?
Weekly.
Do you provide any guarantees/warrantees of any kind?
Dresses are sold as is.
Do you have a seamstress onsite?
No, Referrals available.
In addition to wedding dresses, what other products do you sell?
Veils, Shoes.

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Lindsay, Jim, and Carlene were the perfect team the day I bought my wonderful wedding dress at The Sample Rack. It was my 6th stop, which was helpful, because I went in knowing exactly what I was looking for. My friends and mom were all allowed to scout the racks and pull dresses along with me which I appreciated. They listened to me and were flexible and willing to add a veil or belt of my choice, and were quick to eliminate those I knew weren't it. Plus, this trio had enjoyable personalities, great senses of humor, and seemed to genuinely want to help me find the dress I wanted. They weren't pushy or overly selling anything, and didn't hesitate to criticize a dress for one reason or another. I could tell they knew what they were talking about. After I bought my dress (with a discount for working at a hospital and paying in cash), I called Carlene to find out more about my dress (the original price and style number, etc.). While they don't always get all information about their dresses, Jim researched and backtracked and got back to me very quickly with this information. An all around fabulous experience! I'm meeting with their rave reviewed seamstress soon to make some changes to the dress to make it even more MINE! :)
Lindsay, Jim, and Carlene were the perfect team the day I bought my wonderful wedding dress at The Sample Rack. It was my Read more...
Lindsay, Jim, and Carlene were the perfect team the day I bought my wonderful wedding dress at The Sample Rack. It was my 6th stop, which was helpful, because I went in knowing exactly what I was looking for. My friends and mom were all allowed to scout the racks and pull dresses along with me which I appreciated. They listened to me and were flexible and willing to add a veil or belt of my choice, and were quick to eliminate those I knew weren't it. Plus, this trio had enjoyable personalities, great senses of humor, and seemed to genuinely want to help me find the dress I wanted. They weren't pushy or overly selling anything, and didn't hesitate to criticize a dress for one reason or another. I could tell they knew what they were talking about. After I bought my dress (with a discount for working at a hospital and paying in cash), I called Carlene to find out more about my dress (the original price and style number, etc.). While they don't always get all information about their dresses, Jim researched and backtracked and got back to me very quickly with this information. An all around fabulous experience! I'm meeting with their rave reviewed seamstress soon to make some changes to the dress to make it even more MINE! :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Carlene was really great. My request for an appointment was promptly addressed and the experience was low stress. :)
Carlene was really great. My request for an appointment was promptly addressed and the experience was low stress. :)
Carlene was really great. My request for an appointment was promptly addressed and the experience was low stress. :) Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
The day i bought my dress was the BEST/HAPPIEST day of my life. The team at The Sample Rack works with you and listens to what your dream is and helps make it a reality. From the first phone call- Charlene explained that if i was out shopping and saw something i liked to text her a picture because she could help find it, loved that!! That being said- if you aren't sure of the style of dress you want then id suggest looking around before coming to The Sample Rack because they really have something for everyone. It will be helpful to get a feel of what style you want before your appointment. They only take appointments which is very helpful- Charlene was very helpful, i had family in from out of town and really helped me find a time that would fit everyone's schedules. I ended up purchasing the first dress i tried on that day. They also respect your budget 100% which is so important!! Thank you to the staff at The Sample Rack for everything :) will be sending pictures in March!!
The day i bought my dress was the BEST/HAPPIEST day of my life. The team at The Sample Rack works with you and listens to Read more...
The day i bought my dress was the BEST/HAPPIEST day of my life. The team at The Sample Rack works with you and listens to what your dream is and helps make it a reality. From the first phone call- Charlene explained that if i was out shopping and saw something i liked to text her a picture because she could help find it, loved that!! That being said- if you aren't sure of the style of dress you want then id suggest looking around before coming to The Sample Rack because they really have something for everyone. It will be helpful to get a feel of what style you want before your appointment. They only take appointments which is very helpful- Charlene was very helpful, i had family in from out of town and really helped me find a time that would fit everyone's schedules. I ended up purchasing the first dress i tried on that day. They also respect your budget 100% which is so important!! Thank you to the staff at The Sample Rack for everything :) will be sending pictures in March!! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
11/2/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't even begin to describe how wonderful of an experience I have had with The Sample Rack! From the first phone call, Carlene was absolutely wonderful. I felt confident that if the dress for me was there, she would find it.. and she did! It was the first one she pulled off the rack. Absolutely stunning, and they were able to work with my budget as well! I had gone to David's Bridal first, and the difference in quality alone is incredible, let alone the service and experience. They make you feel like a million bucks at The Sample Rack! David's kind of felt like a bridal gown factory or something. This place is warm and inviting, and I really can't say enough good things about it. Every dress I tried on was gorgeous, but I definitely had that "this is it!" moment, which I thought was kind of a tv thing. :) I am going to recommend The Sample Rack to EVERYONE.. I don't think I could have imagined a better experience!
I can't even begin to describe how wonderful of an experience I have had with The Sample Rack! From the first phone call, Read more...
I can't even begin to describe how wonderful of an experience I have had with The Sample Rack! From the first phone call, Carlene was absolutely wonderful. I felt confident that if the dress for me was there, she would find it.. and she did! It was the first one she pulled off the rack. Absolutely stunning, and they were able to work with my budget as well! I had gone to David's Bridal first, and the difference in quality alone is incredible, let alone the service and experience. They make you feel like a million bucks at The Sample Rack! David's kind of felt like a bridal gown factory or something. This place is warm and inviting, and I really can't say enough good things about it. Every dress I tried on was gorgeous, but I definitely had that "this is it!" moment, which I thought was kind of a tv thing. :) I am going to recommend The Sample Rack to EVERYONE.. I don't think I could have imagined a better experience! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
The Sample rack is the perfect place for budget-wary or "last-minute" brides to buy beautiful gowns from. From the start, Carlene was very helpful while making my appointment, giving me suggestions on how to prepare for it. When I got there, Lindsay was extremely welcoming and asked to see my pinterest to get an idea about dresses that I like. They found many gorgeous gowns for me to try on and during the process they gave me tips and advice about alterations. Carlene and Lindsay made my experience awesome and they were so honest and helpful the whole time. I left very happy and with the dress of my dreams :)
The Sample rack is the perfect place for budget-wary or "last-minute" brides to buy beautiful gowns from. From the start, Read more...
The Sample rack is the perfect place for budget-wary or "last-minute" brides to buy beautiful gowns from. From the start, Carlene was very helpful while making my appointment, giving me suggestions on how to prepare for it. When I got there, Lindsay was extremely welcoming and asked to see my pinterest to get an idea about dresses that I like. They found many gorgeous gowns for me to try on and during the process they gave me tips and advice about alterations. Carlene and Lindsay made my experience awesome and they were so honest and helpful the whole time. I left very happy and with the dress of my dreams :) Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
I don’t normally have the time or the energy to review anything, but definitely pay attention to other peoples reviews. However, I felt I had to write a review of my fabulous experience at the Sample Rack! I was dreading the whole process of choosing a wedding dress and put it off as long as possible. I was worried that since I am not a size 4, I didn’t think I would be able to find a dress that I looked beautiful in for my special day. Turns out that I was completely wrong!! Carlene, Lindsey and Jim were absolutely wonderful, and the process was not only easy, but, to my surprise, totally enjoyable. There were no other brides there during my appointment, and I really appreciated the personal attention that I received. All of the dresses that they picked out for me were incredibly beautiful and flattering, and it was a tough decision, but it turned out that the one that I ultimately loved the most and purchased, was the first one that they gave me to try on…(and it was not something that I would have ever chosen for myself.) I am so grateful for all of their help, and my husband said I looked beautiful on our wedding day!
I don’t normally have the time or the energy to review anything, but definitely pay attention to other peoples reviews. Read more...
I don’t normally have the time or the energy to review anything, but definitely pay attention to other peoples reviews. However, I felt I had to write a review of my fabulous experience at the Sample Rack! I was dreading the whole process of choosing a wedding dress and put it off as long as possible. I was worried that since I am not a size 4, I didn’t think I would be able to find a dress that I looked beautiful in for my special day. Turns out that I was completely wrong!! Carlene, Lindsey and Jim were absolutely wonderful, and the process was not only easy, but, to my surprise, totally enjoyable. There were no other brides there during my appointment, and I really appreciated the personal attention that I received. All of the dresses that they picked out for me were incredibly beautiful and flattering, and it was a tough decision, but it turned out that the one that I ultimately loved the most and purchased, was the first one that they gave me to try on…(and it was not something that I would have ever chosen for myself.) I am so grateful for all of their help, and my husband said I looked beautiful on our wedding day! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
My dress buying experience was totally an amazing experience! Carlene and her assistant helped me go through over a dozen dresses in no time until I found my perfect match. They provided excellent advice and guidance when I was down to just two dresses. I left confident that i made the right choice. I highly recommend any bride who wants a great dress for a great value and top notch service!
My dress buying experience was totally an amazing experience! Carlene and her assistant helped me go through over a dozen Read more...
My dress buying experience was totally an amazing experience! Carlene and her assistant helped me go through over a dozen dresses in no time until I found my perfect match. They provided excellent advice and guidance when I was down to just two dresses. I left confident that i made the right choice. I highly recommend any bride who wants a great dress for a great value and top notch service! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
So many choices. The staff is bright and friendly and made my shopping super fun
So many choices. The staff is bright and friendly and made my shopping super fun
So many choices. The staff is bright and friendly and made my shopping super fun Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
The team at The Sample Rack are amazing!! I found the perfect dress and necklace with their style expertise guiding the way. My mother and I had a great time at the appointment!!
The team at The Sample Rack are amazing!! I found the perfect dress and necklace with their style expertise guiding the Read more...
The team at The Sample Rack are amazing!! I found the perfect dress and necklace with their style expertise guiding the way. My mother and I had a great time at the appointment!! Read less
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Sherron
Wedding:
11/17/2013
5.0/5.0
My dress was absolutely beautiful! The woman who worked at shop was soooo sweet and they really helped me out because I had a real tight budget. They have some of the most beautiful dresses at really really affordable prices I would recommend this place to everyone!
My dress was absolutely beautiful! The woman who worked at shop was soooo sweet and they really helped me out because I Read more...
My dress was absolutely beautiful! The woman who worked at shop was soooo sweet and they really helped me out because I had a real tight budget. They have some of the most beautiful dresses at really really affordable prices I would recommend this place to everyone! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
If I could give more than five stars, I absolutely would. I would also recommend The Sample Rack to any and every bride. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and really enjoy what they do.

