Shopping for bargains: bloggers’ January sale tips

Bring home the best January sale bargains with our shopping tips from three interior design bloggers.

We all love finding a homeware bargain, but when prices drop in the New Year sales it can be tough to know where to start. Fortunately our favourite bloggers are at hand with their savvy secrets to revamping your home this January.

spirit levelPippa Jameson, interiors stylist and consultant, suggests pinning down your inspiration before you begin:

“Visit your favourite retailers’ websites to find out exactly when their sales start and see what they’ve got. If you’re just after one item then shop around until you find it, but if you are buying several products then it might be a good idea to pull together a moodboard on Pinterest first; this will act as a good design guide and help you avoid unwanted purchases.”

For Caroline Rowland, editor of 91 Magazine, it’s all about taking a fresh approach to those bargain buys:

“When shopping in the sales, try to think creatively. If you love the shape of a piece of furniture, but hate the colour, consider whether you could repaint it yourself. If you are on the hunt for artwork for your walls, look out for quirky alternatives that could be framed or hung up instead – a great tea-towel design or a beautiful plate, for example.”

But whichever way you shop, remember it’s the piece not the price that counts, says Sian Astley, TV presenter and writer of Moregeous:

“Be Sale Smart not Sale Silly: know what you want – measurements, style, colour – and STICK to it. This way you’ll end up with treasures you truly love. Better to spend more on something you adore, in a sale or at full price, than less on something you’ll soon throw away.”

Now you know the secrets of the sales, what will you be looking for this January?

Tip of the week

If you want to discover how to customise your sale finds, look out for next week’s blog post on craft and upcycling.

Annabel’s top picks

white porcelain 12pc dinner set TU silver jacquard bed in a bag double Bath Towel Duck Egg


Chunky White Porcelain 12pc dinner set, £30; Silver Jacquard Bed in a Bag, from £12.50; Bath Towel Duck Egg, £4.50