Big L’s Levi’s Factory outlet located at the Woodmead Retail Park is a favourite among students, or anyone looking to up their street cred with a good pair of denim. The store mainly stocks classically tapered, skinny, straight and slim-cut jeans, however, you can find bootleg jeans too on occasion. There are also limited bits and pieces from bigger collections like the twisted fit, commuter and curve jeans. Also in stock are shirts, the odd accessory and shoes – but in very limited numbers.
Now for the big question – how much do they cost? You can get a pair of jeans for roughly R500 and a shirt for around R250, bearing in mind that it really depends on what the item is. Commuter jeans will never cost you R400.
Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg.
Coricraft is one of South Africa’s favourite furniture stores and for good reason – their furniture is simple yet stunning, inspiring visitors to drop some cash at almost every visit. The real problem, however, is that we can’t all afford to fully kit out our houses in Coricraft's fine furniture as much as we might like to. The answer? Coricraft has a factory shop in Wynberg and it goes without saying that you can get great end-of-range furniture here without breaking the bank. Tip: Like most factory shops, these are limited, end-of-range products, so it’s probably advisable to visit every few weeks.
Address: Unit A, Game Complex, corner Arkwright Avenue and 4th Street, Wynberg, Johannesburg.
Ever seen someone wearing a really clever shirt with a truly South African phrase on it and wondered where it was from? That would be Big Blue. Trust us, if you’ve never popped into one of their stores, you should! Their summer gear is original and well-fitting, but let’s face it, anything that cool can’t be cheap and you’d be right to assume it. That’s where the Big Blue Factory Shop in Linden comes in. They stock all the same awesome apparel at a fraction of the price. Buy a few shirts at the beginning of summer and you’ve got your tees covered for the rest of the season.
Address: 57 Third Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.
Attention all chocoholics: Geldof Chocolatiers is the perfect spot for you to get your chocolate fix. They make everything from Easter eggs to chocolate Santas and truffles. Luckily, they have a factory outlet in Randburg, which stocks all their delicious products at wholesale prices. We once bought a whole packet of truffles for only R30 – if that doesn't sound like a sweet deal, we don't know what does! Tip: Ring the doorbell a few times before giving up – they are often busy in the back making chocolate like a team of Oompa Loompas.
Address: Unit C1 Mikro Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Avenue; Strijdom Park, Randburg, Johannesburg.
Love SMEG but don't have the budget for it? Then you'll be happy to hear that you can get your hands on a few of their appliances at discounted prices at the SMEG Outlet Store in Sandton. Styling the kitchen while not spending a fortune is music to our ears! Here, you'll be able to find amazing deals on demo, select new and end-of-range SMEG appliances, and B-grade and refurbished stock.
Address: Unit 1 Linbro Logistics Park, 1st Avenue, Ext 1. Linbro Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.
We are forever in love with Forever New and for good reason! Their clothing, shoes and accessories are nothing short of a classy affair that we all want to be a part of. Whether you're in the mood for spoils, retail therapy or gift shopping for a bestie, this store has had girls in Joburg going crazy since their release. However, their items often have a really fancy price tag which is why you need to make a stop at their factory store in Woodmead.
Address: Woodmead Value Mart, Waterval Crescent, Woodmead Ext 5, Woodmead, Johannesburg.
Planning on redecorating your home? Or need to find affordable home furniture and accessories? The Decofurn Furniture Factory Shop in Fourways offers everything you need to revamp your living space. Most of their products are sourced from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam and China. There's a wide range of items available at their factory shop to furnish your bedroom, lounge, patio and outdoor, dining room, office and more without busting your budget.
Address: 1293 Design & Decor Centre, Forest Road and Sunset Road, Pineslopes, Fourways, Johannesburg.
Fairland Walk is conveniently situated on the corner of Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street in the suburb of Fairland, Johannesburg. They have everything from Timberland to Forever New and Diesel. It's the perfect stop for anyone who's looking for good deals on a range of popular brands. So, whether it comes to clothing, shoes or accessories, this shopping centre will have you covered at fraction of the price.
Address: Corner Beyers Naude Drive and Wilson Street, Fairland, Johannesburg.
Woodmead Retail Park is a large shopping centre dedicated to factory shops. This makes this retail park the perfect place to enjoy a well-deserved shopping spree if you need to refresh your wardrobe. They sport everything from the Le Coq Sportif store, to Billabong, New Balance and Fossil. If you can't find a deal here, you aren't looking hard enough!
