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Harrods Boxing Day Sale 2012 – What To Expect

BY Boon Koh
Published 24 December 2012

When people think of London, they think of Harrods. Usually its jam packed with tourists from the around the world trying to get that box of Westminster Abbey biscuits or that royal strawberry jam jar, but on Boxing Day, the building is packed with savvy Londoners who come for a once-a-year bargain.

But are there really bargains to be had at Harrods? Well, although the Harrods Boxing Day sales don’t start in-store until the morning of the 26th December, they do start the online sales earlier. And its now live on the Harrods.com website – up o 50% off accessories, and sales across all their items. I see alot of Victoria Beckham handbags on sale, as well as Doce & Gabanna and Chloe handbags, most of them around the 30-40% discount but some up to 50% off I think. Check out all their sale handbags here. Will they have more items on sale in-store than they do on the website? Very possibly, as they don’t sell everything online and there might be brands who are uncomfortable discounting online for the whole world to see.

Apart from handbags, there are Men’s coats and jackets on sale online, as well as Women’s dresses too, some costing as much as £3,650 for a Marchesa column gown (it is down from the £7375 pre-sale price, so about 50% off!).

So what to expect on Boxing Day if you decide to brave the crowds and the cold to go in-store? Well, you could expect a celebrity opening of the store, as well as a performance. Last year, Florence Welch of Florence and The Machines was there to open the doors at 9am, as well as to perform her new single.

This year, apparently, the Harrods Sale is going to be opened by Cirque du Soleil. That’s right! The troupe who are going to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in a few weeks time will be giving a small performance at the opening of the store in the morning. But don’t be distracted – you can either watch them, or you can go and grab those limited quantity bargains, but not both!

Harrods had also launched a “Queue Jump” fast track entry for their Boxing Day Sale, hosting a competition for some lucky winners to jump right to the front of the queue on the day itself… but unfortunately the competition has now closed.

Will you be joining the fun on Boxing Day at the Harrods sale? Or will it be more of a case of avoiding the madness that will be inside? Or going to the Selfridges Boxing Day Sale instead? Let us know below!

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