The first markdowns at the Barneys Warehouse Sale has already started… I found out tonight when I popped into the space in Chelsea.  A staffer told me that they began offering further discounts on Sunday when they were open for four hours after Hurricane Irene moved north.

As you can see from the list, women’s shoes, accessories, ready-to-wear and “red” stamped designer pieces are an additional 25 percent off.  You get an extra 40 percent off lingerie, swim, Chelsea Passage and childrens.  As for men, an extra 25 percent is given for sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, neckwear, accessories and more.  While 40-percent off the sale price is given for casual pants, sneakers and underwear.  No further discounts on suits other than the “yellow” tagged merchandise.  Check out the entire list for a better look.

I noticed that the selection for women’s designer clothing has dwindled even further from the limited selection it began with.  There’s still lots of ready-to-wear hanging on racks.  I only had time to survey the shoes… where the shelves appeared to be stacked full of a so-so selection (not a lot of high-end designer footwear and plenty of past season overstock).  I did spot quite a few Lanvin wedges ($426) in size 7, Lanvin heeled sandals ($449), Isabel Marant flat sandals $164, Alexander Wang wedged sandals ($201) and a couple of pairs of Manolo Blahniks in 71/2 ($374).

Another update the staffer mentioned is that the sale has been extended through Wednesday Sept 7th.  If you’re waiting for deep discounts, that’s probably going to happen over this Labor Day weekend when it will likely be a madhouse… Overall, I just wasn’t impressed with the women’s selection for shoes, bags and designer wear this time around.  But if you want to find the best deals, go during the last days… that is if you can handle the insanity.

Where/When:  255 West 17th St (b/w 7 & 8th Ave).  212-450-8400.  EXTENDED THRU SEPT 7th.  Wed Aug 31 (10-9p), Thur Sept 1 to Fri Sept 2 (9-9p), Sat Sept 3 to Sun Sept 4 (9-8p), Mon Sept 5 to Wed Sept 7 (9-7p).