As many of you know… the Barneys semi-annual Warehouse Sale in New York starts this Thursday.Â The sale began in Los Angeles last week… Racked L-A got a sneak peak at the discounted goods before the sale started. Check out the photos they snapped at the preview on the West Coast.
To help you prepare for the sale, weâ€™ve put together some useful tips to keep in mind:
Get there earlyâ€¦
-If you must go the first day, get there early. Â The first people turn up at the crack of dawn, hours before the doors open (8am on the first two days).
Donâ€™t bring a bagâ€¦
-If you can manage it, donâ€™t bring a handbag.Â Otherwise, youâ€™ll have to wait in line to check your bag and then again to pick it up. Â Just come equipped with your wallet and cellphone.
Watch your undiesâ€¦
-For years, the BWS had no dressing roomsâ€¦ last summer they finally put up a screen and created a makeshift dressing room in one corner of the main floor.Â Even with the screen, you should wear undergarments thatâ€™s fit for public viewing (you never know whoâ€™s walking around with a camera phone).Â Leggings and a tank are a good bet under your winter clothingâ€¦ less of your private parts are exposed and easy to get in and out of the clothing youâ€™re trying on.
Check back and check often…
-Check out the sale during the first few days to scope and find any gems.Â Itâ€™s likely that the first few days may not include the overstock from the West Coast sale so check back again over the following week when there are no crowds and tons of room to look and make decisions.Â Thatâ€™s a good time to see whatâ€™s really up for grabs.Â Check back on the final days when the finalÂ markdowns are made.Â Thatâ€™s when youâ€™ll find real deals.Â On the last days of the summer 2009 sale, organizers offered an extra 75 percent off the sale price on womenâ€™s designer clothing â€“ designer shoes were down an additional 60 percent off.
-An important tip:Â Donâ€™t buy something just because itâ€™s on sale. Â As appealing as that hot pink satin Christian Louboutin platforms might be, youâ€™re probably not going to wear them.Â But if theyâ€™re still haunting you on the last days of the sale, chances are theyâ€™ll still be there and for even less.
Where/When:Â 255 W. 17th St. (b/w 7th & 8th Aves).Â 212-450-8400.Â Thurs February 17 to March 6th.Â Thurs & Fri (8-9p), Weekends (10-7p), Weekdays (10-9p).