Monday, 21 November 2011

Credit Crunch Christmas

It’s fair to say the majority of us will be moaning and groaning about how fast the past year has gone, and how quickly Christmas is coming around. It seems to get worse every year (or with age?!) but once again the dark winter mornings and freezing cold nights are upon us which can only mean one thing… Christmas is a coming.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be frantically trying to get everything sorted for the big day – preferably with a few bargains in tow! But Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful – or expensive. Here are a few tips on how to tackle the dreaded task –

1. Go to charity shops. There is nearly always a great bargain to be found which could make the perfect gift for a friend or family member. Try going to a charity shop in an affluent area as more often than not you will find some wonderful rich woman has left a few treats behind for you including faux fur coats, designer handbags or jewellery. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it we say!

2. Give out homemade gifts. Sometimes it’s the thought that counts and Christmas is about loved ones after all, so a framed photo montage, or homemade chocolate brownies will always go down well. If you’re feeling a little more creative, why not make a calendar with personal photographs and memories inside? Turning something old into something new is easy too – recycle an old handbag by dangling a retro printed scarf from the strap for a new on-trend look.

3. Visit factory outlets. These gems are perfect for finding high street clothing and a variety of labels all under one roof, at lower prices. The stock is new but you might find that back neck labels have been removed – other than that, they are completely un-damaged. There is usually a wide selection of menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and homeware so it’s the perfect place to find something for everyone – with up to 70% off! What are you waiting for?!

4. Prepare in advance. Rather than doing all of your Christmas shopping in November and December, and spending what seems like all of your money at once, why not try to prepare for Christmas a little bit early in the hope of saving a few sleepless nights? Buying a couple of presents throughout the year could save you a lot of time queuing, not to mention the amount of money you will save for that gorgeous Christmas party outfit if you do it gradually!

5. Hunt for offers. Ever seen a bargain when it’s only too late? It cannot always be avoided, but rather than buying something in the first shop you see, have a hunt round to try and see if it is cheaper anywhere else. Keep an eye out for offers and promotions on the run up to Christmas as well – shops often offer money off when you spend over £40 in store for example, so make sure you check your receipts and be on the lookout for any possible money-saving opportunities.

6. Buy it online. Thank the lord for online shopping! It’s a great way to avoid queues, manic shoppers and carrying the bags! However it can be dangerous because you can spend money so easily at the click of a button, so be sure to stay focused and remember to check your bank statements are correct.

We hope these few tips will help you during the hustle and bustle that’s coming your way! Don’t panic… It’s coming whether you like it or not, so try and enjoy the lead up to Christmas as well as the day itself. Happy shopping :)

Top 10 fashion items this winter:

As if the above tips aren’t enough, here are the top 10 fashion must haves this winter. Got a stylish girlfriend to buy for, or a lovely mum who deserves a treat? Look no further…

-          Chunky knits
-          Babydoll style dresses
-          Scarves
-          Coloured jeans
-          High waisted flares
-          Capri pants
-          Camel coloured coat / cape
-          Leopard prints
-          Belts - worn over coats
-          Low heeled shoes / boots (tripping in this weather is NEVER fun!)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Label Traders Blog 7 November 2011

Wow what a Rummage Sale that was!!!

Since we moved to the new location opposite the Potter’s Place Canteen, we have been able to show even more stock much easier than before and the results have been dramatic! Even we didn’t realize just how good this stock was, but we continue to treat our loyal customer base by keeping prices remarkably low.

We witnessed customers with armfuls and bag loads of Marks & Spencer and Mothercare end of lines…babywear, kidswear and assorted knitwear were among the most popular, not forgetting M&S Ladies’ Pyjamas ex store price of £22 for only £3!!!

No wonder we were so busy!

My team have told me we need to dig deep to find the next bargains for the last clearance sale of the year which will be some time in December…if we can make it as attractive!