After struggling through the crowds in the annual sales, you may have been disappointed to find the shop you went to had run out of what you were looking for. So why not take a look at one of these clearance outlets, which sell discontinued or ex-display stock all year round.
You can save up to 70 per cent on furniture and homeware items either because they were cancelled orders, mail-order returns (in mint condition) or bought direct from the factories that supply leading high-street stores, such as Laura Ashley and Marks & Spencer.
You can order bespoke and pay factory prices, and you can buy designer labels at up to 60 per cent less than the recommended retail price.
Buy bespoke sofas at factory prices at National Brands, which has branches in Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin and has just opened a new warehouse in Cambridge.
It boasts the largest selection of branded furniture in the UK, including Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley and House of Fraser, from leather and fabric sofas, dining tables and chairs, to bedroom and garden/conservatory furniture. A Lille mirrored wardrobe from Laura Ashley, with a recommended retail price of £1,350, is now £670. Thousands of items are for sale, at half or less than half the normal retail price.
For more information, call 01223 846504 or 846505, or visit www.national-brands.co.uk.
Cancelled orders and discontinued lines from big-name stores such as House of Fraser and John Lewis find their way into Trade Secret, which is able to pass on discounts of up to 50 per cent to customers, both in the store and online. It has two Oxfordshire warehouses, which are open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sundays, 11am-4pm.
For more information, visit www.trade-secret.co.uk.
This designer-labels-for-less outlet sells fabulous homeware items at up to 60 per cent off, and stock constantly changes.
For more information and to find your nearest store, visit www.tkmaxx.com.
The factory outlet in Manchester sells discontinued wallpaper, fabric, duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels, rugs and furniture at up to 50 per cent or more off. All fabric costs £5 a metre, down from the usual price of between £22.50 and £27.50 a metre; wallpaper is £3 a roll
Sanderson is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm, at 2 Pollard Street, Ancoats, Manchester.
For more information, call 0161 272 8501, or visit www.sanderson-uk.com.