Muddy Loves: Sprout + Shed
Sprout+Shed has just made shopping for kids kit fun (yep, it's actually possible!)
Sound the “Clever Mumma’s” klaxon! I want to give a nice, loud shout out to brand, spanking new online marketplace Sprout + Shed, the brilliant brainchild of two Devon Mums, launched this month.
For those parents looking to pass their high-end parenting paraphanalia and branded baby goods, to a happy new home and make a bit of wonga in the meantime, this is basically going to revolutionalise your life. It’s that good. And to those about to enter parenthood, looking for all the loveliest gear without paying a small fortune, oh, you’re in for a treat.
Sprout + Shed is a beautiful and super-useful new place to shop, sell and swap ideas. As the site grows, you’ll see gently pre-loved ranges from top brands, plus advice and info on what’s worth knowing in the world of parenting.
Complementing the pre-owned bits, you’ll also find some gorgeous new pieces made by local mums in the boutique and, believe me, there are some talented ladies out there.
I know this, because I popped along to the official launch and pop-up marketplace event at Darts Farm in Topsham recently. Despite the monsoon conditions, me and the Mudlet had great fun browsing all the lovely ranges that you’ll find online, making finger puppets and getting glitter tattoos as, y’know, you do on a Sunday morning.
Among the makers, I spotted some inspired little pieces, like teething jewellery that’s actually nice from Exmouth-based brand Teddie & Millie (so nice I actually bought myself a bangle to chew on for when I finally start that diet); cute on-the-go activity sets from Pipity; and interiors pieces made from upcycled sailcloth by Sails and Canvas.
Co-founders Jen and Francesca conceived of the concept having experienced their own frustrations at the lack of options out there for parents wanting to buy and sell pre-owned kid’s products. Who wants to spend precious evenings trawling the internet, wading through worn out tat, only to be outbid at the end, because you take your eye off the ball for one second and reach for the wine? No. These two decided they could do it better.
And they have. It’s a fab site and, if the launch event is anything to go by, there will be gorgeous bits and pieces to buy, new and old, from clothes to toys, prams and high chairs. I feel a clear-out coming on…