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[/caption] The good news is, fans of Marc Jacobs and Brian Atwood don't camp out. But they do wake up early for a limited edition designer holiday gift collection, and can shop at lightening speed. The tremendous build up to the unprecedented collaboration between Target, Neiman Marcus and 24 big-name designers climaxes tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. There will be joy. There could be tears. Here's how to get what you want without breaking a nail, a heel, or a sweat. [caption id="attachment_4245" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Brian Atwood for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection"]
[/caption] 1. Get online early. The collection will be available at target.com before stores open. Exactly what time, Target can't say. "We do thousands of updated every day, so it is impossible to pinpoint an exact time," Target spokesman Josh Thomas says. "But it will be before the stores open. I know that for a fact." 2. Head for remote 'burbs. No brainer. Outer suburbs are often a better place to find selection of coveted collections than Target stores close to the city. 3. Go to Neiman Marcus. The full collection will also be sold at Neiman Marcus stores, and Neimans knows how to treat a crowd. In Minneapolis, the doors at Gaviidae Common nearest Neiman Marcus will open at 6 a.m., as will valet parking. The department store will treat its early guests to coffee, hot chocolate, cider and cookies while they wait, from 6 to 8 a.m. The first 500 in line will receive a wristband and a designated shopping time. Meanwhile, a DJ will spin holiday tunes until noon and local dance group the Starlettes will perform from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 4. Plan ahead. To avoid a Missoni-style blowout, Target is limiting quantities to five of the same item per person. Returns will only be taken through Jan. 5 and must be made at the store of purchase (so if you buy at Neimans, you have to return to Neimans). Review the full collection, and decide what you want in advance rather than grabbing at anything.