Address: Woodmead Retail Park, Corner Waterval Crescent and Woodlands Drive, Woodmead
Looking to get your hands on popular underwear brands but don't want to pay an arm and a leg? Well, the Playtex Factory Store is the perfect stop for you. You can find plenty of your favourite underwear brands here, including WonderBra, SA Shock Absorber, BEAR, Playtex and She BEAR. Sure, you might have to hunt for your size, but the prices are well worth the effort, we assure you! They also have factory stores in Pretoria and Durban.
Address: Braam Street, Honeydew, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.
This is another one for our chocoholics – you can stock up on your favourite Beyers Chocolates at their factory shop in Kempton Park, Kyalami and Bedfordview. Just imagine having your own stash of Sweetie Pies, Amarula chocolates, truffles, caramel stars and much more! Seriously, this couldn't hurt.
Address: 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
Bambini Ice Cream have been in the business of making top quality Italian ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and desserts for 29 years in South Africa.This has become one of the country’s biggest private owned ice cream suppliers to the hospitality industry. Luckily for us regular old ice cream lovers, they supply frozen delights to the public, too. Visit their factory store to sample some of the best Italian ice cream in the province, or shop online and have it delivered straight to your door!
Address: R23a Doornkloof Farm, Rustenburg Road, Magaliesburg.
Know of other great factory stores not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.
Other than all the incredible restaurants and cafés 4th Avenue has to offer, there's also a plethora of interesting shops to visit if you feel like a little bit of a retail spoil. From antiques and exclusive fashion, Parkhurst offers an unique retail experience like no other suburb. Keep reading to find out more.
There is only one place to start your shopping spree in Parkhurst, and that's 4th Avenue! From unique yet trendy couture to interesting eateries and lots of art and design in between, 4th Avenue is a lovely place to visit over the weekend if you're looking for something slower and different to the usual bustling malls and crowds. Here are a few stores you'll be able to browse through when you visit 4th Avenue.
For unique and beautiful high-end fashion for ladies, Desray Designs is just the store you should visit while strolling down 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. Here, they make their own clothing patterns, do their own cutting and sew together 95% of their ranges themselves. All of Desray's items of clothing are made with love and attention to detail, as they believe in giving ladies variety and exclusivity, along with amazing quality. You can either visit their store on 4th Avenue to see what ranges and clothing they have in-store or you can shop online. There's sure to be something stunning to suit your style and preference.
Looking for vibrant and oh-so beautiful African contemporary fashion to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe? Then be sure to visit Ri.Ch Factory, founded by Rina Chunga Kutama. Either visit their store on 4th Avenue or visit their online store to see what gorgeous designs they have to offer, ranging from brightly coloured infinity dresses and Bali crop tops and pants to stunning skirts, hats, kimonos and more.
Get cool, trendy and exclusive fashion at affordable prices at Parooz Fashions. Here, their aim is to dress fashion-forward, unconventional, non-conformist, avant-garde, unique and trendy women with fresh and unique clothing. To see what fashion they have available, visit their online store and browse through their selection of dresses, body suits, rompers, swimwear, shoes and outwear. Their ensembles are slicker than the average. And if you're looking for some inspiration, parooz through their lookbooks online.
Established in 2018, Partisan believe that quality and sustainability combined with comfort and style is the winning formula to every man's wardrobe. Visit their online store or the physical shop on 4th Avenue and take a look at their collection of eco-friendly, vegan sneakers; smart yet fresh dress shirts; suave and cool fedoras; and variety of comfy tees. No matter what your style, Partisan is sure to have just the thing to add to your wardrobe.
For a unique gifting idea that's sustainably produced, visit Green Grass Design Shop on 4th Avenue. They design, create and make delightful things that you're sure to love using laser cutting! Green Grass Design has also created a unique environment for their designers and those in their upskilling workshops to create beautiful products. Visit their online store and browse through their selection of intricate boxes, coasters, dominoes, bunting banners and much more. They are proudly South African and their products reflect an eclectic mix of our different cultural roots.
Looking for trendy couches to furnish your living room? Then be sure to visit MØDERNIST. They manufacture their own range of couches and stock contemporary retail products from local designers. They specialise in imported Danish mid-century furniture as well as international pieces that are from the same period. Other than stunning furniture, they provide restoration and re-upholstery services for your well-loved yet falling-apart furniture items. They also stock a variety of retail products including lighting by Hoi P'loy and MOS, as well as paintings by Allan Barnsley.
T-shirt culture is a thing, which is why Tshirt Terrorist is just the store to visit if you're looking for the coolest, trendiest and most unique t-shirts to add to your collection. They stock their own brand, as well as guest labels and smaller, independent designers whose work they treasure and want their shoppers to discover. You can expect to find ballsy, intelligent, niche t-shirt designs for bold, outspoken, self-styled individuals.
