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The Sample Rack

Philadelphia , PA

LOCATION

918 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 US (map)

PHONE

215-922-4700

WEBSITE

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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
Dress & Attire

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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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Carla
Wedding:
11/29/2014
5.0/5.0
The Sample Rack is a magical place where you can make all of your bridal dreams come true even if you are on a budget!! My dress was absolutely stunning and I never could have afforded it at retail. All night long people were complimenting me on my dress and no one could believe I was lucky enough to score it as a sample!

Do your research before you go so you are ready to buy! Carlene is amazing and will find you the perfect dress for you even if it's totally different than what you thought you wanted when you first walked in! The shop is on the small side so this is not the place to bring your whole entourage but it's a beautiful intimate space to find your dream gown!
The Sample Rack is a magical place where you can make all of your bridal dreams come true even if you are on a budget!! My Read more...
The Sample Rack is a magical place where you can make all of your bridal dreams come true even if you are on a budget!! My dress was absolutely stunning and I never could have afforded it at retail. All night long people were complimenting me on my dress and no one could believe I was lucky enough to score it as a sample!

Do your research before you go so you are ready to buy! Carlene is amazing and will find you the perfect dress for you even if it's totally different than what you thought you wanted when you first walked in! The shop is on the small side so this is not the place to bring your whole entourage but it's a beautiful intimate space to find your dream gown! 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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kelly
Wedding:
10/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I stopped in hoping I would leave with a dress that day but wasn't hopeful. They were great. My 4th dress was the one I left with. It was a sample obviously but was from my favorite designer and fit perfectly!!! I only added a bustle.
I stopped in hoping I would leave with a dress that day but wasn't hopeful. They were great. My 4th dress was the one I Read more...
I stopped in hoping I would leave with a dress that day but wasn't hopeful. They were great. My 4th dress was the one I left with. It was a sample obviously but was from my favorite designer and fit perfectly!!! I only added a bustle. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Got my wedding dress here. I appreciated being the only appointment at the time. Very nice & helpful!
Only downside, the dressing room was just a curtain in the corner of the back room.
Got my wedding dress here. I appreciated being the only appointment at the time. Very nice & helpful!
Only downside, Read more...
Got my wedding dress here. I appreciated being the only appointment at the time. Very nice & helpful!
Only downside, the dressing room was just a curtain in the corner of the back room. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The staff at The Sample Rack was very friendly and helpful. All of the gowns were beautiful and affordable!
The staff at The Sample Rack was very friendly and helpful. All of the gowns were beautiful and affordable!
The staff at The Sample Rack was very friendly and helpful. All of the gowns were beautiful and affordable! 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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DEALS

Ceremony & Reception 2 gown discount
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Redeem In-Store   $400 Value
Can't decide on the ONE perfect gown???? Buy a Ceremony Gown and a Recetion Gown at the same time and receive 20% off the total amount.
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