About US

Lazar Shopping

Lazar Shopping is the online entity of Elysa Lazar and Lazar Media Group, Inc.(LMG). Elysa Lazar began publishing The S&B Report in 1986 to inform bargain hunters of unadvertised designer sales in New York City, the first of its kind and the industry's best-known and longest- running information sources. Her media outlets advertise the latest in public and private sales, fashion news, buyer's tips, and market analysis. Her publications and website are filled with inside information, unavailable in newspapers or magazines. As the popularity of the World Wide Web grew, The S&B Report went digital with the launch of LazarShopping.com in 1999.

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Luxury Sample Sales Management

LMG has managed luxury sample sales for over 20 years. Clients that hold private, employee, Friends and Family Sample Sales include the LVMH Group, Fendi and Celine.  Other clients include Angela Cummings, Anthony Nak, Baccarat, Badgley Mischka, Bajra, Barry Kieselstein-Cord, Bonpoint, Calvin Klein, Donald J. Pliner, Elie Tahari, Escada, Giorgio Armani, Isaac Mizrahi, John Hardy, Joseph Abboud, Hickey Freeman, Henri Bendel, LeSportsac, Marchesa, M & J Savitt, Nine West, Reem Acra, Roberto Cavalli, Sergio Rossi, Slane & Slane, SoulCycle, Swiss Army, TSE Cashmere, Trussardi, Tumi, Vestimenta, Yigal Azrouel and many other designers.

Lazar Media Group, Inc.  For information, please contact:  email@lazarshopping.com


Lazar's Outlet Shoppers GuideLazar's Shop By MailMuseum Shop Treasures

Books & Newsletters

Elysa Lazar has written and published books and newsletters about smart shopping: Lazar's Outlet Shopper's Guide : A Field Guide to Factory Outlet Shopping (Find of the Week, NY Times November 8, 1992), Shop by Mail: A Field Guide to Shopping by Mail and Museum Shop Treasures.

For over 15 years, she published subscription based monthly newsletters ... The S & B Report, The Home Report, The Auction Report and The Kids Report. In addition, Elysa produced a guide to the Hamptons sponsored by American Express, The Hamptons Report.Although these newsletters are no longer printer, the information is now available on LazarShopping.com


Elysa Lazar

Hailed by the fashion industry as a specialist in value and quality in international fashion, and anointed by Redbook as "The World's Smartest Shopper", Elysa Lazar, armed with an MBA from Columbia, began her career in banking and finance.

She soon struck out on her own, however, and within a few years had earned herself a coveted position as a regular contributor on The Today Show, Oprah, CNBC, Today in New York, Live with Regis & Kathy Lee and The Home Show. She has appeared on hundreds of television programs and in newspapers and magazines around the world.

Elysa calls Charleston home, and she travels widely, with primary stops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. She crosses the country running sample and overstock sales for fashion's most prominent designers, and she takes a breather from time to time with appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America.

Most recently Elysa has brought her expertise and eye to the area of home renovation and design, where she restores historic houses in minute detail. Then, after the structural elements are complete, she furnishes them with everything - from paintings, antique silver, and porcelain, right through to the linens, towels, and tool boxes. Her houses have all sold furnished, to VIP's from around the world. She provides a broad range of design services and project management to clients seeking assistance with architectural design, space planning, interior design and landscape design.

To view her most recent real estate project ...Click HERE



When Shoppers Should Go Offline, Business Week,November 18, 2009, By Rebecca Reisner

Shoppers Scarf Up Bargains, Crain's New York Business,January 11, 2009, By Margaret Jaworski.

