This is not just a bargain… it’s an M&S bargain!

Get 70% off the Marks & Spencer sale, including stuff for your holiday – not just woolly jumpers and boots. I went down there to dig out the real gems for you.

I love an M&S sale. So when I heard that its massive summer sale had been boosted to 70% off (full details here), I had to check it out ASAP as it’s survival of the fittest in the M&S sale aisles. I arrived at 10am, and there were already loads of bargain hunters rifling through the racks. Always get there early for your own sanity!

The M&S sale doesn’t make life easy for you. You really have to hunt down the bargains, which I suppose makes sense as M&S covers a range of areas and is usually spread over a few floors. I don’t mind – I love a root around.

I first checked out women’s clothes. There were only five rails, but with a nice selection of items. There were loads of great reductions, but mostly jumpers and sweaters. But considering it’s particularly hot out today, it didn’t inspire me to part with my hard-earned cash.

M&S sale

Then I noticed the swimwear section, which had £19.50 bikinis and swimming costumes down to £5.50 – brilliant considering the holiday season hasn’t really started yet.

M&S swimming costume

The accessories section was disappointingly small and seriously lacking in jewellery. But I’m a real sucker for a leather bag, and they had a few at great prices. In particular, I was eyeing up this leather backpack for £33.99, down from £89.

M&S leather backpack

My favourite section of M&S is homeware, which was really hidden away. I really like gardening so was chuffed to see the sale included a £2.99 garden planner, down from £8, and a £9.99 bird house, down from £29.50. But the best find was a load of birthday and other cards starting from 9p, down from £1 or £2. I used to laugh at my grandmother for having a box of reduced cards, ready at hand if she needed to go to a last-minute party. Now I do exactly the same thing.

M&S garden planner

M&S homeware

Obviously the sale will be different depending on your store/area, but you can’t go massively wrong so long as you’ll actually use what you buy. If you want woolly jumpers or coats, M&S does simple, not too trend-heavy clothes that won’t go out of fashion next year, or if you’re lucky you’ll find some bargains for your summer holidays this year.