I am getting married in five weeks and had already purchased a dress. After the second fitting, I realized it was not the one. Ensue panic. I called The Sample Rack, and Carlene went above and beyond to schedule me an appointment right away- even though they were completely booked. She was so patient and knowledgeable of the dresses and found me the perfect gown.

She then called the seamstress and told her of my situation so that she could start alterations right away. The selection is amazing and the dresses are in perfect condition. I really wish I had discovered this shop in the first place! The prices are out of this world and if you pay cash, they don't charge tax. AND! hospital employees get a discount!!!!!
If I could give more than five stars, I absolutely would. I would also recommend The Sample Rack to any and every bride. Read more...
If I could give more than five stars, I absolutely would. I would also recommend The Sample Rack to any and every bride. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and really enjoy what they do.

I am getting married in five weeks and had already purchased a dress. After the second fitting, I realized it was not the one. Ensue panic. I called The Sample Rack, and Carlene went above and beyond to schedule me an appointment right away- even though they were completely booked. She was so patient and knowledgeable of the dresses and found me the perfect gown.

She then called the seamstress and told her of my situation so that she could start alterations right away. The selection is amazing and the dresses are in perfect condition. I really wish I had discovered this shop in the first place! The prices are out of this world and if you pay cash, they don't charge tax. AND! hospital employees get a discount!!!!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I spent all day today searching for my wedding dress and by 3pm I was ready to call the day a loss. But thank-fully my last appointment was at The Sample Rack and I am thrilled to announce that I found my dress within a matter of minutes!! The staff and owner are wonderful people and really enjoy what they do. You can see that they care about their customers the second you talk to them. When I first called to make an appointment and I told Carlene what my dream dress looked like, I could tell that she was already picking the dress that would be perfect for me. Well she must be psychic because the dress that I bought was the dress that she mentioned on the phone. I really wish I had gone there first....but it is important to know what kind of dress you are looking for first. But please, stop in and give them a chance to find your perfect dress; their inventory changes all of the time which is nice. You might be very surprised as to what you find when you stop in!
I spent all day today searching for my wedding dress and by 3pm I was ready to call the day a loss. But thank-fully my Read more...
I spent all day today searching for my wedding dress and by 3pm I was ready to call the day a loss. But thank-fully my last appointment was at The Sample Rack and I am thrilled to announce that I found my dress within a matter of minutes!! The staff and owner are wonderful people and really enjoy what they do. You can see that they care about their customers the second you talk to them. When I first called to make an appointment and I told Carlene what my dream dress looked like, I could tell that she was already picking the dress that would be perfect for me. Well she must be psychic because the dress that I bought was the dress that she mentioned on the phone. I really wish I had gone there first....but it is important to know what kind of dress you are looking for first. But please, stop in and give them a chance to find your perfect dress; their inventory changes all of the time which is nice. You might be very surprised as to what you find when you stop in! Read less
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Masresha
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I tried and tried to find a dress, and the designer gown I ended up with was BEAUTIFUL.
I loved working with Carlene, she will not let you walk out the door with a dress that is not meant for you. I don't know who the designer is of my gown, BUT, it's incredible and I felt like the Belle of the ball! If you have struck out many places, this is a great place to try when you know what you are looking for.
I tried and tried to find a dress, and the designer gown I ended up with was BEAUTIFUL.
I loved working with Carlene, Read more...
I tried and tried to find a dress, and the designer gown I ended up with was BEAUTIFUL.
I loved working with Carlene, she will not let you walk out the door with a dress that is not meant for you. I don't know who the designer is of my gown, BUT, it's incredible and I felt like the Belle of the ball! If you have struck out many places, this is a great place to try when you know what you are looking for. Read less
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Valerie
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
So - there are several reasons why this place is amazing. First I called to make an appointment and spoke to Carolyn. I told her I was coming in from out of town and was cutting it pretty close to my wedding date (like 2 months close:) She offered to open the store for me on a day they were closed!!! Very sweet and amazing - and pretty rare. I ended up making an appointment for a day on which they were open - and I was so happy that I made the trek to Philly! I tried on several dresses and Carolyn was so patient with me and my mom. When I finally found a dress that was literally perfect for me - Carolyn seemed genuinely excited that I had found the perfect dress - she hugged me! These are women who truly love what that do and are excited when they can help you look perfect for your big day. It was a really perfect experience and I am so glad I went - my dress is stunning and it was under $1000 - which for this dress - was a deal! I have been to many dress stores and have seen what you get for under 1000 - and nothing was a gorgeous and perfect as this dress. Thanks a million to Carolyn - this store was amazing!
So - there are several reasons why this place is amazing. First I called to make an appointment and spoke to Carolyn. I Read more...
So - there are several reasons why this place is amazing. First I called to make an appointment and spoke to Carolyn. I told her I was coming in from out of town and was cutting it pretty close to my wedding date (like 2 months close:) She offered to open the store for me on a day they were closed!!! Very sweet and amazing - and pretty rare. I ended up making an appointment for a day on which they were open - and I was so happy that I made the trek to Philly! I tried on several dresses and Carolyn was so patient with me and my mom. When I finally found a dress that was literally perfect for me - Carolyn seemed genuinely excited that I had found the perfect dress - she hugged me! These are women who truly love what that do and are excited when they can help you look perfect for your big day. It was a really perfect experience and I am so glad I went - my dress is stunning and it was under $1000 - which for this dress - was a deal! I have been to many dress stores and have seen what you get for under 1000 - and nothing was a gorgeous and perfect as this dress. Thanks a million to Carolyn - this store was amazing! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My family and I had a fantastic experience at the Sample Rack! The ladies were incredibly helpful, especially Carlene. She really listened to the type of dress I was looking for, but didn't hesitate to bring out some options that she thought would look great on me...and they did! She was professional, fun, and determined. The dresses there were all quality, beautiful, and well priced. I didn't feel rushed or pushed to make a decision. This place definitely worth checking out, especially if you're on a budget! Thanks so much for a great afternoon Carlene! Mary-Catherine
