Artefacts was born when the owner Sandi, had finished a huge Company Rehabilitation Consultancy and could not decide whether to continue Financial Consulting or start on a completely new project.
While driving around Howick one day I drove past the old "Bloo Monkey" in the Falls Precinct and an idea began!! It had the space, it had the potential position and it could bring out a passion that started as a young child being dragged by my father to Auctions and Antique shops collecting high end Art, furniture and Glass.
So with a deep breath I purchased the property and went about redecorating and redesigning the property to suite Antiques, Art, Gifting, Jewellry and generally a shop that anyone of any age could come in and buy something for everyone for every occasion as well as an Interior Decorators Heaven for their clients.
The Art Gallery side came about by mistake, I was in a shopping centre and saw a little HARTS Art Exhibition. On chatting to a member I found out that there are 100's of Artists and Crafters who have no outlet or a place to sell their amazing treasures. So the concept of being Howicks Art Gallery started most especially as there is so much wall space in the shop.
All products are of the highest quality and if anyone brings in furniture or items that need repair before going on the floor we have a workshop to bring the love back. Anyone can bring in their Art and Furniture on a consignment basis and I add on a mark up to cover the overheads and insurances as well as marketing and sales of their products.
To compliment that I purchase new items that always work with the shops eclectic concept as well as refurbish furniture and make specialised items.
Our biggest selling points are the atmosphere and layout of the shop that all our customers love, but also you cannot find the same anywhere else in the Midlands and we try and keep prices at a Howick rate and not tourist rate even though we do have some good tourist traffic and accommodate their shopping requirements which also gives our locals the options to buy goodies for their overseas visits and visitors to our part of the Midlands Meander.
We are based on the far side of the Falls Precinct being 2 Harvart Street, Howick.
There is plenty of safe parking and if you want a cup of coffee while you wander around we can do that for you too...
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