I love home and décor stores and I was thrilled to discover The Trading Company at the Spice Route in Paarl. It is an eclectic décor store filled with a melange of old and new, trendy and colourful and fresh and artistic goodies. As noted on their home page, their key philosophy is to collate local creative talent and make it available for all in one unified space. I was hardpressed to decide what to buy, as there was such an array of lovely things but I ended up buying some retro Cape Town beach postcards made from wood that I will have framed and a few goodies from the Mies bath range (once again totally sold on the packaging alone!). The Trading Company is just perfect for souvenir shopping as all of the goodies are a celebration of local design; and next time I am definitely getting my hands on some of their beautiful cushions.

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