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The exact moment when we realized we totally bought into the Alexander Wang sample sale mania? The feeling of intense anguish upon realizing that we would now be 20th into this morning's pre-sale as opposed to fifth because two girls in front of us were holding their spaces for their late-coming friends. Once we were in, it was on and wow, was it fabulous.

So while you're waiting in line this afternoon (because there will be a line), take the time to strategize and prioritize. It's like retail triage really, because most likely you'll have to sacrifice some opportunities at two for your chance at one. What's most important to you? The shoes, the bags or the samples (which start at $10)—because they were all being hit pretty hard this morning. (The regular stock will be replenished, so more on that in a bit.) So here are the details on all three hot picks to help you devise your game plan.

The shoe station is located in the back right and only carry sizes 37 through 40, so if this doesn't pertain to you, skip forward to bags. The area is staffed by two sweet and probably shell-shocked guys and shoppers will select which shoes to try on and purchase. Then the staffers will place the goods in a bag with the shopper's name on it to be held at checkout. Shoes start at $150 for the flat pointy-toed black slip-on numbers and we tried on a nice pair in python. The Natasha heels come in various black styles, plus beige python and those are $200. Prices for shoes and boots run up to $300 and everything is out on the shelves. We did hear a few lamenting that anything leopard print was dunzo (gone to the V-VIPs?).

The handbag station is located past the bag check on the right. The selection process is the same as the shoes. The bags remaining around 9am (we hit shoes first) start at $150 for the suede Mini-Brenda camera bag (originally $425) in a purplish grey and top out at $450. The Donna hobo (originally $795) is $300 and we saw white, fuchsia, the grey/purple and a super soft washed lambskin denim-ish color. The midsize Brenda Zip Chain bag is $250 (originally $725) and there were a few Brady Football Clutches at $150 left, too. Sorry, no Rocco duffles to be seen (again, V-VIPs?), the only black bags we saw were large weekender duffles and the bags will also not be replenished.

Last of the trio, the samples which run from $10 to $150 and are organized either in bins or on racks marked by price. The $10 bins are located in the back (although they brought some bins up to the front) and we snapped up a sample red and oatmeal striped slashed mock neck sweater (originally $500-ish and also on sale here for $160 for short sleeve and $180 for long). There were fantastic finds on the $50 and $75 sample racks, including a silky ruched cocktail dress for $50, the black leather jumper mini-dress for $75 (there were two this morning) and the denim quilted cropped jacket with zip off sleeves also for $75 (selling for $180 on the regular racks). Act fast, these aren't going to be replenished, either.

As for the regular stock of womenswear, which will be replenished, prices run from $140 to $240. The aforementioned denim zip off sleeve jacket was popular, as well as slouchy silky shorts for $120, the white cut-out Ponte dress for $160 (originally $560), the heather grey sweatshirt tie Ponte dress for $160 (originally $560, also), the grey jacket with Brady football shoulders for $240 and a leather and black square studded blazer with a cut out back for $260.

T for Alexander Wang bins are located throughout the sale priced from $20 to $50 for women. There are also four racks near the entrance for men's (finally) T by Alexander Wang priced from $20 to $55. One lone man was comfortably perusing the racks of short sleeve button downs for $45, cut-off sleeve muscle tees and regular tees for $40 and plush zip hoodies for $50.

There is one open dressing area (and a couple makeshift ones, too) absolutely packed with half-naked ladies and piles of clothes. We thought those security guards looked mighty happy. Cash and credit are accepted for any amount. So the VIP preview ends and the public sale starts at 2pm, but they weren't checking names at all this morning, might be time to head over right now!
· Plan Accordingly For Alexander Wang's Sample Sale With This Preview [Racked]
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