View Full Version : M&S Penny Bazaar - starts wed

05-18-2009, 01:35 PM
Not sure if this has been posted before

Two million items are up for grabs for just 1p each as Marks & Spencer returns to its Penny Bazaar roots

The M&S sale is part of a celebration to mark 125 years since the company began.

For three days from Wednesday, all 300 main stores will house an Original Penny Bazaar, offering 20 products including jewellery sets, beach balls, knickers, ties and socks.

Shoppers will be limited to five items each while extra security staff will be drafted in to prevent a crush.

M&S executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose said: 'M&S has now been at the heart of Britain for 125 years and we believe that this is something worth celebrating.

'It's been a tough year for us all but people are fed up with being fed up and we wanted to give our customers a real treat.'

He said: 'M&S started off in life as a Penny Bazaar back in 1884. So what better way to share our birthday with our customers than offering them the chance to choose M&S products for just one penny?

'We've got two million one-penny products available, but my best advice to our customers is to get to M&S stores as early as you can, as we are sure this is going to go down a storm.'

The full range of special commemorative products consists of five jewellery sets, scarves, purses and knickers; commemorative cufflinks, ties and socks; leather passport holders and leather luggage tags; tea towels and mugs; bags of retro sweets, cans of retro drink, beach toys and beach balls.

Every penny raised through the bazaars will go towards the M&S 125 Charity Challenge, which aims to raise 1.25m for local and regional charities between May and September.

Customers queueing early for Penny Bazaar products will also be given a free peel-and-reveal card with the chance to win one of 700,000 rewards, including sixteen regional jackpots of 12,500.

Sir Stuart will be joined by Twiggy when he opens one of the Penny Bazaars at M&S's London flagship store at Marble Arch at 9am on Wednesday.

The store stressed that the 1p items were offered on the basis that they would be sold on a first-come-first-served basis

some items

Animal print knickers
•Beach ball
•Jewellery set - earrings and necklace
•Retro Ginger Beer drink
•Retro sweets
•Tea towel
•Luggage tag
•Leather passport holder
•Leather purse

05-18-2009, 02:37 PM
Great idea :thumbsup2 bet loads of it ends up on ebay though

05-18-2009, 04:03 PM
I'm going on Wednesday to have a look.

05-18-2009, 04:59 PM
Good luck to anyone going. Personally I will be many miles from any M&S :headache:

05-19-2009, 03:39 AM
I'm going on Wednesday to have a look.

Me too:cool1:

05-20-2009, 04:46 AM
What did you get for your penny

05-20-2009, 05:06 AM
Just seen the queues for this at my local M&S!! wow!

05-20-2009, 06:03 AM
I popped to M&S this morning. I got there about 8.45am and the queue wasn't too bad, by the time it opened at 9am, the queue was very long (I wouldn't have joined the end of it). Anyway, they only let 2 or 3 people in at a time, and I got in at 9.15am, and there was quite a lot gone by then

I managed to pick up a silk scarf, a diamante brooch (the necklace set they had advertised wasn't available), a passport holder, a leather luggage tag and a bag of sweets ~ all that for a donation to the Air Ambulance ~ bargain !!

05-20-2009, 06:15 AM
I got the sweets - that and fizzy drink was all that was left. Only allowed 2 packs each but they will make nice little games prizes for our village fete in a few weeks. Got there at a bit after 9am.

05-20-2009, 06:26 AM
Westfield store has sold out apart from Coke & Sweets, but will put more stock out tomorrow.

05-20-2009, 01:49 PM
the queue in southend was ridiculous!

05-20-2009, 01:54 PM
what a fab thing to do and right on cue for recession boosting sales. Topmarks for m&s

05-20-2009, 01:57 PM
I also got a letter today inviting me to their birthday celebrations next Friday (as I am a M&S credit card holder) - free 5 voucher, drinks and food :)

05-20-2009, 03:52 PM
I also got a letter today inviting me to their birthday celebrations next Friday (as I am a M&S credit card holder) - free 5 voucher, drinks and food :)

ooh, drinks and food sounds good ... enjoy !!

05-20-2009, 04:30 PM
I felt so sorry for the staff member who had to entertain and control the crowds in Edinburgh when I walked past the store.
Wearing her Victorian garb with full bustle was an interesting sight :rolleyes1

05-21-2009, 06:14 AM
I wasn't planning on going today, but mum dragged me in at 9.45am and we got the last two tickets - we were handed a ready made up bag of two cans of lemonade and 3 bags of coconut mushrooms - better than a smack round the head with a wet kipper I suppose ;)