Now, anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time will know how much I love to support independent retailers and clothing brands – they’re such a great way to buy high-quality clothes that you won’t find on the hangers of every department store, as well as individual homeware and other accessories.
Since I returned to the little town of Sleaford for my summer break from uni earlier in the week (hence the silence on this blog – the last couple of weeks have been ridiculously hectic), I figured I should make the most of the independent retailers on my doorstep and go exploring in town.
First of all I went to Katezart Designs, Crafts and Gifts, located in the Bristol Arcade in the centre of town. The store doesn’t just contain Katezart’s products – there are also a number of other small independent retailers who sell their wares in store on an individually hired shelf-by-shelf basis.
The atmosphere is really lovely, and honestly I could have walked out of there with an empty bank account and half of the stock of the store. However I settled for purchasing a set of four drinks coasters with an awesome retro comic book design.
The design is great quality, and they feel like they will last for a long time. Plus, at only a fiver for four coasters, they were a bit of a bargain too! Their website is a little bit outdated, so check out their Facebook page for up-to-date photos and information about what’s in stock at the moment. I especially love their collection of scarves, as well as their clutch bags and purses made out of old reclaimed vinyl.
I find it so satisfying, purchasing from independent retailers and knowing that my money goes directly towards keeping the business alive. I would always recommend buying locally if at all possible. If you’re ever in Sleaford or the surrounding areas, I suggest you take a look in Katezart’s store for yourself!
In a few days time I’ll be writing about the other independent shops I visited in little old Sleaford, so keep an eye out for that. Until then, TTFN!