I have been to two Boden Clearance sales in Cheltenham. The first was in May 2007 and the second in November 2008, so hopefully they will continue to return every 18 months.
My first sale was not a huge success. I arrived at around 4pm on the first day to find that although it was quiet there was very little left. With this in mind I would recommend trying to get there as early as possible.
This time I was queueing outside from 20 minutes before the doors opened. Once inside everything is well signposted. I headed straight for Mini Boden, which is my absolute favourite range of clothing for children. The clothes were separated into tubs on long tables, one table for each size. Again, everything was well signposted, and there were price lists under the sign. It was a case of rummaging around because there was so much in each box. Although it was busy, and the other customers were frantically working their way through the boxes, everyone was civilised and no fights broke out (something that people had joked about when I told them I was going along!)
The stock was mostly Summer clothes - a lot I recognised from the sale, but there were also a few things from previous seasons. There was also a row of cardboard boxes, containing factory seconds. The prices were a bit hit and miss - I got a perfectly good pair of basketball boots for £5 (normally £26) but some of the shorts, priced at £9 regardless of style and quality, were actually as expensive as they are at full price.
I would recommend Boden Clearance sales to anyone that likes their clothing. It's well organised, queues move quickly and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
It's worth nothing that it's not possible to get a refund on any sale items unless they are faulty. You have to exchange items that you just don't like for whatever reason. You can't do this by mail order - you have to go back to the sale.
My top tips would be: arrive early, make sure to look properly in every box on the table as things do get mixed up and amazing bargains are often lurking out of sight, and take lots of money!
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