Saturday, 2 January 2010

Shopping, Shopping & More Shopping!

I took all the Christmas decorations down today and discovered that I'd run out of packing tape. So I decided to pop into town to get some and that was where my little spree started!

I went into Poundland to get the tape and discovered that they had the cutest Sarah Smith cleaning products and tumble dryer sheets which just had to be bought! They also had some luxury card making kits reduced to 50p. The kits contained 8 white square cards and envelopes, 8 puffy metal heart charms, 1M silver ribbon, silver eyelets, diamonte flatback gems, silver beads, mounting frames and bows. Seriously regretting not buying more than one pack now, as the cards are really nice quality.

Thought it would be rude to go home without visiting a few other stores to see what other bargains I could procure!

Well Lakeland didn't disappoint, got a toffee tin complete with hammer for £2.99 (great for when I make cinder toffee and peanut brittle). Monsoon lured me in with its 70% off emblazoned windows, but managed to resist a couple of dresses that were calling very loudly to me! Proud to say that I avoided Boots as I have stash of toiletries and make-up that will see me into my 80's (had I set foot in store, I'm sure there would've been something to tempt me). M&S had the majority of it's sale stock reduced to at least 75% of its original price. I managed to find a pair of Per Una slippers, a candle bauble and two handblown glass trees (if I'd paid the original price it would have come to £30, but it only cost me £5 for the lot).

Finished of the spree with Clinton Cards and was I glad I left it till last? They had cards reduced to 29p and 79p, and an offer whereby you could buy 5 of the 79p cards for £3. I managed to bag a beautiful Happy Anniversary to My Wife card which was originally priced at £12.99 in this deal. The card was gorgeous and had lots of vellum paper and embellishments that will be added to my craft stash, but the best bit was the presentation box. It was truly stunning, cream velvet covered A4 size box, beautifully lined with a cream sateen, it also played Never Ending Love (not one of those horrid tinny sound chips, but a proper wind up with a key musical mechanism). I'm planning to make a really special gift box with this. Found some gorgeous art deco wrapping paper reduced to 10p, which I will use for a decoupage project. I also got some box cards that had fabric bears on swings and hammocks as I thought I could deconstruct these and use them for another project! Finally, I got a mini memory box for 29p. It is so sweet and I think I might adapt the idea to make small birthday gifts from the children for my Mum and MIL.

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