After six weeks of putting up shelving, designing the signs & postcard mailers, filling the room full of lovely products and pricing each and every one – we were ready! The doors opened at 10am on Friday 27th and our two days of fun began. All the staff involved were feeling a mixture of emotions from nervous to extremely excited.
So 10am struck and I watched on from the payment room (I had a perfect view!) and for the first 10 minutes it was a just continuous flow of people coming in – I could not believe my eyes! We all expected the sale to be a busy event because it is not something we have ever offered before but the amount of people was such a pleasant surprise.
I had my first sale at 10:15 which I was slightly apprehensive about because we had been pre-warned that the new chip and pin machines (purchased especially for the sale) did not pick up very good signal. Sure enough, they did not work – all day! By the time I had managed to get a computer up and running to process the sales, the queue was 20 minutes long. Despite this, I have to say all of our customers were unbelievably lovely and patient – we really can’t thank you all enough! I was being told by everyone I served that the sale room was getting fuller and fuller which really was music to all of our ears. Not only were we full of customers in the sale area but the showroom was also flooded with people – they were even queuing outside the front door.
The next time I looked at the clock it was 14:30 and all the sales staff were treated to some delicious sandwiches from Jim and Sheena which went down a treat I have to say. The second half of the day started to die down a little and all the sales staff really enjoyed having more of a chat and a giggle with the customers, and we particularly enjoyed having a nose at all of the great bargains people were grabbing. I had my eye on a beautiful Higham Lamp in Clay which I am sad to say was sold fairly early on – not surprised!
Apart from the slight hiccup with the chip and pin machines, the day was a huge success and really good fun. We soon made a start with replenishing stock for the next day and having an overall tidy up. It was so nice to meet so many of our customers across both days of the sale and if you came along we really hope you love all of your bargains and we hope to see you in sunny Suffolk very soon.
If you came to our sale and would like to tell me about your experience then I would love to hear from you. Just send me an email to email@example.com.
Our autumn competition at Jim Lawrence…
This autumn sees the release of our beautiful new ‘Anniversary Edition’ brochure. To celebrate its arrival we are offering a £100 voucher to the best photo we receive of our brochure in an interesting place. It could be abroad, it could be by your favourite chair, it could even have made it to Buckingham Palace!
The exciting launch of our 20th anniversary edition brochure can only mean one thing… lots of beautiful new products joining our range! We have handpicked 5 new additions from our lighting and home furnishings range to give you a flavour of what we have all been up to…
A huge congratulations to Rose Tabberer for her winning picture which made the Jim Lawrence gang extremely jealous!Rose captioned her beautiful picture by saying “it was lovely there and I really enjoyed having the time to really look through the brochure whilst lazing on my lounger with a cocktail.”
This stunning picture of our 20th anniversary brochure soaking up the sun in Puerto Rico crowns Rose the winner of our ‘What has your brochure been up to?’ autumn competition.
A huge thank you to everyone else who entered our autumn competiton – keep your eyes pealed for our next give away! If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter bursting with news of new products at Jim Lawrence, helpful styling tips, and of course great competitions, simply enter your email address here.
We had a tremendous response to our Spring Competition this year, to name our latest table lamp design. Poor Jim had the unenviable task of choosing from over 400 fantastic entries.
Since its early designs our latest light has been a real talking point in the workshop. Its clever desk fitting was certainly an inspiration for lots of the name suggestions. In fact we had over 30 suggestions for variants on the theme of ‘Clamp Light’ including the ‘Glam Clamper’, ‘The Clampon’ and the ‘Glamp’!
Chelsea Flower show is always a great place to see what’s trending in gardens and get lots of inspiration for you home, and this year was certainly no exception. The show gardens were as stunning as ever, with some pretty key trends that are a great starting place to get you thinking about design in your home and garden this summer.
The big news this year was topiary. The sublime topiary balls in the Telegraph Garden really showcased how topiary can be used to such great effect in your garden.
Why not keep this trend working into your conservatory by using some of our Topiary fabric? With its sweet little tree motif, it’s perfect for using as a great transition fabric for garden rooms and conservatories where you want to move smoothly from indoor style to outdoors.
Back in September of last year, Matthew Morris from House & Garden magazine contacted us to see whether we could help him with a project they were working on, to be published in the February 2014 issue. As usual, we love to work with the magazines so we jumped right in.
His brief was to produce an innovative way of showcasing graphic style and he was keen to use our forged iron poles as part of his design. When we got his plans through it certainly peaked our curiosity – we just couldn’t imagine how it was all going to look!
Our craftsmen set to work producing 20mm forged iron poles that each had one or two bends in them as per his drawings. Interestingly creating his design was very similar to techniques we use to create our bespoke bay window poles so were off to a good start. Once the poles had been worked into shape they were hand finished in the desired colour.
Come February we were eager to see how the shoot turned out. The feature, titled ‘On The Tiles’ was a set of images displaying ‘pared-back schemes using coloured tiles in bold, graphic ways.’ We think the final image is fantastic and a credit to Matthew’s imagination and flair. We certainly never thought we’d see our curtain poles looking like this…
Did you know that we can create one off pieces for your home too? If you are interested in us making a design for you why not contact our dedicated bespoke team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01473 826978 to find out more about our bespoke design service.
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