My family and I had a fantastic experience at the Sample Rack! The ladies were incredibly helpful, especially Carlene. She Read more...
My family and I had a fantastic experience at the Sample Rack! The ladies were incredibly helpful, especially Carlene. She really listened to the type of dress I was looking for, but didn't hesitate to bring out some options that she thought would look great on me...and they did! She was professional, fun, and determined. The dresses there were all quality, beautiful, and well priced. I didn't feel rushed or pushed to make a decision. This place definitely worth checking out, especially if you're on a budget! Thanks so much for a great afternoon Carlene! Mary-Catherine Read less
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Marie S. (aka Princess Leia)
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
This was my first stop in buying a dress and found one that I absolutely LOVED but chickened out when it came time to buy it. I went to many other shops over the next 6 months but could not get that one dress out of my mind. I called The Sample Rack to see if they still had it and after 6 months the girls remembered me and still had the dress.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the customer service, the selection and the prices. This store is a Jem!
This was my first stop in buying a dress and found one that I absolutely LOVED but chickened out when it came time to buy Read more...
This was my first stop in buying a dress and found one that I absolutely LOVED but chickened out when it came time to buy it. I went to many other shops over the next 6 months but could not get that one dress out of my mind. I called The Sample Rack to see if they still had it and after 6 months the girls remembered me and still had the dress.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the customer service, the selection and the prices. This store is a Jem! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I had a great experience at the sample rack. I made an appointment a couple weeks in advance of visiting the store. I had been to a couple other bridal shops, but the sample rack is where I found my dress :) It was under $1,000 which was great. The women at the shop were very helpful. I told them what kind of dress I was looking for and they pulled a bunch of dresses for me to try.

The BEST part about the sample rack is that I acutally walked out their shop that day with my dress! I never expected that!
I had a great experience at the sample rack. I made an appointment a couple weeks in advance of visiting the store. I had Read more...
I had a great experience at the sample rack. I made an appointment a couple weeks in advance of visiting the store. I had been to a couple other bridal shops, but the sample rack is where I found my dress :) It was under $1,000 which was great. The women at the shop were very helpful. I told them what kind of dress I was looking for and they pulled a bunch of dresses for me to try.

The BEST part about the sample rack is that I acutally walked out their shop that day with my dress! I never expected that! Read less
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Candice
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
A-MAZING! These ladies know what they're doing, they make you feel special and beautiful, and they're totally affordable. If you're buying anywhere else, you're crazy.
A-MAZING! These ladies know what they're doing, they make you feel special and beautiful, and they're totally affordable. Read more...
A-MAZING! These ladies know what they're doing, they make you feel special and beautiful, and they're totally affordable. If you're buying anywhere else, you're crazy. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
The Sample Rack is the place to go for a beautiful dress you will not find anywhere else for a great price. Unlike other bridal salons, they will not pressure you into dress after dress in order to get you to buy something. Very laid back & you are allowed time to think. I only tried on four dresses here, and the dress I ended up buying was the first one the ladies put me in! The ladies definitely are in tune with body type & style. You must make a decision quickly though since the dresses are samples and usually only have one. Once it's gone, it's gone! The ladies warned me of this, but the warning wasn't to pressure me into a sale, it was to make sure I avoided disappointment if I came back too late. The seamstress, Nilah & Company, they referred me to was an absolute doll to work with. She is amazing at what she does.
The Sample Rack is the place to go for a beautiful dress you will not find anywhere else for a great price. Unlike other Read more...
The Sample Rack is the place to go for a beautiful dress you will not find anywhere else for a great price. Unlike other bridal salons, they will not pressure you into dress after dress in order to get you to buy something. Very laid back & you are allowed time to think. I only tried on four dresses here, and the dress I ended up buying was the first one the ladies put me in! The ladies definitely are in tune with body type & style. You must make a decision quickly though since the dresses are samples and usually only have one. Once it's gone, it's gone! The ladies warned me of this, but the warning wasn't to pressure me into a sale, it was to make sure I avoided disappointment if I came back too late. The seamstress, Nilah & Company, they referred me to was an absolute doll to work with. She is amazing at what she does. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
They accommodated me last minute for an appointment and the first dress I tried on was "the one"!! I even saved on tax since I paid cash for my 100% raw silk Enzoani gown. All my friends thought I spent thousands of dollars on my dress, but only I knew the true secret! =)
They accommodated me last minute for an appointment and the first dress I tried on was "the one"!! I even saved on tax Read more...
They accommodated me last minute for an appointment and the first dress I tried on was "the one"!! I even saved on tax since I paid cash for my 100% raw silk Enzoani gown. All my friends thought I spent thousands of dollars on my dress, but only I knew the true secret! =) Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
What a great place to find your wedding dress! I initially called to make an appointment at the beginning of my search for my dress. They advised me to make the store my last stop so that I would already have an idea of what kind of dress I wanted/looked right on me. That's because what they have in the store is what they have so if you want a dress you have to buy it then (no ordering-you take the gown home with you that day!)

