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Welcome to The Upcycled Trading Company’s first blog post! As I write there are big changes going on both with the business and for me personally.

workshop in Lenham

For those of you that have discovered The Upcycled Trading Company already you’ll know that I’ve had the privilege of trading from a stunning 15th Century building called The Corner House in the medieval village of Lenham in Kent since opening in December 2018.  It’s been amazing with some important retail experience gained and I’ve loved being part of such a wonderful community.

Just over a year later and I’m about to move to my dream house in a small village near Folkestone and can’t wait to get started on lots of little upcycling projects for the new home.  I knew I’d need to relocate the shop in the future as the business expanded however the opportunity to do that has presented itself sooner than expected! I am currently waiting for a larger retail space to become available in Folkestone so in the interim I will be opening a temporary showroom at The Studio, Green Pastures, Yard Farm, Lyminge CT18 8EL.  Visits can be arranged by appointment via the Contact form.

We all have an idea of the things our dream home should have but I don’t think we always know for sure until we see it.  One of the must haves for me is a large space to work on upcycling projects and somewhere suitable to stage and photograph completed pieces to show them at their best. One particular room in the house has lots of natural light flooding in which is perfect for both of these uses.  A person that paints furniture can never have enough natural light!

room with natural light

A new year, a new blog, a new home and new business premises.

Another new thing will be a separate Instagram account documenting the projects carried out in the new home. If you’re interested in home improvement, particularly with a focus on sustainable interiors please follow @green_pastures_by_tutco – I can’t wait to get posting!

Until the new larger retail premises opens I will be keeping busy painting furniture and posting lots of lovely pictures on social media of pieces for sale.  These will be available to view by appointment at the studio along with all the usual ethical shopping products and all will be available to purchase online via the website.  I will also be posting more videos demonstrating the process as I carry out these projects.

News about workshops and any other updates will as always be posted on social media so please follow, like and engage with anything that interests you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and the next time I write will be from a house filled with natural light and upcycled furniture – bliss!

Claire x