Beating the VAT Increase!

Hello Lovelies

I have been to the sales today at the Metro Centre and my feet are KILLING me. I received quite a few gift vouchers as presents earlier this year and they’ve been burning a hole in my pocket.  But I have kept them until now so that I can use them in the sales and get more for our money, particularly in Debenhams as they have the huge Blue Cross sale on!  So off I went to the metro centre to look for household things to spend my vouchers on and for some little luxuries to spend with my Christmas money.

I have to say though, there wasn’t that much in the sales that I liked, the majority of things that I loved weren’t in the sale.  Next had absolutely nothing in by the time we got there, at least in their home department, and their store was a mess.  Apparently people were in the Newcastle store from 5am…. its all a bit full on for my liking.  Turns out, the mirrored jewellery box that Ive had my eye on didn’t even go in the sale, so I’m going to keep my voucher and just buy it online with it rather than order it into the store.  I bought a James Martin roasting tin and rack in Debenhams which was great value for money (£25 instead of £50) and some gorgeous rose fairy lights for over my bed, but apart from that, there wasn’t much in.  I was hoping to get some baking trays, etc but they weren’t on offer like they have been in previous years.  Think ill just go to Dunelm Mill.  Evans was rubbish sale wise too as everything was either too old, too big or too small.  I did, however, manage to pick up a black with gold hearts cropped cardie from the Beth Ditto collection which is super cute.

All was not totally lost though as I found some great buys in Argos, Laura Ashley and Lush.  I got a gorgeous ivory curtain pole (very shabby chic) with mock glass detailing (£14.99 from £29.99), cream wire heart memo holder (£9) and a vintage country patchwork style double duvet set (£9.odd) in Argos.  In Laura Ashley I got some beautiful pieces which I will show you probably in another post, or when my room is finished and I do a room tour video and in Lush, I just went MAD with their 50% off sale!  Boogg, Snow Fairy lip tint and shower gel times a million (slight exaggeration), BIG shampoo, Candy Cane bubble bar to name but a few purchases.  Oh and I got a cute floral box out of WH Smith to put my nail polish in.

I’ve still got plenty of money left on my gift vouchers to buy more homely things and I managed to save a little bit of my Christmas money too after my little Lush spree.  I really treasure the vouchers people got me so I’m really trying to spend them on things I’ll use, that wont go out of fashion (classic style rather than a something that’s just the ‘in’ thing to have in a kitchen at the moment) and that will keep nice until I get a house and can use it!

Did you find any good bargains in the sales?


  1. Charli!
    December 28, 2010 / 10:20 am

    The Next sale where I am was nuts, they had people there from 5 and over a 100 person queue outside with security letting a few in at a time. grabbed some bargains in superdrug though and also dorothy perkins had good stuff this year, picked up a silver cardi and some jeans for £20. Lovely blog by the way 🙂 xxx

  2. Tabitha Bluebell
    December 28, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    I agree, hardly anything to be found in the sales!M&S have awesome mirrored jewellery boxes in the sale though. I spotted them today – one reduced from £89 to £39 and a slightly bigger one for £49T x

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