Before today I’d never been to a sample sale. Seriously. I’ve lived in London, home to many great designers, for how many years now? Failure on my part, I know.
But today Tatty Devine launched their sample sale and I was all over it. (Which is lucky for me, because I’ve been lusting over their new season products lately, and my paycheque can only fund so much of that full-priced relationship.)
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. But I probably should have anticipated the queue. It wasn’t super long and it moved quite quickly, but my friend Abi and I still had to wait nearly 40 minutes in the rain before getting inside. (Of course it was raining, this is London!) But the gals running the show were brilliant, bringing sweets and umbrellas to everyone waiting.
I also should have expected it to be crowded.
I mean, I knew it would be busy but I didn’t think it’d be this busy! (Why? I’m not really sure because it’s not like Tatty Devine isn’t well-liked or anything.)
Anyhow, all the jewelry was inside little plastic bags with price stickers inside buckets on a table in the middle of the Brick Lane shop, with a second table at the back of the shop. So obviously everyone was crowded around the same area, digging through the same buckets, and picking out the items they were most interested in. Then we’d retreat to the side walls, curate our hauls, return unwanted items and repeat.
I think Abi and I were inside for about an hour, and we each left with only a handful of stuff, but I’m pretty sure we found the best of the best. (And I know I definitely found one of the hidden gems: an “Ooooohhhh” necklace!) Our bank balances were also pleased: the majority of the items were priced at a friendly £5 or £10. (The most expensive piece I found was £40.)
I’m really excited about what I got, and it feels even more special because I had to hunt for it. I won’t lie: I’m totally tempted to return tomorrow and see if I can find any more hidden treasures.