Welcome to our newsletter for August. If you have passed by the shop during the last two weeks you will have seen a small transformation taking place as the exterior received a new coat of paint. Despite having been repainted twice over the past four years, the grey colour scheme was looking decidedly jaded so we are thrilled with the bright new look (see the header photo above). Do come and check out the "Light Cobalt" and "Soft Truffle" combination! We hope you will like it as much as we do.
This month should see a variety of new stock arriving after our shopping spree at the Harrogate trade fair! We enjoyed our time viewing the many stands and seeing several potential new suppliers but our poor feet were definitely glad of the rest when we reached the end of the day! Stock will begin to arrive from the middle of August and continue to be delivered over the coming months. Opening a new packing box can add a surprise as we discover things we'd forgotten ordering!
For the third year we are having an August Sale with at least 20% off Lighting and Framed Pictures (excludes items already reduced). This could save you more than £30 on a beautiful new table lamp and up to £13 on a giclee print by Fife-based artist Alison Strachan, plus plenty of savings at price points in between. Whether you are looking for something to brighten up a wall or an entire room, this is a great time to grab a bargain.
The first new arrival from an old supplier is a range of greetings cards from Milkwood Publishing. These beautifully executed, colourful animal studies (above) by James Bartholomew, show each creature's unique charm and character. They are ideal for sending greetings from our rural surroundings to animal lovers everywhere!
You can also select from other new designs: the cute "Cookie" dog and "Heston" the teddy bear, plus of course, we have more bright, new floral designs that have always been popular. All of the new cards still represent great value at £1.35 each.
At Harrogate we placed orders with three of our regular suppliers, Joe Davies the makers of Shudehill, who have literally thousands of items in their catalogue, Orchid Designs who make the beautiful jewelled birds, keyrings, bookmarks and other accessories that you all like, and from Look East some super fashion jewellery. One new supplier will be Sarome UK from whom we've ordered a selection of gifts for men.
We look forward to telling you about each new range as it arrives. In the meantime we'll also be browsing through the many other brochures we picked up to see what other great gifts we can source. If you have any particular favourites that are not currently on offer in Melrose, please do tell us about them and we'll see what we can do.
If you will be holidaying this month, have a wonderful time - but we hope that you'll also find a moment to call in to admire our new paintwork and maybe get a bargain in the SALE too!