Corsham is Tasty, it’s Official!

What a wonderful day we had at the first ever ‘Taste of Corsham’ festival last Saturday. Looking lovely in her Summer bunting outfit, Corsham High Street is the perfect setting for markets and celebrations – it “has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses” (Pevsner).

Part pedestrianised, it’s a safe and peaceful place for a meander around the many stalls purveying local delicacies, or sitting relaxed trying delicious fresh samples, surrounded by beautiful buildings and the floral displays of Corsham in Bloom. Add the ambiance of live music, a spot of west country cider and glorious sunshine and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect day.

We were super-busy at Previous, with lovely Summer linens, vintage garden items, pompom scarves and Father’s Day man-gifts the most popular purchases of the day, (though fart whistles weren’t far behind!)

Leaving things in the capable hands of my lovely assistant Becca, we ambled around the corner, past the glories of Corsham Court and the peacocks, along the cool of the carriage drive to the celebrated Methuen Arms, for a long cold drink over ice in their glorious garden, (oh, and a cheeky sample or two from their tea and cake offering out front – highly recommended). Of course, it would have been rude not to try lots of other tasty bits on our way back along the High Street – including top sausage dogs from Toby Haynes fabulous butchers.

A massive well done to the organisers, we’re looking forward to the next one!

Mother’s Day

It’s only two weeks until Mother’s Day, so Previous have been working hard to find a range of gorgeous goodies for all the Mummies.

Here are our TOP TEN recommendations, some of which are exclusives:

  1. The ever-popular gin and tonic, prosecco and pink fizz bath and beauty products, starting from £4.95
  2. An unbeatable range of solid silver (and solid silver dipped in 18ct and rose gold) jewellery, from £7.95
  3. Hand-made chocolate by Creightons, some of the very best you’ve ever tasted, in flavours such as ‘bunch of roses’ (made with edible petals) from £2.50
  4. Marvellous mugs – we have a fabulous range of stylish, funny, adorable, and hand-made, from £4.95
  5. Super-stylish botanical and zoological printed china, cushions, posters and coasters, from £8.95
  6. A hand-picked vintage piece – we have a great range, from £1.50
  7. Priddy Essentials hand-made, all-natural toiletries in wonderful packaging, which smell divine, from £4.50
  8. Our own range of delicious candles, diffusers and toiletries made from essential oils, from £3.95
  9. Our best-selling cashmere mix jumpers, cardigans and ponchos, from £42
  10. The most comfy (and stylish) colourful undies that she’ll ever own, in individual boxes, from £7.95

 

We also have a great range of Mother’s Day cards and wrapping paper, so we’re your one-stop present shop. Come and see what all the Mums love at Previous – we’ll look forward to it.

Lovely Lisbon

Previous is pleased to report a lovely, successful (and mostly sunny) buying trip to Lisbon this month. It’s very hilly and cobbledy, so we got lots of exercise, which is just as well, because we also had a lot of custard tarts. From our base in the Alfama old town we explored the fascinating sights, museums and wonderful views. Best loved were the Jeronimo Monastery and Belem Tower, where all the C15th explorers of the new world left from; it was a an exciting game of chicken to see if you could get from the riverbank to the tower on its little island without getting wet. The nuns gave the secret recipe for the famous ‘Pastel de Nata’ to the nearby pastry shop, so obviously it is obligatory to try while you’re there. Luckily we bought quite a few, because my first was stolen by a large seagull, who swooped down, grabbed it in its claws and took my specs off with it.

The Castle of St George is playground to masses of peacocks, so it was home from home for a Corsham girl. It’s quite a climb to get up there, but the views are staggering and there’s a great quirky restaurant and craft shop nearby called Chapito, which is also home to a circus school and has more fab views. A trip on the iconic 28 tram was a must, as was a tuktuk ride and a visit (or two) to the Time Out Market for ‘street food that should have a Michelin star’ – the food is great, as is the atmosphere, with live swing and dancing in the midst of it all.