From storage related products to décor items for you home, Santos on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street is just the place to visit and browse through. Take a look at their range of lifestyle furniture, storage solutions, home accessories, lighting and more. There's sure to be something to suit your home, style, budget and needs. Their factory also allows for custom-made designs if you're looking for something specific.
Moms and dads and parents-to-be, if you're looking to spoil your little bundle of joy with new toys, stylish clothing and other cute accessories or need to prepare with some newborn essentials, Cloud+Co on 4th Avenue is a must-visit. This lifestyle store for children aims to provide parents with only the best products that are organic and ethically made and sourced, both locally and internationally.
Antigone Art & Antiques buy and sell unusual and rare antique pieces on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. This spot is well worth the visit if you love antiques and would like to take an interesting journey back into the past. The store is filled with unique items. To name a few that's on their website at the moment (August 2020): a Vintage Vampire Kit circa 1880; a Carousel Horse circa 1940; Herman Moll Map of the World (1719); and a fine Stinkwood Rusbank circa 1860.
Hello Pretty is a unique online market offering original and authentic products from over 1 800 individual designers. Here artists, craftspeople and designers can share their work and sell their goods to potential buyers from across the country. In this way, Hello Pretty benefits small local businesses. To date, the initiative has fed over R8-million into the South African economy through its website. In these tough economic times, this is no small change. You can help grow this amount by purchasing your winter essentials from any one of Hello Pretty's traders.
Because e-commerce is permitted under level 3 lockdown, Hello Pretty is back up and running, full steam ahead. To ensure that your order is delivered in a timely manner and in perfect condition, you will be put in contact with the seller directly. So as the cold weather rolls in, take a peek at Hello Pretty's online offerings. They have everything from clothing, to home decor, jewellery and kids toys. Here are our top picks from their current collections:
Now, we all know just how unpredictable Joburg winter weather can be. While it may feel below freezing before the sun rises, by midday we are rolling up our sleeves to catch a breeze. The solution - layer up! Hello Pretty is your one-stop shop for great T-shirts this winter. Their traders sell everything from graphic tees to hand-knitted tops and shawls. Our favourite is this pretty floral tee with peek-a-boo back from Dandelion Fashion. It's the perfect slash of colour for those dreary winter days. Get it now before it's sold out!
Father's Day is just around the corner. Get ahead of the game by checking out Hello Pretty's range of men's accessories. Dad's are easy enough to shop for, right? All they really want is to be left in peace on their special day anyway. Get your dad something that says 'I love you, Dad', without being overstated, like this Wrap Around Watch from Bamboo Revolution. Or, gift him with a leather belt sold by Wanderer Handcrafted Leather. This is the kind of gift that will last him a good long while, so it's worth the investment.
Does your home decor need sprucing up? Give your living space an update before winter hits. It could be just what you need to beat the winter blues. Thankfully, many of Hello Pretty's skilled marketers specialise in furniture, decor and even fine art. We simply adore this dark oak coffee table by Kurve Designs. With its industrial powder coated steel frame and unique rectangular shape, this table is ideal for a trendy Joburg loft apartment space. You can custom order your table from Kurve Designs to suit the dimensions of your living space, too.
Winter is the season for warming teas, rich coffees and sweet treats. Hello Pretty's sellers have just what you need to help you get through the cold. Tea lovers, check out the Lady of the Herbs range of calming teas. They offer a tea to wake you up, a tea to put you into a restful sleep and a tea to soothe aches and pains. Sounds like a comprehensive winter survival kit, if you ask us.
How did you cope without alcohol for those two months in lockdown? Celebrate your new found freedom with a few custom tipples from Hello Pretty's drinks store. Whether you're a gin gal, wine connoisseur or whisky sipper, there should be something to help you get the party started here. We would personally go for the Unibox Gin Box - which comes complete with an unbreakable stemless wine/gin glass, tonic syrups and a bottle of premium gin. Bottoms up!
To browse Hello Pretty's full collection of clothing, accessories, home decor, art, furniture, toys and health and beauty products, click here. Also, follow and like them on social media to stay up to date with their latest specials and winter must-haves:
Contact them via email at [email protected] for queries and support.
By Tarryn Jameson
The up-cycle movement has been on the rise for a couple of years now. With eco-warriors at the helm, furniture is no longer being discarded without a second thought. Similar to re-cycling, the up-cycling movement promotes re-use of non-perishable or slow degrading items. The difference here though is, instead of breaking down materials to re-cycle them, the old is given a little spit and polish to make it seem brand new.
