Friday, 27 November 2015

Shop Till You Drop

We all know how crazy the malls are going to be this Christmas and who enjoys fighting through crowds to find the perfect gift??!!

Instead of experiencing the stress of the mall, why don’t you try a few different places to shop at.

Muse Shop is a home decor and gift store situated at the Fields Shopping Centre in Kloof. They have only recently moved there and the shop has had a beautiful makeover. You are sure to find lots of treasures and don’t be surprised if the gift you buy stays permanently with you.

Also at Fields Shopping Centre is the Anthology pop-up shop, the little sister to the main Anthology shop in Windermere Centre in Durban. With vintage and new items and beautiful art it is another shop where you could find yourself buying something for yourself instead. The shop is open until the end of January 2016.

Behind Delcairn Centre in Kloof you will find the Bellevue Campus which houses the delightful Fat Tuesday. Owned by Carol Clark, the shop is filled with beautiful and quirky items as well as her fabulous clothes. Recently Salt selling home essentials, accessories and bed linen opened inside Fat Tuesday. Once you have sufficiently bruised your credit card I recommend that you have a seat at the Bellevue Cafe and enjoy a cappuccino and something sweet.

You cannot leave Kloof yet. Next up is the Kloof & Highway SPCA which has fascinating shops filled with books, toys, men’s and ladies clothing, records and bric a brac. All the shops are open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am – 12pm. They also have a delightful tea garden and live music. If you need new Christmas decorations then I recommend that you stop by the SPCA first.

For beautiful African crafts you need to make your way to Woza Moya in Hillcrest. There are now two shops – the first is at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in central Hillcrest and the second is in Botha’s Hill at Embo next to Kearsney College. Jewellery, shoes, African pots, clothes, plants, carvings and even the best soap;  Rondavel.

Looking for beautiful leather bags, wallets or belts then Layed Back in Hillcrest is definitely the place to go. They also have clothes, jewellery and shoes. In the back of the shop is Hope’s Closet for fabulous second hand clothing and the money made supports homeless women and children in Durban. They are always grateful for donations of good clothing and shoes. Upstairs in the stone tower is Mookins who stock handmade bath salts, soaps and bath bombs.

If you need to makeover your furniture or to buy a new piece – take a drive to Second Treasures Eco-Chic Furniture & Decor. What Christi does to furniture can only be described as art. Lots of other small decor items can also be found amongst the furniture and her signs are wonderful. Recently Heidi Handmade has made her home at Second Treasures with her beautifully sewn items.

Last, but certainly not least is the marvellous Mrs Pinkerton. Situated at the Mushroom Farm the shop is filled with furniture, clothes and other interesting items.

There you go – no reason to stress yourself at the malls as you are sure to find lots of special items for yourself your loved ones.

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