We did find time for shop sourcing and vintage hunting too. There’s an extensive flea market in Alfama which takes place twice a week; I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dodgy characters in one place for quite a while, but presumably this reflects the precarious state of the Portuguese economy. Needless to say, we escaped unharmed, had some excellent al fresco hot chocolate and we’ve brought back some faaabulous stuff, so pop in soon if you don’t want to miss it!

Thank You To All Our Lovely Customers

It was a whirlwind Christmas season at Previous, with bumper sales of vintage and new goodies, so we’d like to extend a massive THANK YOU to all our lovely customers. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and the little rest afterwards.

In the New Year, it’s been wonderful to hear how well so many presents went down and there have also been some very happy ladies spending Previous Gift Vouchers. We have a SALE of selected items and there seem to be a lot of January birthdays, (what does that tell us about March madness??), plus antiques are popular year round, so it’s been a surprisingly busy start to the year.

We are, it’s true, a bit depleted on the stock front, but we are restocking with lots of interesting and reasonably priced vintage treasures and ordering some exciting new ranges for the new season, including jewellery, stationary, clothes and accessories. There are some great new cashmere designs already in store – with a brilliant new take on our ever-popular star jumper; it seems that Winter will be with us a little while longer, so what could be more perfect? And anyway, the first daffodils are out in Wiltshire, so hopefully Spring is just around the corner!

 

Corsham Christmas Lights Switch-On and General Seasonal Merriment

That came round fast! Great excitement at Previous HQ this week, in anticipation of the very lovely traditional Christmas Lights Switching on in Corsham High Street this coming Friday. As last year, we will be open during the festivities and with any luck the mulled wine stall will directly outside again. There are market stalls, rides and entertainment, not to mention Father Christmas with his actual real-life reindeers outside the Town Hall, (of which we have a great view).

The jollities run from 5-8pm, with the lights switch-on at 6. There’s always a wonderful atmosphere so come and have a good browse at our wonderful stock – fascinating vintage and an incredible range of affordable goodies for every age from 1 to 91 – it’s PERFECT FOR PRESENTS. We look forward to welcoming you.

Christmas is Coming.

There’s no getting away from it, Christmas is fast approaching, so we have bitten the bullet and put together our Christmas window. Precariously perched, we have tied up twigs, strung up lights and dangled angels. We have unpacked lots of unusual new stock, including entire new ranges, so there really is something for everyone – PERFECT for CHRISTMAS PRESENTS and all at REALLY KEEN PRICES, as usual:

Supersoft cashmere mix woollies, hats, gloves and scarves, ‘Blush’ lingerie, pyjamas and dressing gowns, plus covetable slippers and socks for men and women. There are richly coloured leather bags and purses, hand-felted dogs, brooches, baby slippers and decorations. Prosecco and G&T bath and body products anyone? Charming and sophisticated jewellery including several to-die-for new jewellery ranges which are selling fast.

Unusual homewares include quirky botanical glass paperweights, brass pineapple pots, bee ceramics, ‘Betty Boyns’ colourful animal mugs, LED stars and hearts. Deee-licious Creightons chocolate (which is really hard to resist), stationary by Sort Design, Jen Rowland, Cambridge Imprint and others, plus many hilarious greetings cards and great books for gifting, such as comedy Famous Five and Foreign Swear Words!

Top man-gifts of all sorts: smellies, beard-care, cufflinks, toilet bags, Opinel pen-knives, slippers, man-kits, ‘Minionaires’ tiny brass 3D models….  Adorable knitted toys and matching story books from ‘Black Rabbit’, pompom garlands and a wide choice of wonderful children’s toys and stocking fillers.

Not forgetting of course all our vintage items…so come and see us in beautiful Corsham for a relaxed browse (and free parking right outside).

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday To Us (And a Party)

Previous Homewares (Corsham) celebrated its first birthday this weekend with a PARTY to thank our wonderful loyal customers for their magnificent support over the past year. We made very good use of the Prosecco we brought back from France a couple of weeks ago, as well as the vintage Babycham glasses we’ve been stock-piling. There were also lots of Previous mini-cupcakes, resplendent with our logo on top.

