Bargains are not just for the traditional post Christmas sales. Alison Cork, property and interiors expert, says that if you know where to look there are permanent discount retail outlets offering fabulous value all year round.
With several outlets in the Oxfordshire area, Trade Secret has built itself into one of the country’s largest resellers of surplus to requirement brand name furniture. Most stock sells at just half the RRP and you can take it away on the spot.
Similar concept to Trade Secret, with a huge warehouse in Thirsk, selling brand name high street furniture at 50% off and buying direct from the same European factories as supply the UK high street.
A family run business in Cheshire, Top Secret specialises in top quality branded oak furniture, and once again, at about half the price you would pay elsewhere.
Through its four warehouses based in East Anglia and the North West, Homebrands sells discounted brand name furniture at up to 60 per cent less than high street prices. Amongst other brands, you’ll find M&S here.
Westbridge Furniture Designs’ Factory Shop sells upholstered furniture which is end of line or cancelled orders – at up to 60 per cent off high street prices.
Selling customer cancellations and overstock from leading retailers, National Brands has a Trade Club (costs £1), which entitles you to take your pick of the half price bargains.
London’s best kept secret for quality branded furniture at non-brand prices. Stock continuously replenished throughout the four stores. You can even email a wish list of items and London Warehouse will keep an eye out for you.
Based on Northamptonshire, you’ll find ex-showhome furniture at fantastic prices – stock is pretty much as new and can range from the predictable to the distinctly flamboyant.
With seven branches around the country, McArthur Glen houses a whole host of designer labels at up to 70 per cent off – mostly clothing with a smattering of homeware.
The grand daddy of designer outlet shopping, you’’ll find mostly fashion here, but look out for quality homeware labels such as Bose and Villeroy & Boch.