‘I was long brought up to think that it was nothing short of a crime to miss a sale’ James Cash Penney
Being a total bargain queen, you can only imagine how excited i used to get when the Boxing Day Sales arrive. But of course, things are different these days, years ago there were two sales a year; boxing day/January and end of season sales in July and August. Nowadays every shop has an extensive sale rail all year round, so it takes the shine off a little bit, and I’ve always been the type of person that if there’s a bandwagon to be jumped on, I’m there with a pogo stick, i really am starting to be over the whole Boxing Day Sale madness.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the Next sale, which is probably the most famous one in the UK, regularly images like this fill the web as they open their doors at Stupid O’Clock in the morning so someone can get a half price work suit.
Queues outside the Silverlink Retail Park, North Shields branch of Next at 2.30am on Friday 26th December 2014
Call me crazy, but I’m usually in a Cava induced dreamy sleep at 2.30am on Boxing Day, rather than standing in the freezing cold trying to get a cut priced caffetiere, but that’s just me. I probably will brave the sales sometime next week once the crowds die down but for now I’m staying firmly in my new Care Bear onesie, drinking Bailey’s coffee and do a bit of armchair shopping. I have had a little search around this morning and there are some brilliant online sales if, like me, you can’t be more than 2 feet away from a selection box. Here are some of my faves, happy shopping!
Rad.co – I can’t rave about this site enough if quirky pop culture references are your thing and I’ve already ordered two full price t-shirts in the last 2 weeks as they had free shipping on offer. They have a good sale selection, the sweatshirts in particular have good discounts, and shipping isn’t too badly priced at £3.95. They also ship to France and the USA.
Amy Childs – Great dresses which are surprisingly well made and figure flattering (especially for curvier/pear shaped ladies) still time to get something for that New Years Eve Party and there’s a further 25% off all sale items
Boots – I think people sometimes forget about cosmetics and beauty products in the melee of clothing sales, but i adore the Boots sale each year and try and stock up on my favourite products for the year ahead whilst they’re on offer (usually 3 for 2) its also a great time get Christmas beauty sets and perfume for a fraction of the price
Dorothy Perkins – One of my favourite clothing shops anyway as they offer NHS discounts all year round but what i love about their Boxing Day sale most is that EVERYTHING is in the sale, not just a selection (with up to 50% off), which means you’re almost certain to find something you like with some money off.
Play.com – Often seen as Amazon’s red headed step child but by far my favourite site for music, boots and electronics, it’s almost always cheaper than amazon (helped by the fact that the price you see if the price you pay – thee’s no shipping costs) and I’ve never not been able to find what i want on their. If you have some time off over Christmas, check out their current box sale on TV box sets