Shopping The Sales: My August Interior Edit
I’ve always been partial to a bargain. I’m pretty sure I got this from my parents, who always used to go into London for the first day of the Harrods Sale to see what they could find. Back in the 1990’s I worked at TopShop TopMan Head Office and every now and then we’d have a sample sale, an event that would have staff queuing outside the meeting rooms with cash in hand at least an hour prior to official sale start. The buying team would grab their favourites first before it had even left the floor, sending the rest over to the admin staff to fight their way through. At the time, TopShop was part of The Burton Group so we were also able to queue for hours for Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams and Principles sample sales, meaning that I was able to survive for three years buying rarely any clothes from shops whatsoever. The office was above The Plaza shopping centre on Berners Street and there was a car park underneath the building, so on sample sale days I’d drive in and fill my car with bin bags full of bargain buys. Things were quite different back then. Despite the fact it was a buying floor, we used to be able to smoke in the offices after 6.00 pm at night, before crossing the road to The Champion for copious glasses of Chardonnay. Oh, the 90’s. What a time to be alive. Although possibly not from a healthy lifestyle perspective.
I’m still a massive fashion sale shopper, although I rarely, I must admit, shop these events in store. There are people who love trawling through sale rails, surrounded by clothes that have fallen off the hangers, elbows pushing all others out of the way. Then there are others who prefer to let their fingers do the walking and shop online. Without a doubt, I fall into the second category. I’m an expert at Add To Bag, multi tasking this with searching the discount code sites for added value. I have a complete obsession with the Net A Porter and Outnet sale events, despite rarely being able to afford to buy any of it until it reaches the 80% off peak. Although it has to be said that it’s a sad fact that high stock turnover and our subsequent obsession with fast fashion means there’s rarely a week when there’s not a sale to peruse.
This week I’ve been updating the plate wall in my kitchen so after a recommendation, I jumped on to the Anthropologie website to see what they had in store that would suit. After spending WAY too much time trawling when I should have been working, I decided I’d check out what else the High Street had in store sale wise to get the low down. Here are my top picks, most of which have significant discounts applied. Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any Add To Bag action that may occur as a result of you reading this blog. Well, maybe just a little bit. Happy shopping!