They had a decent selection in my size, and the prices are great. The dresses are all samples or extras from other store, so you get brand new amazing dresses at great prices. I know they have designer gowns too, although that didn't factor into my choice of wedding dress at all.

You have to make an appointment beforehand, which works out really well, because they are able to give you their full attention and the experience is much more relaxing. The women working there made the process really fun. They were so nice and honest about their opinions on the dresses I tried on, even when they both thought different things. I brought my mom, aunt, and best friend with me, and the staff made the whole process enjoyable. And I found my dream wedding dress! And at an awesome price in a great atmosphere. I would absolutely recommend the Sample Rack to everyone!
What a great place to find your wedding dress! I initially called to make an appointment at the beginning of my search for Read more...
What a great place to find your wedding dress! I initially called to make an appointment at the beginning of my search for my dress. They advised me to make the store my last stop so that I would already have an idea of what kind of dress I wanted/looked right on me. That's because what they have in the store is what they have so if you want a dress you have to buy it then (no ordering-you take the gown home with you that day!)

They had a decent selection in my size, and the prices are great. The dresses are all samples or extras from other store, so you get brand new amazing dresses at great prices. I know they have designer gowns too, although that didn't factor into my choice of wedding dress at all.

You have to make an appointment beforehand, which works out really well, because they are able to give you their full attention and the experience is much more relaxing. The women working there made the process really fun. They were so nice and honest about their opinions on the dresses I tried on, even when they both thought different things. I brought my mom, aunt, and best friend with me, and the staff made the whole process enjoyable. And I found my dream wedding dress! And at an awesome price in a great atmosphere. I would absolutely recommend the Sample Rack to everyone! Read less
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Bridget
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
I purchased my dress last August at The Sample Rack. I had so much fun with the girls that took care of us that day.They made me feel so comfortable...no pressure at all! All of the dresses were gorgeous but this one imparticular, that was brand new and was just literally pulled out of the box(I watched them lol)was IT..it was MY dress! It was so much fun getting to say "yes to the dress" hehe!! I have since then referred many of my friends to their store. They were delightful to work! Thank you The Sample Rack :)
I purchased my dress last August at The Sample Rack. I had so much fun with the girls that took care of us that day.They Read more...
I purchased my dress last August at The Sample Rack. I had so much fun with the girls that took care of us that day.They made me feel so comfortable...no pressure at all! All of the dresses were gorgeous but this one imparticular, that was brand new and was just literally pulled out of the box(I watched them lol)was IT..it was MY dress! It was so much fun getting to say "yes to the dress" hehe!! I have since then referred many of my friends to their store. They were delightful to work! Thank you The Sample Rack :) Read less
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hah5009
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I had an amazing experience at the Sample Rack with Carlene and Jim. I had tried on about 50 dresses before I got to the Sample Rack and Carlene worked wonders in finding me the right dress. She put 3 dresses on me and I loved them all. She was the one person who finally got what I wanted. I thought there was a lot of quality in the dresses and the prices were amazing, nothing over $1000. Carlene was also very accommodating rescheduling another appointment so my mom could come with me. I will recommend the Sample Rack to all of my friends. I wish I hadn't of wasted time at any of the places in and around Philly.
I had an amazing experience at the Sample Rack with Carlene and Jim. I had tried on about 50 dresses before I got to the Read more...
I had an amazing experience at the Sample Rack with Carlene and Jim. I had tried on about 50 dresses before I got to the Sample Rack and Carlene worked wonders in finding me the right dress. She put 3 dresses on me and I loved them all. She was the one person who finally got what I wanted. I thought there was a lot of quality in the dresses and the prices were amazing, nothing over $1000. Carlene was also very accommodating rescheduling another appointment so my mom could come with me. I will recommend the Sample Rack to all of my friends. I wish I hadn't of wasted time at any of the places in and around Philly. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
This is a sample dress store, so the selection is going to vary depending on when you go. That being said, I had a great experience. The first dress I saw when I walked in was the one I bought! They do not overbook appointments so you get personalized service. They are patient and understanding...if you want to go back and forth between two dresses (like I did), they will work with you. Plus, the prices are great!
This is a sample dress store, so the selection is going to vary depending on when you go. That being said, I had a great Read more...
This is a sample dress store, so the selection is going to vary depending on when you go. That being said, I had a great experience. The first dress I saw when I walked in was the one I bought! They do not overbook appointments so you get personalized service. They are patient and understanding...if you want to go back and forth between two dresses (like I did), they will work with you. Plus, the prices are great! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
After calling and scheduling an appointment, my Mom and I went to Carolyn at The Sample Rack in November 2010 to look for a wedding dress. I didn’t have too many “must haves” in a dress but I did have a few (neckline, dress shape). Carolyn had a pretty good selection of dresses in many different styles and shapes. I tried on some dresses that she recommended but then I asked if I could try one on that was displayed in the front window. The rest is history! We paid for the dress right then and there and took it out the door.

While I would absolutely recommend Carolyn and The Sample Rack, I would caution brides-to-be to go in with an open mind. It’s a sample shop, so she only has what’s there. If you are a smaller size you may have better luck because you can try on larger dresses and have them taken in. The prices are very good (most expensive was $800) and my dress did not even need to be cleaned. Many of the dresses are name brand.

