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(Date Posted:15/06/2011 12:53 PM)
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Thought I would start this to give people a place to discuss where to buy the best stuff, what is going cheap, where has a sale, and products to avoid!

I'll start off by saying that this thread will mention shops and outlets, and will probably contain links, so proceed with caution if there is a link - I cant verify the safety.
Better to name the outlet and allow others to google for the links.

Ok, today I bought a V shaped pillow, having been after one for ages.
It was from Dunelm Mills, and was £7.99, made by Fogarty, so not a bad brand.
The cover was a mere £2.99.

Bargain!

I am now enjoying supported sitting - bliss smiley21
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:15/06/2011 2:36 PM)

 Obviously would depend on what you're after; but some
 disability retailers are more expensive than non-disability.

For example, I need a monocular. I was quoted £68 from optic something or other and £39 from Amazon.
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:15/06/2011 5:44 PM)

The Ask Des website http://www.askdes.org.uk/  lists disability equipment for sale in the South East.  All the items advertised are second hand and for sale from private individuals.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:17/06/2011 3:44 AM)

 
Ok, today I bought a V shaped pillow, having been after one for ages.
It was from Dunelm Mills, and was £7.99, made by Fogarty, so not a bad brand.
The cover was a mere £2.99.

Bargain! 

I am now enjoying supported sitting - bliss smiley21


I often think of buying one of those, but wasnt too sure how good they were. So are you really comfy hoss???? Is it a bit lush?? lol.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:17/06/2011 10:02 AM)

 I have one as well and they're wonderful.
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(Date Posted:17/06/2011 5:00 PM)

Reply to hossylass (15/06/2011 12:53 PM)

Thought I would start this to give people a place to discuss where to buy the best stuff, what is going cheap, where has a sale, and products to avoid!

I'll start off by saying that this thread will mention shops and outlets, and will probably contain links, so proceed with caution if there is a link - I cant verify the safety.
Better to name the outlet and allow others to google for the links.

Ok, today I bought a V shaped pillow, having been after one for ages.
It was from Dunelm Mills, and was £7.99, made by Fogarty, so not a bad brand.
The cover was a mere £2.99.

Bargain!

I am now enjoying supported sitting - bliss smiley21

Hossy, they are brilliant aren't they?  I bought two from there several months ago, the only problem I found was that the pillowcases came up a little small, and are a bit of a tight squeeze. but other than that the pillows themselves are great.
My most recent bargains were from Lidl -  leg raiser pillows - sort of wedge shaped support things, which are approx £50 on specialist disability websites, mine were £12.99 EACH (and they have removable, washable covers) - this was about 3 weeks ago, so maybe they are still available in-store.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:18/06/2011 1:14 AM)

Cheers Catz, I have been after one of those for ages, but was put off by the price and the fact that at some point I would have to answer the door for an internet delivery, and knowing me I would be unavailable.

I shall see if Lidl still have them - really appreciate that!

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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:25/06/2011 1:58 PM)

 Aldi have disability aids on special twice a year and the prices are great. My daughter works for them so as a result I have a good quality spare stick and a picker -upper. 
Lidl's wedge pillows also seem to appear regularly. I rehomed mine when I got my adjustable bed. I do recommend them. 
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:25/06/2011 2:21 PM)

 where do disabled people stand with vat and Aldi? I know in general, we don't pay vat for adapted items.
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:26/06/2011 3:40 PM)

I saw one of those V shape pillows in poundstretchers
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:27/06/2011 3:58 AM)

 I bought a brand new gel air wheelchair cushion on eBay for £50. Last I checked they still had some available, they are called Gelcell G2. 
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:07/07/2011 6:50 AM)

Lidl are selling back braces, knee braces and ankle braces.  Available from Monday 11th July.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:07/07/2011 6:39 PM)

 They also have seat wedges with removable, washable covers available from Thu 14th July. Have a look under the  office tab. Looks good. The leg wedge was very good. 
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 11:03 PM)

Oooooh thanks for the Lidl heads up, I always miss their rotating special offers!

Maybe now I wont ;)
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 11:09 PM)

They have a neck support pillow too for only £7.99 in bedroom essentials, starts 14/7/2011.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:16/07/2011 4:02 PM)

Today,  I finally found something I hadn't realised wasn't widely available any more until I started looking for one. A bum bag. I really wanted one as I feel nervous about having my handbag stowed in my backpack.  
But Tesco didn't have one, and neither did Argos. 
I found one on Javari, which is a bags and shoes site affiliated to Amazon. It was £12 so not a bargain in some respects, but it does appear very well made. 
Anything that helps to keep my hands free is really welcome - I also got free postage as I ordered a new handbag at the same time, for those times when a bum bag won't do. 


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RE:Disability bargains
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I had been after one for ages too hossylass, I dont like my bag perched on my knee either and have a ciccia Tom Cat cross over mesanger bag but it was too good to have when out with the dogs. 

I found my bum bag on holiday to Blackpool in the travel section in a Morrisions Supermarket Shop. 

