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The Ten Best Sales Of The Year

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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. This week and next, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the top collabs to the best pop-up shops. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

As we cap off a decade, we can't help but reflect on the triumphs that helped developed our wardrobes into things of beauty. Holiday sales, as always, may have proved the high point for promotions, but we're all about solid discounts we can take to the bank. Along with such deep deals, the following best sales upped the ante with friendly customer-service, great variety, and boatloads of endorphins from successful shoppers. Please join us as we count down the Ten Best Sales of the Year.

10. Hanky Panky: We learned that deals on dainties were much more than $10 thongs— they also bring in bonuses like $20 chemises and $15 bralettes. What's more is that Hanky Panky, in all their sales, stock plenty supply in a rainbow of colors.

9. Julie Haus: A sample here, a sample there, and an assortment of in-store pieces marked down 40—80% off original prices. Our favorites were the dresses and rompers, especially the current season C samples that included spiky-shouldered silky frocks in cerulean and black.

8. Zachary's Smile: As usual, nothing but smiles for us at the annual Attic Sale. We unearthed a plethora of vintage finds for less than $30 total and were presented with so many colors and cuts that we didn't know at what end of the rainbow side of the store to begin.

7. Alexander Wang: It was so epic we needed to cover it twice. Okay so there were a sad number of shoes, but the plethora of jackets, pants, knitwear and T by Alexander Wang rang in at prices that rendered them easy picks for teens on budgets.

6. Halston: Shoes and bags for $40...need we say more? Well we can, because here at the Halston sale, the 75% off spring and summer pieces from original Halston and Halston Heritage diffusion line collections was unbeatable. It was unlike any other previous Halston sale we'd been too, where prices usually had an extra "0" tacked onto the end of the price and thus, for once, this legendary brand was well within reach. All hail Sarah Jessica Parker, we guess?

5. YSL: You know it's a worthy sale when the items are being hoarded in a manic panic by everyone from 16-year-olds to 86-year-olds. Although that did mean the most hectic of shopping environments, the deals and the item selection were almost too good to be true. It also helps that the YSL sale is a sweet and rare occurrence.

4. Diane Von Furstenberg: We're practically hardened veterans of this sale, braving pushing and shoving and sweating and freezing to gain access to $150 wrap dresses (and lower, as the sale progresses). The fact that the stock and samples are replenished daily keep our heads whirling with wonder every hour, pondering what deals we're missing out on when not there. Bonus points for the times that purchases occasionally include a small freebie (ex: lipstick, makeup case in the past).

3.Y-3: When this Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas brand said items would be 90% off at their June sale, they kept their promise. We scored on all accounts?bags, shoes, apparel, accessories?and got away with 13 items for under $300. We also look forward to the Y-3 sales as they take place in Adidas' building on Houston, otherwise off limits.

2. Housing Works: Let's hear it for the boys! Not only was the sale heaven in Manhattan for ladies, but guys were able to stock up with steals on Brooks Brothers suits. You see, Brooks Brothers donated the largest amount of apparel to benefit Fashion for Action and it meant an actual variety of appealing options. In the women's section, our eyes watered in happiness for items like a $250 Opening Ceremony peacoat and a $55 pair of Vivienne Westwood Anglomania x Melissa booties.

1. Hermès: Although you could've used the time spent waiting in line to watch one or two movies, this super luxury (and super high-priced) sale delivered the goods. We actually dubbed this year's Hermès sales the "Leatherpocalypse," but the excellent customer service made up for any frustrations. Almost as delicious as classic Hermès bangles and scarves was the people-watching. Garden Totes for $937 were about as close to sale Birkins as we got, but that didn't stop many others from stacking them up their arms and marching to check out. Fascinating.
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Opening Ceremony

35 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-2688 Visit Website

Housing Works Thrift Shop - Chelsea

143 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 (718) 838-5050 Visit Website

Zachary's Smile

9 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (212) 924-0604 Visit Website

Alexander Wang

103 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 212-977-9683 Visit Website