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Pricing: 3/5
Quality of Stock: 5/5
Friendliness: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

The Showcase staff is getting better organized and more efficient all the time - still spent time in cues - to get in, to pay, to pick up coat - but the sale was pretty good. Decent choice of bags - but disappointed by choice of clothing - very little - and a lot of UK 8 or UK 18 - not a lot of 12! Managed to get a belt and bag strap..
Pricing: 5/5
Quality of Stock: 4/5
Friendliness: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

PC always hits it out of the ballpark - boots for 85 that were once 485 - you cannot beat that! Slim pickings after the morning rush in the most popular sizes - and hardly any bags - but I still managed to walk away with 3 pairs of shoes! Wyse as always brought their yummy mummy cashmere with stars or rainbows - a good deal at 70! Newcomer Iris was interesting - selection had some little treasures in it but pricing was sales pricing (e.g. short sleeve See by Chloe knit for 100 instead of 200) rather than sample sale pricing!
Arlettie has definitely cemented its reputation as the most reliable sample sale organizer in town! Prices are always at 70% off regular retail - and usually the selection is worthwhile schlepping across town for! Plus the location is so much easier than the BOX! Staff is usually fairly well informed (but always good to ask twice if you get a no the first time around - some of the new staff aren’t as thorough at looking for sizes or don’t know the merchandise on offer) Sergio Sale was a great example - good selection of stock - not the most exciting styles but decent - plus some classics - a bit thin on larger sizes - but I still walked away with flats for £70! My personal best for a pair of Rossi shoes 🤗
Can’t remember for sure - some nice boxy clutches - but no one was snapping them up - I think they were still in the 500 and up category...very small bird shaped little bags were still 200
OOOHHHH Oscar! We love you .... but you are too expensive!
How do you know if the sample sale you are about to enter is good? Here are the top clues that it is not:
1. There is no cue 30 minutes after opening
2. There is a lady at the door wanting to take your email for the NEXT event
3. There is no one coming out with any bags in their hand
4. There is a cue for the cloak room - to get your coat BACK and leave!!!!
All of these were true for the Oscar de la Renta sale - and most everyone who went agreed: lovely stuff but not worth coming for! Why? The much touted 70% off - or even 80% off seemed interesting when first entering - but when you have a starting price of 1200 GBP for a white cotton shirt - it doesn’t seem like such a deal after all. Dresses were priced at 1800, 3000 or 7000 for the long dresses - with 70% off - you do the math - it’s still a lot for old merchandise that is hanging at the ‘sample sale’ for probably the 3rd time! A very thin belt was priced at £130 after the discount (it was a steal according the sales lady) and the gold rope belt was £2000 - with 80% off - yep that is still £400! This sale felt like a bad outlet store with little and old merchandise where the magical “Oscar” name was meant to lend it enough glamour to justify some pretty steep prices. For us sample sale ladies - who like a bit of couture - it just didn’t live up to our expectations!

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