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Dress & Attire in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
(215) 922-4700
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 82 Reviews


    Heather

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Rebecca

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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... Read more

    Steph

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Jillan

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  • 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.

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Allison

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  • 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!

    Lezlie

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  • 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.

    A

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    3 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Debra

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  • 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 a... Read more

    Ellen

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  • 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!

    Elizabeth

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  • 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.

    Sara

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  • 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.

    Jenny

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    3.4 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Jessica

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    2.3 out of 5
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  • 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.

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    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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