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The Sample Rack provides personal service in a casual and stress-free environment. Dress shopping should be fun, and the perfect dress on a managed budget can be just a few alterations away. Wedding gown samples are a great way to manage a wedding budget that is not unlimited. A bride can look like she spent $4,000 but still have enough to lavish on menu, drinks, flowers, photography, flowers, music, make-up and hair.

The Sample Rack opened in 2007 as a unique concept with a few wedding gown samples and word of mouth advertising. Back then, the gown appointments were on the 3rd floor of La Fourno Trattoria and remained Philadelphia's best-kept secret.

In late 2008, the business had grown to the point that it needed more space. 
Pine Street was the perfect next step. In November of 2009, The Sample Rack moved to an empty storefront, formerly a vintage furniture shop, at 918 Pine Street, the east end of Antique Row. The spacious shop is bright and much larger, with deep display windows, allowing the addition of more gown inventory and selected gift items and jewelry. The first-floor location is comfortable and accessible, offering brides and their entourages an opportunity to browse and be seated in a comfortable and intimate setting.

The Sample Rack
918 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA


My family and I had a fantastic experience at the Sample Rack! The ladies were incredibly helpful, especially Carlene. She really listened to the type of dress I was looking for, but didn't hesitate to bring out some options that she thought would look great on me...and they did! She was professional, fun, and determined. The dresses there were all quality, beautiful, and well priced. I didn't feel rushed or pushed to make a decision. This place definitely worth checking out, especially if you're on a budget! Thanks so much for a great afternoon Carlene!


I found my wedding dress at the sample rack this past weekend. I had a lot of fun with Carleen trying on so many beautiful gowns! The store has so many options and they are truly helpful when it comes to finding the perfect dress. The prices are fantastic!! Thank you so much for everything and I can't wait to wear my dress on my special day next year!!!

Suzanne (06/21/2013)

I tried and tried to find a dress, and the designer gown I ended up with was BEAUTIFUL. I loved working with Carlene, she will not let you walk out the door with a dress that is not meant for you. I don't know who the designer is of my gown, BUT, it's incredible and I felt like the Belle of the ball! If you have struck out many places, this is a great place to try when you know what you are looking for.

Contact Person Jim Whittaker
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