- Nov 1, 2005
So, I took a "sick" day from work yesterday to go to this place near Baltimore, MD. They apparently "took advantage" of the Hurricane Katrina situation by buying out the inventory of Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans. There were touting this special sale of CURRENT handbags for 50% off, 2 per customer. On their website, they showed tons of Chanel and Gucci, along with Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Hermes (yes, Hermes at 50% off!!!!)....pretty much everything you can think of. Not thinking too much into it, I showed up about an hour and a half before the event - to find out that there were literally 350 people ahead of me. I can say that easily, there were close to 1000 people there when the store opened at 10am. When 10am struck, all chaos broke loose. They were supposed to give people tickets, and usher in 25 people at a time, for 15 minutes each to choose their two handbags. First of all, they messed up the ticket order! People behind me got lower numbered tickets! Then, everyone rushed into the store and crowded the fenced-off area where the handbags were. People were getting frustrated (because the store employees didn't even know how to rectify the ticket problem), grown women yelling at each other - literally, some nearly getting into fistfights. Eventually, at noon, they decided to close the store down because they couldn't control the crowd, and called the local fire department and police force. Literally, this was the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced in my life. And did I manage to get anything? No, nothing. It was awful. I really love handbags, and also love a good deal, but I have never seen anything as ridiculous in my life. A mother standing next to me was too busy yelling at another woman to notice her young child being crushed. People acted like they were dispersing water and food! Sorry for the long post...I just had to share this ridiculous handbag story.