Get More for Your Money, The Washington Post, May 3, 2009

How to Score New York City Deals, Seattle Times, May 31. 2009


Some Shoppers Never Pay Retail, Crain's New York Business, November 6, 2008, By Adrianne Pasquarelli


Designer Discounts, Crain's New York Business, December 3, 2007

Sales Check, Chicago Magazine, June 12, 2007, by Rebecca Little

Red Carpet Style, Rock Bottom Price, New York Daily News, May 7, 2007, By Phyllis Furman

Designer Sample Sales, Wall Street Journal,March 22, 2007, By Teri Agins

Sunday Money: Spending; Attention, Fashionistas: Sample Sales Are Expanding, New York Times, March 25, 2007, By Hillary Chura


Clamping Down on Sample Sale Shoplifters, Womens Wear Daily, December 12, 2006, By Rosemary Feitelberg

Fighting for Fashion: Sample Sales Heat Up, The New York Sun, November 21, 2006, By Samantha O'Brien

The Not-So-VIP, The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2006, By Rachel Dodes


Fashion Quickie, Glamour Magazine, March 2005


Retailers Hope Search for Bargains Makes Good Season Even Better, The Post and Courier, December 27, 2003, By Charles Williams

Today Show to Air Segment Filmed in Charleston Area, The Post and Courier, April 20, 2003

Deal or Ordeal?, The Bergen Record, July 11, 2003, By Amy Double


Bargain Hunters Strike Fashion Gold at Sample Sales, Ocala Star-Banner, February 28, 2002, By Joan Quigley.


Bargain Hunter, Newsday, December 27, 2001, by Dan Feinstein

Fakes or Originals, Big Apple is a Shoppers Heaven, Miami Herald, November 11, 2001

Bargain Hunter, Newsday, August 9, 2001, by Dan Feinstein


Suit Yourself, Designer Clothing for Work, Black Enterprise, April 2000, By Ann Brown


Designers Use Sample Sales To Cash In on Slow Season, New York Newsday, December 21, 1999, By Edward Silverman


The Best Citites for Women, Ladies Home Journal, November 1998, by Lynn Langway

Bye Bye Bargains, New York Times, July 5, 1998, By Monique P. Yazigi

Look to Return Gifts Without Getting Hoarse, Money Magazine,January, 1998 , By Anamaria Wilson


Quest for Perfection, Newsweek, September 1997, By Patty Huntington

Upscale Bargains Abound, The Bergen Record, February 13, 1997, By Joan Verdon

What Every Fashion Editor Knows, Redbook Magazine, February 1997

But Rudy, Where's the Big Tax Break for Consumers, The Bergen Record, January 19, 1997, By Joan Verdon


Sample Sales: Post-Fashion Show Bargains, New York Times,November 10, 1996, By Monique P. Yazigi

A Sampling of Sample Sales, New York Times, October 20, 1996, By Monique P. Yazigi

Bargains in the Eye of the Beholder, The Bergen Record, October 10, 1996, By Joan Verdon

Bargain Hunting Leads to Career, Toledo Blade, September 23, 1996, By AP

Head Hunter, Bargain Goddess in Demand for her Purchasing Prowess, Kentucky New Era, August 13, 1996, By AP

Discount Diva Makes her Mark: Elysa Lazar Knows Where Shopping Bargains Are, Chicago Tribune, July 14, 1996, By AP

If It's a Bargain, She Knows Where to Find It, Albany Times, July 8, 1996, By AP

Elysa Knows Where the Bargains Are, Associated Press, July 8, 1996, By Rachel Beck

Elysa Lazar Knows Where the Bargains Are, Reading Eagle, July 8, 1996, By AP

In the News, Rocy Mountain News, July 7, 1996

Thrill of the Hunt: Elysa Lazar Shows Shoppers How to Find Bargains, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 7, 1996

Bargain-hunter Elysa Lazar Tells Where to Look, Free Lance Star, July 6, 1996

Bargains Become Business, Lawrence Journal-World, July 5, 1996

Bagging a Bargain Savvy Shopper Elysa Lazar Shares Her Hints for Finding Fabulous Buys, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 4, 1996, By Susan Phinney

Sssssh: A Primer on Sample Sales, New York Times, April 7, 1996, By Monique P. Yazigi

New York City, The Bergen Record, March 16, 1997 , By Brian Aberback

Planning Ahead is Key to Comfortable Vacations, Altus Times, March 10, 1996


Buy, Buy U.S. Spenders Can Catalogue Their Dreams, New York Daily News, November 19, 1995, By Rosemary Metzler Lav

