After a cold start to the year with the first outing at Shepton Mallet being called off by us last minute due to snowy travel conditions our first real outing was IACF Ardingly – a cracking fair and although a wee bit cold and a bit quieter than usual we near enough sold out – a tribute to the quality of stock built up and worked on over the winter ready for the new year.
We’ve also already been to IACF fair at Newark, an Arthur Swallows fair at Lincoln and a visit to the Spring fair at the NEC – Although we don’t follow any trends as such (we believe creativity, individuality, good workmanship and quality will always sell) getting out and about, talking to people and seeing what the latest trends in the market are is an essential part of the job
Although we won’t be attending all IACF or Arthur Swallows fairs, with up to 1700 traders in one place at one time they are fantastic places to get the creative juices in the brain going for any home or interiors projects. A lot of smaller home stores simply buy all there stock from these fairs so take a full wallet and save yourself a few quid.
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We’ve been busy up and down the country sourcing stock for projects and making inroads to places you can’t just walk in and buy things (fairs aren’t the only places we buy)… A lot of exciting projects are in the workshop (when we get round to them), Keep an eye on our etsy store and our website for latest additions over the coming weeks and months
Along the travels we came across some serious numbers of solid oak vintage Scottish whiskey barrels – the real McCoy, still watertight with a little whiskey swooshing about in most of them… these haven’t been available for 8 years due to reasons within the industry, we are one of the only suppliers in the north west for these and for the time being can supply these in trade numbers – for enquiries ring Jack on 07535825549
We have 2 handmade bespoke kitchen projects coming up – using some really cool Victorian props being repurposed for use in modern life – again….. Pics to follow in the coming months. If your having a new kitchen, want a rustic industrial look and want to use reclaimed materials then come in and see what we can do.
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