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Anyway, have you heard of Timpanys in Sunninghill? I’ve had it on my radar even before Muddy Berkshire launched in February and myself and Antonia, the owner, kept trying to arrange a date for me to visit.Finally, I managed to pop in, and I absolutely loved it! If you’re the type of person who quivers when you hear the word ‘designer’ and ‘bargain prices’ in the same sentence, then you’re going to love it too. Interest piqued? Ears pricked? Then I’ll begin…
So if you take a little pootle into Sunninghill, Timpanys is a designer resale boutique (or dress agency, or pre-loved boutique – different names; same principle) bang on the main high street. Whether you have lots of clobber to sell, or you’re looking for a designer bargain, it is well worth a trip. No matter where you are in the county, I’d definitely recommend you make the effort to get here.
It’s a beautiful boutique, very luxurious inside, but also with a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Antonia Timpany the owner is your basic nightmare – beautiful; friendly and approachable; AND incredibly bright. I felt like a frumpy spud stood next to her.
Antonia set up Timpanys straight out of university (Economics degree from Bath) at just 22 years old! She’s now 29 and has had 7 successful years running the boutique and website with a small dedicated (and equally glamorous) team. One of the most popular services Timpanys provides is actually sourcing hard-to-find designer bags such as Hermes Birkins, Chanel etc. and that takes up a huge amount of her time too just doing the research and using her London contacts to track down the unobtainable for her clients.
The word ‘designer’ can often strike fear in the hearts of women (and husbands, let’s be honest). Whether it’s the kerching-a-ling factor or just the reputation it has for being a bit up itself, frankly. You won’t get that here, I promise. It’s just fun. I felt totally at ease and really enjoyed just browsing through the racks of amazing labels and designs (Mr Muddy Berks is starting to develop a nervous tick at this point…). Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Prada, D&G… all the biggies are here. Everything looks practically brand new, many still with labels on, but typically about a third of the original price.
And if you’re worried about prices, you can relax (well, a little bit – depending on how flexible your flexible friend is) the average price of clothes is around the £100 mark. There are Citizen of Humanity jeans for £50-£60; I spot a DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg) wrap dress for £80; Louboutin shoes from £140; and Mulberry bags upwards of £250. So sensible prices that can start to wander into splurge territory if your willpower wavers. This is a cute Paul & Joe dress I had my eye on… KITTENS!!! (not just on the internet, but also the height of designer fashion. Miaow!).
And of course I’m here to ask the questions that I know you want me to… so what is the most expensive thing that Antonia has ever sold? Well, just a couple of days ago she’d sold a Hermes Birkin for… £10,500!!! AND it was only 25cm big (apparently the most popular size at the moment – small really is beautiful). Sit down, have a glass of water, fan yourself. Here’s an orange one on the Timpanys site at the moment, uh, if you have a spare £11, 250 to spend of course.
Although the boutique itself sells mostly clothes – loads more shoes, handbags and accessories are all available on the Timpanys website, again with all the big luxury brands and some amazing bargains.
If you have things you want to sell, you can either email photos to Antonia, or just pop in the shop with them. Obviously, mention any imperfections such as marks, stains, buttons missing etc. and the original retail price of your item if you can, and bring along any original packaging, authenticity cards or receipts. It all helps so you can get the best price for your stuff. Timpanys generally takes a 50 per cent commission but is flexible on more expensive items such as Chanel and Hermes (and of course we ALL have bin bags stuffed full of Hermes scarves, just waiting to be donated don’t we girls?!).
I actually took along a Michael Kors little black dress on behalf of my mother-in-law, and Antonia said it would sell easily, but better to bring it to her in the Autumn as the shelves at the time were obviously full of spring/summer stock. So do bear that in mind when you’re rummaging through your drawers.
The good thing about Timpanys is that they have a fast turn around of stock – in the short time I was there, at least two or three women came in with bags of gorgeous stuff they were looking to sell – so I’m going to go back in a few weeks in search of some bargains for my summer hols!
And if you want to keep up to date with what’s new at the boutique, fashion trends etc. Antonia keeps a regular blog herself on the Timpanys website with lots of fun posts including this one below on 16 ways to wear a Hermes scarf. You can tell she absolutely lives and breathes designer fashion! Check out her blog post of the day I visited – The blogger who came to tea – and, if you fancy a laugh, my first ever attempt at Vlogging. No, I said Vlogging not Flogging. Though you may beg to differ once you’ve watched it
If you do decide to visit the boutique, make sure you give yourself enough time to meander around the other shops down the high street including a gorgeous art gallery which also has some lovely gifts and homeware, The Circle Gallery, and a great gift and accessories shop (a finalist no less in the recent Muddy Awards!) Pink & Brown. Then it’s off to La Cloche for lunch – which Antonia recommended so it’s definitely on my hit list.
Timpanys is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Timpanys, 3 Sunninghill Road, Sunninghill, SL5 7BX. Tel: 01344 624275. timpanys.com