This movement is especially relevant to furniture and upholstery. The manufacturing process behind that brand new reading chair you have been eyeing can have disastrous effects on the environment. So, instead of buying new, we work with what we have to create something updated and modern. Using only minimal materials, up-cyclers can re-work a dusty, old piece of furniture into a contemporary living space must-have.
As trends come and go, you may find up-cycling your much-needed answer to millennial pastels, prints, gold finishes and all other interior design gimmicks. That's where Up-Cycled Furniture comes into the picture, specialising in couches, dining room chairs, occasional chairs, benches, custom-made furniture and more. They will re-upholster your favourite lounger back to its original glory. Or, you can give your entire living room collection a complete makeover without having to blow your budget.
Rather than waste your time DIYing your household items to their former look and comfort, send them off to Up-Cycled for the royal treatment. If you are unsure of the look you want, they will choose the fabric and style for you. So, the next time you find a super cool armchair at that vintage store in town, don't pass it by. Up-Cycled will not only give it some much-needed TLC, but they can make it uniquely yours, reflecting your tastes and comforts.
Up-Cycled collects your run down and tired furniture at the most convenient time in your schedule. They then haul them off to their factory workshop, where all the magic happens. Up-Cycled has years of experience in traditional and modern upholstery. They also have a vast amount of understanding of furniture function, restoration and traditional re-upholstery techniques. So, whether you are looking for timeless traditional or clean contemporary design, they will be able to transform your drab couch or chair into something worthy of a magazine cover. Your furniture is then re-delivered to your home, ready to brighten up your living space.
Up-Cycled Furniture also creates their own custom pieces. Their pallet patio sets are particularly impressive, as they re-work, paint and transform old wooden pallets into outdoor furniture to last you a good couple of years. Complete with glass tops and lockable wheels, their tables and garden couches are the perfect addition to your braai or pool area. So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to some fancy 'new' furniture.
Check out this awesome custom made pallet patio set! You can Choose your configuration and colours! Call or email us for an obligation free quote on 082 641 8838 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Up-cycled on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Details: 082 641 8838 | [email protected] | 137 10th Rd, Kew, Johannesburg.
If you (like me) are always on the hunt for great and amazing deals, and if the thrift store is your happy place, then you've stumbled onto the right article, as this is your guide to all the amazing thrift stores around Johannesburg. We've looked far and beyond for the best places to hunt for a fab find or two.
Where: Bounty Hunters Charity Shop, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
They are not only an incredible thrift store, they are also doing it for a great cause. This is a charity shop that depends solely on donations, so if you aren't buying do a good deed by donating a few items you no longer have use for. They support 30 charity organisations, some of which are dependants on this shop. Recently they have extended their reach to people and their pets in neighbouring communities who are financially stressed. So, at least you know your money is going to great, helpful and meaningful reasons.
Where: 225 Beyers Naudé Drive, Northcliff, Randburg, Johannesburg.
Support this beautiful cause whose mission is to assist and promote a variety of registered charity organisations by offering a retail facility for their donated items through affiliation with them. This store will sure tickle your fancy in more ways than one, because you will find everything you want from antique items such as clothes, house decor, furniture, books, handbags, shoes, kitchen ware and many more.
Where: 77th Street, Melville, Johannesburg.
Next time you find yourself around Melville and looking for some great deals, be sure to pop by at the Junkie Charity Store. They were established in 2010 and they sell secondhand items, but hold on don't let the "secondhand items" drift you away from thinking they don't have quality stuff. Their secondhand merchandise is always high quality, interesting and beautiful, which ensures that each visit can be an adventurous thrifting experience.
The charity organisations that Junkie supports are:
Where: They have several stores around Joburg. To know which one is near you click here!
Please tell us you've heard of, or at least been involved in lending a helping hand to, HospiceWits. Well, now you do. They say the philosophy that lies behind the active care offered by HospiceWits to the terminally ill is to emphase the importance of living to the fullest with whatever time is left. So, if you're running your thrift errands and confused as to where to go, look no further they sell pre-loved second hand items that are in a sellable condition, including furniture, books, clothing, children's items, accessories, magazines, homeware, decor items, artwork, electronic goods in mint condition, music, DVDs, footwear, chairs, tables, toys, bags, suitcases, gardening items... you name it, they have it!
Where: 9 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg.
