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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, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the billboards to bed bugs. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

Just as Santa has his naughty and nice list, we must compile the year's worst sales to go along with yesterday's rundown of the year's best. Otherwise, the universe would not be complete. So, dear readers, here we go with the Five Worst Sales of the Year:

5. Proenza Schouler: It's not a sample sale without the samples. All of the Proenza goodies had already been grabbed before doors opened to the public only a couple weeks ago. Despite arriving bright and early, we were disappointed to find slim pickings at the sale. It was a sad, sad day for shoppers with hopes set on pretty, pretty Proenza accessories.

4. Staff International: The concept of having sales on Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, and DSquared2 altogether was definitely an alluring one, but when we went to the warehouse-priced sale, most items were still hanging out in the upper price brackets. In addition, the showroom's atmosphere was a downer with its bad lighting and single mirror.

3. Hayden-Harnett: This Brooklyn brand hasn't had the best year, what with its store closing and all, so we feel a bit bad putting them on this list. On the other hand, their sale was truly disappointing with a small selection of merchandise and huge gaps on the shelves. Prices were higher than expected, too, so it seemed all H-H was leaning on was the buttery softness of their leathers to woo shoppers.

2. Theory: In February, we discovered that some sales are better in theory, rather than in reality. Prices were lovely at the Theory sale at Clothingline, but nine times out of ten, the garments were torn, tattered, or holey. Sadly that's par for a Clothingline sale. Do not want.

1. Cynthia Steffe: As we described it way back in mid-April, the Steffe sale was an utter shitshow. We arrived at a time we thought was early enough to score an envious spot in line, only to find the doors already open and the majority of the choice items already scooped up and in the clutches of the true early birds. We, and anyone arriving after us, had absolutely no chance at this sale.
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