Now the (smelly) doogy treats, poop bags, car keys and small changed purse are easier to get too.  it was only about £6 and it actually holds more than most of my handbags.
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:17/07/2011 3:29 PM)

 i've bought one of the lidl knee braces today, it's brill :D
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:25/07/2011 6:35 AM)

 Aldi have the wedge leg support  pillows in from this Thursday, a terry cotton cover (better than Lidl's cotton cover in this respect as it will be more absorbent), with a zip closure. 38 x 58 x 15 cms and £12.99.

They also have king size and double sized quilted mattress protectors for £5.99 and £4.99 and a memory foam pillow for £9.99. I'd get in quick on Thursday if you want one as Aldi's bargains go really quickly.  
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(Date Posted:25/07/2011 6:43 AM)

 Forgot to post about my Ivor Tray. It's a one - handled tray that I got from Amazon. It's absolutely brilliant, a very good size. The handle is set at a slight angle, running along the longest side of the tray, and folds flat for storage.

 I've just used it to ferry lunch of 3 items from the kitchen to my riser -recliner, normally that would need two trips and the probable sight of an orange bouncing across the lounge floor as it escaped the confines of the  wobbly plate.

There are several one handled trays on Amazon, this one was slightly cheaper than others and is great. 
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 4:00 AM)

 Another disability bargain - but not a disability product, just one that is really handy.. IIRC from the old Ouch, there was some discussion on the availability of satin sheets. 

As my arthritis has worsened, turning over in bed has become a major physical effort and I've been looking for satin sheets to ease this. They do make turning over a lot easier.

You wouldn't believe how hard to source these. Then last week I was in Primark and I saw satin bed sets that included a fitted sheet. Woo-hoo! They had double bed size too. 
The set is a pillowcase, duvet cover and fitted sheet and it was a TENNER! 
The colour is attractive too, a really nice champagne colour with chocolate on the cover and pillowcase. I am so pleased with it. I'm going to buy another one. The sheets separately would have been even better, but no worries. 
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 4:11 AM)

Hi Andmacsmiley98 poundstretchers do pink and black lepard skin satin sheets and quiltcovers double and kingsized but if you wash them dont put the sheet in the tumbledryer i did and now it dosent even hardly fit a single bedsmiley182.The quilt cover was ok when i tumbled dried it.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 6:29 AM)

"It's a one - handled tray that I got from Amazon. It's absolutely brilliant, "

I got a one-handed tray from Nauticalia. I was very pleased with it, particularly because it wasn't a disability product. It was designed for using on boats. (One hand for yourself and one for the boat.)

I got so fed up with people commenting on my one-handed tray. They assumed it was a disability product and went into 'crip is a peep-show' mode. I've put the tray away in a cupboard.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 6:44 AM)

 " A bum bag."

I found these really difficult to get hold of. Ended up going to Blacks in the end.
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 7:28 AM)

Hi Sofiesmiley98 i saw bumbbags in poundland before at the start of summer when they had all the holiday stuff in
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 7:38 AM)

 Thanks. I didn't think to look in there.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 8:46 AM)

 I'd approach the Poundland bags with caution - most of the bags I've got from Poundland/Poundworld have been very poorly made. Not all, just most, and some stuff is brilliant, but you have to accept that in paying £1, you are taking a chance.
Wilkinson's do a travel money belt that is very reasonably priced, needless to say I saw this after I bought the bum bag. 

As it happens my one handled tray was from a disability site, but a few years ago they used to appear regularly in the small ads of Sunday supplements. The Law of Sod dictates that they no longer do. 

Sorry that your acquaintances are so damned insensitive, Peggy. 
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:05/08/2011 10:28 AM)

Hi Andmacsmiley98 poundstretchers do pink and black  lepard skin satin sheets and quiltcovers double and kingsized but if you wash them dont put the sheet in the tumbledryer i did and now it dosent even hardly fit a single bedsmiley182.The quilt cover was ok when i tumbled dried it.

Thanks for this...  I'm not really a pink leopardskin kind of woman, but I will pop along to our local Poundstretcher shop to see what they have. I had thought that this type of print would be available, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Primark's product's were more in line with my tastes. 

Tumble dryers are notorious, aren't they? I've banned my son from putting ANY of my stuff in ours.

 I have an over the stairs drying rack that is brilliant. Especially at this time of year when it can be warm indoors but wet outside. 
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:07/08/2011 7:30 AM)

the range sell satin bed sets in a few different colours - I am after the royal purple ones :)

don't know if they sell the sheets separately, but they might.
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RE:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:07/08/2011 7:30 AM)

the range sell satin bed sets in a few different colours - I am after the royal purple ones :)

don't know if they sell the sheets separately, but they might.
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Re:Disability bargains
(Date Posted:07/08/2011 1:10 PM)

 Thanks for that - there's only one The Range in the North East, but I might mosey over sometime. I had a super slippery sleep on my new stylish satin sheets, they were such a sound investment!
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