The Shopping Addicts;When the Urge to Spend Overtakes the Rational Processes of Mind and Budget, New York Times, October 8, 1995, By Carey Goldberg

Where the Buys Are, The Bergen Record, October 5, 1995, By Anne Marie Mcenery

The New York Stock Exchange at Manhattan's Sample Sales It's Every Woman For Herself, Los Angeles Times,July 6, 1995, By Geraldine Baum


Retailers Missed Holiday Goal, The Buffalo News,December 27, 1994

Projected Retail Sales Fall Short HolidayShoppers, Orlando Sentinel, December 27, 1994

For Stores, Holiday a Mixed Bag, Boston Globe, December 27, 1994, By Chris Reidy

Go to the Source, Miami Hearld, November 21, 1994

Where the Buys Are: Picking Your Way Across the Outlet, Chicago Tribune, November 14, 1994

Some Guides To Get You Going, USA Today, November 3, 1994

If you Dread Shopping, Don't Read This, Chicago Sun-Times, November 3, 1994

Deals, Chicago Sun-Times, August 31, 1994, By Maureen Jenkins

Bargain Hunter, Newsday, August 4, 1994, By Dan Feinstein

Smart Shopping Secrets, Chicago Tribune, March 13, 1994

Catalogs Expected to Report Record Sales for 1993, The Buffalo News, January 23, 1994

Consumers, Retailers Alike Look to Sample Sales, Albany Times Union, January 2, 1994, By Galina Vainblat


Buyers Jam NY Sample Sales, The Baltimore Sun, December 15, 1993, By Galina Vainblat

Real Deals? Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1993, By S.J. Diamond

Hold Back for the Best Holiday Buys, Money Magainze,November, 1993, By Echo Montogomery Garrett

Clipping Cost: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees, Chicago Tribune, October 25, 1993, by Gary Belsky

Little Dandies: The Psychology Behind Deigner Duds for Kids, Los Angeles Times, August 31, 1993, By Bruce Horovitz

Home Decorating Industry in Slump, The Free Lance-Star, July 23, 1993, By Suzanne Slesin

Money Management: Shop Till You Drop, Black Enterprise, August 1993

'Trade Only' Walls Weaken. New York Times, July 15, 1993, By Suzanne Slesin

New York: Choice Cut, Penninsula Magazine, Spring 1993, By Doris Greenspan

Author Helps You Get it Wholesale, Miami Herald, March 28, 1993, By Everett Potter

Bargains Found at Outlets, Herald-Journal, January 17, 1993, By Everett Potter


What Intelligent Consumers Want, Fortune Magazine, December 28, 1992, By Faye Rice

Find of the Week; A Guidebook To Outlet Stores. New York Times, November 8, 1992.

How to Get 50% off and Shop like a Pro, Ladies Home Journal, November 1992, By Leslie Lampert

Mail Order Madness, Newsday, October 29, 1992, By Dan Feinstein

Shopping, Woman's Day Magazine, October 13, 1992, By Randi Cooler

Cheap Chic for Kids, NY Newsday, October 1, 1992

Trouble Shooting for Shoppers, Miami-Herald,June 8, 1992

Hot to Shop: Consumers Vie for Samples of Designer Wares, Gannett Suburban Newspapers, March 21, 1992, By Barbara Nachman

Cheers'n Jeers, TV Guide, March 21, 1992


Hey, Nobody Pays Retail, Right? New York Times, December 14, 1991. By Beorgia Dullea

14 Terrific Moves That Can Save You Plenty, Money Magazine, December 1991, By Elizabeth Fenner

'Tis the Season... Already?, Indiana Post-Tribune, October 24, 1991

Shopping Smarter, Woman's Day Magazine, September 3, 1991

Nobody Beats This Wiz, NY Daily News, July 28, 1991, By Monte Williams

New York's Sample Sale Hit it Big, Milwaukee Journal, June 30, 1991, By Jacquelyn Gray

