DOZENS of shoppers queued outside Shelter Scotland’s Stockbridge shop yesterday morning - hoping to be the first to grab a designer bargain in the store’s annual event.
ELEGANT designer scarves, jackets and dresses would normally be priced at hundreds of pounds in designer boutiques.
But dozens of bargain hunters in Stockbridge managed to snap up Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Dior and Chanel garments for a fraction of their original price at a city charity shop.
The second-hand designer sale raised £1000 in just 30 minutes, selling off a variety of top designer brands at Shelter Scotland on Raeburn Place.
The shop, which celebrated its 12th annual New Year sale, attracted a crowd of around 50 shoppers, who had been queuing up from 7.30am to get a coveted place in the store for yesterday’s 10am opening.
Bargain hunters, male and female, old and young, scrambled their way inside when the doors opened – eagerly rooting around to reach their desired items.
Every single item has been donated by people in the community, without whose support we wouldn’t exist.Pete Jew
One shopper, from the Meadows, said someone mistakenly thought she was a mannequin and tried to rip her jacket off, such was the enthusiasm for a bargain.
Anna Burnett, 31, who purchased a variety of luxury items in the sale, said: “I was standing with my back to the crowd of people looking at something and the next thing I felt a lady tugging on my jacket.
“I turned round and then she said she thought I was a mannequin.
“It’s just madness in there – everyone is just grabbing everything.”
Some of the top buys included a Paul Smith silk/cashmere jacket for £35. When retailed as new it sold for £500.
A Vivienne Westwood Anglophobia jacket was also a key buy, sold for £100 but once bought in the designer’s own boutique for £400.
Douglas Fleming, 21, a student at Queen Margaret University, was pleased with his success in the shop, having spent £360 on luxury treats for himself and for his mum, Alison.
He said: “I just came along for a look around but I bought quite a few things.
“I got three Gucci ties for £18 and a nice Barbour jacket for my mum. It was £60 but they’re usually £250. Mum will be delighted because she’s working and couldn’t come herself.”
However, not everyone was pleased. Avril Freeman, 44, said: “I just wanted to have a look but there was a lot of pushing and shoving.
“I managed to get a couple of candles for £12 but I’ll go back when it’s quieter. I’m quite annoyed because I donate to the shop a lot.”
Other items up for grabs included expensive women’s Armani suits for £40 each and a £575 Zenith 9ct gold man’s wristwatch, available for £300.
A large silver mesh evening bag hallmarked 1903, sold for £80 and a £500 Chloe silk dress made £40 for the charity. A range of paintings, jewellery, and furniture were also available.
Pete Jew, shop manager, said: “It’s been a huge success. There were queues outside the door hours before we opened and in the first ten minutes we must have had 80 people in the shop.
“There’s always a lot of excitement but it just keeps growing every year.”