Mimi V a writer, social media manager, foodie, music lover, and mum, currently residing in Sydney with Mr V, two little Vs and doggy V.
Published October 6th 2012
Cruise designer warehouse sales for huge savings
Where to Find Designer Homewares on the Cheap in Sydney
If like me, you want the designer trappings for your home, without the designer price tag, your best bet to achieve the look your after, on the cheap is big name warehouse sales. These are sales events that are held a few times a year, where top end brands sell off end of season (or previous season) stock for a fraction of the normal retail price. The aim of these sales for the retailer is to shift lingering stock to make way for the forthcoming season's items. The aim for the avid bargain hunter is to snap up a desired designer item for mere pennies. Through months of home renovations on a shoestring (a very small shoe, with very thin strings, might I add), I've put together my top pick of the regular warehouse sales held in Sydney.
image: Sounds Like Home
KAS Australia, Home Décor
KAS Australia specialise in quality manchester
If you like your bed linens fine, vibrant and with a plethora of coordinating accessories (think throws, pillows and cushions), then KAS is the place for you. Add to this their great line of kitchen linens and kids furnishings, and KAS is a one-stop shop for all things manchester. Ordinarily stocked in places like Myer, Harvey Norman and Domayne, KAS products come with retail prices as big as their thread counts. Not so during their warehouse sales though, where with up to 70% off some items, you can pick up double quilt sets for as little as $50, children's quilt sets for upwards of $10, and kitchen linens for a teeny tiny $5 a pop. The warehouse is based on the very busy O'Riordan Street, Alexandria, and there's no parking on site, so I've found that the easiest thing to do is to park in the Domayne car park a few doors down (which is free) and then walk along to KAS.
KAS sales are held three or four times per year, and you can find out when the next one will be by signing up to their e-newsletter via their website.
Where:78 O'Riordan Street, Alexandria
Sounds Like Home
Sounds Like home specialise in industrial style homewares
Sounds Like Home do contemporary industrial chic very well. Mostly stocked in independent boutique stores, this Newtown-based brand specialises in chunky, well-made, (mostly) wooden co-ordinates, from dining tables and sideboards to chairs, beds and bookcases. They also stock complementary decorative pieces, such as cushions, candelabra, mirrors and wall hangings. Normally for wholesale purchasers only, a few times a year their showroom is open to the public who can snap up their pieces for way less than the retail price. Some of it is floor stock, some are runouts of previous season's lines, and some it just seems to be there to make space for the new collections. Discounts can be up to 50%, or more, in a few cases – during the last sale I nearly came home with the bookcase that was reduced from $1200 to $450, until I realised that I had absolutely nowhere to put it. You know what they say – it's not bargain unless you genuinely needed it.
The sales are held fairly sporadically, but you can sign up for their newsletter to be kept informed of the next one.
Where:Unit 5, 32-60 Alice St, Newtown
Although an online member's sale site, buyinvite also holds regular warehouse sales
buyinvite is a members-only online shopping club – in other words, you need to sign up to be a member (it's free and open to anyone), and then every day you are sent an email outlining the new sales for that day. The range of brands and products is extensive as the sales only last for a few days before another one starts. However, there are a few drawbacks to these kinds of sales. Firstly, there can often be a very long wait for the item to be shipped after the sale closes. This can be anything from four to eight weeks. Not the ideal choice if you need your item for a specific event. There are also the matter of shipping fees – they operate a flat shipping rate of $9 (recently down from $14), but this does not go across sales, so if on a particular day you wanted to buy three items from three different sales, you would end up paying $27 in shipping. I sometimes find that the shipping cost negates the savings being made on the item.
Enter stage left, the buyinvite warehouse sale. These are held at their unit in Mascot, and like many warehouse sales, they are a chance to get rid of older stock, or items that are warehouse damaged. The great thing is that there's no wait for the items, and no delivery charge. Voila, all the benefit of lower prices, without the downsides.
Sales happen whenever they need to clear some warehouse space - those who signup to the online sales are also emailed about the warehouse sales
Where: 256 Coward Street, Mascot So tell us, what's your favourite place to score discount designer homewares?