Welcome to The Alma Market, I’m Val Turner and I’m delighted to announce the launch of my online shopping website 'The Alma Market', dedicated to providing a wonderful selection of shabby chic, vintage inspired crafts and homewares.
I live in South Devon and for many a year I’ve had a passion for craft and vintage items. I have a dedicated craft room in my home where I love to hand finish, hand decorate or hand paint items such as jewellery boxes or
candlesticks to give them a new lease of life. Using Shabby Chic techniques, decoupage, stencilling and other craft skills to refurbish and decorate items is so rewarding as I see
them revive from drab, dated and unattractive items to fresh and often vibrant condition, ready and waiting for a new home.
I have also developed a genuine love of vintage china teaware and tea sets from manufacturers such as Colclough, Minton and Tuscan but to name a few. These beautiful and collectable items which are so delicate and fine are like a magnet to me and I search high and low for best condition authentic vintage English fine china items so I can also direct them to a new loving home. What I love about vintage English china is its warmth, vibrant colours, the beautiful patterns and the intricate details that many have. Even when teaware has fairy neutral colours it has an elegance that you don’t see very often today. I do love Portmeirion though.
Of course there are other websites that also sell vintage teaware but it does give me the opportunity to display items that can be hard to come by and could also be fairly unique. Creating my website has opened up a whole new world for me as I now have the added pleasure of searching for vintage teaware and tea sets in places such as charity shops, antique fairs and eBay, I search high and low for these lovely treasures so they can be protected, admired and sold to loving homes where they can be enjoyed for many more years to come.
I have to admit, this is my first blog and it probably shows, but I’m sure to learn and get better as I write a few more. I really believe I have a lot more to share that will benefit many people so I’m looking forward to the experience. I do have a comment on my website that I seem it be using quite often so I'll use it again. 'I welcome you to browse my website, to be inspired and explore your imagination as you look to buy for you, your home, family and friends or just for the pleasure of admiring beautiful things.