What to (and not to) buy at pound shops – Part Two: Gifts & Household Decor

Are pound shops worth it?

If you have missed Part One, where I compared Health & Beauty items, please click here to read it.

There are a lot of pound shops where I live, along with various other cheaper stores

They have such a vast selection of things that you may (or may not) need – are they good value? Are they worth £1?

I recently visited a Poundland, and took note of a few things that are worth the money.. and some that aren’t!

For Part Two, I am comparing Gifts and Household Decor

 

  • Gifts

A pound shop is a great place to grab a last-minute gift, a stocking filler, or something unusual that you may not be able to find in a traditional store.

Most of the shops carry a line of DVDs, CDS, (sometimes Blu Rays) and books.

Most of the time they will be “celeb” biographies or low-budget movies, but you might be able to find a rare gem in these sections, like a great bestseller or well-known movie. You never know what you might find as usually stock changes regularly.

blu ray bargain bucket selection at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

various books at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

As well as autobiographies, “chick-lit”, and cooking books, there is a selection of childrens books, including learning books, such as Maths, English, Words, Spelling. So a great place to get some little learning books.

 

However if you’re on the lookout for CDs there might be a good selection from the last 15 years or so. If you find a CD you like, I’d recommend picking it up, especially if it’s a compilation CD you’ll get 15-20 songs for £1, whereas downloading individual tracks could cost as much as 99p each!

DVDs and book selection at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

Pound shops are also a great place to pick up little gifts, such as seasonal gifts like stocking fillers at Christmas &  Easter Eggs in Spring, and not forgetting the cool array of Halloween items in the Autumn!

After the seasonal period is over, most items will be available at a discounted rate in a clearance section, so you can always stock up for next year.

Items will usually be 25 – 50% off (75p -50p an item), although it has been known that after Christmas items can be lowered further so the shop can clear its stock. (This year some items went as low as 5p!)

  • Household Decor

There are always items in the homeware section that are suitable for decoration, they include:

  • Candles & Candle holders 
    I’ve not tried them, but they seem pretty basic, but £1 for a ceramic candle holder isn’t too bad, especially if you need (another) present!
    –  as you can see in the photo below, there’s a few tea-light holders with reflective parts.
  • Ornaments
    There are usually a few ornaments to choose from, including (as seen below), little buddha heads, knick-knacks meant for a bathroom, or living room. Again, these can vary, and for £1 they won’t be the best quality, but good enough!
  • Signs & Plaques
    These are usually printed on a piece of wood, and come with some slogan, like “home” or “love, laugh, live” – one of those signs you can get most places!

signs, plaques and decor at poundland www.ajennysaved.com

 

Have you ever found anything really good in the homeware or gift / seasonal aisles at a pound shop?

Let me know in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  1. Cheyanne

    August 2, 2017 at 12:22

    Great post! I like to get small trinkets for stocking stuffers as well from those shops! 🙂

  2. Sophia

    August 2, 2017 at 16:42

    I love the pound shop! I found some great kitchen essentials when I first moved into my apartment, like a dish rack and tea towels, all for a £1 each

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

  3. Claire

    August 3, 2017 at 06:48

    I agree with you on household decor as there are actually small, cute and decorative things if you look closely into those shops! I am in US so I haven’t been to pound shops but would love to visit someday!

  4. Cory @ Growing Dollars From Cents.com

    August 3, 2017 at 07:20

    Getting movies at the pound shop sounds like my type of thing. The best part would be finding popular movies at a great price.

  5. Tammy

    August 3, 2017 at 15:38

    Such a practical post. I’m actually located in the US so we don’t have pound shops but something similar called dollar stores. I love to pick up cute little gems like the one’s you’ve mentioned.

  6. Brittani | Coffee Toddlers & Chaos

    August 4, 2017 at 10:37

    We’ve been in Germany for the past 4 years and there are certain stores that we normally go to, but recently I found something similar to a pound shop here, but with euros, and I was so amazed and shocked that I had never gone shopping there before.

  7. Aneeq

    August 12, 2017 at 22:11

    I love pound stores as you can find amazing things there! I go regularly to pick up random items!

  8. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    August 14, 2017 at 20:57

    We are going shopping tomorrow and pound shops are on our list! I think it is important to plan and check supermarkets for offers first

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