The quirky, eclectic and downright gorgeous have always found a home at The Station in Richmond, but there’ll soon there be an on-site shop stocking a whole range of delightful goodies.
Lost & Found opens its doors on Saturday 22 March, offering gifts and homeware, plus vintage and retro clothing and furniture. It’s the latest venture at The Station, already home to artisan cheese, beer, confectionery and ice-cream producers, plus Britain’s Best Bakery 2014 finalists; The Angel’s Share.
“There’s a real buzz about The Station at the moment, and we want to keep moving forward with fresh ideas and offering something for everyone, be they visitors or local people,” says Manager Melanie Cookson-Carter. “Everything we sell in Lost & Found will benefit The Station and help us keep going.”
The shop is based around the concept of the lost and found office at a railway station during the glamorous age of steam. Retail and Front of House Co-ordinator, Sarah Wilson heads up a team of station volunteers who will offer some good old-fashioned customer service to purchasers.
Lost &Found will stock a mixture of new and donated items for sale. The team are keen to receive donations of pre-loved clothing or household items dating from before the 1980’s (‘retro’) and the 1960’s (vintage) to create a real mix in the shop.
“It’s vintage lifestyle with a modern twist,” explains Sarah. “It’s been wonderful to be able to stock the shop from scratch, seeking out great new items which give a nod to the old days, like our suffragette thermos flask, oilskin picnic bags, cosy rugs, tin mugs or garden dibbers, but at the same time sourcing authentic vintage items of furniture and clothing.”
A vintage buzz is certain on opening day, with giveaways, activities and goodies. Darlington based Gramophone DJs will be adding to the atmosphere and Vintage Tinsel will help the ladies transform their hair with authentic forties up-dos. The fun starts from 11am.