Retail Shop Re-Opens!

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Everything comes in threes!! The third thing is that we now have stock for our retail shop which will open on Monday 3rd August. We will only have Royal Sussex Traditional Garden and South Down Rother (natural colour) Garden Trugs for the time being. Only one party of linked folk in at one time though,…

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Trug Shop Update

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What’s happening at Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop? Everyone is now back into work and furlough is a thing of the past (after this week)! Chris (my son) and Caleb have reorganised the workshop practices and our production is gaining weekly. Our aim is for 120 Trugs a week, every week, on average before the end…

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Very Busy!

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Folks, I am sorry that I haven’t put anything much on here recently but we have been so, so busy! Most of my days now are involving packing and despatching Trugs all over the World. We have gained several new stockist in the USA recently and have had lots of individual customers placing orders through…

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Tidy, Safe Workshop

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We are very, very busy but are waiting for chestnut to arrive as my van is off the road until we get a new set of keys!! So, we are taking some time to sort out the workshop to make it easier to make more Trugs when the lads and lass get back. They won’t…

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Happy in Montana

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A part of our job that is so satisfying is when customers past and present write nice things about us. Today, out of the blue, we received an e-mail from Sandra Kochis from Montana, USA in which she just said “Purchased trugs from you a few years ago and just love them”. With the message…

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Skeleton Staff

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During the coronavirus crisis we continue to work, but with a skeleton staff.  In the photo, the one on the right is Caleb and on the left is Rob.  We are doing our best to service orders in hand and those received from mail order customers on a daily basis but are only currently able…

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Worshipful Company Basketry Showcase

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On Tuesday my apprentice, Mark Robinson, and I attended the Basketry Showcase in the Dutch Church in Austin Friars, London. Organised by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, the event was designed to give members of other worshipful companies a taste of what basketmakers was about and was open in the afternoon to members of the…

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Products "Made To Last"

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We have been supplying a wonderful company with our Trugs over the past few years and just would like to share their name with our customers.  Made To Last is based in the city of Cambridge here in England and offers high quality British products to their wide range of customers that are truly “made…

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Trugs to the World!

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Last week we sent several parcels into Swedn and Germany.  This week we sent a parcel to Queensland, and antoher to New South Wales in Australia, followed by one to Ontario and one to British Columbia in Canada. There were several to the United States of America to Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Minnesota, New York, California,…

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More Lovely Sheep Hurdles

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Another photograph of Andrew Midgley Landscapes of Kingsteinton, Devonshire for one of his clients.  Don’t they look good!

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