Bargain Shopping

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As most of my readers will know, I love a bargain – and I’ve always loved a mega store (I have memories of days spent blowing pocket money at Erina Fair on my school holidays). I’m still more than happy with a trolley and a spare hour in any Spotlight, Officeworks or Bunnings. I guess that’s the reason I loved my props buying job in film so much. I got paid to push that trolley around.

I received an email recently inviting me to check out the new SuperAmart with a bit of a ‘styling challenge’. I was asked to visit the store and choose a few decorative items that would work at home. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit lost when I first arrived at their western Sydney outlet. The place is big, and the furniture is lined up like a bargain supermarket. Not all the furniture items were to my taste either (step away from the navy blue leather lounge, Brisey), but once I started combing the aisles slowly, I found a few little gems that were very affordable:

1. This matt white aluminium outdoor table 
2. A timber bookshelf, which would be great in a kids room
3. A very affordable powder coated steel kids bed in white or black, which is also available in larger sizes
4. Contemporary and practical, I thought this double bunk bed could be cute for a holiday house
5. A pair of these lamps would be great on bedside tables
6. I also think this timber dining table would look great paired with some white bentwood chairs, again, for that beach vibe.

I’m currently working on a beachy apartment for a client who is using it as a mini holiday getaway from the city. The decorating budget is reasonable, but I’m going to have to source furniture from luxe to less to be able to kit out the whole (currently empty) space. My point is that it’s ok to mix a cheaper dining table if you’re going to spend a little more on something like the dining chairs. Decorating with a bargain here and there is a really good thing! I’ll also keep a store like this in mind when I’ve got another brief to get a property for sale. Seriously, some of these pieces would be cheaper to buy than to hire from some property styling outlets!

I didn’t leave SuperAmart with any furniture, but I did leave with some small decorative items to freshen up the living room. Again, no need to break the bank with seasonal pieces that can be replaced like this.

I hope you are all having a great week (some of you are still on holidays, I imagine). I managed an old school boogie board session with my niece and nephew this morning, and I haven’t laughed like I did in a long time. I can totally see why surfers see their waves as a religion, there is nothing quite like it.

Briar x

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