I'm not a big spender at Hermes anymore, so it wasn't until I got a text on Wednesday night from my friend T in NYC that I found out about the supposedly "really good" sale at the Beverly Hills boutique. It turned out that that was the day of the private sale for their VIP customers. The public sale began on Thursday. I headed there right after work (tempted to leave early, but I would've hated abandoning my patients). Almost immediately after I got in line (the first time I'd ever seen a line at Hermes!), I spotted my friend M, about 10 people ahead of me. We chatted and caught up, so it seemed that the half-hour we waited in line just flew by.
There must've been at least a couple hundred people in the store, the most crowded section being handbags, of course. I'd never seen Trims or Evelynes on the sale rack before, but there they were. I even saw a couple of Medor clutches! Wow! I grabbed one immediately, but then saw that it was totally scratched up. Then I saw the others, and they were just as scratched up, some with dents. A Medor clutch for $2600 is a deal, but $2600 is still $2600, and to pay $2600 for something that's in bad shape is not a deal at all. Sighing, I put all the Medors back on the shelf. Was I destined to walk out the door empty-handed?
I walked up the stairs to the 2nd floor, where the sale RTW and shoes were. I found some espadrilles in beige and red. I nearly picked up a pair, but then spotted these Celeste wedges:
OMG! I wanted these when they were selling at full retail price in the boutiques 2 years ago! At the time, I was saving for a very big goal, but time and time again, I was tempted to abandon my goal to purchase these shoes. I'm so glad I didn't cuz I found them at this sale for 50% off! And if you want to talk further about things "meant to be", this was the only pair on the shelf, period...and it happened to be my size! I knew they were my size, but I tried them on anyway, and of course, they fit perfectly.
M ended up leaving earlier than I did because she had to pick up her son. I looked around some more after she left, but didn't find anything else after the shoes...or so it seemed. I was on my way to the checkout line (yes, literally...just like you find in Costco-another 1st for me to see at Hermes) when I spotted this on the shelf. Someone must've put it back because I spent quite a long time at the bag shelf and didn't see this there until that moment, and it was the only one, a zip-top Garden Party:
I didn't know these bags even existed! You see, I've always liked the Garden Party, but I hated the magnet closure. I must have bags that close, so this is the perfect solution...and it was 50% off! I contemplated putting it back on the shelf, due to my recent Balenciaga spree and my plan to possibly purchase a Celine phantom tote for my birthday in October, but I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy this bag. I gave it the once-over (twice) and saw that it was in excellent condition (it didn't even have the "S" stamp anywhere), so I decided that it was definitely coming home with me.
As I promised T, I returned yesterday, the last day of the sale, to search for items on his wishlist. Unfortunately, one of them was a Medor clutch, and there were absolutely none, in any condition. However, I found him these:
I'm hoping he likes them. If not, the zip pouch would make a nice clutch for me lol
And I passed on this on Thursday, but decided I'd regret not buying it, so I did. "This" is the pocket square commemorating the Year of the Dragon. It's not my favorite colorway, but I did not already own a pocket square in it, and the zodiac sign pocket squares are special, IMO (plus it was $87.50!, even cheaper than the price of the 1st pocket square I bought in 2007):
I don't know how to rotate the picture on blogger, so I apologize. At times like this, I'm so glad I live in LA!
Best Hermes sale ever!