Spring's Latest Looks for Less

Elaine Jones has a secret.

"Everyone asks me, 'Where do you shop?'" she said.

The answer: Unique Samples in Bedford.

Unique Samples, owned by Christie Nelson, sells manufacturer samples.

"It is all samples from the Dallas Apparel Mart, one-of-a-kind items that the showrooms at the market show to the buyers for the retail stores," Nelson said.

Jones said she loves the fact that the items are all one-of-a-kind.

"You know you're very unique," Jones said.

When Apparel Mart events are over, manufacturers no longer need the samples, so Nelson sells them at a deep discount. 

"The price points are at least half; some are even 75 percent below retail," Nelson said..

Because the items are samples, they are the latest looks for the season. 

"Every piece of clothing that we have in the store is current merchandise that is going into the stores right now for spring and summer," Nelson said. 

But there is one catch. Unique Samples is only open four times a year for one month at a time.

For the store's hours and location, visit its Web site at uniquesamples.com

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