Maybe you're not looking to buy, but to sell some of your stuff? This is the perfect place to do so. Someone else will enjoy them and they will be taken care of because you know another man's used goods are another man's treasure. And your wallet will be extremely glad to have some company!
Where: Shop 106, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
The name says it all people. This thrift store takes you back in time, giving you the best in vintage and old skool style that will definitely make you stand out with style and class, darling! They have been running for 27 years so you know they really know what they are doing. The shop specialises in period clothing from the 1970s and before. The shop not only has clothes but handbags, leather day bags, evening bags, shoes, gloves and of course jewellery.
Where: De Villiers Street, Johannesburg.
Last, but by no means least. This is my ultimate favourite, and I would one hundred percent recommend it to anyone who is looking for quality, real, amazing, affordable, unique styles that you'll probably be the only one owning. Don't believe me? Go check it out yourself, and tell me how many nice things you found. 99.9% of my clothes are from this place, and if I do say so myself, I clean up nice with my affordable thrifted goods from Dunusa.
Okay good people, now that we know where to find all the gems, let's head out! We've always wanted thrifting partners we're so glad we've found you. Let's go spend some bucks at these amazing thrift spots.
Do you have any Thrift Stores you can recommend to us? Feel free to comment down below, your opinions matter because we write for you!
SHF are throwing a party that you definitely don't want to miss! To celebrate the opening of their brand-new gallery in Umhlanga, SHF will be offering shoppers 20% off EVERYTHING in ALL galleries this weekend (22 – 24 June 2018)! How exciting?
Twenty years ago, SHF embarked on defining the way South Africans transformed their homes into designer living spaces. From humble beginnings, their dream has grown into the reality of a brand synonymous with style and good taste. These ideals are shared in each of their signature galleries, with the latest addition boasting a massive 3000 square metres of trendy living inspiration, all under one roof, opening its doors in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal's style capital on Friday, 22 June 2018.
The sixth SHF Gallery of its kind, will be opening its doors at 7 Tetford Circle in Umhlanga with a vibey atmosphere of live outside broadcasts, giveaways and an amazing 20% off absolutely everything until Sunday, 24 June 2018. Don't miss out!
Define your home; define yourself with SHF.
You can also contact them on 0861 375 2222 or [email protected].
The Hottest Sale Of The Season
Slide into winter with ease thanks to SHF and their May Madness promotion. For three days ONLY, from the 25 to 27 May 2018, they'll be treating you to 15% off everything to ensure you're ready for the chilly season ahead. Spoil yourself with SHF’s hottest sofas upholstered in their signature mystic velvet range, heat up your living room with cosy throws and plush scatters ideal for an evening in front of a crackling fireplace or redecorate and spruce up your home with stylish furnishings and homeware. Winter has never been this toasty.
So, if you're looking to warm up your home with the hottest furniture and homeware at great prices, you won’t want to miss this offer! Make sure you get there early and shop until you drop while stocks last. SHF is going to turn your winter into a season you won’t forget!
Find Your Nearest SHF Gallery
With 15% off everything this for three days only this May, it’s going to be madness – so hurry to a gallery in Kramerville, Ferndale, Pretoria, Durban, Ballito or Pietermaritzburg while stocks last.
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As a specialised outdoor living company, Mobelli outdoor furniture supplies the traditional, all-weather engineered furniture suitable for gardens, patios, verandas and pools. They also offer shade parasols, gas heaters, illuminated planters and various accessories that make outdoor patio living a pleasant and unique experience. Although some of their products are imported from arond the world, Mobelli also supports locally produced merchandise. We absolutely love their outdoor lounge suites – spending the day outside has never been so beautiful.
Details: 011 268 6956 / Illovo Square Shopping Centre, 3 Rivonia road, Sandton / http://mobelli.co.za
Patio Warehouse was established in 2005 in Randburg. The store offers a large selection of patio and outdoor furniture and accessories. Whether it's lounge sets, dining sets, gas braais, loungers, cushions, umbrellas, pots or plants, you will be sure to find something to your liking here. Furniture is provided in a wide variety of materials like artificial wicker, cane, aluminium, cast aluminium, wrought iron and wood.
Sutherlands Home Furnishing
SHF believes that quality, service, heritage and skill should be incorporated in every product that they produce or import. So if you're looking to upgrade your patio, SHF has just the stuff you need. Pick from a range of loungers, outdoor dining sets, couches and more, which come in a variety of finishes and colours.
Coricraft was established over 20 years ago and has been the easy choice for exceptional value on high quality furniture. From just one store in Cape Town, they have grown to a chain of almost 50 stores in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. With stunning patio chairs, stools, tables and cushions, you can really create the perfect outdoor living area thanks to Coricraft.
