(Gifted post – I was not paid for this post but was provided with competition prizes for you lovely readers – stay tuned as that is coming soon! And promotional costs for the campaign, which I agreed to join because I just think it is awesome!)
If you have been following Recycled Interiors for a while you will know I am passionate about supporting local designers, maker, artisans and creatives. The blend of vintage, upcycled and new pieces made and sold by these people, is what makes a home sing. So you can imagine how delighted I was when American Express approached me to be part of their Shop Small Movement.
This movement is dedicated to supporting the small businesses that are the heartbeat of our community. During November, let’s show the heart of our community some love! It’s no secret that thriving local shops create thriving local communities, which in turn creates local jobs. It’s also no secret that small shops count on community support – from people like you and I. Many of you, like me, are small shops. So you know how hard we work and what wonderful things we make and sell.
I was asked by American Express to select a favourite shopping street in my town of Adelaide, and walk the shops to get inside and share what they have to offer. I chose one of my favourite haunts – Magill Road – which has an amazing blend of vintage and new sustainable homewares and furniture stores. This was such a hard job – not! I got to spend the entire day in some of my favourite shops and even better, meeting the owners and staff, shooting some great pictures, and getting their stories. I may have also bought some of their beautiful things including my wonderful 1890’s Australian Pine dresser found in Eureka Antiques and Gallery!
My theme was the sustainable home, and the shops visited included Out of The Cot, Rainbow Tree, Rock n Rustic, Of Paint and Possession, Eureka Antiques and Gallery, Flourish Home and Gifts, Two Pairs and Adelaide Restoration Centre. Full details are on my Map as well as my must buy item from each shop, but here is a little bit of a walk through for you.
Out of The Cot are a mother and daughter team who design all the furniture in their store with great passion. They have a genuine love of children’s bedroom furniture and creating special spaces for ‘sleepy time’. They love to blend special vintage pieces from their own collections with the new, to make your child’s room sing. The girls are very passionate about using local designers and artists to complement their spaces which is a wonderful touch.
Rainbow Tree are passionate about natural parenting, conscious buying and safe products. Offering toys, clothing and parenting products with a conscience, with a special line of items for the Waldorf Steiner Schools. My middle son went to primary school with the lovely owner Rebecca’s, daughter and there is a real family feeling in the store and a community approach to parenting.
Of Paint and Possession offer unique art and furniture, designed and created specifically for you. They make each and every item by hand in Adelaide with local aged timber, as well as offering a large range of original art. Each piece is a ‘one-off’ and unique and the store is like a beautiful vintage store, blended with gallery and upcyclers heaven.
Eureka Antiques and Gallery specialises in antique furniture sales, furniture restoration and custom made furniture. They also offer an extensive range of David Bromley artwork. They have a passion for Australian Depression era furniture and spend hours lovingly restoring their furniture finds, as well as creating new pieces.
Flourish Gift and Home is known for its unique range of gifts, accessories, apparel, jewellery, books, homewares and furniture, with a strong focus on nurturing Australian brands. The beautiful colour and eclectic feel of the store makes you want to linger for hours and I never walk out of here without something!
Two Pairs is a homewares store where the owners bring alive a collection of eclectic, neutral and one off pieces and products from local and international designers and artists. The feel of the store is one of elegance and there are some very unique and quirky finds in here, along with some sustainable favourites such as Armadillo and Co rugs.
Adelaide Restoration Centre is Adelaide’s premier homewares outlet. Well known to the building industry, it features an extensive gallery of house fittings and home decorating needs from Victorian through to Art Deco and into the 21st century. There is everything you could want here for your DIY projects including Porters Paints, hardware, doors, handles, wood and timber finishing products, wallpaper, a huge range of lighting, tiles and even some furniture and homewares.
I am very proud to have been asked to support the 2014 Shop Small movement and thoroughly enjoyed the walk. I am now asking you lovely readers, to go out and shop at the small shops and businesses local to you. You know the ones – the family businesses, the start-ups, the independents, the small businesses that give our neighbourhoods their colour and heart.
Think big – Shop Small.
Share your support of your favourite small businesses during November with the hashtag #ShopSmallAU.
You can find out more about the offers and merchant rewards for the month of November at www.shopsmallaustralia.com
I will be back soon with a great giveaway for you! What is you favourite local small shop?