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Christmas Gift Inspiration 2017

I LOVE gift guides at Christmas and trawl through countless numbers of them looking for lots of new inspiration each year. I thought this year I would do a little guide with lots of the things I have seen/bought for people so far to help give you some new ideas. I've split it into 3 categories; for him, for her and foodie gifts but really lots of them are interchangeable! There's things from covering all price ranges, from stocking fillers to slightly more extravagant gift if you're looking to treat someone special. Many of the products are made by small or independent businesses which makes it an extra special gift, a few Polkadot Living things may have snuck in there...

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Upcoming Markets - Where you will find us when!

As Christmas market season is fast approaching I thought I would do a little blog post letting you all know where we will be when over the coming few months. I don't have all that many photos from the markets last year but did find this one which I recon sums up autumn cosiness in one picture: We've spent lots of time making adjustments to the design and layout of our stall so we hope you love it! We have lots of lovely new products too.  So here we go, this is where you will find us: Sunday 8th October Curly Magpie antique and home fair in Melbourne assembly rooms, 10am - 3pm. Sunday 22nd October Vintage & Quirky - The...

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New Business Shout Out - Stoker Log Baskets

Running a small business myself I know how hard it can be to get your name out there. I’m still working on it myself! I want to be able help other new or small businesses in any way I possibly can. Whether that is selling their products on our website or just telling you all that they exist. Here is a massive shout out to new business ‘Stoker’ who hand craft steel log baskets local to us in the Peak District in Derbyshire. When I first saw one of their baskets I was genuinely blown away by the design and overall quality. This Father and Son venture came about after they saw a gap in the market for a log basket...

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Buying Your First Home - Helpful Hints and Tips

When we bought our first home, a cute little two bed character cottage in a picturesque Derbyshire village, it sort of happened by accident. We had been renting it for a while and after a doing a bit of research we realised we could potentially afford to buy it. When we suggested this could be an option to our lovely landlady we were surprised that she was enthusiastic and from then on the ball started rolling. I wouldn’t say it was a traditional purchase in that we didn’t have an estate agent; this had it's downsides but also was a massive bonus. There were a few niggles along the way but on the whole it was a pretty easy purchase...

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Happy New Year from Polkadot Living!

Happy New Year! Its a grey, cold and miserable day here in Derbyshire so what better day to try beat the January Blues and launch our Sale with 15% off EVERYTHING with code JANUARY15. Lots of exciting things are in the pipeline for Polkadot Living in 2017. From gorgeous new homeware stock arriving soon to increasing the amount of handmade wedding decor items available.  Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting us since we officially launched last March. I hope we can help more and more of you fill your homes with the fabulous things we have to offer.  Much love from, Polkadot Living xx  

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