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Chatsworth Country Fair 2016
With the end of August fast approaching, it feels like summer is drawing to a close. Whilst we mourn the end of the warm(ish) weather and light evenings, it does mark the start of our preparations for Chatsworth Country Fair.
Held annually in Chatsworth Park, the Country Fair is an impressive outdoor event comprising a mixture of country sports, displays, crafts and shopping. It is always a spectacular weekend, with the highlight being a Red Arrows performance, usually on the Sunday.
There is always an eclectic mix of shopping opportunities, with everything from fresh local produce to photography, clothing to hot tubs! It's well worth spending a couple of hours wandering around the trade stands and food village. If you are in need of a unique gift or even early Christmas presents, this is the perfect place to start.
In order to create a fantastic shopping experience for all you lovely visitors, a lot of organisation, preparation and hard work is required! Typically, our final prep for the weekend starts around 3-4 weeks before.
A list of stock to be sold at the show will already have been drawn up, but it will need pricing. Sometimes certain items will have special show offers or promotions and these will also need to be marked up at this point. This means somebody working through a list of prices and individually checking and pricing every item. Whilst this may seem a laborious job, it is crucial for the weekend to be a success. Once we arrive at the trade stand there will be no computer for us to check any stock prices on. Any unmarked items will have to rely on our staff members' knowledge or good memory! If there is no price, we cannot sell an item.
When all the stock has been checked and priced, it then needs packing ready for the show itself. This takes a careful and organised hand - nobody wants to start rummaging for stock when it arrives!
Although the fair itself doesn't open to the public until Friday, our first day on site is Wednesday. The stand needs to be built from scratch including flooring, display shelves and the counter. Layout is crucial so customers can safely navigate their way around the stand and so stock stays protected from the elements.
Once the stand is set up, we need to fill it with lovely things to buy! Typically we take a selection from brands like Hunter, Barbour, Longchamp, Portmeirion, Spode and Beswick, alongside small items of giftware. Everything will need to be carefully unpacked and arranged ready for the public on Friday.
Hunter wellies are one of the most popular items we sell during Chatsworth ranging from children's boots through to heavy duty boots like the Balmoral range. If you are not sure what type of wellies would fit your requirements, we can help you to choose the right pair; just ask us. The giant Hunter display boot often makes an appearance too - everyone loves having their picture taken with it, or even in it!
There are always plenty of four legged friends during the weekend who love trying out our range of comfy Barbour dog beds and coats. We are massive dog lovers, so don't hesitate to drop by and say hello with your pooch - we guarantee they will be made a fuss of!
Prior to opening, all the last minute details are checked. Have we got enough carrier bags and tissue paper to wrap purchases? Is all the stock priced and laid out correctly? Have we located the nearest purveyor of bacon butties?!
Friday means the official start of the Fair. With thousands of people visiting over the weekend, long days and lots of stock, the weekend is always super busy for us. We don't mind; we love meeting customers both old and new. The atmosphere also makes this a very special event - we can't wait to return this year!
Chatsworth Country Fair 2016 starts Friday 2nd September and finishes Sunday 4th September. Don't forget to come and say hello to us at stand D20!
So you may have heard about a little thing called 'Tramlines'. You know, that little music festival that occurs every year in Sheffield? The one that has pretty low key lineups of artists like Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans and Katy B?
No? Well if you missed the last 7 years, it's this kind of awesome weekend of music, frivolity and fun for all ages. No big deal.
This year looks to be no exception with Dizzee Rascal, Kelis and The Dandy Warhols headlining, Sheffield City Hall's Grand Ballroom playing host to its first ever Tramlines event and the Folk Forest expanding. There is a fantastic buzz building around the whole city, particularly around the Devonshire Green area and we keep hearing rumours of a heatwave. (Ok, this might just be wishful thinking!) With not long to go now, it's safe to say everyone's getting a bit giddy!
To celebrate all this excitement, we are offering 20% off all full price items in our Sheffield store between 20 July-23 July if you check in with us on Facebook or tag us using Instagram or Twitter. If you have an Independent Sheffield Card, you can also take 20% off any full price items during this period. Aren't we generous?
I think all this anticipation has gone to our heads!
Welcome to Sinclairs Online Blog!From today we will be starting a series of regular blog posts covering new products, reviews and advice. If you have any questions, simply ask away. We don’t bite!Many of you will already be familiar with us, but for those of you who are new around these parts, here is a little introduction to Sinclairs…The Sinclairs we know today started life in 1967 specialising in fine china, crystal and collectables. Originally housed in a row of terraced properties in Glossop Road, Sheffield, the building was completely redeveloped in 2006 into a modern store designed specifically for our requirements. Over the years we have expanded our range of goods to include homeware, jewellery and luxury leather goods.
Sheffield ShopBased on Glossop Road in the award winning Sinclair Building is our flagship store.Behind the striking brick façade is a mini department store where you can find women and men’s fashion accessories, jewellery, crystal, collectables and kitchenware. We have a huge selection of bags, purses and wallets to pick from regardless of your budget or requirements. We offer a wide range of lovely things to tempt you whether you are after a last minute gift or a treat for yourself. The shop itself has just undergone a further refurbishment so we are looking fresh, bright and beautiful.This store is also the main hub of Sinclairs Online. When you place an order, it will be processed here. If you need to chat with anyone regarding an order or particular product, the call will be taken here by a member of our online sales team.
Stamford ShopSituated in the beautiful market town of Stamford is our second branch of Sinclairs.
A traditional shopfront conceals a treasure trove of goodies, where you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. When you have finished all your shopping and are feeling a little puckish, head upstairs to their café for a bite to eat.
Cook’n’DineSpecialising in cookware is our factory outlet at Lakeside Village, Doncaster.Whether you are after a dinner service or a potato peeler, this is the place to go.It also has a small selection of crystal and collectables such as Waterford, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Worcester.European PorcelainLocated in Kensington, London is our European Porcelain store.
Specialising in Herend and Meissen Porcelain, you can also find Richard Ginori, Baccarat and Riedel here. Experts in anything porcelain, what they don’t know, isn't worth knowing.
BrandsWe love brands! We have many stylish men’s and women’s brands for all your fashion 'must haves' including...
We also stock skincare, homeware, kitchenware, and glass wear from brands such as Dr Hauschka, R.E.N, L’occitane, Prestige, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion, Nigella Lawson, Baccarat, Waterford, Lalique and many more! From pastel pinks to country styling, we’ve got it all here at Sinclairs.
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Websites ExplainedWe have a wide variety of products at Sinclairs, to help make life easier we have a few different websites for our different products. To help point you in the right direction, we have:Sinclairs Online – All your style needs! Men’s and Women’s Clothing, Bags, Accessories, Jewellery, Wellies.Sinclairs Collectables – Glassware, China, Kitchenware.Ebay/Amazon – Glassware, China, Kitchenware.
StaffWe are a small team of friendly staff here at Sinclairs. Dependant on your requirements we can point you in the direction of the correct department you will require. We have our mail order department who deal with the online enquiries for glass wear and fine china. We also have the shop floor staff that are able to offer friendly and helpful advice.
Student DiscountWe love students! Therefore we offer 10% student discount with a valid student ID on all our full priced items in store. We also offer a rewards scheme, pick up a card in-store and receive a stamp every time you purchase using your discount, and after 5 stamps you get 20% your purchase!