Welcome to the third installment of the adventures of Miss Haute Cocoa (Hot Cocoa's label-loving, bargain-hunting alter ego). If you've followed our penny-pinching protagonist's adventures thus far, you know that she's looked into direct-from-manufacturer gowns and designer sample sales. Next, follow our intrepid shopper as she goes into the dark vortex of the wedding industrial complex: Kleinfeld Bridal.
See? She really does. Imaginary bridal nemeses aside, as with all sample sales, you do have to go ready to buy. The gown won't be there the next day. So if you (like me) are the kind to agonize over the simplest decisions, this is probably not the best venue for you. Also, all the dresses we saw were standard sample sizes (8 and 10). It's possible they might have had some cancellations that are in smaller or larger sizes, but we didn't see them. So if you aren't sample sized, you might find the selection quite limited. Bottom line: We didn't have any luck that day, but it's worth checking it out if you are in the area and can get an appointment.