Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
This afternoon, we attempted to check out the Ippolita sample sale at Soiffer Haskin and found an epic wait. To put it delicately, it's not a sale for the faint of heart. We sadly had to give up after waiting in line for about forty minutes, with an estimate of another forty to go. When we left mid-afternoon, the wait from the back of the line was about two hours. (One of our own commenters wrote that they arrived at 11:30 and got in at 1:15). It's worth noting that you're outside for a decent portion of your wait, standing on the distinctly not-shady sidewalk at 33rd and 8th.
We were told in line that the reason for the wait is that the jewelry on sale is in glass cases, and must be removed individually for each shopper by a salesperson. Everything is grouped by metal (gold, rose gold, and silver) and laid out so that shoppers can view the pieces and decide what they want to request to try on. For the diehard superfans, this individualized shopping experience and the up to 65% off discount makes the line an acceptable price to pay.
If that sounds like a bargain to you, grab some sunscreen and a good book and head to midtown to put in your time. Do let us know in the comments if you score anything good.—Becca Endicott
· Dealfeed: Ippolita [Racked NY]
· The June Sample Sale Rundown: 80 and Counting! [Racked NY]