The Prize Draw was for a vintage hamper filled with over £150 worth of Previous goodies (herringbone blanket, scarf, organic bath products, socks, matching Bloomingville mug and tea-towel, hand-made choccy and of course, a cheeky bottle of Prosecco). We’re delighted to announce that the lucky winner was Penny Wahid.

Back to earth this week, as the weather turns cooler, we are offering cashmere jumpers, cardies and ponchos, cosy slippers, scarves, socks, gloves and hats.  Halloween goodies are our speciality too – ghoulish chocolate fingers, eyeballs and fangs. And wall-climbing spiders, naturally! All, as usual, at really good prices.

 

Party!!

We are delighted to announce that our First Birthday celebration Party will be on 15th October at Previous Homewares in Corsham High St, from 3-5 (and probably beyond!). There will be lots of fizz, good things to eat and a fab free Prize Draw.

So if you’re free and you’d like to pop in to celebrate with us, send us an email (nicola@previoushomewares.co.uk) and we’ll send you an invite.

By way of preparation, we went booze cruisin’ last weekend and came back with a car full of Prosecco, not to mention some fabulous French antiques that we picked up en route, including bedside cabinets, facet cut crystal glasses, oil paintings, a sunburst mirror and lots more.

We stayed overnight at a great boutique b&b called ‘Maison 76’ at  Montreuil Sur Mer, which we can highly recommend, but don’t expect ‘La Mer’ because it’s been inland for hundreds of years. Montreuil is a charming ancient walled town with an extraordinary number of good restaurants. We chose the rather chi-chi industrial chic ‘Anecdote’ and can report that 70s (revisited) French cuisine is alive and well and can be very dramatic – especially the crepes suzettes!

Dublin And The Craic Was Good

A flying visit to the Emerald Isle for a pair of Dublin virgins last weekend – fascinating on lots of levels. The first thing that struck as we arrived was Georgian architecture: endless stylish flat-fronted brick terraces, monumental civic buildings and extraordinary bungalows with basements.

We loved the area around the Powerscourt Centre – a vast eighteenth century mansion converted to a shopping and eating hub, the uber-grand main rooms intact and given a new lease of life as an upmarket drinking club. The whole quarter is full of interesting shops and eateries, including lots of carefully designed ‘Made in Ireland’ goodies – hopefully we’ll be stocking some interesting bits before too long.

If money’s no object, the high-end antique shops on Francis Street will keep you happy. There are some amazing pieces, at amazing prices – we spotted a couple of things that we have sold at Previous, but with an extra nought on the price! Cross Collection was our favourite, stocked with some to-die-for mid-century lamps, chandeliers, paintings and chairs. Unusually, the exclusive shops are interspersed with charity shops and junk stores, plus a very nice cafe/vintage clothing shop called Two Pups, so there’s something for everyone.

If you’re eating out in Dublin, you’re spoilt for choice. We opted for lunch from the food stalls in Temple Bar, dinner at Drury Buildings, and a wonderful, raucous night of Folk music and Guinness at O’Donoghue’s, which we wouldn’t have missed for the world; it’s true what they say about the friendliness of the Irish. Brunch at Brasserie 66 was just what we needed the next morning, followed by the spooky Bog Bodies and enviable pre-historic gold jewellery at the Archaeology Museum.

We’ll be back, to be sure.

‘Kiss Me Quick’

We’re LOVING our new card range by ‘Kiss Me Quick’ of Brighton (if we say so ourselves) – very funny versions of the old Ladybird books we know and love, plus some lovely 60s fashion shots, with tongue very firmly in cheek. Much chortling, the current fave is the one about the hokey-cokey…so if you’re looking for something a bit cheeky, unusual, yet inoffensive, you know where to come.

There are lots of exciting vintage goodies new in this week too, from amazing sunburst mirrors and religious icons to super chic champagne glasses and unusual signs.

All this, and the new Autumn ranges in clothes, cashmere, bags, jewellery, bath, beauty, toys, homewares and chocolate will be coming in soon, ready for you-know-what shopping. PREVIOUS really is the best one-stop-present-shop in the area for all ages and sexes; why not pop in to see for yourself?