The Art of the Bargain, New York Magazine, May 6, 1991, By Marilyn Bethany

Samples, New York Magazine,May 6, 1991, By Ruth Katz

The Art of the Bargain, New York Magazine,May 6, 1991, By Marilyn Bethany

New York Lets Out a Bargain Secret, Miami Herald, May 5, 1991, By Everett Potter

Finding Good Clothes at Good Prices: She Knows, and She's Ready to Tell, New York Times, April 14, 1991, By Trish Hall

Where Big Designers Lower Their Prices, Los Angeles Times,April 5, 1991, By Cindy LaFavre Yorks

Wanted: More Women in Business, Lear's Magazine, April 1991, By Marcia Cantarella

50 Best Values, Conde Nast Traveler, January 1991


For anyone starting out -- or starting over -- IKEA, Money Magazine,December, 1990, By Diane Harris

Patterns: But Is It a Business?, New York Times, November 13, 1990, By Woody Hochswender

Shopping: Mail Sale, USA Today, October 11, 1990, By Elizabeth Snead

All About Antiques, New York Magazine, November 12, 1990, By Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine

Catalog Sales, Newsday, October 25, 1990, By Dan Feinstein

In Charge and In Style: If You're Self Employed, What Do you Wear to Work?, Glamour Magazine, September 1990

Stores Call Them Sales, But Keep Your Eyes Open to Buy Smart, Albany Times Union, August 30, 1990

Hunkering Down: After the Glitzy 80's, Cheaper and Careful are Back in Style, Time Magazine, July 23, 1990, By Janice Castro

Looking into the Crystal Mall - How and Where We'll Shop in the Nineties, Travel & Leisure, January, 1990, By Suzy Kaiter Gershman


It's a Jungle Out There, So Savvy Buyers Let Elysa Lazar Guide Them on Their Shopping Safaris, People Magazine, October 30, 1989, By Sue Carswell

Where The Buys Are: Sample Sales, Glamour Magazine, October 1989

Auction News, City Living, September 28, 1989, By Deborah Blumental

More Designers Take Sampel Sale Public, Wall Street Journal, September 8, 1989, By Teri Agins

The Sale of the Century, Greenwich Times, September 14, 1989, By Joy Haenlein

Why Pay Retail?, The Trump Shuttle Magazine, September 1989

City's Best Buys Are Under Wraps, NY Daily News, April 6, 1989, By Ellen Glick

The Best for Less, Parent Guide, April 1989, By Diane Koenigsberg

April Insider's Guide, Pan Am Clipper Magazine, April 1989

Sportswear Scoop, Women's Wear Daily, March 22, 1989, By Lisa Lockwood


Wholesale Heaven in Shopper's Sheet, NY Post, December 22, 1988, By Jane Ellis

Such A Deal, NY Daily News Magazine, October 18, 1988, By Lenore Skenazy

Newsletter Lists Private Clothes Sales, Houston Chronicle, June 23, 1988, By Woody Hochswender

Patterns, News for Sales Buffs, New York Times, June 21, 1988, By Woody Hochswender

A Month of Secret Sales, Philadelphia Magazine, May 1988, By Lawrence Stains

On Sale! Special Purchase! Clearance! - Know Your Way Around Sales - and Really Save, Glamour Magazine, February 1988


Haunts of the Great Shoppers, Amtrak Express Magazine, December 1987

Insider Spending Showroom Sales Offer Bargain Gifts, Newsday, December 16, 1987, By Diane Sustendal

A Savvy Shopper's Guide to NYC, Bridgeport Post, August 14, 1987, By Faren Berman

A Cents of Style ... And a Nose for Bargains, Gannett Westchester Newspapers, July 15, 1987, By Barbara Nachman

Newsletter Lets Shopper Say Hello to Good Buys, Stamford Advocate, June 25, 1987, By Barbara Mayer

A Newsletter That Tracks the Bargains In Samples, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 17, 1987, By Karen Heller