If you follow our Instagram its pretty apparent that here at The Style Sessions we live for a bargain. That extra rush of endorphins from finding an absolute bargain is something we’re not ashamed to admit we’re addicted to! Luckily for us we live close enough to London to get our sample sale fix on a regular basis. If you’ve never been to one however or are planning to make a trip to the city especially for your favourite brands sample sale we’ve compiled our top tips to ensure you bag the best bargains.
Finding out about the sales used to be a lot trickier but thanks to social media this is now much simpler. There are some great Twitter accounts - follow @londonsamplesales and @asampleapp for updates. Also follow the individual brands Instagram / Twitter / Facebook - many brands post details on these platforms. Finally sign up to the venue’s mailing lists - The Music Room in London is one of the most popular places for brands to hold their sales and they regularly email the dates for upcoming bargain fests!
Pre-sale preparation is key - know exactly where you are going, the time the sale starts and the payment methods they accept. Many sales are cash only so its vital to know this in advance!
Pick which day you’d like to attend - the first day of the sale usually has the best items and the earlier you can arrive the better whereas the last day of the sale has the biggest reductions. Also where possible avoid lunchtimes / after work - the sales can get ridiculously busy, its much better to try and go when its a bit quieter.
Use the cloakroom - most sales don’t allow coats / bags inside but will have facilities to store your belongings while you shop. I always take a lightweight coat and a smaller bag incase they don’t have anywhere to store it and you end up carrying it around.
Dress for the ease of trying pieces on quickly - simple jeans and a vest top is my go to for sample sale shopping. It means I can try tops, jumpers, jackets and blazers on easily without having something too bulky underneath. I’d also recommend flesh coloured underwear with a strapless/multiway bra - wearing your most versatile bra will be useful if trying on a variety of styles. Its also worth noting that at many events they have a communal changing area - I’m not particularly bothered by this set up but if you’d prefer not to be getting changed to with a bunch of sale hungry shoppers the vest top/jeans combo is a great way to go!
Check, check and check again - when you first find something you like double check the size, many things end up on the wrong hanger or mislabelled so its worth checking before you take it to the changing room. Also check for dirty marks / damages, a lot of items are being sold because they’re no longer up to store standard. Don’t dismiss an item if it does have something wrong with it but take into account you may have to pay for dry cleaning / repairs and factor in these costs - it might be less of a bargain than you think!
The event may be bulging with bargains but only ever buy something you know 100% you will wear. Consider how and where you will wear it before you buy - does it work with your existing wardrobe? Its not a bargain if it sits in your wardrobe and never gets worn! However we all make mistakes and get carried away so if you do buy something and then realise later that its never going to be worn put it on eBay, Depop or Vinted, you never know - you may get back more than you paid for it!
Take a trusted friend - make a plan of any specific things you are looking for together so you can keep an eye out for each other - two pairs of eyes are better than one and an honest opinion will never go a miss.
Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram where we’ll be posting all our sample sale bargains!