Since being at the Chelsea Flower Show we have really got the exhibition bug and our next stop was Olympia. Every year they host the Spirit of Summer Fair and this year they decided to join this with the HOUSE event for inspiring interiors, design and decoration – we soon jumped on the idea and decided to attend.
This spring we have decided to give one of our lucky customers a unique Jim Lawrence country escape. One of Jim and Sheena’s favourite places is the beautiful Crown at Stoke-By-Nayland. This boutique hotel is only a few miles away from Scotland Hall Farm – where Jim Lawrence first started designing and hand-crafting all of his beautiful products.
What a week we have had at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it really has been an amazing experience and a milestone in Jim Lawrence history. We spent 6 weeks building, planning and arranging the stand with all 40 of our outdoor and conservatory lighting range on show. There was a lot of preparation and it was amazing how many little things we had to remember – right down to that little watering can to keep all 32 of our plants alive!
So Friday arrived and we packed up the stand and off it went to Chelsea with the rest of us in tow. We spent the next two days getting everything set up and wired in – the stand looked better than ever and we couldn’t wait to show it off on Monday morning.
I am often asked by people ‘what is the difference between Old Gold and Antiqued Brass?’ The true answer is that there is quite a significant difference but it all depends on the item you are interested in. I thought I would take the time to share my knowledge of both the finishes to help you decide which one is best suited for you.
After the success of my last post discussing Old Gold and Antiqued Brass I thought I would keep with the same theme and talk about Beeswax and Matt Black finishes. It is one of the most common questions we hear ‘what is the difference between Matt Black and Beeswax?’ Well, all shall be revealed…
Matt Black is our most hard wearing and uniform finish. It involves the process of the product being blasted to smooth out any imperfections and the paint is then baked on to create a heard wearing finish. The advantages of Matt Black are that it is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand all weathers. It is a striking and bold finish and is perfect for creating a simple yet effective look.
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.
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