It’s the season to bag yourself a top buy – or two. But there is an art to sale shopping: you need to focus on what you really need, where to begin and what to look for. We’ve made a list of the shops and places to visit – which sometimes means thinking not only outside the box but thinking outside your age and your usual stamping ground.
Don’t miss Orient House’s mega mid-year sale with savings of 20 to 50 per cent off more than 1800 statement-making global pieces – big to small – hand-picked in China, Africa, Indonesia and India, including two new shipments fresh from China.The kind of things used in the best houses and restaurants (such as China Doll) around the country that will instantly update your home. It’s your chance to snap up some of our most wanted items for less than usual: blue and white china temple jars, vases, bowls, plates and cannisters. Beautiful marble lotus bowls in all shapes and sizes that make the best platters, fruit stands, even oversized soap dishes. New and vintage basketware from China, Thailand, Africa, and India.
There’s a new shipment of bamileke stools, (all sizes), Malawi chairs and sofas in white and black, plus Sulawesi slatted timber benches, carved consoles, timber cabinets and tables, bronze lanterns, leather stools, woven pendant lights, mirrors, bedside tables, bookcases, statuary, tribalnecklaces, mounted masks, Buddhas, consoles, cabinets, side tables, entry tables, trunks, iron pots and statues, and lots more one-of-a-kind treasures that will add instant character to your home. The showroom is brimming with stock – you’ll want everything.
Orient is your one-stop interior destination – and now is the best time to visit for a mix of cultures, objects and authentic styles. Until June 10. www.orienthouse.com.au
Get 49 per cent off all drink at Merivale this June. Yep, enjoy almost half-price cocktails, spirits, beer, wine and champagne across 37 of Merivale’s pubs, bars and restaurants for two hours every day next month. The hospitality group is offering the deal between 5pm and 7pm daily on all drinks – including rare whiskies, pitchers of cocktails and bottles of champagne – up to the value of $200. The happy two hours replaces the restaurant and bar group’s March into Merivale, a concept launched 10 years ago to encourage people to get out and enjoy Sydney when the global financial crisis hit.
To make the most of Bottoms Up, grab a bunch of pals, and head to Charlie Parker’s for a cocktail made with Australian botanicals, or the rooftop at the Coogee Pavilion for a pitcher of cocktails or the Negroni at Palmer & Co. It’s also a great opportunity to splash out on a fancy bottle of a French wine at, say, Felix. And why 49 per cent? It’s the maximum amount any business can legally discount alcohol according to NSW state law. www.merivale.com
SPENCE & LYDA WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE
Run to its three-day warehouse clearance from tomorrow for up to 80 per cent off cult brands like Brokis, DCW Edition and Ay Illuminate lighting (floor, pendants, table, desk and outdoor lights). Also that innovative Italian cookware brand Knindustrie who has transformed the humble pot, pan and stockpot to the star of the stove in glass, with timber handles and silicon lids. They’re sold at New York’s Museum of Modern Art Design Store after all, so you know they’re collectible. Plus furniture and homewares used by architects, for a lot less than usual. 15 Moore Street, Leichhardt, Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am -4pm. www.spenceandlyda.com.au
Always a great sale. You can have a civilised browse, choose from a huge selection of brands (classic to edgy) without pressure, for up to 50 per cent less than usual. Start with the kitchen department: Le Crueset, Esteele, Circulon, even Dyson is discounted. Grab Circulon three-piece skillet sets for $119 (was $429.95), seven-piece saucepan sets, $289, ($599.95), and Furi seven-piece knife block sets, now $296 (was $599). Then hit the china and glass department for names like Wedgwood, Ecology, Royal Doulton, Kate Spade, Michael Aram and more. We’re stocking up on Gordon Ramsay Union Street mugs and bowls, now $9.59 (were $15.95), Breville electric kettles, $119 (were Then hit the china, glass, and bed linen floors for things that will serve you well. Oh, and don’t miss the fashion. Stores statewide. 13 33 57, www.davidjones.com.au
Okay, here’s your shopping list. Now’s the time to invest in luggage brands like Samsonite, American Tourister and Antler which are less than usual. Stock up on bath towels, and treat the children to a pair of Sheridan or Aura sheets while they’re discounted. Swing by the kitchen department for pots, pans and stockpots by Scanpan, Esteele, Jamie Oliver, Tefal, Le Crueset, and Staub, plus Global knives and Stanley Roger cutlery all 30 to 50 per cent less. On your way out, grab a Gazman casual shirt or pullover for your mate, while they’re 25 per cent off. Stores statewide. 1800 811 611, www.myer.com.au