I use to be a sample sale fanatic but after attending so many I realised how hit and miss they can be.  It’s so disappointing when you queue up for an hour plus, then you finally get inside and there’s nothing you want to buy (yes, major first world problems!).  Plus, the whole shopping experience can be quite hellish!

Over the years, I’ve discovered better ways to shop discounted luxury which are more peaceful and less hit and miss, for example The Outnet (read more about it HERE), preloved (more about that HERE and HERE) and Bicester Village (read HERE and HERE).



Although having said all that, there are 3 amazing sample sales (Versace, Temperely and Anya Hindmarch) this month which have really peaked my interest.  As I’ve been left disappointed in the past I thought I’d do some research to see what their prices and selection were like.

However, I was so surprised by how little information there is out there reviewing and discussing past sales.  Given that most of these brands hold annual or biannual sales I would have thought I’m not the only one who wants to research whether they’re worth attending.



So, I thought it might be helpful to start writing about the sample sales I’ve been to in case anyone is looking for more information on them.  The first I’m going to chat about is the Versace sample sale which still has ONE MORE DAY LEFT (Thursday 26th October) if you want to bag a bargain.



This sale was being held at Pippa Store in Notting Hill which I’ve written a whole post about HERE.  The great thing about Pippa Store is they host sample sales across a 2-4 week period so there is no mad rush to get there.  The first few days are always a bit crazy but once the initial hype has died down you can pretty much shop in peace.

My only word of warning is, if you want to shop the first couple of days to get first dibs, the store is very small and they only allow 4 customers in at a time, so you could be in for a bit of a wait.



The overall stock selection was absolutely huge and they had 3 deliveries throughout the sale.  They had everything from ready-to-wear, to bags, shoes, beachwear, accessories and jewellery for both Versace and Versus.  Prices were as follows (although I’ve been told they are all up for negotiation on the last day!):


Ready-to-wear: £150 – £650

Belts: £100 – £140

Shoes: £100 – £250

Bikinis: £80

Scarves: £70

Jewellery: £50 – £160

Keyrings: £40 – £70



Ready-to-wear: £50 – £70

Belts: £50

Shoes: £90 – £160

Bags: £120 – £150



I went there hoping to score either a bag or some shoes.  I have a pair of orange Versace flats which I’ve had for years and they’re honestly one of the buys I’ve ever made (see them HERE)!

I dropped by on day 4 of the sale and Pippa, who owns the store, was telling me they had already sold 250 bags!  I spotted this little backpack and it won me over immediately.  Lilac is my favourite colour, so it was meant to be!  Backpack-wise they only had this one left and a black sequin one.  They also still had a couple of incredible leather overnight bags which were stunners!  I paid £350 for my backpack and it retailed for around £1400, making it (in my opinion) a great buy.



Unfortunately, I had less luck with the shoes.  They were all quite wacky, think lots of boots in bright colours with super high heels.  I had originally hoped to find some with the Medusa head on which they did have a few pairs of at the beginning but they were all snapped up very quickly.



All in all, this was a great sale.  Although I missed out on a lot of the best pieces, I’m still delighted with my new bag.  Plus, by day 4 the madness had died down and I got to shop in a peaceful environment with no queue.

If you’re a Versace fan and can make it down on Thursday I highly advise you do.  I imagine you can pick up some mega bargains, as they’ll want to shift the last bit of stock.  There are still plenty of statement coats, dresses and boots to be had, as well as a few accessories such as belts and a small selection of bags.



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    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Awww thank you sweetie! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you darling xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      I can’t tell you how happy I was with this find, it’s the perfect backpack xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Didier xx

  1. Hena October 23, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    wow that sounds intense.. only four shoppers at a time.
    Glad you were able to score a cute bag.

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Tell me about it, that’s why I don’t shop the first weekend of the sale xx

  2. yuka October 23, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I used to be such a sample sale fanatic too! but I totally agree that they are too chaotic most of the times. I also really like the outnet for discounted designer. That bag you scored is a gem though! so cute!

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      The Outnet is so much less stressful than sample sale shopping xx

  3. Vika October 23, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Looks really interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing)

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you, hope you liked the post! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Totally agree re. the logo! I love how the medusa head blends in with the colour of the bag. xx

  4. Lorna October 23, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Oh wow!!!! I can’t believe you got that backpack for such a steal! It’s so cute as well! I never really go to sample sales as they’re not often held by me as I’m not in London, so I do prefer places like The Outnet too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      This is why Pippa Store is a such a great place, as it gives people who don’t live in London a full month to visit the sale! xx

  5. Sakuranko October 24, 2017 / 2:46 am

    Oh very cute backpack darling

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you darling xx

  6. Rubi October 24, 2017 / 3:35 am

    SUCH a cute outfit! Obsessing over your backpack!
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    • thatnewd October 31, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you Rubi! xx

    • thatnewd October 31, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Yes do, hopefully you’ll bag a bargain too if there is something similar xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      It is very pretty! I love living in Notting Hill xx

  7. Alyssa October 24, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love samples sales and I like that backpack, so cute! 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you hun, sometimes you can’t beat a sample sale xx

  8. Kasie October 25, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Oh my gosh, I am so jealous! I love that backpack, it’s so fun! I’ll have to check out Pippa Store next time I’m in London.

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Do it! They always have amazing sample sales on xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  9. lesley Kim October 25, 2017 / 4:30 am

    I have never been on a sample sale. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    Lesley Kim

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Ooooh you’re missing out on some mega bargains xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      That’s why Pippa Store is such a great concept because the sale lasts all month, so no lines! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Aww thank you darling xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      You’re so sweet, thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you hunny, so glad you like the colour combination xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      It’s a great size and so perfect for traveling! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Glad you like the idea, there will be plenty more of these types of posts xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      There were definitley some mega bargains! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Yay, I’m soooo glad you like it hun! I’m obsessed with the pastel colours xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      So happy you found this useful, that’s great to hear! They will be plenty more posts of sample sales coming soon too xx

  10. alya October 26, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    OMG that back pack is insane! I agree used to always hit up sample sales but now I really try and choose wisely, planning on maybe going to the Mary Katrantzou one on Monday so maybe I’ll see you there! ha xx

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Oooh please let me know how it is and if you score anything amazing! xx

  11. Ashley October 26, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    You are rocking this adorable backpack- what a killer score!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      It really was, I’m so happy with it! xx

  12. Gil Zetbase October 26, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Stunning outfit!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd October 31, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you! xx

  13. Jessica October 27, 2017 / 3:55 am

    I love a good sample sale especially from designer brands. That bag is lovely!!

    Jessica |

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Can’t beat a good sample sale find, right!? xx

  14. Katya October 27, 2017 / 10:41 am

    A lot of people would now prefer just to shop online. Reducing hassle and effort but it deletes the feeling of getting to choose what you want by its “feels and size”. That bag looks astonishing.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much! Sometimes you can’t beat that feeling of finding an awesome sample sale find xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much darling xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      You are the sweetest, thank you so much for the lovely comment! Made my day hun xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Thank you sweetie xx

    • thatnewd October 31, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      I’m super in love with it, I got very lucky! xx

  15. Mercy October 30, 2017 / 5:40 am

    I agree, there are Versace items that look wacky but this backpack of yours is pretty and cool to the eyes. Fabulous find dear!!!

    • thatnewd November 5, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Awww thank you so much doll xx

    • thatnewd November 5, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you Angie xx

    • thatnewd November 5, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you Olivia xx

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