Monday, 17 March 2014

Sample Sale Success


I had never been to a sample sale ever before. The thought of rummaging through piles of clothes in some sort of dark and damp smelly location where everything is model size only, just doesn't float my boat, but this wasn't just any old sample sale, this was the Net-A- Porter sample sale and either shoes, a bag or both for my daughters wedding was high on my shopping list, I didn't hold out much hope of actually getting an outfit.

Peter Pilotto for Target Beach Towel for Marbs!
Not open to the public, staff, family and friends only, assembled in one hour slots at Chelsea Town Hall over a two day period and with the daughter who interns there on holiday in Thailand, I  was under strict instructions and armed with her shopping list, I have to confess an hour really wasn't enough to find stuff for yourself and the missing members of the family! Complete nightmare. hubby even gave me a Mr Porter list, he had no hope!

Claudia's Loubies waiting in her room for her return from holiday. £90.
My daughters work colleagues had been instagramming pictures of Louboutins throughout Friday and Saturday morning but come 3pm (we had bought tickets for the first family and friends slot) it was a completely different story and this was the only pair of red soles in the whole place by the time we got in!

Acne Dress for Claudia £40. I would deffo wear this but it's tiny.
As we joined the queue already forming at 2.30 I felt it best to adopt a strategy which involved me doing shoes and my eldest daughter going straight to handbags.  There was one complete (very large) hall full of footwear and I scanned every size, every row of tables that was devoted to size 3, 4, 5 etc for red soles before I took the time to go through my own size for anything else that might take my eye.


Two of my girls bought the Peter Pilotto for Target Skater Shoes for £35 when the collection launched a few weeks ago. On Saturday they were £10 so now all three daughters have a pair!



There was plenty to get excited about, not least the bargain prices. The Jimmy Choo pointed flats are this season and currently online for £395 here.  I had seen the style instore when we went bridal shoe shopping at the end of January and silver flats were a gap in my shoe collection that definitely needed filling. I paid £60. Little crease across one of the toes but seriously you would easily pay that on the High Street for decent flats.

SHOE OF THE DAY: - The point-toe flat

They were even featured on the NAP website home page this week. 



Just like the Acne Pistol, the Marant Dicker was a boot itch I could never normally afford to scratch, so in the words of Rachel Zoe, I actually said out loud "I die" when I picked these up and saw the price - £70. Currently online in this colour for £360 here. Just a small mark on the sole. 



Be still my beating heart.

Blingtastic! I am such a Magpie!


They may not be Rockstuds but they are Valentino. Obviously I had the wedding in mind with these and in the absence of a dress, I may plan an outfit around these stunning beauties.  I paid £50, seriously, I can hardly believe it myself!

So both these shoes and the glitter clutch could be possible wedding contenders depending on what I end up wearing. If not then one of my daughters wants the bag and I am sure these divine heels would find a good home. 



Oldest daughters Stella's £70. How wicked are they?

I couldn't wait to get my Dickers on and go out yesterday! I honestly never thought I would ever get a pair! Happy happy!


It really is wonderful having a daughter interning at the power house of international designer fashion.  Don't ever leave Claudia, do you hear me? I so wanna go back next year armed with more money and a bigger bag!

Have you ever had sample sale success?

27 comments:

  1. Oh you lucky thing!!!!! all shoes you got are amazing - well misses you now have to get a dress to match the Valentino's - no pressure. Love Love Claudia's black striped Louboutins.

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  2. Oh, I'm so pleased you had such success. I love your blight antic shoes. Just perfect for the wedding. Fab xxx

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  3. Oh Wow - What a wonderful event to be able to go to ! Loubs, Choos, Stellas,Valentino and Marant - that's a haul and a half. How lucky are you!

