Samantha Wadell, a 33-year-old lawyer with Weiss Wexler & Wornow, had a looming task ahead of her Thursday night after finishing her last case of the day in a Brooklyn court. She had only two hours to spend nearly $9,000 at Barneys New York.
But this wasn’t a Carrie Bradshaw-style dream come true. Rather, Ms. Wadell and her husband, Amir Naderi, who live in Manhattan, were among the untold number of couples who had wedding registries at Barneys and were left scrambling this week after the high-end retailer was sold for parts on Nov. 1.
Many of the gifts, from luxuriant water pitchers to pristine salad bowls, cannot be fulfilled as the chain liquidates, leaving couples with store credit instead. Barneys, however, did not communicate this to customers — or the fact that the credit, including gift cards, would stop being accepted after Thursday based on a court order, potentially extinguishing hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars in wedding gifts.
“I’m going to go there today and shop like a madwoman,” said Ms. Wadell, who only learned about her credit Thursday morning after being contacted by a reporter. “What surprises me most is that no one notified us sooner about this last-minute necessity to redeem our credit — now or never.”
The Barneys gift registry, a longtime favorite of chic city dwellers, seems to have been forgotten in the aftermath of the once-iconic retailer’s bankruptcy in August and its sale last week. Couples who postponed delivery of their gifts or were waiting for out-of-stock items had to contact Barneys