Cane Time stocks everything from outdoor lounger suites and dining suites to accessories and bar chairs. And if you're looking for something super chilled like a beanbag, they have outdoor beanbags too! How amazing?
Know of other awesome outdoor furnishing stores not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Get 20% Off All Sofas All Weekend
Keeping up with the Joneses is never easy. As soon as you get on top of the newest and hippest trend, it gets replaced with something bigger and better and, once again, you're behind and "so last season". To keep you ahead and on-trend, why not visit SHF this weekend. Join the icons of The SHF Master Class as they deliver a few lessons on how to stay on-trend between 07 and 09 July 2017 with 20% off all sofas, all weekend.
Living rooms are meant to be lived in, which is why you need to keep this common space welcoming, stylish and comfortable. And to achieve this, SHF will show you how it's done at amazing prices. With 20% off all sofas, there are plenty of options for you to choose from, including the classic Earl sofa crafted in solid oak and uniquely handmade by the finest South African upholstery artisans and the classy yet slouchy Salotto. Also, don't forget to take a look at Le Mona with her low profile and modern legs, as well as stylish and adaptable Surrey and the ruggedly good-looking Bentley in leather. Keeping up with trends has never been easier.
Find Your Nearest SHF Gallery
Visit an SHF Gallery in Kramerville, Ferndale or Pretoria between 07 and 9 July 2017 and take some on-trend style home with you.
Also, visit shf.co.za to see what they have to offer at these galleries.
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For more information about SHF or to view their collections, visit their website at shf.co.za.
SHF offers beautiful, on-trend furniture and decor at incredibly reasonable prices, which is why we love their stores. From turquoise velvet trunks to floral armchairs, the 'Living' section includes seating, storage and ottomans, while 'Dining' has the biggest range of show-stopping tables and dining chairs, as well as sideboards and chic bar stools. Then there's the 'Bedroom' section with headboards and side tables in every shape, size and material, and 'Outdoor' furniture so sophisticated you'll feel like you've stepped into someone's penthouse balcony.
Fabric, fabric, fabric! As Exquisite Cuts says: We scour every corner of the fabric world to bring you the latest and greatest trends, colours, textures and designs. So, if you're looking for that stand-out piece of material for your ottoman, scatter cushions, curtains or tablecloth, this is the place to find it. Oh, and they have tables of fabric laid out so you can feel them as well as admire. Bliss.
These wood furniture experts offer bespoke designs for everything from wine cellars to beds, desks and libraries. Whatever you need built into your home, they can make it. And whatever made-to-fit furniture you need, they can do that too. They also create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces out of the roots of mighty trees. Pay them a visit to chat about your needs.
If you’ve reached that stage where your home or office is screaming for an overhaul, enlist the experts from Design & Decor Lab to help you. Not only do they customise the design to suit your lifestyle and taste, they will also make all the furniture, window treatments and anything else needed for the space. The bonus? They offer a one-year warranty on all their items.
The JVB Furniture Collection has a single-minded goal: to help South Africans create a timeless sense of occasion in their day-to-day living. Their pieces are striking and modern; easy to picture in a Maboneng loft or Sandhurst mansion. Think gorgeous stainless steel coupled with mustard velvets; upholstery in hues of greys and champagnes and cabinets made from wood. They also offer Interior Design Services, so give them a call if you're needing a home overhaul.
You've not experienced amazing sound and tech until you've paid Icons a visit in Kramerville. It's more than a music and audio store, it's an experience complete with a top notch kitchen staffed with people obsessed with pushing culinary boundaries. We highly recommend that you swing by Icons and experience it for yourself. To boot, Icon also hosts a wide variety of events: from cooking classes to movie nights, there truly is something for everyone. You can find them at Unit 4, Design on Appel, Appel Road Kramerville, Sandton, Gauteng.
Halogen International stocks and distributes local and international fabrics and wall coverings from over 30 of the world's most exclusive fabric houses, and they offer a range of over 200 hand-selected local fabrics to choose from. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fabric choice – woven, quilted, kelim, velvet, linen – and pattern. Go find something special.
Minimalistic designs have been making a strong stand in the design world. If you like neat, simple and classy, then Tonic Design is the place to go. We particularly love the Nova bed design – its clean lines will look good in any modern bedroom.
For artistic pieces, treasures with a rustic look or Africa inspired pieces, Amatuli is the place to go. We adore the African face mask display sets and the black and white fine art portraiture by David Ballam.
