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9:04am: I've stood in line for H&M collabs, to see Miley Cyrus, and now to buy candles. I'm so excited!
9:08am: The line starts at Dey Street and wraps around the block to Cortlandt Street. I'd say there are about 80 to 90 folks in line ahead of me.
9:12am: I witness my first (last?) act of kindness. A woman offers to get me coffee. I decline, but hold her spot for her.
9:13am: Turns out she's a Racked reader! Per our earlier reports she was expecting much worse, so I guess that's a good sign?
9:17am: My first "What are you waiting in line for?" question!
9:20am: As it turns out, some people actually just want to go to Century 21, which is already open.
9:20am: It's cold and rainy, so if you find a Good Samaritan, I'd try to dip into the store for a quick warmup/bathroom break.
9:25am: Professional line waiters are here! Apparently the first person in line was paid $65 to wait here since 6:30am.
9:28am: I'd say there are about 20 to 30 people ahead of me in line right now.
9:30am: OMG there's a pregnant woman a few spots ahead! So far she has not used her with-child status to skip the line, and I respect her for that.
9:33am: Three minuted past 9:30 and we're moving! Only about three feet, but I'll take it.
9:40am: "These must be some good-ass candles." Yes sir, they are.
9:47am: This time we moved approximately three paces.
9:50am: Moving! Made it around the corner. The first corner, that is.
10:03am: The pregnant woman just left the line! Or is she trying to use her with-child status?
10:08am: Three more paces!
10:11am: People are emerging from the sale. There's still a lot of stuff left!
10:20am: So, the line looks long but it's slightly deceiving. There are lots of gaps to keep the entrances clear, and the line on Dey Street proper is only 10 deep.
10:25am: Pregnant woman is back! She went inside to use the bathroom. They offered to let her wait inside, but wouldn't let her go into the sale.
10:32am: It's officially one hour after start time and I have no clue when I'm getting in.
10:45am: I'm currently right at the point where the line breaks to make room for the entrance. The security guard is only letting a few people cross at a time.
10:49am: Three people this time, but I'm one of them!
11:00am: Small consolation prize: there's a crapload of people behind me! The line is wrapping around to where I started at the Cortlandt Street entrance, and I'd say there are at least 80 people behind me.
11:06am: I can't feel my toes. But Shania Twain just announced a new world tour! I have things to live for now. I will make it through this line alive.
11:15am: Progress! I've made it inside the official C21 ropes!
11:21am: I can see a different corner! This must be how George Michael felt.
11:23am: So. Freaking. Close.
11:30am: Oh my god. He let one person in. This is unacceptable.
11:42am: It looks like they're working with a one in/one out system. It's gonna be a long morning, folks!
11:58am: He let two people in this time! There are now 10 people ahead of me. This is the finish line.
12:05am: They're handing out free Red Bull! That stuff usually makes me feel bloated but today I'll take it.
12:09am: I made it inside! But that's about it. I'm being held from the sale until more people leave.
12:13am: And I made it up! Three hours and 10 minutes later.
Stay tuned for a report on what's left at the sale.