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Pitfalls to avoid when buying preloved homewares

Pitfalls to avoid when buying preloved homewares

The idea to start a fancy homewares store for prelovable gems, came from an aversion to trolling through shelves crammed with unloved stuff. After traipsing around charity shops for many days/weeks, these are our Top 10 Tips to consider before buying secondhand or preowned homewares.

Secondhand gifts are in Vogue. Literally.

Secondhand gifts are in Vogue. Literally.

When Anna Wintour says preloved gifts are more than acceptable, then you know change is in the air.  With the alarming effects of climate change all around us and Christmas looming in the not-to-distant future, it’s worth taking a moment to consider moving your gift giving to secondhand.
Putting glamour into afternoon tea

Putting glamour into afternoon tea

In Korea, tea is associated with meditation; as you empty your cup, you empty your mind. While in England, the British love affair with afternoon tea has long left behind its origins of a snack to stop you fainting before supper arrives, to become the perennial delightful treat in an otherwise stressful world.
From Vicars to Rabbits. The wine windup.

From Vicars to Rabbits. The wine windup.

England wine has never really wowed the world with their wine, but that didn’t stop them from making the 2nd most important contribution to the wine industry … after the great ‘stomping on grapes’ revelation. I’m talking about the corkscrew; first patented by an English chap, Reverend Samuel Henshall in 1795.
That 70s Show

That 70s Show

The 70s are back in vogue. Seventies design was fun and sexy but still sophisticated. 70s style has inherent cheerfulness which gives much-needed relief amid the heavy weight of extraordinarily stressful times. It's natural we want little pops of retro colour and charm in our homes as reminders of simpler times.
Pandemic puts fine china back on the table

Pandemic puts fine china back on the table

In these stressful times, people are embracing the carpe diem mentality; dusting off their fine bone china and fancy tableware to live everyday as a celebration. Otherwise, what are we waiting for?  Fine bone china is historically embedded with the spirit of celebration and regal poshness.