I can’t believe summer is over and kids are back to school. Apparently this is the hottest summer on record and somehow we managed to take the last week of August off to have our family holiday together – probably the only week when we didn’t have beach weather. But the first days of September weren’t that bad actually and in the attempt to prolong summer we went to the nearest to us seaside town – Hastings.
We’ve been visiting Hastings quite a lot in the past few years. Before I’ve been there I was sceptical but it pleasantly surprised me. It does have an underbelly like most seaside towns, but the town is definitely on the up and has a great vibe. I heard people likening it to Brighton at the start of its popularity. I don’t go to Brighton much these days because I actually find it less interesting, overtaken by high street shops and too crowded. Hastings is my new place to go – it’s got a nice mixture of unique individual shops, interesting restaurants, Jerwood gallery, a good mixture of family activities and the beach – all ingredients needed for a perfect day out.
As we usually go there with the family I get a very limited amount of time to browse the shops. But by now I have already worked out what shops are of most interest to me so I rush straight there. Here are my favourite places.
The shop offers an eclectic mix of antiques, textiles, homewares, pots, plants, rugs, lighting and furniture.
At the back there is also a tiny intimate cafe that specialises in several varieties of filter coffee and serves giant portions of cake.
The shop occupies an old and beautifully preserved building furnished with vintage haberdashery display cabinets. It stocks an ever changing mixture of clothes, homewares and skincare.
Just opposite from Butler’s Emporium is this tiny shop that specialises in artisanal and handcrafted homewares – ceramics, planters, prints and more.
There is a bike shop right next to it. I am not a cyclist at all but looking at these, I think I might just about force myself to take up cycling!
I love this shop so much I decided I am going to do a separate post on it. It is truly unique and every time I am in Hastings I make sure I pop by. Visit their website to explore everything they’ve got to offer, they are more than just a shop.
This time I couldn’t resist buying some vintage plates and an incredibly beautiful ostrich duster. Always wanted one of those but theirs was of a particularly good quality.
Not far from it you can find antique and brick-a-brack places to browse. This is still a place where you can buy something for a pound and find an abundance of up-cycling projects.
I got away with a few purchases that you can see on a photo below.
Face pot with cactus – Clockwork Crow
Door tassels – Clockwork Crow
Parkminster Products candle – Butler’s emporium
Vintage saucers – A G Hendy & Co
If you have time for more exploring to do, a short stroll away along the sea front is St. Leonards with its own selection of individual homeware and antique shops.
Have a great day out!