Carolyn was not pushy at all. She recommended a great seamstress for alterations and I couldn’t be happier with the purchase.
After calling and scheduling an appointment, my Mom and I went to Carolyn at The Sample Rack in November 2010 to look for Read more...
After calling and scheduling an appointment, my Mom and I went to Carolyn at The Sample Rack in November 2010 to look for a wedding dress. I didn’t have too many “must haves” in a dress but I did have a few (neckline, dress shape). Carolyn had a pretty good selection of dresses in many different styles and shapes. I tried on some dresses that she recommended but then I asked if I could try one on that was displayed in the front window. The rest is history! We paid for the dress right then and there and took it out the door.

While I would absolutely recommend Carolyn and The Sample Rack, I would caution brides-to-be to go in with an open mind. It’s a sample shop, so she only has what’s there. If you are a smaller size you may have better luck because you can try on larger dresses and have them taken in. The prices are very good (most expensive was $800) and my dress did not even need to be cleaned. Many of the dresses are name brand.

Carolyn was not pushy at all. She recommended a great seamstress for alterations and I couldn’t be happier with the purchase. Read less
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Steph
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
What a find! They have since moved from their hidden location above the La Forna restaurant on South St. but when I went there i felt like i was on an adventure.... I met Caroline down stairs and she brought me and my mom up to her 3rd floor room of pouf. There had to be over 200 dresses in her "office" all prettier than the next. The samples she has constantly change and all priced under $800. i tried on about five with some definite contenders. All were in great condition with now telling signs that they were store of runway samples. I would recommend this place to anyone on a budget looking for a great dress.
What a find! They have since moved from their hidden location above the La Forna restaurant on South St. but when I went Read more...
What a find! They have since moved from their hidden location above the La Forna restaurant on South St. but when I went there i felt like i was on an adventure.... I met Caroline down stairs and she brought me and my mom up to her 3rd floor room of pouf. There had to be over 200 dresses in her "office" all prettier than the next. The samples she has constantly change and all priced under $800. i tried on about five with some definite contenders. All were in great condition with now telling signs that they were store of runway samples. I would recommend this place to anyone on a budget looking for a great dress. Read less
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Rowbot
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
I purchased my wedding gown from the Sample Rack just over a year ago (back when it was still above La Fourno) and had a wonderful experience. Carolyn was very helpful in selecting my gown - she was more of a matchmaker, really. It was a dress I never would have selected myself to even try on but she seemed to know it would be "the one." I did select some duds myself to try on at first and never did I feel pressured to buy something I did not love. She did make suggestions on alterations that could make a particular dress more the style I was looking for. Some people may interpret as pushy but I appreciated that creative approach.
The seamstress she recommended was wonderful as well. Aside from alterations and a stunning bustle, she made me a custom length veil with Swarovski crystals that was just beautiful.
All in all I had an amazing dress that made an already beautiful day feel perfectly magical.
I purchased my wedding gown from the Sample Rack just over a year ago (back when it was still above La Fourno) and had a Read more...
I purchased my wedding gown from the Sample Rack just over a year ago (back when it was still above La Fourno) and had a wonderful experience. Carolyn was very helpful in selecting my gown - she was more of a matchmaker, really. It was a dress I never would have selected myself to even try on but she seemed to know it would be "the one." I did select some duds myself to try on at first and never did I feel pressured to buy something I did not love. She did make suggestions on alterations that could make a particular dress more the style I was looking for. Some people may interpret as pushy but I appreciated that creative approach.
The seamstress she recommended was wonderful as well. Aside from alterations and a stunning bustle, she made me a custom length veil with Swarovski crystals that was just beautiful.
All in all I had an amazing dress that made an already beautiful day feel perfectly magical. Read less
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phillychickie25
Wedding:
3/11/2010
5.0/5.0
I went to the Sample Rack after a few shops I've been to for my wedding dress search and was more than happy with the service/selection. Fortunately, I found a gown with beautiful beading at the top, not to mention the train and bustle are gorgeous! It's perfect for me (and my body shape). I was so happy and relieved to finally find a gown that suited everything I was looking for, and it's been a tough search since I'm only 5 ft. tall - gowns I loved online were completely different looking ON me.

Carolyn was truly the best as she was very helpful in my dress search and told me which dresses looked great, and others that were just so-so. My best friend couldn't agree with her more when she said this dress was perfect for me! I would definitely recommend the Sample Rack and Carolyn to friends and other brides who are looking for beautiful dresses at prices you can't beat. I am very grateful to have found my gown here!
I went to the Sample Rack after a few shops I've been to for my wedding dress search and was more than happy with the Read more...
I went to the Sample Rack after a few shops I've been to for my wedding dress search and was more than happy with the service/selection. Fortunately, I found a gown with beautiful beading at the top, not to mention the train and bustle are gorgeous! It's perfect for me (and my body shape). I was so happy and relieved to finally find a gown that suited everything I was looking for, and it's been a tough search since I'm only 5 ft. tall - gowns I loved online were completely different looking ON me.

