After weeks of hype, the Neiman Marcus + Target collection will finally be available Saturday at both chains (the NM Galleria and Last Call Studio stores and all Houston Target stores) and online. The stores have been secretive about letting anyone inspect the limited-edition goods from 24 of America's top designers, which range from a pink pet leash and collar from Oscar de la Renta ($39.99) to a printed 3-speed bike designed by Alice + Olivia ($499.99).
Items purchased by a select audience at a New York preview party Wednesday night are already showing up on eBay at inflated prices.
However, items purchased by a select audience of fashion designers and models at a New York preview party Wednesday night are already showing up on eBay at inflated prices.
The asking price for a pair of Brian Atwood leather gloves, which retail for $49.99, is $100 on eBay, while a frothy girl's party dress from Marchesa ($79.99) is $249.99. A nifty Derek Lam skateboard ($99.99) is going for $299.99 on the online shopping and auction website.
But for those dedicated shoppers who aren't looking to make a quick buck and, instead, crave a designer label at an affordable price, it's time to plot a winning strategy.
Know where to go
All Neiman Marcus and Target stores will open at 8 a.m. Saturday to offer the exclusive collection. That means the NM Galleria store will open two hours earlier than usual; shoppers must come in through the mall entrance. If there are long lines, everyone will get a wristband and escorted to the third floor, where the products will be featured, at groups of 50 at a time.
Hot apple cider and cookies will be offered to early risers and representatives from the SPCA be on hand to showcase adoptable pets. (During the holidays, the SPCA operates a pet adoption service, utilizing the Neiman Marcus windows.)
We're guessing the lines at suburban Target locations may be shorter, but officials admit they really have no idea what the size of the crowds will be.
Set your alarm
Devise a plan
While we love the web, there's no substitute for being able to feel the fabric of a jacket or try on a pair of slippers. We're betting some items will be an incredible value while others will look cheap.
With so much to choose from, it's good to scour the selection online beforehand and, once in the store, immediately head for the ones that you have deemed the coolest. (Customers are limited to five of the same item per transaction; our guess is only eBay hoarders would want more than that.)
Pick your favorites
On our lust list (from looking at photos): Derek Lam leopard-patterned slippers ($49.99), Proenza Schouler abstract iPad sleeve ($39.99), Skaist-Taylor kid's faux-fur hat ($39.99), Thom Browne navy blazer with white piping ($129.99 for women and $149.99 for men) and Robert Rodriguez black lace party dress ($99.99).
You can return it
All items from the collection can be returned — but all returns must be made to the retailer where the product was purchased by Jan. 5, 2013, and you must have a receipt. So if you bought it at Target, you can't return it to Neiman's.