Last night I was discussing the pending Barney’s Warehouse Sale with my close friends over cocktails. I started divulging all my dirty secrets on how to score the best deals and they immediately told me “You HAVE to write about this.” So here we are.
2x’s a year, Christmas comes to NY….wait, make that 3. Once is on Decemebr 25th, the other two times are for the Barney’s Warehouse Sale. An event so legendary, I think people base their travel schedules around it. Here are my 5 Rules for Surviving and Thriving at this coveted event.
1. WHEN TO GO
Let’s start with the basics. In any sample sale, the best day to go is the LAST ONE. Call me crazy, but the reason I shop sample sales is for a DEAL. In order to guarantee you are getting the best deal, you have to wait until the end of the sale. 99% of the time, all prices will be drastically reduced by the last day and you will walk out with the best deals. True, the selection is not as great as the first day, but you are guaranteed to leave with the best deals possible.
2. WHAT TO WEAR
You may think, “Who cares? It’s just a sample sale.” But you would be WRONG my friend. What you wear is one of the most important parts and pivotal to shopping success! I recommend a simple skirt, flats and a fitted tank top. Boy-shorts and a nude (no padding) bra.
Here’s why- most sample sales, include Barney’s Warehouse, do not have dressing rooms, especially not PRIVATE dressing rooms. The key is to be able to get items on and off as quickly as possible and with the least amount of fuss. An A-line skirt offers you comfort while trying to pull up those coveted $40 J-Brands and equal ease while slipping on a Marc Jacobs dress. Keep your under garments simple and don’t go for push up on top. You want to see how this will REALLY fit. For footwear, don’t wear anything that requires laces, socks, or ankle straps. All of that takes too long. You want to be able to slip in and out of whatever shoes you choose. I hate to say it, but don’t forget comfort. I’ve shopped at Barney’s Warehouse for 4hrs at a time, waiting is involved and standing is the only option, be prepared. Try to also think about your purse. Nothing too heavy or large. Try a nice cross body (hands free) with only the essentials!