Sunday, February 27, 2011

Barneys Warehouse Sale

I had heard great things about Barneys Warehouse Sale and was very excited at the prospect of finding some great designer deals.  I went along for a visit to see what all the fuss was about and to try and find some bargains for myself.

The sale is in an actual warehouse on 17th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue, and you only know it's there by the red 'Barneys Warehouse Sale' sign on the door.  I thought that it would be a store like Century 21 or Filenes Basement, but it is just a warehouse filled with simple racks and boxes of merchandise.  It reminded me of a cheap store like Primark with everything rammed in and people crawling over each other to get a bargain. 

However, the clothing rails here are lined with clothes by top designers including Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Prada and Emporio Armani.  I was impressed with the range of designers and most items were less than half price.  If you spent the time looking through everything I have no doubt that you would find some amazing clothes at a fraction of the price.  Make sure you check the clothes carefully before you buy them, they are all rammed together and not stored or displayed as you would expect such high-end pieces to be, so invariably they get damaged.  I found a beautiful coat reduced from $3000 to $800, but the material was covered in pulls which were very noticeable.  I would want an $800 coat to look amazing even if it was reduced from such a high price in the first place!

They have an amazing selection of shoe designers, including Chanel and Prada, but again they are piled high on top of each other and scattered all over the floor.  It was heartbreaking to see a gorgeous pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes shoved underneath a mountain of boots, the soles looked worn and the satin was scuffed.  However, at $400 reduced from over $1000 they would definitely be a bargain for someone! 

Overall I was quite disappointed with the sale, even at half price the clothes and shoes are very expensive and I wouldn't want anything that looked damaged or worn.  However, if you spend the time and look carefully at the items you are buying there are some fantastic deals to be had, especially if you get there early. 

All sales are final and you can't try anything on, so try and wear an outfit you can slip clothes over or under!The sale is on for another week until the Sunday 6th March and for more information visit http://www.barneys.com/Barneys-New-York-Warehouse-Sale/WAREHOUSE_SALE,default,pg.html

Let me know how you get on and happy shopping!

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