Looking for premium and high-end kitchen designers who have worked in southern Africa and beyond? Then look no further than Living Kitchens – Bulthaup. They understand that the kitchen is the heart of any home or, as they would put it, the focal point of your home. Who better to design your kitchen than them? Check out their showroom for inspiration.
Looking for elegant decor items that wont break the bank? Then we recommend you head to Classic Bond Decor. This classic Le Med mini chaise is just the piece for a cosy reading corner, while the contemporary white painted server will look elegant in any dining room.
Dejan Custom Furniture prides itself in designing quality and stylish bespoke furniture for its niche clientele. We absolutely adore the circle mirrors in their accessories section. Have a look and be dazzled.
Are you more of a wallpaper than paint person? Then Dreamweaver is the place to go. It's a designer's little haven as they offer both wallpaper and remarkable fabrics. Best still, if you need more time to ponder and decide what you like, they have sample books available.
If you've always had a thing for Italian design, Eurocasa should be your first stop the next time you're in Kramerville. Have a look at their gallery for stunning room sets, including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
Have we missed your favourite design and decor store? Let us know below!
Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.
Upsi Daisy Creations
For kids' furniture that combines fun innovation with functionality, try Upsi Daisy Creations. They create a world for your little ones where their imaginations can soar. From wall cubes, bookshelves and desks that are suitable for smaller bodies to adorable wingback chairs and linen made from imported fabrics, every requirement is catered for. Upsi Daisy Creations also offers a colour palette so you can customise the decor according to your taste.
Our pick: The Tree Bookcase — not only does it provide a quirky spot to store your kids' beloved first stories, but it also doubles as elegant wall art.
Nest Designs have everything covered from nursery essentials and toddlers' playrooms to kids' workspace pieces. Nest is one of the best kids' furniture stores you'll find in Joburg. This is a one-stop online shop for all the tiny decor to suit our tiny humans. Plus, they deliver anywhere in South Africa. What a bonus for exhausted parents! Ain't nobody got time for shops, right?
Our pick: The star table and two-chair set — this is a bright learning space that will stimulate your little one's development in a playful way. Did we mention that it has storage space to keep things organised? That's a win for kiddo and a win for Mom!
Clever Little Monkey
Some children (and their parents!) are wonderfully offbeat. We love it when they give expression to their unconventional characters. For quirky, themed pieces to match their natures, we think Clever Little Monkey is a brilliant option. They offer free shipping for any purchase over R400. This store sources international products, so your child will get the very best of worldwide selections. Safety and quality are taken very seriously at Clever Little Monkey — you can truly rest when Baby sleeps!
Our pick: We're loving their new wall stickers. They bring out the artist in you and your child with their creative designs.
With a large variety of room designs to pick from, Mokki is well known for their bedroom furniture for children and teens, manufactured according to age-specific groups. For your kids' long-term bedroom requirements, this store needs to be top of your list. Your young ones will join a worldwide community of children who use Mokki to express their individuality. Plus, they care so much for their craft and the satisfaction of their customers that they have trained employees to instal your personalised furniture in your home.
Our pick: Mokki pink pullout bed — carefully designed for space efficiency, as well your children's fun. Sleepovers will be less of a parental nightmare with this pullout bed. Get the popcorn and pillows ready!
The Room comes from a family to families. They manufacture high-quality furniture that's versatile, catering to growing families with changing needs. With furniture for baby rooms, toddler rooms, tween rooms and even guest rooms, they have everything necessary for your home. Many of the designs are adaptable, so you can make adjustments as your children grow older. The owners have personal involvement in each piece of furniture, which means you can be assured of the best quality. From toy boxes to bedside tables, The Room will be with your kids through the years to come.
Our pick: L-shaped bunk bed with bookshelf — why get an ordinary bunk when you can get an L-shaped one, complete with books readily on hand? These bunk beds are perfect for siblings.
Know of other awesome furniture stores not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Woolworths is a department store available nationwide. The store offers clothing, food and home décor. Their home décor section is a favourite among many, offering anything from bedroom, bathroom, dining and entertainment, kitchen, living room and branded items. Our favourite pick from Woolworths this season is their candles. You can get scented candles and non-scented candles to really warm up any living area. Bonus, if you use the candles alone, you save on electricity.
As part of the Edcon group, Boardmans is usually found inside Edgars stores but at some shopping malls, you can find the store separate from Edgars. Boardmans offers high quality bedding, appliances, and items from your overall house – sectioned per room. As a bonus, the store also offers a wedding registry, so if you're tying the knot and buying a new home with your partner, have a look at Boardmans. Our favourite pick from the store this season is their scatter cushions.
