Shopping for bargains in London

dibach By dibach, 10th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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If you want to grab a bargain in London then you’ll need to know the best way to find the places with great deals.

Charity Shops

Charity shops can be found on practically every main street in boroughs across London. They sell almost anything from clothes and books to records and bric-a-brac and you’ll be able to buy them at a fraction of a price than in the high street shops. Just because the items are second hand, you’ll still be able to get value for your money and they are all sold in good condition.
Depending on which area you shop you’ll also be able to rummage for designer or vintage clothes and accessories. If you head to West London, for top end of the range of designer wear or East London for vinyl and CDs, you’re bound to find something you’d like to take home with you.

Car Boot Sales

For a real rummage, visit one of London’s many car boot sales and find your own piece of treasure. Most of the boot sales run from spring through to autumn and happen on a Saturday or Sunday but you do occasionally find some during mid-week and a few go right through the winter.
Feel free to haggle for your intended purchase as most stall holders will be prepared to take a fair price for their unwanted goods, the idea being that they won’t want to take a boot full of stuff back home with them. Although some trade is brand new, the majority of merchandise varies to absolutely anything: clothes, antiques, tools, toys and practically everything from home and garden. If you want to pick up a cut price addition for yourself, beware that many of the carboot sales start very early so check beforehand.


You might not always be able to barter for what you want in a market, but you could still pick yourself a cheap purchase in one of London’s markets and there’s a variety of the different types of markets to choose from: Portobella Market for antiques and vintage; the infamous Camden market for clothes and retro items or Borough market for tasting and buying local food produce.
For further information on East London Markets check out my article here:

High Street Shops

Not every shop on the high street will break the bank, specially now when the retail shops are competing with each other to get shoppers in through their doors. For the best value for money try shops like Primark, Peacocks, H&M, all of which sell children’s and adult’s clothes.
For cheaper designer wear visit Tk Maxx where you may have to delve through rails of clothes but they sell discounted designer fashion so it’s worth the rummage.


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author avatar Funom Makama
10th Oct 2011 (#)

wow~~~~ An excellent and well written article. I am so glad I have been reading nice contents like this. Hoping to read more of it and congrats for the feature...I hope to see mine too been featured.

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author avatar dibach
10th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you...hope you find some bargains!

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author avatar Ange Lowdon
16th Oct 2011 (#)

I like it as a londoner i can confirm all this to be relevant & up to date

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