Here they are. Based loosely on a photo I took in the shop of a 1970′s knitted toilet roll holder. Photoshopped by my dear friend Jean, and sent back to scare the bejaysus out of small children and animals.
I have a soft spot for them. Betty & Hetty (or B&H as they are affectionately known) will be popping up from time to time around the website. Like a malevolent Where’s Wally.
As you already know, we are based in Sale town centre which just off the M60 junction 6. It also has a metrolink station which is situated within the town centre.
Sale has loads to offer families. Kicking off with the wonderful Minikin Designs. Children (and adults) can paint a pot, make something arty for a special occasion, cast hand or foot prints and on certain dates there will be castings for silver jewellery. The shop itself is buggy friendly with lots of tables and highchairs for relaxing and playing. Claire also has a marvellous sweet shop with a vintage feel set up behind the counter. Their website and facebook pages have more information on special events.
Next up is the Waterside Arts Centre. There is always something going on for children during the weekends with an extra program of activities for school holidays. In addition they have great productions for both families and grown ups. For more information have a look at their website.
For family eating Oca Waterside offers a tempting menu of Italian fare including scrummy pizzas. For the grown ups there’s an eclectic wine list. Outside is a covered and heated piazza where children can play and parents can watch them safely. Throw in value for money and what’s not to like? Get your coat!
Within the Traders Outlet is a photographer who is a local well known secret. Her family sittings, and in particular her baby shoots, are amazing. Silje has that special talent of getting babies to co-operate and it seems they do exactly what she wants them to, AND she makes it look easy! (I keep asking her for the secret but it’s closely guarded). Tiny Love are currently running an offer of £20 for a baby shoot. I call that a steal. If you would like more details Tiny love has a website and a Facebook page.
Ahoy mateys! Greetings from the good ship Funky Kitsch.
Those of you good folks who have already subscribed to our newsletter will already know that we’ve had a bit of a facelift on the old website. You will also know that we’re having a sale on some of our funky scandinavian and German fabrics AND, we’re about to launch the first of our special offers this weekend. Shhhhh. I’m sworn to secrecy by the gnomes but I can tell you it’s well worth keeping your eyes peeled. If you haven’t already signed up for our newsletter then you can do so by just filling in your e-mail on the right.
Shop news is that we’re already expanding our current range of eclectic gifts for both children and adults alike. We’ve got some lovely things from Blafre, Lapin & me, Tee and Toast, Twisted Twee to name but a few. As you can see from the pics we’re finally getting organised (almost). The big comfy sofa is going to a new home so there should be more room to cram in yet more (yes MORE) stuff.
Fabric news is that new stuff is on it’s way from over the water in Sweden to us here in sunny Manchester. Loads more fabulous eye popping prints arriving just in time for spring. I also have the addition of two fantastic ladies who make up for me so turn around for custom orders is at warp speed. I’m focusing more on the handmade projects that are in the pipeline. Again, all will be revealed in the next newsletter.
And finally, I am spreading my wings even further and will be in attendance at Altrincham Vintage Market this month. You can find me there on Sunday 17th February. It’s located on Greenwood Street, Altrincham and is open from 11.30 until 3.30 pm.
So once again I’m up to my armpits in paint. No, not literally. Nor am I doing my own version of tv’s Splash! sponsored by Dulux. I’m on the move again. I’ve taken one of the slightly larger units on the ground floor which will hopefully grab me more customers who will not be able to escape the pull of my lovely stuff calling to them. The keen amongst you good folk will remember that it was only last November that I first settled into the original unit on the first floor, which was also lovingly decorated with my subtle touch of ‘poke your eye out pink’ ™.
Ok first up on the news front is we have some new suppliers. Yippee! Welcome aboard the good ship FK to Twisted Tee, Tee and Toast and Moomins. Each working day feels more and more like I’m off to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which is good, as that forms part of my company mission statement. All shiny precious things will be with us by end of January at the latest and I will be putting them on the website as they land.
Already landed, unpacked, swooned over and kissed, are these marvellous mono print jersey fabrics from Lillestoff. All are GOTS certified which is something we have come to expect from our fabulous supplier. It is now on the website to buy-as-quick-as-you-can and is available from £5.49. Colours available of red, blue and green. Very versatile, hard wearing and easy to care for.
On a final note, the Moomins are coming! In their droves. Also with us by the end of January. There will be a fantastic selection of household goodies with their adorable faces on them.
We’d like to say a happy new year to all of our fabulous customers and a hello, bienvenue, wellkommen and bonjour to our new customers *big wave*
Keeping you in the loop of what has been happening at FKHQ, we’re moving units at Traders Outlet in Sale. We’ve already outgrown the one we have (after only 7 weeks!) so we’re putting castors on everything and settling in to our new place in the new year. There’s also going to be a huge overhaul of the website with more stock being added so that more will be available to buy online as well as offline in the physical store.
We’ll also be asking you, dear reader, to send in any suggestions of things you would like to see in the shop and in particular, what items you would like tos see being made up out of our funky fabrics.
Of course it goes without saying that New Year brings new stock and boy, we have some corkers for you. Lots of Swedish organic fabrics that are either GOTS or OEKOTEX certified. Many of you will be thrilled to learn that the Summer fabric from Znok will be featuring and we will be taking pre-orders on this as there were many disappointed customers when we ran out of it. It will be landing during January and will be availabe in half metres as well as fully metres. £9.95 and £19.89 respectively. You may also love to know that this time it’s organic. Woop! Drop me an email if you would like to reserve this fabric as it sells out FAST!
There have been many highlights this year business wise and we’re looking forward to expanding even further in 2013. Of course we couldn’t do it without you guys out there. On that note, we’d like to wish a very happy new year to you and yours.
Christmas is fast approaching and I’ve been extremely busy with orders both for the festive season and stock for our new shop. Of course it’s a poor excuse that I’ve not been blogging so much but in my defence, I’ve put it on my New Years resolutions list along with losing half my body weight, giving up chocolate and doing that parachute jump I’ve put off so many times.
Now that I have more space to work (which obviously means more places for my ever growing fabric stash), I’m finding that the range of clothing items has also grown. Not too much but I’ve been making some very cute scandinavian type hats, dribble bibs and blankets. All of which should be found online in the very near future.
Also, we have some new suppliers of funky children’s clothing onboard. Some scandinavian and some nearer to home. All will be revealed in the new year when they’ll be available.
Keep your eyes peeled for new fabric landing from Sweden, Germany and Finland in the new year. Znok, Liandlo and Lillestoff (our year round faves), all have new funky fabrics in the pipeline and we’ve put our names down, our hands up in the air and asked our mum for a note so that we can bag the best ones before they all go!
You may also notice that we have special offers featured on our website which are frequently changing. We’ll also be holding a sale on lots of scrummy goodies after Christmas. My tip? Sign up to our newsletter and be the first in the queue.
If you haven’t already spotted our competition on our Facebook page then wing your way over there and get your name down (if your name isn’t down, you’re not coming in). Lovely goodies up for grabs. What you waiting for?!
Some of the eagle eyed amongst you will already know that we’ve acquired new premises for our actual physical shop. Yep, a real one with shelves and real people and everything.
After a lick of paint last week (eye popping raspberry) and some funky decals to go on the walls, we’re almost ready to wow the good people of Cheshire (darling) with our take on funky wares for the small people. It’s all been positive so far (from fellow traders and passing customers) both with comments on the design of the shop and the fact we’ll be doing something a bit different.
If you are passing by Sale or Altrincham then swing by and say hello. You can find us at Traders Outlet on Tatton Road, Sale (by the Town Hall). We officially open to trade on Monday 12th November.