The YSL Sample Sale: We Went, We Saw, We Left

Friday was opening day of the Yves (that’s right) Saint Laurent sample sale, an event that would drive the most hardy of career bargain hunters to guzzle Old Fashioned after Old Fashioned à la Don Draper.

There’s the 9:00 AM start time, the 300-person-deep line, and shoppers deal-hungry enough to camp out overnight — and if that doesn’t strike fear into your little discount-desiring heart, just wait until you hear what’s inside.

We arrived at Soiffer Haskin a bit before 8:00 AM and were already approximately 200 people behind Sam Na, who parked himself outside at 11:00 PM the night before hoping to get first dibs on the men’s shoes and jeans inside.

Like everyone else in line, all the worse-for-wear Na could say was: “I’m just tired, so tired.”

Two-and-a-half hours later, we were finally waved through, and after another 30 minutes huddled in the inner sanctum — during which everything except our wallets had to be left at the coat check — we were ushered into the surprisingly calm showroom, where a max of 90 customers are allowed at a time.

So here’s what’s available: Lots of shoes for $350 and $399, excluding $550 metallic Tributes, $200 basic black pumps, and some rad $900 fuchsia Tribtoos; a few racks of truly boring women’s ready-to-wear; some evening stuff, like a champagne Edition Soir gown for $4,000; and very meager stock of men’s clothes, shoes, and accessories relegated to a back corner (sad for our line-buddy, Na).

Sunglasses and small leather goods (think card holders) are going for $149 and $100, respectively, while Muses One and Two start at about $800.

Overall, neither the reductions nor the selection were that impressive, so unless you’ve got extremely small (or large) feet, the patience of Mother Teresa, and loads of cash and time to burn, we’d sit this one out.

Still have to have a glossy red shopping bag? The credit-card-only sale continues at 317 W. 33rd St. from 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM, June 29th, and until 6:30 on the 30th.

For those of you who’d rather shop from your non-Taylor-Swift blasting, crowd-free home, we’ve taken care of that via The Goods:

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