red flocked chandelier

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Ah, the scent of Christmas is palpable, windows are getting fogged up by the steam from hot chocolates and baked goods, and the thoughts of Christmas gatherings and present-giving are starting to make my brain go into shopaholic mode. But with the postal strikes causing no end of problems for the conventional means of sending pressies, you can always shop online (most online shops use couriers rather than Royal Mail.)

So I have been busy scanning some of the best online gift shops that you may not have come across. I would suggest you favourite/bookmark/delicious/stumble them for future reference:

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A trip over to Cloth Ears is a must for vintage-fanciers – from bunting and cushions to fabrics and accessories galore. Old favourites like the Cath Kidston-esque polka dot fabrics to quirkier designs such as this lovely sail boats cushion or this classy Gladstone vintage inspired bag (£26.99) abound. Or, if like me, you are into the really glamorous old fashioned vintage look (but without the hefty price-tag, you could go for something like these gorgeous lace place mats found at designmyworld.net (£5.95)

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Another great site to visit for such fripperies is Made in Design particularly because they stock one of my favourite designers, the unusual French design collective, Ibride.

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The wonderful Diva table (below) , while is not vintage, is fast becoming a design classic, and is not for the ‘conventional of taste’ types, but I think it’s truly a thing of beauty! Ibride are also famous for their animalia style designs reported previously here on Vintage Verity.

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For quirky gifts:

Notonthehighstreet.com is always worth a visit as you can browse by person, budget, item, whatever! A few of my pickings include this ‘Bonanza comic book decoupage chair’ for £275 – truly original! Or this ‘brekkie’ teatowel to brighten up the kitchen – a snip at a tenner

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Finally, these quirky book-ends are fab – a great gift for bookworms with style (£27.95)

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I’m a sucker for lines, so the main image on this post, the red, flocked chandelier has quickly made it onto my Christmas wish list – you can get one at DZD for £46.

So there you have it, a couple of ace new websites to check out – there are plenty more and i will keep adding them to the list as I collect them, so do pop back for updates, and if there is a site I could add to the list, leave a comment and I’ll check it out!

Happy huntin!’

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