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  One of my goals in 2016 is to shout about and celebrate our goods more. Each month I have therefore set myself the challenge of highlighting what we call 'hero' products. It seemed fitting that my first 'hero' product ¬†should be the vintage school desk! They are one of our best sellers and a huge hit with both parents and children alike. They never fail to evoke special childhood memories and can bring any room to life. I absolutely love sourcing them and selling ...

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We are now a few weeks into January which has given me some time to reflect on the year that was 2015! In short it was a pretty good one. It provided lots of learning, fun and change, both on a personal and professional front. It's hard to believe that Blue Ticking will be two in May and when I look back at last year i'm really pleased with the progress we have made. We have reached more people both locally and further afield, sold many more goods than the previous year, (which ...

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CHRISTMAS, ARGH! How is it nearly upon us? Like many of you no doubt, I am slightly dumbfounded that we are fast approaching the end of November and therefore the beginning of December. It's officially action stations in the Shaw household, well for me anyway! The mammoth present buying must commence and I need to get myself organised. I tend to do a mixture of online shopping and then I have the odd day when I hit the shops. The latter has yet to happen so I have spent many a ...

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It's always exciting when a new idea pops into your mind and you can't wait to set about turning it into an actual product. This is exactly what happened when we spotted the enamel pots on one of our antique fair hunts. I can't actually take the credit for the idea, it was John who saw the pots and immediately thought something interesting could be done with them. I was the reassuring and positive voice when he aired his idea and said straight away that we needed to buy a few to ...

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