Cheryl shops...the Barneys Warehouse Sale
With all of my recent real estate drama, I almost forgot that today was the first day of the Barneys Warehouse Sale. (By now you all know the drill: Because I'm OCD, I get there first thing in the morning on the first day of the sale.) As usual, there was a mix of good deals and stuff that's definitely not marked down enough. In the designer racks, I saw a healthy amount of Lanvin (yes, Lanvin), Proenza Schouler, and Balenciaga, as well as Jil Sander and some Marc Jacobs collection (I tried on a gorgeous pencil skirt that was inexplicably marked down to $79 and, even more inexplicably, was too big on me--I find it hard to believe I need a 6 in Marc Jacobs collection when Marc typically runs so small). The ol' ready-to-wear racks had a nice selection of Marc by Marc Jacobs of indeterminate seasons, DVF, Rebecca Taylor, Theory, and Edun. For once, not so much private label stuff. I managed to grab a Daryl K for Co-Op suit jacket (I have the matching pants) and empire-waist top; I also found a several-seasons-old Joie mini-kilt for $9. The knitwear bins, where I usually have so much luck, were quite disappointing. They had a bunch of corduroy pants and a few jeans in the denim bins; over to the left there were children's clothes, scarves, leather bags (no designers) and gloves. Sadly, no lingerie bins (although I'm hoping they'll bust those out at some point). I'm most proud of my shoe score, however: I got a pair of baby blue patent leather round-toe Mary Janes from Maloles, a Spanish shoe company that's one of my new favorites. No, I didn't really need them, but they brought me out of my real-estate doldrums. Such a small price to pay for happiness.

So, is the sale worth going to? Of course, silly. Go now for the best selection; wait a week or two for the best deals. Through 3/5; weekdays 10-9, weekends 10-7 (opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow only); 225 W. 17th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

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