New Stock | New Photos | New Blog!

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With the advent of Instagram, and our regular email newsletters (that we send out to our subscribers)  it’s been quite a while since we last posted an ACTUAL blog!

Sometimes there is much more content that we want to get across, than is possible on Instagram. We always have lots to write about – and photos to share from our travels – but it’s just finding the time!!

We’ve had a whole lot of fresh and exciting new stock arrive recently.  A selection across the board, from new suppliers and makers, to new vintage pieces.

Since Christmas, we’ve looked carefully at what stock we hold, and introduced some great new ranges of products that focus on value – as well as quality. So we are pleased to say there are now alternatives to the high end ranges of toiletries, candles and  frames etc.

Having recently given the shop a ‘refresh’ – we took some photos of the results, and that seemed like the perfect reason to kick-start the blog again…IMG_3784This little corner of the shop (above) – features our original antique hand painted ‘Hampton Hill’ sign! It originally adorned the front of the ‘Hampton Hill Dress Agency’ sometime in the early 1900s. A bit of a mystery, as no-one local to us seems to know about it or remember it. Anyway, it was offered to us a few years ago – as it was going to be thrown out!! 😱
IMG_3704 2We have a lovely new range of toiletries, handmade in Yorkshire, and beautifully packaged.

Original vintage postcards (new old stock).

Also just arrived from the workshop, this beautifully stylish painted vintage sideboard/cupboard…IMG_3703

A new collection of seasonal scarves and bags. (Stock changes regularly)IMG_3783

Vintage kitchenalia – mixed with our beautiful Tierra Negra black clay cookware from Columbia. And of course some vintage industrial drawers and scales…IMG_3754

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This lovely old painted panel was originally abandoned in the shop garden, when we first started the business nearly 20 years ago. Not everyone’s cup of tea – but we just loved the faded patina and flakey paint. We loved it then and we love it now. Great backdrop for photos!IMG_3715Brilliant quality, men’s shaving/grooming products from LA:Bruket in Sweden…IMG_3747Brand new range of classic, great value, black framed photo frames. Made In England.IMG_3743There’s a good collection of faux plants and flowers in at a the moment  – mixed with some lovely original vintage pieces…IMG_3727These pots are a favourite of ours. ‘Whitestone’ rose and cactus flowerpots. They make any plants look that little bit more special! IMG_3738Also just arrived – a new delivery of our reclaimed frames – made from salvaged timber from South Africa…IMG_3763

IMG_3790We are trying to grow our ‘gifts for gardeners’ section this year, with a selection of books, toiletries for gardeners –  and garden tools etc…garden_productsAnd it won’t be long before we open our shop garden again, for the Spring/Summer season. Beautiful and useful vintage garden accessories, plants and one-off decorative pieces…IMG_3791

IMG_1744So if you’re local to us, do stop by and have a look at what we’ve been up to. We’re always grateful for your visit!

 

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Trick or Treat?

Spooky goings on down down at our shops in Hampton Hill…….We thought it was about time we made an effort and got in the ‘Spirit’ of all things Halloween and so decorated the windows in an appropriately scary manner.We made good use of display domes, skull soaps and script wrapping paper. Not to mention old chemist’s labels, steel bank boxes and apothecary bottles. Oh and a large can of frighteningly good Spider’s web spray!

Papillon Rouge Candles.

There’s a lot of scented candles out there these days, varying in price from £5 to £50 (also varying in quality). As far as we’re concerned a good scented candle should, most importantly, have an exquisite scent, and a nice even burn – without leaving a ‘circle’ of wax around the outside, and a wick that’s slowly disappearing down a hole! Great packaging is also vitally important these days, for a candle to stand out from the crowd, especially in the gift market…..

….so with that in mind, when we were in Paris earlier in the year, we discovered Papillon Rouge Candles. Made entirely in France, Papillon Rouge are a family run business, with a passion for home fragrance. They use exclusively 100% vegetable wax  (paraffin free) and their candles delicately scent your home with the most wonderful scents….

 We have a small selection of their scents that include: Orange Blossom, Cedar wood, Black Iris, Fig Tree Leaf, Woody Rose & Seashore. They come in handmade glass vessels in Black, white or Red (the red glass is a one off scent called ‘Love Addicted’ and Virginie at PR tells us you can only smell it if you are in love!)

Papillon Rouge are at the higher end of the candle market so consequently you will pay a little more (£35 each) but they are truly exquisite. Trust us!!

Cote Bastide.

For those familiar with ‘Cote Bastide’ luxury scents, toiletries and candles, no words are needed. For those unfamiliar, all you really need to know about Cote Bastide products is that they are handmade in South of France (Provence), they are all made with natural ingredients, they are sold by some of the finest retailers around the world…….but most importantly, they are divine. We’ve recently had our Christmas delivery, so go on, spoil somebody!