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Sample Sales Hidden 90% off designer sales, but sharpen your elbows

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Sample sales are a fashion industry trick to discard excess stock, and can give 70%+ discounts on near-perfect gear. Yet before you head down, there are some crucial things to know...

  • There's no returns policy if you buy the wrong size or colour. Your legal rights apply, though, if it's faulty (see Consumer Rights).
  • Quality may not be perfect - inspect before you buy.
  • You'll often pay a small entrance fee.
  • It's all about the luck of the draw.
  • You may need to queue for a long time.

As you always have to go in person, location is crucial. Many of the sample sales are in central London, but we've also found a good smattering around the rest of the UK.

Bagged any bargains at sample sales - or did you walk away seething and empty-handed? Tell us your experiences, and share news of forthcoming sales, in our discussion thread.

Sample sales tend to send people into a frenzy. They're not held in stores, but hotels or warehouses instead. It's a crammed, elbows-up atmosphere with not much time to make decisions. So read the tips below carefully to get yourself prepared. And never spend more than you can afford - do a budget.

London

Wrangler Sample Sale: Up to 70% offDenim and more

From 23 Nov

About the sale:The Wrangler sampe sale), includes men and womens clothes. It's not all denim, there will be chinos, knitwear, jackets, t-shirts, shirts and leather goods.

Examples:
Jeans RRP £75 - £95 now £20
Shirts RRP £40 - £45, now £10
T-shirts RRP £20 - £30, now £5

Dates for your diary:
Fri 23 Nov 2012, 8am-6pm
Sat 24 Nov 2012, 9am-apm

Where to go: 21 Ganton Street (off Carnaby street) W1F 9BN, London

Entry fee: £1 | Returns: No refunds | Payment accepted: Cash only

Wrangler Sample Sale: Up to 70% offDenim and more

From 23 Nov

About the sale:The Wrangler sampe sale), includes men and womens clothes. It's not all denim, there will be chinos, knitwear, jackets, t-shirts, shirts and leather goods.

Examples:
Jeans RRP £75 - £95 now £20
Shirts RRP £40 - £45, now £10
T-shirts RRP £20 - £30, now £5

Dates for your diary:
Fri 23 Nov 2012, 8am-6pm
Sat 24 Nov 2012, 9am-apm

Where to go: 21 Ganton Street (off Carnaby street) W1F 9BN, London

Entry fee: £1 | Returns: No refunds | Payment accepted: Cash only

French Connection. Up to 70% offIncl women's, men's and kid's clothes

From 7 Dec

About the sale: The French sample sale is held twice a year in london. The sample sale includes current as well as past seasons stock. There is a special bargain basement area where all clothes start from £5 and accessories from £3.

Dates for your diary:
Fri 7 Dec 2012, 9.30am - 7pm
Sat 8 Dec 2012, 10am - 6pm
Sun 9 Dec 2012, 10am - 4pm

Where to go: Centro 1, 39 Camden Street, London, NW1 0DX (Entrance on Mandella Street)

Entry fee: £1 entry fee goes to charity | Returns: No returns | Payment: Cash and card

Rest of UK

PreLoved, Brighton: At least 70% off Second-hand & vintage designer clothes

From 23 Nov

About the sale: PreLoved sales allow you to sell as well as buy designer clothes. Prices start from £5. Find out more at PreLoved's website.

Dates for your diary:
Drop off clothes to sell:
Mon 19/ Tue 20 Nov 2012, 10am-5pm
Wed 21 Nov 2012, 10am-8pm
Thurs 22 Nov 2012, 10am-5pm

Sale dates:
Fri 23 Nov 2012, 6pm-9pm
Sat 24 Nov 2012, 10am-6pm
Sun 25 Nov 2012, 10am-6pm

Where to go: Thistle Brighton Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GS

Entry free: Free | Returns: No refunds | Payment: Cash

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