The final sale in Chelsea doesn't start for 10 days, but the Barneys Warehouse Sale's new online outlet went live this morning permanently. We perused the offerings, and though we couldn't examine every single item, we got a pretty good idea of what can reasonably be expected.
First of all, there appears to have been no further price reduction in the transfer between Barneys stores and website to the Warehouse Sale website. Most reductions are in the 50% to 60% off range with a few items edging up to 75% off. This is not terribly surprising. Regular Warehouse sale shoppers know that in the first few days of the seasonal Warehouse Sale, price tags remain unchanged from full line stores' final clearance sale. The real savings happen when additional markdowns are taken as the sale progresses. Will this same dynamic of additional reductions be in effect online? We will have to wait and see.
Merchandise will be from the last season and possibly earlier. The Shophound spotted a pair of Mark McNairy boots we snagged at the last Warehouse Sale, but the price had reverted to the previous 50% off ticket price, without the deeper additional discounts we enjoyed when we bought them... five and a half months ago.
On the plus side, the site looks almost exactly like the regular Barneys New York site, with the same interface, design and filters. It also features free domestic shipping on orders over $150, not quite as good as the main site, but chances are, you will probably be spending over $150 anyway.
Another plus is that merchandise that had previously been sold out online has now been replenished with consolidations from Barneys stores' stock, but we are curious to see how this affects the abundance of merchandise for the actual sale in Chelsea. If Barneys diverts goods to its online stock, will there be as much to buy for walk-in customers next week? We will find out more in the coming weeks, but we are expecting that the interest in Barneys final seasonal Warehouse Sale as we know it in Chelsea will be high, so brace yourselves for big crowds one last time.
Barneys Warehouse Sale (Official Site)
Barneys Online Warehouse Sale Starts Monday & Stays Open Forever