July is Independent Retailer Month and, once again, we are all encouraged to support our small independent local businesses. It's a great campaign that will take on different aspects across the UK from whole towns creating an event to individual businesses making their own particular offering.
At Present Perfect, we have chosen to give a 20% discount on almost everything we have in store throughout the entire month, and that's quite a lot! (the exclusions are greetings cards, specific handmade items and those goods that have already been reduced in price). So we hope you'll call in and grab yourself a bargain while the going's good!
If, like me, you're of a certain vintage(!) one of the things you may remember from childhood is your Mum's china cabinet? It held all sorts of glassware and china with the odd silver-plated cake stand. The glassware I was particularly attracted to was iridescent; I thought it was wonderful and I'm still drawn to things with sparkle and shine! I'm happy to say that that style of glassware is very much in vogue right now - like these leaf and scallop shell dishes, made in Turkey.
They are shown with some handmade, mouth blown glass hearts from one of the traditional glass-making centres of eastern Europe. These hearts come with a label quoting a verse about friendship.
That couldn't be more appropriate because the UN's International Friendship Day takes place officially on 30 July but is often celebrated on the first Sunday in August. The hearts would make an ideal gift for so many occasions but particularly as a token for a special friend. They are also available via our online shop.
Just this week we have received a selection of art frames, locally handmade by Catherine Anne Webb. The pebble shapes dictate their use to portray a variety of scenes which have a beautiful simplicity. At £20 each they also represent great value for unique art. (Catherine's work is not included in our July discount.)
Before we closed for our recent trip we also received a delivery from Parlane which included several pieces with a seashore theme. Summer naturally turns our thoughts to the seaside and so pieces like this are perennially popular. The fish dishes are especially fun and would look great as part of a seafood buffet along with the starfish dishes! Tealight holders complete the scene.
Speaking of our trip, we had a super time and some glorious weather in Wales. We also heard beautiful singing at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, so our break was a great success. If you have a summer holiday on the horizon, we hope you have a wonderful time. But do call in and see us to take advantage of our July discount offer and remember to 'buy independent, buy local'!