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There's rarely ever a shortage of sample sales in Manhattan, which also means that there's rarely a shortage of long lines outside of them. To survive, you'll probably need a few necessary items: a cup (or two) of coffee; a sausage, egg, and cheese; some water; and maybe a magazine or The Post to keep you entertained. Since you most likely won't have time to scout out the most easily accessible bodega beforehand—you are, after all, probably hitting up these sales before going to work—we've done the legwork and scouted them out for you.
Click through to find the most conveniently located bodegas near major sample sites Soiffer Haskin, Clothingline, 260 Sample Sale, Metropolitan Pavilion, as well as a few scattered throughout Soho.
Soiffer Haskin: 317 West 33rd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves
You'll probably need two coffees to make it through the epic lines outside Soiffer sales for brands like Hermès and Ralph Lauren, because you're going to be there for a while. Swing by Speedy Deli and Grocery on Ninth Avenue at 30th Street beforehand and stock up—the staffers aren't too keen on letting people duck out to grab a snack.
Clothingline: 61 West 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves
In a given year, you'll probably find yourself at Clothingline at least a handful of times, as the Theory and Helmut Lang, Nanette Lepore, and Tory Burch sales all happen here. Familiarize yourself with Best of the West Gourmet Deli on Ninth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets for all pre- and post-sample-sale food runs.
260 Sample Sale: 260 Fifth Avenue between 28th and 29th Sts
What you'll need for the DVF line: Water, Red Bull, and possibly two or three newspapers (both for reading and swatting away overeager sale-goers.) Get them all at My Place Deli on Broadway and 26th Street or One East Ace Deli 28th Street between Fifth and Madison.
Metropolitan Pavilion: 125 West 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Before queuing up outside the Metropolitan Pavilion for the YSL sale, make a pit stop at the New Chelsea Gourmet Deli on 8th Avenue and 17th Street. Bonus: It's also within mere steps of the Barneys Warehouse Sale entrance.
Soho: 97 Greene Street and 76 Wooster Street
There's always a handful of sample sales in Soho—Alexander Wang at 97 Greene Street, Opening Ceremony at 76 Wooster Street—so here are three options on where to get what you need before heading over. Conveniently located steps from the 6 train is D&D Deli on Spring St between Cleveland and Crosby; there's also Broadway Gourmet on Broadway between Prince and Houston if you're taking the N or R trains; and don't forget M&M Market Deli on Broome Street at Sixth Avenue, which is close to the 1, A, C, and E trains.