South Woodford businesswoman swapping 9-to-5 in the City for vintage furniture and homeware
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When Natalie Howard realised she’d amassed more vintage furniture and homeware pieces than she had room for, a business plan began to take root.
The 26-year-old, of South Woodford, recently turned her back on an eight-year career in the City to specialise in “up-cycling” promising antiques into must-have items.
Her motivating factor wasn’t just clearing out her own collection of pieces, though, because while moving house, she realised she had a talent for uncovering great finds.
She said: “I realised I had an eye for vintage homeware. I didn’t need everything I had.
“I decided to leave what I knew, working in the City nine to five and start somewhere new and different.”
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She has been collecting since last year but only set out with her business venture, Coffee Tea or Me, at the turn of the year.
Through a Facebook page and on website Etsy, which specialises in handmade or vintage items, she is now offering items such as a silver plated round vintage tray; vintage dinner plates and bowls; her own home-made candles and even clip-on earrings.
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At the moment, she said she tends towards smaller items because they are easier to store and she’s collected a variety of furniture such as chairs, dressing tables and cabinets.
She said: “I realised that you can make some old things like new or in more modern colours or reupholster them.
“I got quite into it and I got quite a collection.”
With her own website in the offing, she has already received orders from America and Thailand, while closer to home, Time for Tea, High Street, Wanstead, is also a stockist.
She is also selling at Spitalfields Market on Saturday, and September 7.
For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/coffeeteaormehomeware or coffeeteaorme.co.uk.