Carolyn was truly the best as she was very helpful in my dress search and told me which dresses looked great, and others that were just so-so. My best friend couldn't agree with her more when she said this dress was perfect for me! I would definitely recommend the Sample Rack and Carolyn to friends and other brides who are looking for beautiful dresses at prices you can't beat. I am very grateful to have found my gown here! Read less
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lhobart
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
I ended up at The Sample Rack after I conceded that my original dress was going to be too hot for an outdoor wedding. They fit me in the day I called and I ended up with a new dress that worked perfectly. They also recommended a great dressmaker for the alterations. My fiance, who helped me pick out both dresses (taboo, I know) actually commented that the second dress was the better choice. I'm so happy that I found this shop and bought my dress there. It was a great experience.
I ended up at The Sample Rack after I conceded that my original dress was going to be too hot for an outdoor wedding. They Read more...
I ended up at The Sample Rack after I conceded that my original dress was going to be too hot for an outdoor wedding. They fit me in the day I called and I ended up with a new dress that worked perfectly. They also recommended a great dressmaker for the alterations. My fiance, who helped me pick out both dresses (taboo, I know) actually commented that the second dress was the better choice. I'm so happy that I found this shop and bought my dress there. It was a great experience. Read less
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Eponine
Wedding:
2/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Low pressure and a good selection. I got my dress for less than a third of what I would have paid retail.
Low pressure and a good selection. I got my dress for less than a third of what I would have paid retail.
Low pressure and a good selection. I got my dress for less than a third of what I would have paid retail. Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
My dress was absolutely fantastic, and a great deal! They were very helpful at the sample rack and let me take all the time I needed to make a decision.
My dress was absolutely fantastic, and a great deal! They were very helpful at the sample rack and let me take all the Read more...
My dress was absolutely fantastic, and a great deal! They were very helpful at the sample rack and let me take all the time I needed to make a decision. Read less
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BellaBrite
Wedding:
9/15/2007
5.0/5.0
The Sample Rack at La Fourno is the place in the Philadelphia area to look for your wedding gown.
They have different styles, one-on-one service and the price is unbeatable.
I almost bought two dresses since the price was right and I loved them both!
Trust me you will be so happy!
The Sample Rack at La Fourno is the place in the Philadelphia area to look for your wedding gown.
They have different Read more...
The Sample Rack at La Fourno is the place in the Philadelphia area to look for your wedding gown.
They have different styles, one-on-one service and the price is unbeatable.
I almost bought two dresses since the price was right and I loved them both!
Trust me you will be so happy! Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
4/14/2013
4.9/5.0
The ladies at The Sample Rack are beyond amazing!!! When I started looking for a dress, I was at the largest I had ever been and dress shopping was torture for me. The week before I had visited a boutique that made me feel absolutely horrible - so much so that I almost cancelled appointment at TSR. Boy, am I glad I didn't! When you call to make an appointment, they ask you some questions and if there is any dress you have seen that you like. It is recommended you head out to other shops to try on styles so that you can determine what you are looking for. Upon arriving, the ladies already had styles picked out for me based off my answers on the phone. They then take you through and pick out styles with you. They have you sit, walk towards the mirror, shine lighting on it, turn off the lights; you are also the only bride in the shop at the time. They just really made me feel special and for the first time I was thrilled to try on wedding gowns.
The ladies at The Sample Rack are beyond amazing!!! When I started looking for a dress, I was at the largest I had ever Read more...
The ladies at The Sample Rack are beyond amazing!!! When I started looking for a dress, I was at the largest I had ever been and dress shopping was torture for me. The week before I had visited a boutique that made me feel absolutely horrible - so much so that I almost cancelled appointment at TSR. Boy, am I glad I didn't! When you call to make an appointment, they ask you some questions and if there is any dress you have seen that you like. It is recommended you head out to other shops to try on styles so that you can determine what you are looking for. Upon arriving, the ladies already had styles picked out for me based off my answers on the phone. They then take you through and pick out styles with you. They have you sit, walk towards the mirror, shine lighting on it, turn off the lights; you are also the only bride in the shop at the time. They just really made me feel special and for the first time I was thrilled to try on wedding gowns. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.8/5.0
I live in Kentucky and came to visit my future sister-in-law in Philadelphia for the weekend. We decided to make a few bridal appointments while I was visiting. Before arriving to my appointment, Carlene had asked a few basic questions to get us started. When we arrived, Carlene, Lindsey and Jim were more than ready for me. The first dress I tried was PERFECT! They knew exactly what I was looking for. We tried a few more, but I already knew I had found THE ONE. Since I was flying home, I asked about how to ship my dress. The Sample Rack offered to ship it for me! Jim even text me when he shipped it, and gave me the tracking number. The Sample Rack is absolutely amazing! They truly care about finding you the perfect dress.
I live in Kentucky and came to visit my future sister-in-law in Philadelphia for the weekend. We decided to make a few Read more...
I live in Kentucky and came to visit my future sister-in-law in Philadelphia for the weekend. We decided to make a few bridal appointments while I was visiting. Before arriving to my appointment, Carlene had asked a few basic questions to get us started. When we arrived, Carlene, Lindsey and Jim were more than ready for me. The first dress I tried was PERFECT! They knew exactly what I was looking for. We tried a few more, but I already knew I had found THE ONE. Since I was flying home, I asked about how to ship my dress. The Sample Rack offered to ship it for me! Jim even text me when he shipped it, and gave me the tracking number. The Sample Rack is absolutely amazing! They truly care about finding you the perfect dress. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/13/2014
4.8/5.0
Carlene from The Sample Rack is really on top of her job. She wants brides to look beautiful and to leave the store in their dream dress. My experience was unique though. I bought a dress at the shop, all swept up in a magical moment of feeling pretty and skinny and royal. Well, I knew I loved it but couldn't remember too much about it until I went to get it altered and realized it was not at all the right dress for my wedding. It was perfect for a elegant church, we were getting married on the beach!! Before the dress was altered I spoke to Carlene and told her my story. I actually debated just forgetting that dress and buying another. What?!?! Carlene went to bat for me with the owner and agreed to let me come back with the unaltered dress and try to find something that worked better for my wedding. I didn't ask for my money back and would never have expected it. But this act went so above and beyond. They DO NOT take returns or exchanges. But Carlene was determined to let me leave a happy bride. We spent a snow covered evening in the shop after hours finding me a perfect beach wedding dress. And once we found it, I left, with no dress, while she promised to do everything she could to convince her owner to let me exchange it. Thank goodness for people who are still human (not ALL business). I not only had the most beautiful flowy beach wedding dress ever, Carlene even dropped it off at the tailor for me to save me the extra trip. She was fabulous in the end! After all the bumps in the road, I truly left a happy bride!!
Carlene from The Sample Rack is really on top of her job. She wants brides to look beautiful and to leave the store in Read more...
Carlene from The Sample Rack is really on top of her job. She wants brides to look beautiful and to leave the store in their dream dress. My experience was unique though. I bought a dress at the shop, all swept up in a magical moment of feeling pretty and skinny and royal. Well, I knew I loved it but couldn't remember too much about it until I went to get it altered and realized it was not at all the right dress for my wedding. It was perfect for a elegant church, we were getting married on the beach!! Before the dress was altered I spoke to Carlene and told her my story. I actually debated just forgetting that dress and buying another. What?!?! Carlene went to bat for me with the owner and agreed to let me come back with the unaltered dress and try to find something that worked better for my wedding. I didn't ask for my money back and would never have expected it. But this act went so above and beyond. They DO NOT take returns or exchanges. But Carlene was determined to let me leave a happy bride. We spent a snow covered evening in the shop after hours finding me a perfect beach wedding dress. And once we found it, I left, with no dress, while she promised to do everything she could to convince her owner to let me exchange it. Thank goodness for people who are still human (not ALL business). I not only had the most beautiful flowy beach wedding dress ever, Carlene even dropped it off at the tailor for me to save me the extra trip. She was fabulous in the end! After all the bumps in the road, I truly left a happy bride!! Read less
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SoontobeMRS.H
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.8/5.0
I found my wedding gown at the Sample Rack. Initially I did not think I would be able to find anything but after trying on the gowns I liked and not liking them I tried on their suggestion and fell in love. They have a nice selection but the reason I did not give them 5 Stars on everything was because all of their gowns are pricier than I thought and they were not willing to negotiate the price.