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  4. wow wow wow - you lucky thing S!! Love all those shoes!! Thats gotta be the best sample sale haul ever S xx

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  5. oh my god I am so so so so pleased for you! Dickers, how totally fab. And those Valentino's are to die for and then some. You totally lucky lady. My bessie has that Acne dress and even the sale I think she paid £180odd for it! It's so gorgeous (and goes in the machine) Whoop whoop x

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  6. No! You lucky lucky lady. How brilliant. You picked up some amazing shoes and seems the wedding planning might be going the right way Sharron.

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  7. Oh my, what amazing buys. Loving your shoes for the wedding.

    X x

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  8. So pleased you got a pair of the Dickers. One of my fav pairs of boots in my closet! love the Valentinos as well. Morning

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  9. You did amazingly well! Perfect buys! I'm most jealous of the silver JC flats - they're on my shopping list. Don't tell me you saw a pair in size 35!!

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  10. Oh my! I am actually drooling slightly reading this. Such gorgeous, gorgeous shoes! You lucky thing! Your good health to wear them all ... so pleased that you got such amazing bargains x

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  11. You can hear your excitement. It sounded like a whole heap of fun. Jealous, me? just slightly. H ;) xx

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  12. You most definitely scored my friend. Swooning over your Valentino's and your eldest daughter's pick!!! Serious shoe envy on this side of the pond... happy Tuesday...xo C. (HHL)

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  13. Wow Sharron some serious & gorgeous bargains. I love all your shoes & what an amazing sale. I can't wait to see you wearing them! So glad you had a successful shop :-)
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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  14. Amazing haul - it must have been adrenaline fueled!! You will love the Dickers - I only truly appreciated them once I had a pair:)

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  15. Oh I'm actually stressing that I missed this sale! What amazing bargains and well done you for scoring them...adore all that was bought...esp the Loubs!! x

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  16. Hi Sharron!! Wow wow wow, adoring everything you managed to nab, the Silver Jimmy Choos are fabulous and the Valentinos are awesome!! Well done and yes Claudia must never leave, hehe!! I haven't been to a sample sale but when WendyB came over for our first blog meet we went to Trudie Stylers charity sale- all near on new designer gear up for grabs which is where I got my first Chanel jacket from!! xx

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  17. How envious am I of your amazing haul Sharron?! Would love to get myself some of that sample sale action!! xx

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  18. Oh how amazing! You have some gorgeous buys here Sharron! Tell your girl I'm her new BFF in waiting! I've been to quite a few sample sales in my time as I worked for fashion company after I left school but nothing as incredible as this one! I can just see you elbowing women out of the way to get to those Dickers! Ax

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  19. What an amazing sale.... love the Jimmy Choos and those sandals would be perfect for the wedding:)
    ~Anne xx

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  20. Wow! Some amazing buys there - happy days :-) xx

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  21. Oh how super envious am I.......Yes, you must make sure your daughter never leaves, so many beautiful bargains. Lets face it most things after one wear, get a mark or a crease, and when you have only paid a fraction of the price, you cant help but love it more!! p.s. loving the new style blog too! xx

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  22. Sharron - you lucky lucky girl! What a day it must have been! All beautiful and wonderful picks - so jealous esp of the Dickers.

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  23. Oh my goodness that is a great haul! I am a real shoe fanatic and love your finds, what a great mum too - your daughter's Louboutin's are to die for.

    I've never been to a sample sale, I must admit I even struggle with TK Maxx if I don't get there first thing in the morning when everything is in some sort of order. Like your daughter's though I have been lucky because up until retirement my mum worked for Chanel!

    Like me she isn't into fighting or rummaging but she was very lucky at one sale and got a quilted bag - which we both share (!) and a bomber jacket for me, years ago, which at the time I turned my nose up at and she sold it to her friend. I am now kicking myself as they are back in fashion!

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  24. Omg Sharron! How fabulous & those Valentino's have wedding written all over them! :-) :-)

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  25. Amazing haul Sharron- so utterly consumed with jealousy!!! Your not allowed anymore more shoes for the rest of the year now!! X

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  26. I thought I'd had sample sale success - then I read your post. Serious envy going on here, even had to show the husband - I want a job there!!!x

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