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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Read on for a special edition shopping itinerary that starts with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Well, well, well—looks like it's high time for another Opening Ceremony overstock sale. This is a big one, people: Big lines, big deals, big hot messes donning every fashion hipster cliché—usually all at once. It opened up late this morning, and we were there. But we had to be, we shop for a living! As for the other line-waiters, our best guess: A motley crew of Williamsburg freelancers, creative types who make their own hours, servers and bartenders who begin their day at 4pm, fashionably-inclined students, and the unemployed. The rest of you—well, you're at work! But you gotta get there! Enter Drunk Shopping.
First things first: Plan on a spending some time in line and aim for an early start. Doors open tomorrow at 11am, and on Sunday at noon—get there before then. But, before that, fuel up. May we suggest long-time fixture of what's left of Little Italy: Ferrara Bakery & Café. Grab a few Sinatra-style Italian American specialties to go: Sfogliatella, toasted panettone, anise and amaretto-kissed cookies topped with pine nuts, and—obviously—the biggest Italian sodas or iced cappuccinos they can fit in a to go cup. They can spike it for you with selections from their full bar. The other option: Bring a little something.
From there head to Lafayette to queue up. You won't be bored—you have your empty Italian breakfast calories, your cocktails, and a bunch of crazy people to laugh at. Play line games: Count the guys in skirts, count the people who definitely never made it home last night, count the girls and their face glasses and top knots who might as well be trying to look ugly, count the '70s dad socks with shorts. Seriously, the options are almost without limit. Oh, two tips: Bring water, wear sunscreen.
Once inside move fast, try not to take up too much space, think cool, stay calm. Because it's going to be a crap carnival. But hey—up to 90% off Opening Ceremony's signature wares from labels like Alexander Wang, Acne, Patrik Ervell and Proenza Schouler plus plenty of private label and collaboration booty. We hear the stock is mostly winter weight, that there aren't a ton of shoes, and—unsurprisingly—there's a lot of Tron collaboration stuff hanging around. That said, the prices won't disappoint.
Once you emerge—hopefully unscathed, undoubtedly carrying shopping bags—you're going to need to find a place to get back to zero and wind down a bit. Head west: Tribeca Tavern is huge and dark, serves pretty decent pub grub, and offers a daily happy hour featuring drinks as low as $3 and pitchers as low as $10. Feed the juke box, discuss how to wear your new high-waisted Liberty print jeans and toast to another sample sale well done.
· Dealfeed: Opening Ceremony [Racked NY]
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