I found my wedding gown at the Sample Rack. Initially I did not think I would be able to find anything but after trying on Read more...
I found my wedding gown at the Sample Rack. Initially I did not think I would be able to find anything but after trying on the gowns I liked and not liking them I tried on their suggestion and fell in love. They have a nice selection but the reason I did not give them 5 Stars on everything was because all of their gowns are pricier than I thought and they were not willing to negotiate the price. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/1/2010
4.8/5.0
I was on a tight timeline and didn't have much time to find a wedding dress. After only trying on about 4 gowns, Caroline found my gown! I still had time remaining on my parking meter when I got back to my car. Caroline even suggested a great seamstress to do my alterations.
I was on a tight timeline and didn't have much time to find a wedding dress. After only trying on about 4 gowns, Caroline Read more...
I was on a tight timeline and didn't have much time to find a wedding dress. After only trying on about 4 gowns, Caroline found my gown! I still had time remaining on my parking meter when I got back to my car. Caroline even suggested a great seamstress to do my alterations. Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.6/5.0
The Sample Rack is truly a gem for brides on a budget! The shop is small and welcoming. There are a variety of beautiful dresses that are top quality, but are samples, so are sold at a reduced price. The staff is helpful, patient, and knowledgable. Great shopping experience!
The Sample Rack is truly a gem for brides on a budget! The shop is small and welcoming. There are a variety of beautiful Read more...
The Sample Rack is truly a gem for brides on a budget! The shop is small and welcoming. There are a variety of beautiful dresses that are top quality, but are samples, so are sold at a reduced price. The staff is helpful, patient, and knowledgable. Great shopping experience! Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.5/5.0
I like most soon to be brides watched say yes to the dress and went to Kleinfeld's website and stumbled upon a dress that screamed my name with every stitch of fabric. The dress was so perfect for me that the model started to resemble me after looking for a minute or so (and not just to me to other people too) LOL. So i called to inquire about that dress specifically and the woman was so nice on the phone and eager to set me up and appointment and when i asked for the pirce of the dress she said $8,000!!!! I hung up LOL not literally but my budget for my wedding was close to $8,000 and I was devastated because now there would be no way to find a dress that was so me figured I mine as well go to David's bridal (GASP) and shop the sale rack because now who cares. I said all of that to say that the dress I brought from the Sample Rack was more me than any other because it fit my style and my budget. Even if you dont buy anything it is definately worth a look. I personally seen the dress as soon as I walked in and it was the first one I tried on and right away I was in love. I did not have to alter it or make any adjustments it was made for me. Godd Luck Brides.
I like most soon to be brides watched say yes to the dress and went to Kleinfeld's website and stumbled upon a dress that Read more...
I like most soon to be brides watched say yes to the dress and went to Kleinfeld's website and stumbled upon a dress that screamed my name with every stitch of fabric. The dress was so perfect for me that the model started to resemble me after looking for a minute or so (and not just to me to other people too) LOL. So i called to inquire about that dress specifically and the woman was so nice on the phone and eager to set me up and appointment and when i asked for the pirce of the dress she said $8,000!!!! I hung up LOL not literally but my budget for my wedding was close to $8,000 and I was devastated because now there would be no way to find a dress that was so me figured I mine as well go to David's bridal (GASP) and shop the sale rack because now who cares. I said all of that to say that the dress I brought from the Sample Rack was more me than any other because it fit my style and my budget. Even if you dont buy anything it is definately worth a look. I personally seen the dress as soon as I walked in and it was the first one I tried on and right away I was in love. I did not have to alter it or make any adjustments it was made for me. Godd Luck Brides. Read less
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Pronovias bride
Wedding:
6/19/2009
4.4/5.0
I also had a great experience. I bought a dress at La Fourno the weekend after I got engaged and it was the best decision I could have made. The price was great I and truly love the dress. The selection is varied and the atmosphere is low pressure and not stuffy at all which was exactly what I needed. Definitely worth a try for every bride.
I also had a great experience. I bought a dress at La Fourno the weekend after I got engaged and it was the best decision Read more...
I also had a great experience. I bought a dress at La Fourno the weekend after I got engaged and it was the best decision I could have made. The price was great I and truly love the dress. The selection is varied and the atmosphere is low pressure and not stuffy at all which was exactly what I needed. Definitely worth a try for every bride. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.3/5.0
I bought my wedding dress here - I fell in love with my dress, even though it was not at all what I pictured wearing, but somehow it just seemed to work. Great prices & friendly staff!
I bought my wedding dress here - I fell in love with my dress, even though it was not at all what I pictured wearing, but Read more...
I bought my wedding dress here - I fell in love with my dress, even though it was not at all what I pictured wearing, but somehow it just seemed to work. Great prices & friendly staff! Read less
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Lezlie
Wedding:
9/26/2009
4.3/5.0
I bough a beautiful Amsale dress that I loved wearing on my wedding day. I did make significant alterations to the dress, but the price can't be beat. In general, the place seems fairly hit-or-miss and if you're looking for the newest runway style, it probably won't be there. But, if you can find a dress, the value is amazing and one of the owners, Carolyn Verdi, was very flexible.
I bough a beautiful Amsale dress that I loved wearing on my wedding day. I did make significant alterations to the dress, Read more...
I bough a beautiful Amsale dress that I loved wearing on my wedding day. I did make significant alterations to the dress, but the price can't be beat. In general, the place seems fairly hit-or-miss and if you're looking for the newest runway style, it probably won't be there. But, if you can find a dress, the value is amazing and one of the owners, Carolyn Verdi, was very flexible. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Great place to buy an affordable dress off the rack!
Great place to buy an affordable dress off the rack!
Great place to buy an affordable dress off the rack! Read less
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nzsarah
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.0/5.0
The atmosphere at The Sample Rack is superb. There is no pressure and as the only customer you are able to discuss the process openly and really explore all of your options. The inventory is varied and high quality and the prices are unbeatable.
The atmosphere at The Sample Rack is superb. There is no pressure and as the only customer you are able to discuss the Read more...
The atmosphere at The Sample Rack is superb. There is no pressure and as the only customer you are able to discuss the process openly and really explore all of your options. The inventory is varied and high quality and the prices are unbeatable. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
7/17/2010
3.8/5.0
This was the first place I went to look for a dress, and unfortunately did not find anything. The prices were great, but unfortunately, there was NOTHING that I would ever wear! The sales woman was very pushy and seemed offended that I did not find MY dress there! A wedding dress is a very personal thing, and just because the designers were famous and the prices were good, does not mean that I should have bought something there. The inventory changes a lot and there may be something great for someone else, so I encourage everyone to take a look, but I really did not appreciate being pressured to buy, especially for such an important and personal purchase.
This was the first place I went to look for a dress, and unfortunately did not find anything. The prices were great, but Read more...
This was the first place I went to look for a dress, and unfortunately did not find anything. The prices were great, but unfortunately, there was NOTHING that I would ever wear! The sales woman was very pushy and seemed offended that I did not find MY dress there! A wedding dress is a very personal thing, and just because the designers were famous and the prices were good, does not mean that I should have bought something there. The inventory changes a lot and there may be something great for someone else, so I encourage everyone to take a look, but I really did not appreciate being pressured to buy, especially for such an important and personal purchase. Read less
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thealey
Wedding:
7/25/2008
3.8/5.0
I got a beautiful dress for a lot cheaper than in a boutique.
I got a beautiful dress for a lot cheaper than in a boutique.
I got a beautiful dress for a lot cheaper than in a boutique. Read less
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Jennyl1211
Wedding:
6/1/2010
3.4/5.0
Carolyne was pretty pushy and rude.... Kept on saying the dress wouldn't be there the next day... Seemed annoyed when showing me dresses.. I woudn't reccomend this place to my friends.. It's a shame..Nice selection of dresses but the service is just plain crappy.
Carolyne was pretty pushy and rude.... Kept on saying the dress wouldn't be there the next day... Seemed annoyed when Read more...
Carolyne was pretty pushy and rude.... Kept on saying the dress wouldn't be there the next day... Seemed annoyed when showing me dresses.. I woudn't reccomend this place to my friends.. It's a shame..Nice selection of dresses but the service is just plain crappy. Read less
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vickicox
Wedding:
11/1/2013
3.2/5.0
I walked in on a random Saturday when I had time to kill in the city. Wasn't expecting to buy a dress that day!

