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
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!