The Target + Neiman Marcus collection, featuring the limited-edition gift-able designs by 24 renowned CFDA designers, drops in stores and online tomorrow and if it goes anything like the last mega collaboration with Missoni, we foresee a lot of heartache and headaches in our very near future. However, it doesn't have to be all crocodile tears and chaos. As seasoned sample sale shoppers, we've compiled a list of four tips to keep in mind when shopping the collection this Saturday, Dec. 1. Listen to us and you may be successful. Maybe. No promises. Good luck to you all. But be warned, if we see you going after that last Altuzarra cocktail set, we will take you out.
Scope out the suburbs. They're your hidden gems. We anticipate that there will be some serious shopping car showdowns at the South Bay Plaza and Framingham, so locations that are less city-central are your best bets for smaller crowds, shorter lines, and better selection. Unlike some of their other designer collaborations, the Neiman Marcus collection will be available at all Target locations. Use the store locator. Use a GPS. Get thee to the suburbs.
Try Neiman Marcus. A little known fact -- or perhaps just one that we've been trying to keep to ourselves -- Neiman Marcus will also carry the entire Target collaboration, online and in stores, for sale that day. Neiman Marcus Copley is setting up shop on level one by men's. We're assuming the shopping experience will be (a little) more civilized and frantic than its big box counterpart, perhaps it's the absence of the possibility of purchasing Teddy Grahams and Burt's Bee's lip balm en route to the check-out lane. Pricing and products will be exactly the same. Someone may offer you a chilled bottled water or a complimentary Bobbi Brown makeup application on your way out, but just take it with stride. Consider it a reward for shopping smart.
Make a game plan. There's a purchase limit on this collection, a release from Target/Neiman Marcus reads: "Guests can purchase up to five of the same item per transaction at Target and Neiman Marcus stores, and online at Target.com and NeimanMarcus.com." This is good for two reasons: it hopefully will cut down on eBay hoarders and will keep the selection plentiful for the rest of us. Study the collection's lookbook and price list before you go to a store or log in online on Saturday morning. Pick out your favorites, make a list, and focus. It's all about strategy, baby.
If all else fails, try again later. So you logged onto to Target.com, pinpointed that perfect Thom Browne school boy blazer, only to find out that it's out of stock online when you try to add it to your cart. Or, the real life equivalent occurs in-store. Don't fret. Bookmark your favorite items and check back frequently, you never know when there will be a replenishment to online stock or if a return in your size has been made. Same goes with in-store: the returns will happen. (Though according the aforementioned released, they must happen before Jan. 5.) There's always that's second chance that the adorable baby Marchesa party dress you've been lusting over will show up on the clearance rack come mid-January. Just wait and see.
And to end things, here is the super cute commercial for the collaboration featuring the always perfect, Karlie Kloss.
Will you shop the collaboration tomorrow? Anything you're coveting? Tell us in the comments.