Watch out Shrewsbury there are two new antiquers in town!
Upcycling, repurposing and zero waste strategies aim to transform our throwaway culture - the pandemic has focused minds on using what we have, 'buying better' rather than buying new. Two Shrewsbury businesses are taking the old and making it new, says Cathy Block.
Friends Jade Bulteel and Clare Fray both moved from London to Shrewsbury in the first lockdown and have since started upcycling and antique businesses trading in The Shrewsbury Antique Centre, off The Square.
Jade says they chose Shrewsbury as they have family connections here and liked the fact it has plenty going on and a good community feel.
She has launched her small business selling up-cycled china with humorous words added to it: "Nowadays, we're seeing an increase in beautiful porcelain in charity shops as they’re just not something that younger generations would use to decorate their homes," she says.
‘Mockery crockery’, as she calls her products, seemed a good way to give them a new lease on life. Her Instagram is @cupandsaucier and she will launch her Etsy store soon so people can buy her crockery online.
Clare acquires second-hand furniture and clothes and gives them a new life by selling them online and from a little booth inside the Shrewsbury Antique Centre near Ginger & Co coffee house, sharing her stall with Jade. Clare’s Instagram is @nellscircus and her Etsy store is etsy.com/NellsCircus.
The idea for them both to up-cycle and then combine efforts was due to a chance meeting at a charity yard sale that Jade was hosting.
"We share a mutual love of doing our bit to save the planet and a love of finding a new use or life for older items," Jade says.
"There seems to be a strong market for antiques within Shrewsbury and the surrounding area, with new antique fairs being held at the showground and more. We are yet to see how our up-cycling fits into this!"