Planning to sleep on the streets for your favourite designer collection? Our Senior Lifestyle Writer, Audra Roslani, spent 24- hours queuing at Lot 10 for the Alexander Wang x H&M collection (read her story in our January 2015 issue) and was first in line. Here are her exclusive tips!
TIP #1: It definitely helps to go with a group of people so you can collectively use each other’s resources (It’s like Hunger Games, just the opposite). Break it down into categories:
Food: Big bottle of mineral water, snacks, mints.
Entertainment: Card games – we highly recommend printing out Cards Against Humanity which you can find here and cut them out there to keep yourself occupied. Get creative – We combined CAH with Once Upon A Time and used Alexander Wang as our main character for relevancy!
Essentials: POWER BANKS! Bring as many as you can. You will be using your social networks on overtime to keep yourself occupied and that will be the lifeline to your comfort zone and real life. No phone and you might forget who you once were!
You’ll also need Ponchos and raincoats to keep your things and yourself dry – more is always better. H&M will provide you with umbrellas (if they have enough) so you can use this to build a “tent” to keep the rain away and block prying eyes. Wet wipes will come in handy to keep yourself refreshed.
Comfort: A neck pillow will help you sleep better (especially if you’re an ugly sleeper like I am) and bring a foldable chair (you can buy one for about RM50 at any hardware store) to give your bum a break, and also it will keep your belongings above ground should it start raining.
TIP #2: While it is still bright out, scope your surroundings. Identify where you can go to get food and relieve yourself once the shops close. Hotels and 24-hour restaurants are a great place to start.
TIP #3: Do take note that people do pay others or get their maids and drivers to queue up for these collections days before they launch, especially if there are freebies for the first few customers. If you’re serious about the collection, you may want to do the same.
TIP #4: Plan, plan, plan. Print out all the items that will be on sale and mark them in order of priority. Plan all the various scenarios, and when in doubt.. take more items than what you actually want. You may not always end up buying what you wanted after trying it on, so have some backups or you’ll end up leaving empty handed. When it comes to accessories, just take whatever you can and decide later if you want to buy it. H&M tends to put out a few units per item, so you grab what you can or come out with nothing at all.
TIP #5: Warm up before the doors open. You WILL be running, and you don’t want to end up pulling something or hurting yourself.
TIP #6: Hang around the changing rooms. People might end up not buying things or will be open to exchanging items – we all want to leave happy.
TIP #7: If friends or people around you have extra items, offer to buy it off them for extra if you can afford it. It’s easier to buy it on the spot than to bid on it online.
TIP #8: Try to avoid buying things for friends because things WILL get messy. It’s not about being selfish, but your friends need to understand that you’re queuing up overnight because you are a true fan so you deserve to get your things first.
TIP #9: You will feel very irritable and hungover the next few days from being sleep deprived. Try to ensure that you don’t have work or can take the day off to recuperate. Try not to operate any machinery (ie. cars)!
TIP #10: Bring along a good attitude. Manage your expectations and understand that anything that could go wrong, will go wrong. However, if you’re still up for it you will enjoy the experience. Don’t bring any bad energy with you, keep up the good spirits within your team and feed off each other’s energies. If you’re gossipy, or tend to complain about a lot of things..this might not be the thing for you.