Supporting Small Business

It has been one crazy weekend, I’ve spent a lot of my time baking (see my instagram feed for my culinary creations- they likely won’t be repeated any time soon), and I’m sitting here now dosed with the cold and to be quite honest, feeling a little bit sorry for myself and my lack of nasal functioning. I finally got the time to sit down and open a little delivery I received yesterday morning.

When it comes to home decor I love loads of the high-street favourites: Laura Ashley, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, TK Maxx (AMAZING bargains there), Next…lots of Next actually – you get the idea. They offer good quality products at mostly reasonable…sometimes a little less reasonable…prices, and I usually keep my eye on anything I want in case it goes into sale. I’ll admit it, it all but kills me to pay full price for anything. It takes a long time before I take the plunge and make a purchase, no matter how big or small.

I do also try where possible to support local or small businesses. As a crafter and Etsy shop owner, I appreciate how difficult it is for people who either make items from scratch or curate a collection of items to make a living. One new shop I’ve come across recently on Instagram is Emily May’s Attic- a UK based, family-run online shop offering ‘All things Shabby-Chic, Scandi and Vintage’.

Their easy-to-use website is updated often with new finds at great prices- in fact I was surprised at how cheap some of the items are!

Whilst I’m trying not to buy tooooo much for the mobile, I’m sticking with neutral colours that are easily transferrable when I do buy something, which works well for me as my taste would lean more towards texture than colour or pattern.

I bought three small items on the shop that I just couldn’t resist and although I’m trying my hardest to curb my scatter cushion addiction, the first thing I went to was the beautiful grey heart cushion. At 50x50cm, £16.95 is a steal for such a large cushion. It’s plain, simple and fits right in on our day bed.

…Yeah, the colour of that mattress cover is bugging me too. 🤔

I also got this cute little guy for £4.

The Elephant Ring Holder is very good at his job, but I think he’s quite cute as an ornament. He also comes in rose gold and would be a lovely gift for someone.

The last item was more of a ‘for later’ item that Patrick picked. The Wifi Wooden Plaque  is a little chalk board about 20x15cm and 1cm thick for sharing your wifi password with visitors.

I like the idea- it’s welcoming to offer it and avoids having to bring it up in conversation and go hunting for the code. (Because who ever actually puts it back in the router?)

I’ll definitely be back to Emily May’s Attic and can’t wait to see what else she stocks!

What small businesses do you like to buy from?

Gillian x

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