We are a small family business based in Cowbridge, South Wales. We began our business in 2010 after moving homes. We found we had less space for all our possessions and decided to "get rid" of our surplus by doing a car boot sale or two. We soon became hooked and progressed from selling at a car boot to having our own Market Stall - albeit a small one! Within a couple of years, our stall expanded from the basic 8 foot pitch to something approaching 20 foot (Our last stall had a frontage of over 36 foot). It had also expanded to such a degree that I was able to leave my full time job to concentrate on the Market. I was soon doing 4 Markets a week, and putting in more hours than in my previous job! Though I was more exhausted than when I was employed, I was certainly happier working for myself.
After discussions with my wife, we decided to take the plunge and start selling our goods online through EBay. For us, this was a big step as we aren't exactly whizz kids with technology. This has proved to be more successful than we anticipated and over time resulted in me reducing the number of markets I attended. We were only doing 1 market a week (Sunday in Cardiff) which we both thoroughly enjoyed. However, only recently we have decided to cease trading at the market and concentrate on our online business. After a couple of years of online selling we decided to complement our EBay shop with our own Web Site. To say this has been a labour of love is stretching things quite a bit, however, we are excited about the opportunity this has provided us with even though it has taken so long to get here.
As this site is still a work in progress, not all of our stock has been added. This will happen over time,but should you not find what you like please also try our EBay shop at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/arliesbazaar