Good thing

Philippe Starck's 14" portable TV Tilts conveniently so that you can watch it in bed. If you lose the remote control, whistle and it will answer. A sure collector's piece, reduced to pounds 199 from pounds 230.

Selfridges, Oxford Street, London - sale starts 9am December 27.

Bad thing

Linen pillowcases for pounds 58.65, reduced from pounds 68.95 from The White Company (0171-385 7988). Save your money and marriage by going to bed rather than staying up late ironing them.

Lunn Antiques offer similar new linen pillowcases at pounds 34 a pair. Mail order possible. 86 New King's Road, London, SW6

Sure thing

(0171-736 4638).

Most shops give extra discounts, sale previews and reduced price parking to storecard holders. Don't wait to apply on the first sale day or you'll miss the bargains. Apply in advance - and remember to ask for a temporary card in time for the sale.

Harvey Nichols - 0171-235 5000

Harrods - 0171-730 1234

House of Fraser - 0171-834 1515