If there’s one thing I hate more than January it’s the January sales. As if January isn’t a depressing month already, it’s made all the worse by usually normal, nice, friendly people turning into maniacal shopping machines as they go forth to the shops, frothing at the mouth for a bargain. In years gone by I, too, have turned into one such maniacal shopping machine, returning home clutching my booty of discounted scented candles and ultimately useless purchases that looked pretty in the shop (with a “50% off” sticker) but were good for nothing more than the bin after a couple of months. These days, however, I’m a changed woman.
The realisation came last year, when I made my first ever sales purchases not in a sweaty, over-crowded shop in a busy town centre, but in the calm and tranquil surroundings of my own front room. I fired up the internet, browsed a couple of my favourite interiors stores online and a week later I was the proud owner of a brand new lightbox, giant safety pin and copper-edged glass photo frame (last year all my sales purchases came from Cox & Cox). These are all sales picks I still prize to this day and were bought not in a fit of “Argh! I need to get out of here and just buy something already!” pique, but a rational, thought-out and relatively sane state of mind.
So I’ll tell you what this post isn’t. It’s not a post telling you to go forth into the shopping fray, elbows akimbo, searching for that elusive discounted copper lamp that you just know will be sold out by the time you get there. It’s not a post sharing my own “sale haul” (because, quite frankly, I have better things to do in January than fight to the death for a scented candle) and it’s not a post inciting mindless purchasing of things that will inevitably end up in landfill.
No, what this post is, in fact, is a celebration of bargains to be found from the comfort of your own sofa, to be purchased right here from this very post. The worse thing about the January sales is the temptation to buy something ultimately useLESS, so I’m dodging that bullet by only sharing with you items that are useFUL, pretty and – importantly – discounted from their regular price. As ever, I’m only telling you about things I’d happily buy (or have bought already) for my own home, from brands I’ll proudly shout about. No dodgy scented candles here, thank you very much.
P.S. If you’re one of those people (like me) who’s torn between wanting to give up mindless consumerism but also loving pretty things, then I urge you to read this post by Fritha at Tigerlilly Quinn.
P.P.S.Happy new year! If you enjoyed this post and want to save these ideas for later then feel free to go pin crazy and store this image on your Pinterest boards for when you’re in the shopping mood…