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also m&s will ship to aus for gbp25 no matter how big the order. even in my short time here i have used them for underwear and socks, quality and the price even with shipping is still better than here.
I second the Always Ultra!
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I know when I first went to live overseas its was usually the odd food thing or some such and couldn't find anywhere. Believe it or not, a decent tin of baked beans was impossible to find!
I know when we move back over we intend to ship pretty much everything but I'll be using this move as a good excuse to have a good sort out and ditch loads of stuff we've not used in years or replace it at the other end. Also some furniture will be left as well as our fridge freezer (its old anyway and I am going to try to eek it out till we move).
Last edited by snifter; 12-10-2010 at 06:14 AM.
My mum and MIL have gone crazy mad with the baby shopping already - so I don't need to ship stuff over (yet!!), also we are going back on holiday in 6 weeks anyway and I can't see me walking past any shops once me and my mum get together the wallet is destined to get an awesome bashing!!! Poor Rich is dreading it!
As for Adelaide now, I have to disagree with you, when we came here we came for a one year working holiday and rented our UK house out fully furnished and didn't really want to ship all our belongings as we thought we would go back. As it is, we fell in love with the place and decided to stay - Now comes the fuss of going back to sort through everything and then shipping everything lol!
my worst regret is after shipping has gone, packing cases forgeting the kids scooter weight, we ended up chucking out our beach towels and duvet covers, only to find they will allow your cases to be abit over weight , within reason, then getting here to find out the cost of replacing them, needless to say we have only a flat sheet under our duvets.
we certainly look white and clinical lol,
When it comes to the big stuff like furniture, it may be that you would like to have familiar things around you or you may prefer to ship rather than face heavy shopping when you get here. On the other hand you may prefer a completely fresh start and UK furniture does sometimes look like something from the dolls' house in the large open spaces in houses here! Not as simple as some would have it...
I'd say it's a very personal decision - maybe it would be helpful to the OP to hear what people's opinions are of the quality/value for money of larger items of furniture bought here compared with the UK as it's often large things like lounge suites. wardrobes, dining tables etc that can rack up the shipping costs.
I shipped over a full size mahogany snooker/dining table and 4 chairs that are still in the garage in the packaging as it just wouldn't look right in my modern living space...wish I'd sold that before I left!
I do agree with WhatNow? about the traditional British style of furniture often looking out of place in Aussie homes. It often just jars unless the house is an older style. Same with curtains from the UK, they often won't fit the larger window sizes found in Aus. My MIL and aunt's houses both have HUGE windows and not a single set of our curtains will fit any of their windows.
We tend to have fairly modern furniture for the most part and will be bringing it all as tbh the cost of replacing it once we are there for like for like standard would be extortionate. Cheaper to ship for us. And anything else we buy now furniture wise I keep in mind that it'll be for us in Aus also and ensure its the sort of thing that we will more easily fit in over there.
I think bringing the basics is always good. Sofa, armchair, desk, beds, wardrobes if they are decent and you must, perhaps dining table and chairs, but even if you don't, you can always find something over there to suit. And there is always places like Ikea to help tide you over if need be.
FWIW things I shall leave behind will be a wardrobe as the one we have free standing is old and will take up space. Probably a single bed frame and also my big wooden desk. Its old, ugly and I shall be happy to be shot of it. O and the fridge. Other than that, furniture wise, it'll all be coming over.
Saying that, we are kind of minimalist with our furniture and we defo live with the less is more approach
Good point about wardrobes - most places have walk-ins or built-ins here - we have a lovely pine wardrobe in the garage now! Also re the curtains, yep, we have carboard boxes full of those too (also in the garage! Funnily enough, we're the only people in our street that don't keep our cars in there! Bloody poms....)
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