Sample sales can be hazardous for the uninitiated so it’s best to plan and prepare to get the most from this shopping extravaganza! Here are some of my top tips for successful purchasing at our sales:
1)Make sure you set aside plenty of time – don’t rush it – either you’ll end up buying something you’ll never wear or overlook something spectacular and regret it afterwards! Relax and take your time – there’s a lot to see and take in. If you can, return later too – new things are being put out all the time.
2)Avoid taking heavy bags with you – you need two free arms to flick through the rails and check out the styles properly.
3)Get familiar with the sizes and brands. They’re all from the UK and from various high street brands so the sizing is wildly different from sample to sample. A size 6 Canadian is a size 10 UK ( so add 4), but sizing difference between brands can be radically different too – firstly “eyeball” it – does it look about the right size ? Then try it on. Most of the samples are sizes small and medium (which can mean anything!). That’s why, unlike other sales, we encourage customers to take as much as they want into the changing rooms – just within reason though please it can get very messy and out of control!
4)Make sure you’re wearing a quick change ensemble, you may need to take several visits back and forth to the changing room. Wear a teddy or modest underwear – our changing room is communal and we want you to feel comfortable with that.
5)Check out unfamiliar or unlikely choices. Everything is direct from the UK and has a completely different look to what is available here in Canada. UK fashions are very ahead of the trends so they won’t seem familiar to you (but they will very shortly as you start to see them featured in the latest fashion magazines). I advise going for unusual and eye-catching pieces, our regular customers say they get the best comments whenever they wear our clothes because they’re so beautiful and unique. The prices are extremely cheap too so you can afford to take a risk and go for something more individual! Experiment! Of course we also have beautiful classic-cut pants, skirts, dresses and coats too!
6)The fabrics will probably be unfamiliar too since they mostly come from Europe. UK fabric testing standards are the highest in the world ( Marks and Spencer’s set the bar!), so most dresses, tops, skirts and pants are machine washable and will withstand repeated washings too ( dry cleaning is exorbitantly expensive in the UK therefore avoided except for tailored and lined styles). The coats just in are made from Italian, mainly wool blends and they’re all tailored in Europe so the cut and the finish is amazing.
7)Bring cash – there are usually ATM machines close by but they charge a fee so best only for emergencies.
So with our bumper sale season about to start – be prepared – we have an overwhelming selection for you and we’ll be bringing fresh new stock to each of the sales too!