The owner (is it Joe? I'm sorry I forget his name at the moment!) walked right up to me and said, "I have the perfect dress for you!" It was completely different than what I was looking at before, but I feel in love with it!!! Bought it THAT day! He has a great eye!

Must mention - you HAVE to have an appointment!! I got lectured by one of the ladies there that I should have had an appointment. (How DARE I just walk in off the street and buy something! In my defense, I was there killing time, and wasn't planning to try anything on, so the lecture was a bit of a put-off.....)

One other thing that did irk me - they cut the labels off. WHY??? The price tag said "Pronovias" but then later my seamstress found a label inside with a different name. I would have bought it anyway, but that is a little bit of false advertising.....

So, if you want a nice dress at a great value, this is certainly the place to go.
I walked in on a random Saturday when I had time to kill in the city. Wasn't expecting to buy a dress that day!
Read more...
I walked in on a random Saturday when I had time to kill in the city. Wasn't expecting to buy a dress that day!

The owner (is it Joe? I'm sorry I forget his name at the moment!) walked right up to me and said, "I have the perfect dress for you!" It was completely different than what I was looking at before, but I feel in love with it!!! Bought it THAT day! He has a great eye!

Must mention - you HAVE to have an appointment!! I got lectured by one of the ladies there that I should have had an appointment. (How DARE I just walk in off the street and buy something! In my defense, I was there killing time, and wasn't planning to try anything on, so the lecture was a bit of a put-off.....)

One other thing that did irk me - they cut the labels off. WHY??? The price tag said "Pronovias" but then later my seamstress found a label inside with a different name. I would have bought it anyway, but that is a little bit of false advertising.....

So, if you want a nice dress at a great value, this is certainly the place to go. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.0/5.0
The experience of being in the shop is a bit overwhelming. I did feel like they were pushing several dresses on me that I did not like. I recommend going with a friend and/or friends who speak up loudly! In the end I found a great dress I loved for a great price. Just get ready for a less than serene shopping experience.
The experience of being in the shop is a bit overwhelming. I did feel like they were pushing several dresses on me that I Read more...
The experience of being in the shop is a bit overwhelming. I did feel like they were pushing several dresses on me that I did not like. I recommend going with a friend and/or friends who speak up loudly! In the end I found a great dress I loved for a great price. Just get ready for a less than serene shopping experience. Read less
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Wedding:
4/30/2011
3.0/5.0
I was drawn to the sample rack\'s designer dresses for cheaper prices. Carolyn is a bit pushy and told me an inflated retail price of the dress I purchased. I was shocked when I looked up the designer a few days later and her quote was at least $1,000 higher than the real price. I ended up with an amazing dress that after substantial alterations was perfect. It was a decent deal getting the sample, but not nearly the \"steal\" that they want you to believe it is. Educate yourself on typical designers they carry and actual retail prices before you go.
I was drawn to the sample rack\'s designer dresses for cheaper prices. Carolyn is a bit pushy and told me an inflated Read more...
I was drawn to the sample rack\'s designer dresses for cheaper prices. Carolyn is a bit pushy and told me an inflated retail price of the dress I purchased. I was shocked when I looked up the designer a few days later and her quote was at least $1,000 higher than the real price. I ended up with an amazing dress that after substantial alterations was perfect. It was a decent deal getting the sample, but not nearly the \"steal\" that they want you to believe it is. Educate yourself on typical designers they carry and actual retail prices before you go. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.3/5.0
Carolyn is very very pushy and did not create a good experience for me. I felt pressured into buying the dress which I didn't like at all. She kept saying the dress would not be there the next day but it was there for a WEEK until I decided to buy it.
I bought my dress at the Sample Rack when it was located on South Street. I didn't want to spend a lot and I wanted something simple and modern. I didn't even bother trying on more than 2 dresses because they were all very early 90s styles.
I ended up hating the way my dress photographed probably because I was so concerned with getting a deal that I failed to remember that the wedding dress is in EVERY SINGLE PHOTO. Point is- you MUST love your dress to the point that you want to sleep in it. Looking back I would have bought the $7,000 Priscilla of Boston dressed that I wanted in the first place.
Carolyn is very very pushy and did not create a good experience for me. I felt pressured into buying the dress which I Read more...
Carolyn is very very pushy and did not create a good experience for me. I felt pressured into buying the dress which I didn't like at all. She kept saying the dress would not be there the next day but it was there for a WEEK until I decided to buy it.
I bought my dress at the Sample Rack when it was located on South Street. I didn't want to spend a lot and I wanted something simple and modern. I didn't even bother trying on more than 2 dresses because they were all very early 90s styles.
I ended up hating the way my dress photographed probably because I was so concerned with getting a deal that I failed to remember that the wedding dress is in EVERY SINGLE PHOTO. Point is- you MUST love your dress to the point that you want to sleep in it. Looking back I would have bought the $7,000 Priscilla of Boston dressed that I wanted in the first place. Read less
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The Sample Rack responded with the following comments:

The Sample Rack is sorry that Jessica was unhappy with her experince and Gown choice. We have had several instances where Brides finally decided on a Gown that was already sold. There is a 24 hour hold option but the inventory turns over quickly. No Gown is over $800 so for a Bride who does not have a $7,000 dress budget we can often exceed their expectations. If you look at her other reviews it seems the whole event did not turnd out the way she hoped and that is very unfortunate.

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