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About Us

  • Dressed for success!

    To say we were a little excited when we were approached to dress a window in The Cornmill Shopping Centre in Darlington is maybe a bit of an understatement, we were to drag from the ceiling we were so elated! We have been offered an empty shop window to dress for 3 months with a selection of our up-cycled goodies. After lots of deliberation we decided to launch with a selection of our lovely arm candy, including a handbag by Karina, our cigar box bags along with a pair Jute Adores. We plan to change the window every couple of weeks but we're delighted with our first effort.


  • Hello wholesale!

    At a notoriously quiet time of year, we were simply delighted to have a lovely wholesale order from the famous Theakstons Brewery. We have made lots of little Adore-a-Bottle Clocks from their Old Peculiar bottles to stock in their Gift Shop, which is a part of their popular Visitor Centre. We're so proud to be working alongside such a prestigious brand as Theakstons and couldn't wish for a better start to the year.


  • Our first magazine feature

    We are very excited today at Totes Adore, as our Bombay Sapphire Drizzle & Clock Sets have been featured in the Luxe Gift Guide of La Di Da Magazine! Our product shot sits right alongside the caviar, which is just where we like to think we belong! The set features our up cycled Bombay Sapphire Clock and also either a Bombay Sapphire Drunken Drizzle Bottle or the Lemon Slice Board, the blue glass is one of our favourites and a MUST for any Gin Lover. Hopefully this will be the first magazine feature of many.


  • Totes adore on tour

    We know you're working hard and there's just not enough hours in the day at the moment, so what better way than for us to make Christmas Shopping easy than coming to see you at work! We're taking out pop up boutique on tour and into work places, so whilst you are having lunch or wandering to get a cuppa you can browse our lovely goodies. We hope we brighten everyones day, if not with our witty conversation with our never ending supply of retro sweets! Our first stop has been EE / Orange in Darlington. For us to visit your workplace, please email us at


  • Moving to The Bunker

    Well 2013 has certainly been a busy year for us gals and when we do manage to fit in the odd glass of fizz (ok, it usually tea!) we often reflect on what an amazing, challenging and outstanding year it has been. Being a new business we are so happy to have been so warmly welcomed, by customers and stockists and the positivity we have received is so very touching and uplifts us in what we do day to day. Not only have we launched our website, developed our range of upcycled goodies, we have just moved workshops to accommodate our bigger kiln and more stock. Any move can be stressful and this one, was no different! Not only did we have 'Officey' things to move, but we had lots and lots of empty bottles, oodles china, records and a couple of great big hefty kilns!! However, a few lorry trips and a forklift later, we are in our lovely new office and studio, which we are lovingly calling 'The Bunker'!


  • Newcastle Does Vintage

    We were at Newcastle Does Vintage recently held at the Theatre Royal, a stunning Art Deco venue, and a perfect showcase for this event. As we find at many of these events, we struggle to stay behind our own stalls, as our eyes are on stalks at all of the goodies! Our favourite trick is to get there and set up early so we can have a wander and ear mark a few purchases. This time Kizzy bought a gorgeous 1960's candy pink mac, with lovely big buttons. I was torn between a kitsch pineapple ice bucket and battered red leather satchel, I went with the bag, but really there is far too much choice! We had a fabulous fun day and would recommend visiting to anyone.


  • Festival of Thrift

    Darlington has just held the UK's very first Festival of Thrift, a fabulous event all about celebrating the fun that you can have 'on the cheap!' The Festival was aimed at changing attitudes surrounding the disposable culture we live in and encourage people to make do and mend a little more. There was workshops, entertainment and lots to do for all of the familily. We were there with our pop up boutique, dancing the days away to the Charity Shop Disco! Not only did we have a fantastic time, but we also left feeling inspired and enthused after so much positive feedback about our up-cycled goodies. We can't wait until next time ...


  • Newcastle Quayside Market

    Our first visit to the Quayside Sunday Morning Market was one of those days when you think its going to be really cold and you get there and it is positively tropical! So there we were dressed for the arctic having to shed some layers, it was in fact so sunny we both got a bit of a tan! The Quayside is a fabulous market full of hustle & bustle, the public are full of fun and up for a laugh as much as the traders, we met lots of hungover stags & hens as well as locals & tourists. Our best seller of the day didn't surprise us, it was our Newcastle Brown Ale Bottle Clocks!

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  • Tynemouth Market

    If you have never been Tynemouth Market is held at the only privately owned Metro Station on the network, in you'll never believe it… Tynemouth. The station itself is gorgeous architecturally, Grade 2 listed and bursting with Victorian features and character it is beautiful and bright. Not totally sheltered from the elements, it keeps you dry but you still need to wrap up. We have long been fans of this market, billed as the North's Most Vibrant Marketplace it certainly is a melting pot brimming with arts, crafts, thrift & vintage finds along with the best of market traditional market staples, such as meat, bread, flowers and cakes. As always we spend as much as we earn, coming home with knitted hats, fabulously kitsch hand sewn aprons, a typewriter, and some amazing Kenspeckle Fudge! We were a tad hungover if we're honest but the lively atmosphere and content supply of tea & things to nibble (we Totes Adored these giant snowballs) kept us full of cheer for the day!


  • We Finally Launch

    We'd like to thank all of our friends & family who have helped us get our business and this site up and running, it has been a real labour of love. We have also had the pleasure of working with some fabulous suppliers and artisans along the way that have made our sometimes difficult journey more fun - we love you all! The website has happened 2 months later than we had planned but we are really proud of it and hope you Totes Adore our products as much as what we do!

    We love getting up when the birds are still asleep, packing up our picnic with our curlers in and attending events so will hopefully get to meet lots of our customers on our travels, keep upto date with where we are on our events page.


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