Mr. Price Home is a division of the Mr. Price Group. The retail outlet is located nationwide, providing every South African with great home décor options. So whether you're looking to spruce up your kitchen or liven up your living room, Mr. Price Home has something special for you. Our favourite pick this season is their curtains. Sure curtains aren't something you need to revamp often but why not mix it up a little and try something different? You might surprise yourself and end up loving the newer options versus the older ones you had.
For any home, some special touches are needed to make if feel more homey. Whether you're looking at adding picture frames of your loved ones or want to add some ornaments that highlight your rocking personality, have a look @Home for some awesome options, perfect if you love minimalist design and colour. But works too if you have a wild personality dying to be expressed. Our favourite pick this season is their statutes and ornaments. From elephants to aluminium chess pieces, we love it all!
This shopping outlet is great because not only do you get décor for your indoor needs but also your outdoor needs, hence the name House & Home. So from kitchen appliances, furniture, Wi-Fi modems, outdoor seating to braai stands – you can get all your house and home needs sorted here. Our favourite pick for this season is their heaters. Not only do they have a range of gas, electric and oil heaters, they also have patio heaters for when you feel like being outdoors during winter or cooler nights.
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Remember that our "Top Picks" are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.
We live in a world that is better connected than ever before. People are longing to feel like they belong, that their voice is heard and that they fill a significant space in the world.
This February, the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo returns to the Ticketpro Dome, connecting visitors with the products and services that help them own their space. With this in mind, this year's theme is InHabit, which is all about improving the way people live in their homes and how they connect with everything around them. This includes environmental sustainability, story sharing, supporting local businesses and being better informed about product origins.
The 2020 Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo will once again give visitors the chance to see, touch, feel and compare the latest home products and services. It’s an opportunity to do more than merely occupy a space, it’s about developing a lifestyle where people truly InHabit spaces and boldly connect with those around them.
This is what you can expect to see at the 2020 Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo:
Made possible by Jana Nel Designs, Trouve, Vermont Sales and World of Decorative Concrete.
An expo favourite, the InHabit Workshop will bring a wealth of interesting demonstrations, where craftsmen will show how their products are made and get visitors involved in creating products themselves. Demos include concrete products, clay and ceramic techniques, woodworking (building bat boxes, children’s swings and step ladders), doodling with purpose, dotting paint techniques and chalk painting.
Made possible by DIY Garden Designer, Malanseuns, Bark Unlimited Organics, Fern Lily Design & Landscaping and Lighthouse.
The Garden Table is a new feature where visitors will be entertained and educated during a series of food and gardening demonstrations led by celebrity chefs, landscapers and experts, who will use the beautifully landscaped indoor garden as a source of inspiration. Visitors can expect a fun-filled programme that includes demonstrations by Tasha Tollman (DIY Garden Designer), Chef Izelle Hoffman and Sandy Roberts (Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre), to name a few.
Be inspired by authentic African design styles. Local interior designers will be given the challenge to create a space that celebrates design from across the continent. In this demo space, visitors will see what the chosen interior designers have created and be able to ask questions on how to incorporate their favourite style into their home.
Sponsored by Vermont Sales.
The Industrial Design students from the University of Johannesburg will once again take up a special Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Challenge. Visitors to the Young Designers Challenge will be able to see the products that will potentially help them InHabit their spaces in the future.
Brought to you by Tshimologong Makerspace.
Visitors will be immersed in the world of Augmented Reality (AR) when entering the main show arena. In The Play(AR) Zone, visitors will be able to decorate and bring their own interactive AR animal to life in real time and then take them through a fun virtual gaming course or watch as they run, jump and play around the expo. The Play(AR) Zone will also combine the old and new with a giant interactive virtual reality kaleidoscope.
Truly Artisan is a must for visitors looking to add the latest, custom-made products to their home. It’s a treasure trove of artworks, cutting edge furniture and lighting designs, collector’s items, handcrafted decor pieces and natural products.
Indulge in something different at D’Vine Life. Snack or lunchtime, this foodie haven will have visitors spoiled for choice. Options include everything from gourmet sushi, towering burgers and homemade curries to biltong, cakes and ice-cream.
Thursday, 27 February 2020 – Sunday, 01 March 2020. Show times are as follows:
Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding, Johannesburg.
Tickets cost R100 per adult, R50 per pensioner, R20 for scholars and children under 12 get in for FREE. Tickets available on Quicket.co.za.
For more information about the expo, visit www.homemakersonline.co.za or call 0861 114 663.