Life at Shabby Shik Emporium

Well it’s been a pretty good merry go round since we started out here last June 2014 as Shabby Shik Emporium.

There has of course been good weeks and very bad weeks but for the love of what we do it is worth it.

We’ve had some good finds and some rubbish finds, some of the pieces we could put right and others we just had to take a hit on the chin and try not let all the tears smarten down to fast.

We have all heard the saying, “the customer is always right” well sadly that’s not always the case. But where would we be without them.!!

What I can tell you is, since the day we opened our doors the real customers that we started out with have come back time and time again that in itself says we can only be doing something right.

The other thing I found is that things come in and I say Oh My God what have I done, but I put them out into the cabin (or the cabinet as our little neighbour calls it) πŸ˜‡ and think I’ll just stick them in a corner but before I know those are the pieces that have all sold. So it’s true there is something for everyone it may not be my taste but chances are it is someone else’s.

We’ve bought in some pieces which have been disappointing in the sales department, Hand Made Jewellery which is absolutely beautiful and Vintage dress’s and gowns and both have bombed. There is nothing wrong with the those pieces but the customers maybe rightly would rather spend their money on an antique or vintage piece of Glass, Ceramic or Furniture piece.

Oh well It’s a lesson not to be repeated right off πŸ˜ͺ ! trying to run before we can walk. But in saying that, ok so it’s not for now, but who knows trends change maybe we could try either of them again at a later stage.

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So what has been our best buys !
Well our Special Christy Yashor bears, but how could anyone resist these beautiful guy and girls Bears. Made from Vintage and Antique Fabrics and Lace They are an heirloom of the future that’s for sure.🐻

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Some of the pieces I personally
have loved are the Victorian Writing/Stationary Boxs, because these really appeal to me and are something that I have a great affinity for. Both my favourites were sold as soon as they landed on the counter.πŸ˜„

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In the furniture, my two favourite pieces have been a beautiful Victorian Queen Anne Walnut bow fronted writing desk, a truly beautiful piece.

The second is a Victorian, Mahogany Ladies/work desk it has the most beautiful mother of pearl
inlay design worked into the drawer fronts. It comes with a Beautiful Victorian Spoon back Leather seated chair. This one would make a fantastic Valentines gift! It’s a treasure a piece and if taken care of should yield the initial investment and some.

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Some of the other great pieces we have been blessed to find are our
Paul Marius French Vintage Leather Satchel and Hand bags. πŸ‘œπŸ‘πŸ‘›πŸ’›
They have now been shipped up and down and all over this country.
Being snatched up by students, teachers, professors, doctors , vets and more.
Be sure to look out for some of there new designs in the next few weeks.

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We also have some really really great Mirrors. Here are some from our collection they are from different periods and styles. The Vintage Trio Hand Painted Mirror is another excellent piece.

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And our pieces of Shabby Chic which I love they are such a collective mix ! And mixed with the right brown furniture it can throw a whole new light into a room.
We have dressing chests, Library Chairs, Chest of Drawers, Display cabinets and much more the list is endless. So Please do Pop in if only for a quick look around we’d love to see you.

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And last but not least we have some beautiful glass and ceramic collections
There are Tea sets, Tea and Coffee Sets, Dinner Services, Water Jugs original pottery pieces and figurines and some from a local pottery pieces to.

We’d like your help if you could!
We would like you to tell us what Antique, Vintage or Unique pieces
you are looking for and just maybe can’t find having searched everywhere.
So if you could please email it to us here at shabbyshikemporium@gmail.com
We’ll see if we can maybe come up with something.

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There is just one other piece I would like to share with you. When our good customer Mary came in and saw this beautiful Edwardian Sewing box, that was it she just had to have it. The Edwardian box itself is just beautiful with a fabulous boxwood inlay set into rosewood, inside the box is lined with a Blue Silver Silk and cushioned. The padded top tray is in great condition with its pin box set under its velvet pad.
So Mary did a hit and run before I changed my mind and who could blame her. πŸ˜€

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So here’s one last piece to leave you with, this Beautiful French Oak Art Novae Side table ideal for storing your albums books as a very good photographer pointed out, or magazines etc, and at a ver reasonably priced of €195…

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We also now and again buy in personal pieces from our customers but only pieces that we may feel would be suitable for our store, and sometimes it all comes down to money. We are also limited on space so it would also come down to size too. But we will certainly do our best to have a look and see what we can doπŸ˜„

Ok thank you be sure and keep a look out for next weeks blog.
And check out what new stock we have on the way😊

Ness n Jean

Shabby Shik Emporium
Lower Ballymacquin
Adrfert / Ballyheigue
Co Kerry

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