Although this challenge does not apply to the business (as I wouldn't be able to run it without buying anything new) I have as much as possible tried to buy second hand in setting up the studio. The Studio is in Alfies Antique Market, Marylebone and if you haven't been yet to have a mooch around, you really must- it is a treasure trove.
There was this lovely lady who had a haberdashery shop, selling lovely bits of lace, trimmings, buckles etc- you name it, she had it. Unfortunately she has now retired and a couple of weeks ago, she shut her doors. I was lucky enough to go in there about a month ago and spied an amazing haberdashers cabinet tucked away in the corner.
I have longed for one of these for some years and could not resist it for the Studio. I can't reveal how much I paid for it, Dear Reader but it was not cheap and nor should it be. It is a beautiful piece that I and my clients will enjoy and I was happy to pay a fair price for it.
I haven't quite organised the draws yet- I am so looking forward to that part- it will be very satisfying. Here is a wide shot with my childhood dolls house on top of it which I am using to store china!
Love Alice x